Special Issue on the Role of Student Affairs

Special Issue on the Role of Student Affairs in International Student Transition and Success (published) https://jistudents.org/7-4/ 

Call For Contributions

The Journal of International Students is seeking manuscripts that address the role of Student Affairs in international student transition and success. Specifically, how can different functional areas within Student Affairs contribute to the transition, inclusion, and success for international students to college campuses? For the purpose of this special issue, Student Affairs is defined broadly as a profession or university unit(s) that advances the mission of higher education institutions via curricular and/or co-curricular functions, supports student learning and development (e.g., academically, emotionally, socially), and encompasses administration, management, advising, and/or counseling services for students (Manning, Kinzie & Schuh, 2014; Nuss, 2003).

Much of the current literature tends to place the responsibility for international student support on International Student Affairs offices; however, all functional areas in Student Affairs have a responsibility to contribute to the transition, inclusion, and success of international students. The aim of this issue is to provide empirical and practical implications for better supporting international students.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Role of functional areas (e.g., New Student Orientation, Multicultural Affairs, Career Services)
  • Programmatic interventions for contributing to sense of belonging
  • Student success practices
  • Developing skills and competencies as a student affairs professional
  • Using culturally sensitive and inclusive practices
  • Collaborating across functional areas to support international students
  • Applying theory to student affairs practice
  • International students’ experiences with or perceptions of student affairs offices

Submission formats include the following:

  • Empirical studies (6,000 word limit)
  • Practitioner narratives on successful practices and initiatives (2,500 word limit)
  • Book reviews (1,000 word limit)

Submit a preliminary abstract of the submission (no more than two double-spaced pages, not inclusive of references, tables, or figures) in Microsoft Word to Dr. Christina W. Yao at cyao@unl.edu and Dr. Chrystal A. George Mwangi at chrystal@umass.edu. Include the following author information: coordinating author, co-authors, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address. Preliminary abstracts should be emailed no later than December 1, 2016 by 5 PM EST.

Our anticipated timeline is as follows:

October 1, 2016:                   Call for proposals

December 1, 2016:               Proposals due

Early January 2017:              Notification to authors

April 1, 2017:                         Manuscripts due

Summer/fall 2017:               Special issue release

Please direct any questions to the co-editors of this special issue:

  • Dr. Christina W. Yao, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, E-mail: cyao@unl.edu
  • Dr. Chrystal A. George Mwangi, University of Massachusetts Amherst, E-mail: chrystal@umass.edu


Manning, K., Kinzie, J., & Schuh, J.H. (2014). One size does not fit all: Traditional and innovative models of student affairs practice (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Nuss, E.M. (2003). The development of student affairs. In S.R. Komives & D.B. Woodard, Jr. (Eds.) Student services: A handbook  for the profession (4th ed., pp. 65-88). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.