Welcome to the new webpage of the AFCU Journal: A Franciscan Perspective on Higher Education!
In 2001, the Board of Directors of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU) approved a proposal for an annual journal. It was hoped that this journal would encourage faculty and staff members and administrators of Franciscan institutions to explore the connection between the Franciscan intellectual and spiritual tradition and the many dimensions of Catholic higher education. The first issue of the journal appeared in January 2004. Since its inception the journal has featured articles and poems from more than 80 members of the faculty, staff, and administration of 15 AFCU institutions. In many ways the journal has served as a point of contact for scholars and practitioners desiring to deepen their understanding and integration of the Catholic Franciscan tradition into the curriculum and the co-curriculum.
With the inauguration of the revised AFCU website, the journal expands its ability to serve AFCU members. While publication of the paper version of the journal will continue, plans are in process for an on-line “best practices” newsletter. We envision that this newsletter will feature peer-reviewed articles describing “ideas that work” to bring the Franciscan tradition alive in the classroom, board room, and across the campus. We are currently revising manuscript submission guidelines for the paper version of the journal and developing guidelines for the “best practices” on-line newsletter. We hope to share these guidelines early in 2011.
Faculty, staff, and administrators from AFCU institutions and related organizations are invited to submit scholarly articles related to the Franciscan perspective on higher education. Articles should be approximately 3,000 to 6,000 words in length. Shorter articles describing unique programs and “best practices,” book reviews, and original poems are also welcome. The editorial board conducts a blind review of all articles. If selected for publication, the journal board decides whether the article will be published in the paper version of the AFCU journal which appears annually in January or in conjunction with the AFCU Executive Director’s newsletter which is published periodically through the AFCU website.
Articles should be submitted electronically to
. To ensure anonymous review, the manuscript should not contain any information which identifies the author. Author’s name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone and e-mail information should be submitted on a contact page.
When citing Franciscan sources, please consult Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. For specific directions for preparation and transmittal of manuscripts, please contact: Editor, The AFCU Journal, Alvernia University, 400 St. Bernardine Street, Reading, PA 19607 or
When citing Franciscan sources, please consult Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. For specific directions for preparation and transmittal of manuscripts, please contact: Editor, The AFCU Journal, Neumann University, One Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014 or
January, 2004 - Volume 1, No. 1
January, 2005 - Volume 2, No. 1
January, 2006 - Volume 3, No. 1
January, 2007 - Volume 4, No. 1
January, 2008 - Volume 5, No. 1
January, 2009 - Volume 6, No. 1
January, 2010 - Volume 7, No. 1 January, 2011 - Volume 8, No. 1 January, 2012 - Volume 9, No. 1 Subject Index of AFCU Journal Articles
From the Chair:As Chair of the Board of the Association of Franciscan Colleges andUniversities, I welcome this new edition of our AFCU Journal and takepleasure in the knowledge that it is now in your hands.Our editor, Sr. Roberta McKelvie, with the support of Dr. Thomas Flynn of Alvernia University, has once again provided a veritable feast of published offerings to assist each of our campuses in the work of integration of Franciscan mission with the many facets of our campuses.Next summer, we pack our bags and head to Neumann University where President Rosalie Mirenda and her faculty and staff will host our biennial practical symposium: Catholic in the Franciscan Tradition: Formation, Integration and Assessment.Be sure to consult our AFCU web site regularly for more information on programs past, present and future Br. Gary Maciag, our Executive Director, loves to see those "hits" on our "cyber-space office."May all our efforts find us constant in our dedication and capable of managing the significant challenges each of our member schools must address day in and day out.Sincerely yours,Margaret Carney, OSFPresident of St. Bonaventure University
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On October 3, 2001, the Board of Directors of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities approved a proposal for an annual journal to feature the peer reviewed research and writings of faculty and administrators of AFCU institutions. The purposes of the AFCU journal are:
It is hoped that this publication will offer an incentive for faculty and staff to reflect upon the distinct character of a Franciscan institution of higher education.
The publication of the journal is guided by a small editorial board and assisted by contact persons within each of the AFCU institutions. The views expressed in the articles are attributed to the authors and not to the member institutions. Permission to reprint articles should be directed to: Editor, The AFCU Journal, Neumann University, One Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014.
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