MJSCL is an open-access journal focusing on research, theory, pedagogy, and other matters related to academic service-learning, campus-community partnerships, and engaged/public scholarship in higher education.


Thank you for your interest in the Michigan Journal.

Launched in 1994, the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL) is an international, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary academic journal for college and university faculty and administrators, with an editorial board and cadre of peer reviewers representing faculty from many higher education disciplines and professional fields. It is a publication of the University of Michigan’s Ginsberg Center.

We seek articles at the cutting edge of research, theory, pedagogy, and other matters related to academic service-learning, campus-community partnerships, and engaged, public scholarship in higher education that extend the knowledge base and support and strengthen researchers’ and practitioners’ work. We also publish review essays of newly-released books pertinent to service-learning and community engagement. Please review our Submissions page to learn more about our submission and review process.

Beginning with this issue (Volume 23 Number 1), each issue of the MJCSL will be published using an open access digital format. We will no longer have a one-year embargo period. Each issue will be accessible upon its release (in November for the fall issue, in April for the spring issue).

We are also unveiling this new website. Hosted by the University of Michigan’s MPublishing, with this website you can electronically access past issues and articles of the MJCSL, searching by author, title, or journal volume and number. You can read the articles online or print copies. We believe that this format better serves our goal to disseminate leading service-learning and community engagement scholarship as widely as possible, and is more consistent with our values of access equality and environmental stewardship.

We no longer make print subscriptions available. However, print-on-demand copies will be available through a partner for those who desire a hard copy. Information will be posted here when the arrangement is finalized.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jeffrey Howard


Volume 23, Issue 1 (2016) Current Issue(s)

Research and Theory

Special Section: The SLCE Future Directions Project
Guest Co-Editors: Patti H. Clayton, Sarah E. Stanlick, Edward Zlotkowski, and Lori E. Kniffin

Learning From and With Community Organizations to Navigate the Tensions of Democratic Engagement

Brandon Whitney, Stacey Muse, Barbara Harrison, Kathleen E. Edwards, and Patti Clayton

Winding Pathways to Engagement: Creating a Front Door

Lori E. Kniffin, Timothy J. Shaffer, and Mary H. Tolar

Values-Engaged Assessment: Reimagining Assessment through the Lens of Democratic Engagement

Joe Bandy, Anna Bartel, Patti H. Clayton, Sylvia Gale, Heather Mack, Julia Metzker, Georgia Nigro, Mary Price, and Sarah Stanlick

Responses to the Call for a National Strategic Plan

Lori E. Kniffin and Jeffrey Howard

Book Review Essays