MJCSL 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. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Goals of the Journal

The goals* of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL) are to:

  • Widen the community of civic engagement educators, engaged scholars, and their community partners in order to expand the number of groups and individuals who experience the benefits that accrue through engaged scholarship.
  • Encourage research, theory, pedagogy in civic engagement, campus-community partnerships, curriculum-based and co-curricular service-learning, and engaged/public scholarship.
  • Honor and develop the intellectual vigor of students, staff, faculty, and community partners.
  • Contribute to the growth of civic engagement and engaged/public scholarship in order to develop a civic temper that inspires collective action to expand access and opportunity to political, economic and social power.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary approaches to complex social issues.
  • Promote scholarly innovation that reflects and advances diversity, equity, and inclusion.

*These are the goals of the journal in aggregate. Each article need not address all of these goals.


Volume 24, Issue 1 (2017) Current Issue(s)

Research and Theory

Psycho-Ecological Systems Model: A Systems Approach to Planning and Gauging the Community Impact of Community-Engaged Scholarship

Roger N. Reeb, Nyssa L. Snow-Hill, Susan F. Folger, Anne L. Steel, Laura Stayton, Charles A. Hunt, Bernadette O’Koon, and Zachary Glendening


Special Section: Graduate Education, Service-Learning and Community Engagement
Guest Editor: Susan C. Harris

Community Engagement Competencies for Graduate and Professional Students: Michigan State University’s Approach to Professional Development

Diane M. Doberneck, Burton A. Bargerstock, Miles McNall, Laurie Van Egeren, and Renee Zientek

Book Review Essays