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JCAPS Fall 2022

The Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship (JCAPS) is a social science peer-reviewed journal.  It focuses on publishing rigorous, relevant, and respected scholarship related to postsecondary education co-curricular campus activities, and translating such scholarship to practice.  It especially encourages submissions from practitioners throughout higher education.

 Typical submissions to the journal cover topics such as:

  • Student and leadership development within campus activities
  • Programming within a diverse and multicultural campus
  • Advising students and their organizations
  • Campus programming, governance, and/or funding boards
  • Assessing the effects of student involvement in campus activities
  • Navigating political and legal issues in working with students
  • Professional development for staff and faculty who work with students

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 Danielle M. De Sawal, Indiana University-Bloomington; Adam Peck, Illinois State University; David M. Rosch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

TThe JCAPS Editors address the issue of professional burnout, defining what burnout means, why the issue is particularly relevant in post-pandemic higher education within student-serving employees, and suggesting how to address and potentially alleviate it. 

S. Nicole Jones, University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Jennifer Ann Morrow, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Nicole Jones and Jennifer Ann Morrow describe their study of how student organizations influence the sense of belonging that first-generation students in their first semester freshman feel – compared to non-first-generation students. Results suggest student organizations contribute as much influence on first-generation sense of belonging in academic classrooms as participating in a living-learning center.

Ashley Tull, Texas Christian University; Justine Grace, Texas Christian University; Colin Nelson-Pinkston, Phired Up & TechniPhi; Amy Murphy, Angelo State University

Ashley Tull, Justine Grace, Colin Nelson-Pinkston, and Amy Murphy examine the alignment within social fraternity men between their personal and organizational values and their activity involvement. 

Tyler M. Miller, South Dakota State University; Rebecca Bott-Knutson, South Dakota State University

Tyler Miller and Rebecca Bott-Knutson examine the Common Read program at South Dakota State University in the year the campus engaged with the book “Irresistible,” which describes the potentially addictive nature of cell phone and social media technology. Their results suggest the positive influence of the overall Common Read program.

Brenda L. McKenzie, Vanderbilt University

Brenda McKenzie reviews the Wiley series "New Directions in Student Leadership" and discusses how campus activities professionals can make efficient use of its titles and articles.

Vanessa Kay Herrera, St. Cloud State University; Giovanna E. Walters, St. Cloud State University; Brittany M. Williams, University of Vermont

Vanessa Key Herrera, Giovanna Walters, and Brittany Williams review the TV series "Charmed," hosted on the CW, analyzing the messages that are sent within the series about student life on contemporary college campuses.

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