Special Issue

GUEST EDITOR: Kimberly Coleman, Vermont Campus Compact and Vermont Higher Education Council

See the Manuscript Submission Page for regular JPSHE issues for details on review criteria, style, and format that will be used for the special issue.  

The Intersection of Community Engagement and Sustainability in Higher Education

JSPHE is currently inviting manuscript submissions within the topic area of Sustainability.  We broadly define sustainability as the ability to maintain the ecological, social, and economic needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own ecological, social, and economic needs. There will be two sections of the special issue. One for general submissions centered on the topic and one for faculty and staff involved in the Campuses for Environmental Stewardship Project through Main, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont Campus Compacts. See below for descriptions of each call for manuscripts.  

For this special issue, JPSHE is looking for manuscripts that reflect upon the use of community engagement within higher education to educate about and address sustainability issues. We accept empirically-based examinations, critical reflection pieces, theoretical investigations, commentaries, case studies, pedagogical and research designs, and book reviews. We look for manuscripts within the realms of teaching, research, service, and institutional strategies. Authors should keep in mind that JPSHE is very reflective in nature and looks for manuscripts that provide a critical lens to implications for teaching, research, and practice and that clearly outline strengths, challenges, and use of the new knowledge generated. 

General Submissions

For the general section, the editors invite manuscripts that address, for example:

  • how community engagement influences teaching and research about sustainability;
  • the outcomes of institutional initiatives to stimulate community-engaged teaching, research, and service about sustainability among faculty and/or graduate students;
  • The ability of community-engaged teaching, research, and service to promote sustainability initiatives on campus;
  • international and/or interdisciplinary teaching and research with communities about sustainability;
  • practical advice and guidance to faculty new to public scholarship including strategies for integrating sustainability content into courses, research agendas, and service activities;
  • the role of sustainability-focused community-engaged teaching and research in promotion and tenure as it relates to environmental stewardship;
  • public scholarship as a paradigm for undergraduate and graduate student research about sustainability;
  • principles for the design of reciprocal, mutually beneficial teaching and research projects with communities centered on sustainability.

Authors are welcome to contact editors to discuss ideas and manuscripts prior to submission.

Campuses for Environmental Stewardship Submissions

This section of the special issue will be devoted to manuscripts submitted by faculty participating in the Campus and Community Colleges for Environmental Stewardship Program through Main, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont Campus Compacts. Submission should focus on the use service-learning as a way to integrate sustainability concepts into academic courses. Manuscripts may address any of the project goals, including but not limited to:

  • Completing service- and problem-based learning projects in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont communities to enhance student learning outcomes, and to tie this learning to issues of civic importance and real world application;
  • Creating and sustaining changes in campus delivery of courses for experiential and environmental education of students in all fields of study
  • Creating a strengthened and replicable model for interdisciplinary approaches to service and problem-based learning

Call for Manuscripts (TBA)

Call for Reviewers (TBA)

Author Guidelines

See the Manuscript Submission Page for regular JPSHE issues for details on review criteria, style, and format.