Editorial Board and Review Policy

All articles submitted to The Journal for Civic Commitment are peer-reviewed by the Journal's Editorial Board, which includes experts in the field of service learning and civic engagement. Papers are reviewed in full publishable form, and no manuscript is accepted based only upon submission of an abstract. Reviewers determine whether or not an article will be published in the Journal, and will provide the editor with comments intended to improve the content, style, and other issues that would improve the quality of the article.

Current Members

Executive Editor:

Dr. Gary Daynes, Executive Editor
Journal for Civic Commitment, CCNCCE
Associate Provost for Integrative Learning
Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84105
Phone: 801-832-2812
Fax: 801-832-3106

Gary Daynes is an Associate Professor of History and Associate Provost for Integrative Learning at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. He holds a PhD in American History from the University of Delaware. Before joining Westminster College, Gary was the Associate Director of Freshman Academy at Brigham Young University. He has also served as Director of Service Learning at Washington Campus Compact and Executive Director of Utah Campus Compact. Gary's academic work falls at the intersection of history, education, and community life. He has recently published articles on the history of narrative, the role of Jane Addams in the creation of civically engaged education, and the connections between democracy and deep learning.

Dr. Daynes has been an Editorial Review Board member for The Journal for Civic Commitment since its inception in 2003, and has been the review board member in charge of book reviews. He has been Executive Editor for the Journal for Civic Commitment since December of 2007.

2nd and 3rd Term Members:

Ms. Debra Bohr
Service Learning Administrator
Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18020
Phone: 610-861-5061
Fax: 610-861-4592

Debra Bohr begins her 11th year at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA. She has served as an academic advisor, NCC liaison to St. Luke's School of Nursing, and now works full-time as NCC's first service learning administrator. Prior to employment at the college, she served as a county juvenile probation officer. Debra has a B.A. in Psychology from Millersville University and a M.Ed. in Secondary Counseling from Kutztown University.

As service learning administrator, Debra collaborates with administration, faculty and students to institutionalize service learning at the college. Grants from the United States Election Assistance Commission, Pennsylvania Campus Compact, United States Department of Homeland Security, AmeriCorps/VISTA, State Farm Youth Advisory Board, and the Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) have all contributed to the expansion and growth of service learning on campus. "Supporting Actions for Engagement" (SAFE) is a grant from CCNCCE that has contributed substantially to this process. A four-year grant dedicated to combining service learning activities with disaster preparedness, the SAFE project has brought service learning to such diverse disciplines as nursing, criminology, journalism, veterinary technology, communications, psychology, sociology and biology. Debra has presented at the League for Innovation in the Community College's Disaster Summit, CCNCCE's National Conference, Montgomery County Community College Service Learning Regional Conference, Bucks County Community College's Faculty of the Future Conference, AACC National Conference, and the National Service Learning Conference.

Sandra B. Edwards, J.D.
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
North Shore Community College
1 Ferncroft Rd.
Danvers, MA 01923
Phone: 978-762-4000, Ext. 5497
Fax: 978-762-4120

Sandra Edwards, J.D., is Vice President, Institutional Advancement, North Shore Community College. Sandra is the executive officer for the College's Resource Development and Institutional Advancement component, and is responsible for planning, development, and implementation of private and public fund-raising. She serves as Executive Director of the NSCC Foundation, supervises NSCC Scholarship Program. Manages Grants Office, Development Office, Marketing & Public Relations, and Alumni & College Relations Office, and is responsible for planning and implementing, pre-campaign, feasibility studies, and campaign phases of a major gift fund-raising initiatives. In addition, Ms. Edwards manages major grants for the college, including Title III and FIPSE, and works directly with the President to facilitate community development and institutional grants for which she initiated and developed a Service Learning component. She also serves on the Massachusetts Campus Compact Service Learning Advisory Board and Mass Service Alliance Taskforce on Civic Engagement. Sandra facilitates the Community Engagement Team to advise the President on public policy and community initiatives. She is responsible for initiation of Public Policy Institute at NSCC (funded FY2006) and development of programming, and she manages development and production of the Institute's white papers on public policy. Sandra Edwards has been an Editorial Review Board member for The Journal for Civic Commitment since 2003.

Regina Hughes
Collin College
Psychology Professor
2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway
Plano, TX 75074
Phone: 972-548-6739
Regina Hughes is a full professor of Psychology and the former Director of the Center for Scholarly & Civic Engagement at Collin College and continues as Coordinator of Service-Learning. Ms. Hughes received her undergraduate degree in Business Marketing and her Master's in Organizational Psychology. She is a past participant in the National Institute of Leadership Development for women aspiring to higher education executive leadership and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)certification training for LeadershipPlenty, a community building leadership program designed by the Pew Charitable Trusts and supported by AACC. Ms. Hughes recently graduated from Leadership Plano, Class 23 and Class 3 of Collin College's leadership training program, the Academy for Collegiate Excellence.

Ms. Hughes brings 20 years of experience from a variety of sectors including higher education, non-profit, and business. She is a member of the founding committee for the creation of the Texas Campus Compact (TXCC) and continues as an advisor and regional coordinator for the TXCC. She has been invited to serve as co-editor with Dr. Nadine Cruz for the newly created TXCC service learning journal, Compact Impact. In 2006, Ms. Hughes was invited to present a paper at the Campus Compact 20th Anniversary Celebration and Visioning Summit entitled, From Solos to Symphonies: Orchestrating Learning through Collaboration. In addition to being named by the Case Foundation and national Campus Compact as one of six higher education "Institutions to Watch" for innovative civic engagement practices, Collin College is the proud recipient of multiple awards and acknowledgments including inclusion in the inaugural President's Community Service Honor Roll and recognition in National Campus Compact's monograph, The Community's College: Indicators of Engagement at Two-Year Institutions as one of 20 community colleges in the nation and the only community college in Texas as modeling "exemplary practices in civic engagement". In addition to these honors, the Collin College Service-Learning Program received the Service Learning Collaboration Award presented by Campus Compact National Center for Community Colleges, the Bellwether Award for its Collaboration for Excellence: Engaged Scholarship at Collin County Community College District, an innovative program that integrates service learning with the District's award-winning Learning Communities program and was a finalist for the Star Award presented by The Higher Education Coordinating Board. Regina Hughes is beginning her third term on the Editorial Review Board for the journal.

Wallace Johnson is currently completing his dissertation on the subject of community college and public school perspectives on college readiness through the doctoral program in Community College Leadership at the University of Texas, Austin. He has a background in political science and a strong interest in civic engagement. Mr. Johnson has taught political science on a full and part-time basis at the community college and university levels since 1992, and he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in many areas of American government, international relations, and U.S. national security. In August 2007, Mr. Johnson was appointed the Interim Director of the Centers for Learning Excellence at South Texas College. He also serves on the College Readiness Vertical Alignment Team for the Social Sciences, a statutorily authorized project of the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He has recently been named to serve as a P-16 advisor for Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Mr. Johnson will be the chair for the Teaching and Learning in Political Science section of the Southwestern Political Science Association, Annual Meeting to be held in Las Vegas, NV in April 2008. This is Mr. Johnson's second term on the Editorial Review Board for The Journal for Civic Commitment. Email:

Mary Prentice, Assistant Professor
Educational Management and Development Department
New Mexico State University
P. O. Box 30001, MSC 3N
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Phone: 505-646-2962
Fax: 505-646-4767

Mary Prentice is an assistant professor and doctoral program coordinator in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at New Mexico State University. She serves as the program evaluator for the Community Colleges Broadening Horizons through Service Learning project facilitated by the American Association of Community Colleges, and has been a research team member and college/community team coach for the Rural Community College Initiative. Before this she was Dean of Social Sciences at Illinois Valley Community College. She began her work in community colleges at Albuquerque TVI Community College (now Central New Mexico Community College) as a psychology faculty member and service learning faculty coordinator. Her current interests include service learning, civic engagement, and learning outcomes. Dr. Prentice is serving her second term on the Editorial Review Board for The Journal for Civic Commitment.

Beryl Toups Odom
Service Learning Coordinator & English Instructor
Gadsden State Community College
P. O. Box 227
Gadsden, AL 35902-0227
Phone: 256-549-8386
Fax: 256-439-6811

Beryl Toups Odom been the Service Learning Coordinator at Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden, Alabama, since 1999. In addition, she teaches ESL, English, Study Skills, and Service Learning. Previously, she was the Coordinator of Computer Learning Center at Gadsden State Community College. During the fall of 2005, she established the Center for Civic Engagement and Service, a direct outgrowth of the college's service learning program.

Ms. Toups Odom has been involved with service learning since 1997. She has sponsored a regional service learning workshop for AACC, presented at the Gulf South Summit on Civic Engagement, and has conducted a variety of workshops around the country on service learning, building community partnerships, reflection, and curriculum development, including: Professional development workshop on Service Learning for tri-college meeting Alabama Post-Secondary System, August 2004; Reflection workshop at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio, September 2004; Presentations at the National Service Learning Conference (March 2002) & American Association of Community Colleges Convention, April 2002, April 2003; Presentation at National Campus Compact, May, 2003; Submitted and received a grant from the American Association of Community Colleges for a regional service learning workshop; planned, organized, and hosted workshop for 10 two-year schools, March 2003; Faculty Development workshop on Service Learning at Georgia Perimeter College, November 2001; Workshops on Service Learning at Mountain Empire Community College, Virginia and Southeast Community College, Kentucky, July 2001; Coordinator of National Youth Service Day, April 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 (part of the MLK Grant); Developed and presently teach GSCC's Service Learning course Community Awareness through Service Learning; Served as national Mentor for Service Learning colleges through Broadening Horizons Grant from AACC, 2000-2003. This is Beryl's second term on the Editorial Review Board for the journal.

Please Welcome Our Newest Members
of the Editorial Review Board for 2007-2009

CJ Gerda Bender
Senior Lecturer
Department of Curriculum Studies
Faculty of Education
University of Pretoria
Phone: +27+12 4205199
Fax: +27+120866847050
Email: OR

CJ Gerda Bender is a service learning professional and practicioner in South Africa at the University of Pretoria. Her teaching and research focus is on curricular community engagement and service learning in higher education in South Africa. Her research projects are on three levels: national, institutional, and programme development with service learning. At the national level, she is a member of a task team investigating the benchmark of community engagement in South African higher education institutions (HEIs). She is also a member of the national team of the JET/CHESP Service-learning Capacity Building Programme and part of the five task team members that conducted research and wrote a book for HEIs:   Service-Learning in the Curriculum: a Resource for Higher Education Institutions. Pretoria: Council on Higher Education and JET Education Services (June 2006).

The University of Pretoria has also recognised her innovative course for the training of academic staff in the theory and good practice of service learning by awarding her a certificate for Education Innovation (2006). She is also an executive board member of the International Center for Service Learning in Teacher Education (2007-2009).

No picture available. Tara N Fayter
Service-Learning Coordinator
Richard Stockton College of NJ
PO Box 195
Pomona, NJ 08240-0195
Phone: 609/652-4256
Fax: 609/626-3467

Tara Fayter has been the Service Learning Coordinator at the Richard Stockton College of NJ since 2001. Her research interests and publications include civic engagement, the cognitiveaffective impacts of service learning on nontraditional students, and the effects of mandatory service on high school seniors and first-year students. Additionally, she is a reviewer for the Journal of Cognitive Affective Learning (Emory Univ.) and the Journal of Service-Learning in Education (Univ. of Central Florida), and she occasionally reviews submissions for the International Journal of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education. She has also been an invited reviewer for several special issues and many conferences.

Dr. Brian R. Shmaefsky
Professor of Biology & Service Learning Coordinator
Lone Star College - Kingwood
HSB 202V
20,000 Kingwood Drive
Kingwood, TX 77339-3801
Voice: 281-312-1609
Fax: 281-312-1653

Brian Robert Shmaefsky is currently a Column Editor for the Journal of College Science Teaching and he serves as a Reader and a Reviewer for various trade and professional journals related his professional science disciplines and to educational practices including service learning. Dr. Shmaefsky had a diverse career background that included three years as an industrial biochemist and a university professor before coming to Kingwood College in 1992 to establish the college's 2-year biotechnology program. His current duties at Lone Star College - Kingwood include biology teaching and coordinating the service learning program.

Dr. Shmaefsky has authored many articles on science teaching and service learning. He has also written several books including topics on biotechnology, human diseases, and medical advances, plus, has technical chapters and articles in industrial and science publications.

P. K. Shukla, Ph.D., C.P.I.M. Ranked #15 Nationally
Director, Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics
Associate Professor of Management
Argyros School of Business and Economics
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, California 92866
(714)997-6817 fax: (714)628-7253

P.K. Shukla completed his doctoral degree at University of California, Los Angeles in Strategy & Policy/Administrative Policy Studies. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Management in the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University. He teaches courses in marketing research, international marketing, strategy/policy, management, operations research, forecasting, quantitative methods, organization behavior, and organization theory. Dr. Shukla has held directorships on several public and private corporate and community boards of directors. He is a candidate and ex-holder of elected public offices: Ex-Director, Mental Health Association of Orange County, Board of Directors Villa Park Library, supporter of Villa Park Foundation, and member Orange County Forum Board of Directors. Since 2002, Dr. Shukla is the Director of Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics, which is a top nationally ranked entrepreneurship program at both the graduate and undergraduate levels by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine. He advises students and student organizations on social entrepreneurship, service learning, and civic commitment. In addition, Dr. Shukla was the recipient of the 2006 Best Faculty Advisor Award from Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization.

Joseph Swaba
Associate Director, Grants Management
Maricopa Community Colleges District
2411 W 14th St
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: 480-731-8954

Joseph Swaba has more than fifteen years experience in higher education including alumni relations, student activities, program development, fundraising, teaching, grant writing, and student training. He has extensive experience coordinating special events and programs at local and national levels. He is a highly effective speaker and writer and is an experienced grant writer and fundraiser. He is the Associate Director of the Grants and Corporate Development Office for the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Tim Taylor
Assistant Professor
English Department
3820 Coleman Hall
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: 217-581-6309

Tim Taylor earned a Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Alabama in 2002, and his dissertation-A Historical Understanding of Ecocomposition: The Greening of University Rhetoric-focused on environmentally-focused and place-based initiatives in Composition Studies. Since taking a position at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, he has taught composition and interdisciplinary courses connected to service learning. In his role as Assistant Chair of English for the past two years at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, he has mentored many part-time faculty members on how to construct, assess, and evaluate service learning college composition courses. He also revised and created course materials, syllabi, and assignments to make our composition courses have more of a civic focus. Dr. Taylor's article, "The Research Paper as an Act of Citizenship: Possibilities and Pragmatism," exemplifies his focus on having college composition courses connect to rhetoric's ancient roots: educating students to become citizens.

Dr. Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric at Eastern Illinois University where he teaches college composition and professional writing.