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National Volunteer Positions: Section Editor - Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship (JCAPS)

Closed: Monday, April 6, 2020 Closed


Section Editor- Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship (JCAPS)
The purpose of the Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship (JCAPS) is to provide a forum for current discourse on issues pertinent to postsecondary education campus activities. JCAPS fills a void found in existing peer-reviewed outlets by providing space for current empirical research, along with other forms of scholarship, related to campus activities. The primary focus of JCAPS is on scholarship to 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 that released its inaugural volume in February 2019, JCAPS intends not only advance scholarship in campus activities, but to develop scholars and scholar-practitioners in campus activities. Student 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.

JCAPS includes four separate sections, each intended in different ways to advance the field:

Empirical Research, consisting of original quantitative or qualitative research papers that include a review of relevant literature, a clear explanation of methodology that was conducted by the author, a review of all relevant research findings, and a discussion of the implications and recommendations from the author that stem from the research project.

Media Review, consisting of a review of a book, film, online resource, or similar content relevant for professionals working and conducting research within the broad field of postsecondary campus activities. These submissions include: 1) A thorough description of the media being reviewed; 2) A description of the audience and purposes for which the media may be appropriate; 3) An evaluation of the strengths and shortcomings of the media, as well as the unique contributions made by the media being reviewed.

Scholarship-to-Practice Brief, which invites submissions that describe innovative practices within the field of postsecondary campus activities that are based on rigorous and related scholarship and past research. Submissions include: 1) A thorough description of the campus activities practice, including institutional context, intended outcomes, and other relevant details; 2) A thorough description of how relevant literature informs the described practice; 3) Recommendations for other campus activities scholars for broader adoption of the practice.

Focus on Emerging Scholars, intended for submissions from graduate students and emerging professionals with less than three years of full-time experience. We invite submissions related to the above three sections from this population of scholars within the field.

Specific Responsibilities

To facilitate the evaluation of submissions, the JCAPS Editor in Chief will divide manuscript types among appropriate Section Editors, with each being responsible for initial evaluation, assignment of reviewers, and ultimately determining publication decisions in consultation with the Editor in Chief. More specifically, Sections Editors:
● Serve on an editorial team, coordinated by the Editor in Chief, with other Section Editors;
● Help to establish a review criteria process for manuscripts submitted for consideration in JCAPS;
● Help to establish a developmental process for providing feedback and support to authors;
● Help to develop criteria and expectations for review board;
● Work with the Editor in Chief, JCAPS Advisory Board, and NACA Office to screen and select JCAPS Review Board members;
● Help to train members of JCAPS review board;
● Manage the peer review process of manuscripts through an online system;
● Promote the journal as an outlet for dissemination of research and scholarship on student affairs.


The Section Editor position is a substantial professional service commitment requiring the experience and judgment of an experienced scholar. The ideal candidate will have:
● An established record of scholarship in the field of higher education and student affairs;
● Understanding of and commitment to the theory and practice tradition in student affairs, with particular emphasis on current issues germane to practice and scholarship in campus activities;
● Methodological and scholarly expertise to assure the publication of high-quality manuscripts;
● Managerial skills to oversee the editorial cycle and meet deadlines.
Applicants should have recognized expertise in the field, possess editorial experience, and be able to serve effectively within an editorial board team of publishing professionals. It is expected that the Section Editor be employed by an institution that is a NACA member.
● Members must have approval and support from their institutions prior to appointment.  (Note:  Support is defined as financial support, support for time out of the office, etc.)
● If a member 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.

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Term of Service

Section Editors serve a two-year term and have the option to serve a second term by re-applying for the position. Section Editors may serve no longer than four years.

NACA Office Liaison

Director of Education and Research