Ongoing Call for Submissions

We seek lively and original articles on research, theory, pedagogy, and other issues pertinent to (a) civic engagement, (b) campus-community partnerships, (c) curriculum-based and co-curricular service-learning, and (d) engaged/public scholarship in higher education. As an interdisciplinary journal invested in diversity, equity, and inclusion, we believe that the perspectives of multiple disciplines adds complexity and depth to the work of community engagement. We seek writing that imagines an audience of informed individuals outside of individual authors’ fields. We aim to allow diverse university and community stakeholders to engage fully in the discovery, dissemination and application of ideas. We especially encourage new and emerging scholars to submit their work.

Submissions should ask questions that advance the overall field and reflect systematic inquiries that produce new knowledge or understanding and offer a clear intervention in the interdisciplinary field of community engagement. Methodologies may vary widely, but studies should be supported by data, textual evidence, and/or analysis and should support conclusions that have implications for scholars, teachers, and/or practitioners across various geographic locales. While the scope and sample size of submissions may be narrow, studies should offer opportunities for replication, application, or adaptation. We generally do not publish descriptions of individual programs or reflection pieces that do not move beyond lessons learned through the implementation of established community engagement principles.

We seek writing that probes hard questions and that balances theoretical or conceptual ideas with a sharp focus on the messy, complicated details of shared experience, of real places, of people and politics. We invite submissions that are both rigorous and accessible and that embrace an expansive community perspective. Our aspiration is to appeal to both scholars and educated “lay” readers such as university students, policy professionals, activists, and anyone who may be interested in the complex and interconnected ways we engage one another.

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The editorial team is: Neeraja Aravamudan, Mary Jo Callan, Cecilia Morales, Nick Tobier.

To read more about how to submit a manuscript, click here. If you have any questions, contact us at

Call for Submissions: Summer 2019 Special Section 

The Summer 2019 issue of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL) will feature a special section on service-learning and community engagement in Asia, guest edited by Robert Shumer, formerly from the University of Minnesota. Please consider submitting an article to this special section of MJCSL.

This section will feature articles about research being conducted on service-learning and community engagement in K-12, university, and community settings in Asia, with a focus on several areas: program impact, teacher education, community impact, individual impact, as well as institutional change and program development. The goal of the section is to highlight the kind of research that is currently being done in Asia and to learn of the “Asian Character of Service-Learning.” Only topics related to service-learning and community engagement in Asian contexts will be considered.

The first step in the submission process is to send Rob Shumer ( an abstract by December 15th, 2018, preferably no more than a page in length. Abstracts should adequately convey the focus/plan for the article, along with your email address.

Invitations to submit an article manuscript will be made by email no later than January 15th, with invited articles due February 15th, 2019.

MJCSL is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal with faculty and administrator readers all over the world. It publishes articles on research, theory, pedagogy, and other issues pertinent to (a) civic engagement, (b) campus-community partnerships, (c) curriculum-based and co-curricular service-learning, and (d) engaged/public scholarship in higher education.

Please visit MJCSL’s website ( to review submission guidelines or articles from past issues.

We are also seeking potential article reviewers, primarily from Asian institutions. If you would like to serve as a reviewer, contact Rob Shumer with information about your background and areas of expertise.


Robert Shumer
Formerly of the University of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN and currently with Metropolitan State University in St. Paul and San Diego State University in San Diego)

In partnership with:
Neeraja Aravamudan, Mary Jo Callan, Cecilia Morales, and Nick Tobier
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning Editorial Team
Edward Ginsberg Center at the University of Michigan

Call for Submissions: Winter 2020 Special Section 

The Winter 2020 issue of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL) will feature a special section on Community Impacts of Engaged Research, Teaching and Practice, guest edited by Charles Z. Levkoe (Lakehead University), Karen Schwartz (Carleton University), Peter Andrée (Carleton University) and Nadine Changfoot (Trent University).


Community-campus engagement (CCE) has become a powerful tool for teaching and research on university and college campuses around the world. Community-based organizations have also recognized the value of partnering with faculty, students, and campus staff as a way to increase capacity, broaden reach, and accomplish goals. Acknowledging the opportunities and challenges of partnership-based work, researchers and community-based practitioners have called for ‘community-first’ approaches that focus on generating meaningful impacts for community-based partners through collaboration (Andrée et al., 2014; Butcher et al., 2011; Cronley et al. 2015; Ward & Wolf-Wendel, 2000). This call was inspired by the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) research project based at Carleton University in Ottawa ( CFICE, a partnership among academics and community groups across Canada established in 2012, is a collaborative action research project that aims to better understand the ways that community-campus partnerships can be designed and implemented to maximize the value for communities and community-based organizations.


For this special section, we seek research, pedagogy, and other articles that explore community first approaches to community-engaged research, teaching, and practice work, and how they can have greater community impact. We especially welcome articles that include and/or incorporate the perspectives and voices of non-academic partners. The editors invite abstracts for articles and rigorous case studies from academics, educators, and researchers that: (a) report research studies focused on community outcomes/impacts, (b) report on, comment on, and/or imagine a variety of ways of defining and measuring community impacts and valuation of CCE; (c) propose new approaches to research, teaching, and practice (in relation to historical and contemporary models, methods,processes, and ethos) intended to share power, resources, and control in CCE partnerships; (d) offer critical insights into the role of CCE and social movements as well as community-based (e.g., ‘collective impact’) processes; (e) provide perspectives on CCE cases that offer guidance to student, faculty, administrative staff, and community partners; or (f) explore innovative university, community, and funder policies and frameworks designed to encourage impactful CCE research, teaching, and practice.

We are particularly interested in contributions that build on the foundations of social justice and ecological sustainability and bring creativity, imagination, and experimentation. Articles should also be rooted in embodied, experiential modes of making, thinking, learning, and doing; oriented toward current and future cultural and social conditions; and concerned with ways that these can be integrated into developing modes of research, teaching, and practice.

The first step in the submission process is to submit a one-page abstract/précis by January 18, 2019 that adequately conveys the focus/plan for the article and includes the author(s)’ contact information, including email address. Invitations to submit an article will be made by email in early January, with invited articles due April 30, 2019.

Reviewing recent past issues of the MJCSL to see the kinds of articles published in this journal will better position the prospective article submitter to receive a favorable reply to their abstract submission.

Please consult general MJCSL submission guidelines.

Submissions and questions about the special issue may be directed to Charles Z. Levkoe ( and Nadine Changfoot (

  • Charles Z. Levkoe
  • Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems
  • Assistant Professor, Health Sciences
  • Lakehead University
  • Nadine Changfoot
  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Political Studies
  • Trent University
  • Karen Schwartz
  • Associate Professor
  • Interim Associate Vice President (Research and International)
  • Carleton University
  • Peter Andrée
  • Associate Professor and Associate Chair
  • Department of Political Science
  • Carleton University


Andrée, P., Chapman, D., Hawkins, L., Kneen, C., Muehlberger, C., Nelson, C., et al. (2014). Building effective relationships for community-engaged scholarship in Canadian Food Studies. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des Études Sur L'alimentation, 1(1), 27-27.

Butcher, J., Bezzina, M., & Moran, W. (2011). Transformational partnerships: A new agenda for higher education. Innovative Higher Education, 36(1), 29-40.

Cronley, C., Madden, E., & Davis, J.B. (2015). Making service-learning partnerships work: Listening and responding to community partners. Journal of Community Practice, 23(2), 274-289.

Ward, K., & Wolf-Wendel, L. (2000). Community-centered service learning: Moving from doing for to doing with. American Behavioral Scientist, 43(5), 767-780.

Book Reviews 

In line with MJCSL's vision, we seek a diversity of perspectives on community engagement, both in terms of titles as well as analysis. Please contact Suchi Gururaj at if you have any books to recommend for review or would like to serve as a reviewer.