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Submission Guidelines for Dissertation Overviews

The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement invites submissions of dissertation summaries of methods used to examine topics related to university-community engagement. In a Dissertation Overview, the dissertation research can cover any discipline or area in the field of university-community engagement, public scholarship, and the scholarship of engagement. Dissertation Overviews will clearly outline topics, theories, methods, findings, and conclusions.

Dissertation Overviews should

  • Outline the purpose or problem the research addressed;
  • Overview the theoretical and conceptual framework(s) used;
  • Describe the research methods and data sources;
  • Summarize the findings and conclusions drawn; and
  • Outline the significance of the research for the field.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • The dissertation research has been successfully defended to the author’s doctoral committee;
  • The dissertation research is on a topic related to university-community engagement; and
  • The manuscript does not exceed 1,400 words (approximately 350 words per page in Times New Roman, font size 10, double-spaced).

Dissertation Overview Submission Procedures: Researchers should electronically submit the materials listed below:

  • One-page title sheet (submitted as a ‘Supplemental File’) that includes
    • Author’s name, title, degree program, departmental affiliation, institutional affiliation, contact information (mailing and email addresses, phone numbers), and date of successfully defended dissertation.
    • Author’s faculty advisor’s name, title, department, institution, and contact information.
  • Dissertation Overview (submitted as the ‘Original File’) that
    • Summarizes the research problem, theoretical and/or conceptual framework(s), key literature, findings and analysis, significance to the field, and includes references in APA format;
    • Has the names, institutional affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of all authors masked throughout the dissertation overview to ensure anonymity in the reviewing process;
    • Is formatted using American Psychological Association (APA) style, 6th edition;
    • Is formatted and saved in Microsoft Office 2003 or higher. The manuscript should not exceed 1,400 words; and
    • Includes a separate document of any necessary tables or figures.