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Community Engagement Journals

Community Engagement Journals

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Leaning into Politics: Higher Education's Role in Building the Democracy We Need
This volume seeks to interrogate how institutions of higher education can contribute to building the agency of students to address the most pressing challenges facing democracy and society by leaning into politics. The book will explore structural and political challenges as well as intentional innovative pedagogy, practices, policies and institutional approaches to effective political learning and engagement with the goal of reimagining and strengthening the democracy we need. 
  • Deadline: November 30, 2022

Berkeley Journal of Sociology (Focus on public sociology)

The Berkeley Journal of Sociology seeks to translate academic social science research into forms that engage wider reading publics. The journal aims to broaden the interpretive range, imaginative scope, and prospective application of sociologically-oriented research to political struggles, emerging cultural trends, and imaginations of alternative futures.

  • Deadline: December 1, 2022

Metropolitan Universities issue on Global Outreach and Engagement: Navigating the Tension Between Local Impacts and Global Responsibilities

Preference is given to those manuscripts that demonstrate innovation and impact and include perspectives across multiple institutions. Shorter submissions for this issue will be considered.

The journal seeks manuscripts that provide critical, evidence-based studies, including programs, policies, and application of ideas at an institutional or system level. Ideally, authors will examine efforts that have been in place long enough to show both positive and/or negative results as measured through data collection, research and/or evaluation processes.

  • Deadline: December 2, 2022

Gateways issue on Asset-Based Community Development and Community-Based Research: Compatible Agents in Equitable and Sustainable Change

Contributors are invited to explore some or all of the following key questions: 
  • How does asset-based community development relate to and interact with academic research? Who benefits from this interaction? 
  • Can an asset-based orientation help position community participants as peer ‘experts’ alongside their academic partners, sharing power and authority in the collaboration? If so, how? If not, why not? 
   What are the benefits and risks of bringing an institution-based research focus to place-based community development initiatives? 
  • What examples of community-based research utilizing an asset-based orientation already exist? 
  • Deadline: December 9, 2022

Faculty Activism: Systemic Change for Social Justice in Higher Education

This edited collection for social justice academics will empower them to navigate the complexities of institutional procedures, recognize invisible walls that slow progress, and curate coalitions for systemic change.

  • Deadline: January 15, 2022

Resources and Publications

Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement

Gateways is a refereed journal concerned with the practice and processes of university-community engagement. It provides a forum for academics, practitioners and community representatives to explore issues and reflect on practices relating to the full range of engaged activity. The journal publishes evaluative case studies of community engagement initiatives; analyses of the policy environment; and theoretical reflections that contribute to the scholarship of engagement.

International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IJRSLCE)

IJRSLCE is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to disseminating high quality research focused on service-learning, campus-community engagement, and the promotion of active and effective citizenship through education. The journal is international in scope, with an interest in service-learning and community engagement both in the US and around the world.

Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES)

JCES is a peer-reviewed international journal through which faculty, staff, students, and community partners disseminate scholarly works. JCES integrates teaching, research, and community engagement in all disciplines, addressing critical problems identified through a community-participatory process.

The Journal of Higher Education

The Journal of Higher Education publishes original research reporting on the academic study of higher education as a broad enterprise. We publish the highest quality empirical, theoretically grounded work addressing the main functions of higher education and the dynamic role of the university in society. We seek to publish scholarship from a wide variety of theoretical perspectives and disciplinary orientations. Articles appearing in the Journal employ an array of methodological approaches, and we welcome work from scholars across a range of career stages.

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Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes research, theory, and pedagogy pertinent to service-learning and civic engagement. As the publisher of MJCSL, we respond to the continuously-emerging challenges we encounter in our communities by advancing innovative and interdisciplinary scholarship that informs and enhances our work to provide a crucible for transformational learning, service, and community impact. MJCSL is a crucial part of our mission to lead higher education in demonstrating our relevance – our centrality to building and sustaining healthy communities – and the benefits that accrue with engaged scholarship.