Georgia College Personnel Association


Welcome to the Georgia Journal of College Student Affairs, the official journal of the Georgia College Personnel Association.  The Georgia Journal is the leading journal for college and university student affairs administrators and counselors in the state of Georgia.  The Journal serves as the primary communication link for research, critical issues, and best practices for the student affairs profession.

History of the Georgia Journal of College Student Affairs

The Georgia Journal was first published in 1985, under the editorship of Tom G. Walter, then a doctoral candidate in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at the University of Georgia.  Prior to that time, there was a graduate student publication called Viewpoint, which benefited from financial support from the Georgia College Personnel Association.  However, the official “birth” of the Georgia Journal of College Students Affairs as the GCPA journal was Volume One which was published in 1985.  Several graduate students edited the Journal over the succeeding years.  Dr. Roger B. Winston, Jr., Professor in Counseling & Human Development Services at UGA became Editor in 1997.  The first online version of the Georgia Journal was published in 2002 (Volume 18), under the editorship of Dr. Diane L. Cooper, a faculty member in the same department.  From 2004 through 2007, Dr. Teresa Raetz, Director of Student Affairs for the University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus, was the Editor of the Georgia Journal.  Dr. Tom G. Walter, Vice President for Student Development & Enrollment Management at Gainesville State College served as Editor of the Georgia Journal of College Student Affairs from Summer 2007-through 2010. Dr. Kijua McMurtry, Associate Dean of Students & Special Assistant to the President on Diversity of Agnes Scott College transitioned to the role of Editor during 2011. In 2012, Dr. Brenda Marina took on the role of co-Editor of the Journal. Together, McMurtry and Marina modified procedures and strategies for the Journal. Dr. Marina has served as the Editor of the Journal since January, 2013. During the 2013 year, Marina requested and received an ISSN number for the both the print and online version of the Journal. Dr. Lauren Lunk began as the Editor of the Journal in 2016.

2016-2017 Call for Papers

Submitting Articles, Author Guidelines

The Georgia Journal of College Student Affairs is interested in manuscripts concerning administrative concerns; creative programs to improve student services; student development theory and its application; professional development for student affairs professionals including counselors and administrators; issues related to and of concern to student affairs professionals; and original research related to the above. Research can be of a quantitative or qualitative nature.  Please adhere to the following general guidelines:

  • Since a blind review process is used, authors should not identify themselves or any institutions involved in their research. Names of institutions can be inserted, when appropriate, after the review process.
  • Use the term student or participant rather than subject.
  • The entire manuscript should be typed, double-spaced, with one inch margins all around, in 12 point type, Times New Roman style, and in accordance with the guidelines published in the most recent APA Publication Manual.
  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references, quotations, tables, and figures. Authors should make sure these are accurate and correct.
  • The reference page(s) should only include citations referred to in the manuscript and all citations should be included in the reference page(s).
  • Upon acceptance of a manuscript, the author is responsible for making the changes recommended by the editor and for proofreading the manuscript prior to submitting the final copy.
  • Submission of the final copy of a manuscript indicates the author’s permission to publish it in the Journal.
  • Never submit a manuscript under consideration by another journal.
  • Full-length articles should not exceed 15 pages (references not included).
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic format
  • Submit the manuscript as one document and the author name, title, institution, and for the lead author, contact information (address and email) as a separate document.

Questions should be directed to:

Lauren Lunk.
Editor, Georgia Journal of College Student Affairs
Executive Director, Retention – Chattahoochee Technical College
Marietta, GA, 30060

Manuscripts should be emailed as attachments (with contact information as a separate document) to:

2016-2017 Editorial Board Members