Special issue theme: Religion and Higher Education in the American South

Special issue editors:

R. Eric Platt, PhD, Associate Professor and Department Chair, University of Memphis, TN, USA.


Lynn M. Burlbaw, PhD,  Emeritus Professor, Texas A&M University, TX, USA.


(Please do not send manuscripts by e-mail.)

The Journal of Curriculum Studies Research (JCRS) welcomes original research articles and book reviews for the Special Issue: Religion and Higher Education in the American South. Research on Southern higher education has predominantly focused on issues germane to the rise and maintenance of regional public colleges and universities, the lasting impact of the Civil War, racial desegregation, etc. Little attention has been paid to religion and Southern colleges and universities in general. Indeed, few studies chronicle denominational institutions (Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, etc.) and their struggles with/contributions to Southern society, religious leadership (pastors, nuns, priests, missionaries, laypersons, student groups, etc.) and their efforts to establish and support lasting forms of higher education undergirded by Christianity, the influence of religion on the evolution of Southern public higher education, religion and regional higher education curriculum development, the rise of the Southern seminary college, etc. As such, this issue of JCRS will feature historical research that explores topics relevant to Religion and Southern higher education (broadly conceived).

Article manuscripts should be double spaced, set in Times New Roman (12 point) font and should not exceed 6,000 words (including in-text citations and references/bibliography). Book reviews should adhere to the same format, but not exceed 1,000 words.

Please note: Given the historical nature of this special issue, manuscripts must be formatted via the Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) Research manuscripts and book reviews should make use of in-text, author-date citations (rather than footnotes) and an appropriately formatted bibliography inclusive of any primary source material.

JCSR is an international, online, open access and peer-reviewed journal. All manuscripts are rigorously evaluated via a double-blind peer review process. Submissions must be original, should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Publication fee information:  Articles published in this special issue are exempt from the Article Processing Charge. The submission, assessment and publication of the articles will be totally free of charge.

Manuscript Submission: Authors are invited to submit their papers via the online submission system at

Deadline for Submissions: 1 December 2021

Publication Date: 1 February 2022

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