The Journal of Faculty Development

A Forum for the exchange of information regarding professional development in post-secondary educational institutions.

About The Journal of Faculty Development

The Journal of Faculty Development, founded in 1983, is an independent, peer-reviewed journal published by New Forums Press. Issued three times yearly, the Journal is a medium for the exchange of information regarding professional development in post-secondary educational institutions. We publish a wide variety of articles, ranging from research studies (using qualitative or quantitative methodologies) to essays on theory and philosophy. Our readership includes faculty members, administrators, and faculty development professionals at all levels of higher education, therefore we encourage contributors to focus on the implications of their investigations for scholars and practitioners in the field. We have published manuscripts related to issues in professional development, higher education pedagogy, curriculum, leadership, program design and implementation, and evaluation and assessment. We welcome suggestions for thematic issues of the Journal -- addressing a single issue, problem, or theory.

The Journal is affiliated with the following organizations:

  • The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education
    National Council of Instructional Administrators
  • *National Council of Staff, Program, and Organizational Development
  • National Council on Student Development
  • National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development

*This organization purchases the online version of the Journal for current members.


Style and Content Guidelines for Authors

  • We strongly suggest that you ask several of your colleagues to read the manuscript before you submit it for review. This practice will increase the chances that your article will be accepted without extensive, time-consuming changes.
  • Please refer to the APA Publication Manual (6th Edition) for rules regarding style and format,
    especially Chapter 3, “Writing Clearly and Concisely.” The Journal editor and reviewers expect your
    manuscript to reflect the highest standards of expository writing.
  • The use of the passive voice makes traditional academic prose turgid and dull. Strive to use
    active voice in your writing for the Journal.
  • Avoid superfluous citations and try to minimize citations of unpublished material. Widely acknowledged phenomena, standard research procedures, and well-known facts do not require citations.
  • Avoid the use of jargon and define any terms that are likely to be unfamiliar to our readership.
  • If your article is a case study or a description of a program, you should discuss the evaluation
    process and its results in great detail.
  • If your article is an empirical research study, please make sure that you fully address the
    implications of this research for practice in higher education.
  • Note: Please remember the definition of the word “faculty” is collective, according to The
    American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition, 2000:
    1. Any of the divisions or comprehensive branches of learning at a college or university: the faculty of law.
    2. The teachers and instructors within such a division.
    3. A body of teachers.
    4. All of the members of a learned profession: the medical faculty.

Therefore, referring to a single individual as “a faculty” is incorrect. The correct form is “faculty member.”


The Review Process

We accept only electronic submissions; email the document file as an attachment to Otherwise, send the document as a saved file on a CD or flash drive, to The Journal of Faculty Development, New Forums Press, PO Box 876, Stillwater, OK 74076. Call 405-372-6158 with your questions.
After an initial review by the Editor, each manuscript will be sent to at least three peer reviewers for their assessment. The reviewers may recommend that the Journal accept the manuscript in its original form or suggest changes and modifications before publication. They can also reject a manuscript if they believe it is unsuitable for the Journal.

The criteria used for the evaluation of manuscripts include:

  • Logic and organization of the manuscript.
  • Quality of writing.
  • Clarity of the thesis, argument, or question.
  • Quality of support for thesis/argument/question.
  • Extent to which the implications are explored.
  • Pertinence to scholars and practitioners in postsecondary education.
  • Suitability for the Journal of Faculty Development:
    1. represents a completely innovative contribution to the field
    2. makes a contribution that is useful (but not necessarily ground-breaking)
    3. describes novel ideas, concepts, or techniques
    4. applies existing concepts and techniques in novel ways
    5. integrates existing research in useful ways
    6. provides a useful synthesis of ideas in the field

Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, the author will submit it in RTF format on a computer disk if the first submission was not via email. Microsoft Word or any other standard word-processing program is acceptable.

One copy of the Journal in which the article appears will be sent to each author, and reprints may be ordered by authors at cost. In addition to the New Forums Press Web site, printed copies of each issue may be ordered on The Journal is also available in an electronic version through the New Forums Press Web site.


Manuscript Submission and Formatting Requirements

Note: The Journal of Faculty Development does not publish articles that have appeared in other publications. Articles must differ substantively from previously published works.

Manuscripts should generally not exceed 3,500 words (approximately 14 pages, double spaced, including references, tables, and figures).

Manuscripts must conform to the American Psychological Association’s format described in the association’s Publication Manual (6th Edition). Please double-check references, citations, headings, figures, and graphs for compliance with the APA format.

Manuscripts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document, or a similar standard word processor document (saved in RTF rich text), as an attachment to an email sent to Otherwise, submit your manuscript on 8 ˝ x 11 inch white bond paper (one original and four copies) to Submissions, P.O. Box 876, Stillwater, OK 74076. You must indicate that your submission is for this journal.

The name and complete address, telephone, fax number, and email address of each author should appear on a separate cover page, so it can be removed for the blind review process.

All figures and tables should appear at the end of the manuscript, each on a separate page. All portions of figures and tables must be in black only, and created in the word processing program, not generated from a linked spreadsheet or other application. The author(s) should indicate placement of figure or table by inserting a notation, “Insert Figure X about here,” at the appropriate point in the manuscript (between paragraphs).

The manuscript should include a 100-word abstract, a two- to three-sentence biographical sketch of each author, and postal and email addresses for each author.