Volunteer with NACA - National Position Detail

National Volunteer Positions: Chair of the Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship (JCAPS) Advisory Board

Closed: Friday, April 3, 2020 Closed


The purpose of the Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship (JCAPS) is to provide a forum for current discourse on issues pertinent to campus activities. JCAPS fills a void found in existing peer-reviewed outlet by providing space for current empirical research, along with other forms of scholarship, related to campus activities. The primary focus of JCAPS is on practice in campus activities, and to that end, each submission will be scrutinized for authors clearly addressing implications for practice, along with directions for further research.

As a national peer-reviewed journal, JCAPS represents a space with an intent to not only advance scholarship in campus activities, but to develop scholars and scholar-practitioners in campus activities.
Campus activities practice is specifically defined as work related to student organizations and the training, development and learning of the members and leaders, as well as student organization advising; programming (and issues related to programming such as risk, budgets, inclusion), programming boards, and the effects of programming on students and campuses; and issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice across student activities practice.

In order to advance scholarship along these themes of student activities practice, JCAPS seeks submissions of the following types: research articles, including examples of application of theory to practice; assessment projects rooted in practice; graduate student research/research in brief; research book reviews; and, reviews of different methodologies.

The Advisory Board is comprised of five-seven professionals with the following experience:

• Individuals with prior experience as editors/associate editors/section editors of other peer reviewed journals, and who also have experience as published scholars.
• Representatives from the Board, the National Office, and the Research and Scholarship Group, as well as a faculty member from a preparation program.
• A Professional Intern. (This position is designed to give a campus activities professional without journal experience a chance to be exposed to scholarly activity)

Specific Responsibilities

• Recruit and select journal personnel (Editor in Chief and Section Editors)
• Advise the personnel on the determination of themed issues
• Serve as a resource in case the editors need guidance, advice, or outside perspective
• Creation / oversight of the JCAPS budget


• The Chair of the Advisory Board must be a full-time professional staff or faculty member at a NACA member institution.
• This professional must have prior experience as editor/associate editor/section editor of other peer-reviewed journals and or experience as a published scholar.
• The Chair must have approval and support from her/his institution prior to appointment to the position. (Note: Support is defined as financial support, support for time out of the office, etc.)
• If the Chair changes jobs during the position and wishes to continue in the position, the new institution must also be an NACA member school and the new supervisor must provide a statement of support. The NACA Office and National Volunteer Development Coordinator must be informed of this change, and the letter of support must be received at the NACA Office within 30 days of hiring.

Association Support

The JCAPS Advisory Board will receive support from the Director of Education and Research, who will do the following:
• Schedule conference calls and meetings for the group.
• Actively participate in meetings, being sure to communicate forthcoming strategic initiatives coming out of Education and Research at the national office.
• Communicate regional conference and convention needs and requests to appropriate volunteers and office staff (i.e., meeting rooms, education session slots, AV needs, etc.).

Term of Service

• Two year term
• May 1st – April 30th. Upon selection, the new Chair will have a transition meeting with the outgoing chair.

NACA Office Liaison

NACA Director of Education and Research