Number 11 (2012)


Dear Readers:

Welcome to a new issue of Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development. We are excited to introduce our largest and most diverse issue ever. We trust that the articles and book reviews will be relevant and will enhance our professional understanding and improve our work in Student Development. You may notice numerous updates to the layout and design of the journal as well, most notably our new cover. We hope you enjoy these changes and hope that the contents will continue to serve you and those you work with.

Included in this issue you will find six feature articles addressing topics such as student leadership, the integration of faith and learning, leadership philosophy, the history of the Association for Christians in Student Development, working with transgender students, and understanding the experiences of gay and lesbian students at faith-based colleges and universities. This issue is further enhanced by a compilation of six book reviews of recent works which are relevant to our practice. We trust that you will enjoy and benefit from this review of available resources.

We are happy to welcome David Chizum to the Growth Editorial team. David has joined us in the role of Graduate Assistant for Publications, and has been a wonderful addition to the team. We have also identified several new peer reviewers. If you would have interest in serving as peer reviewer please contact us.

We especially want to encourage you, the reader, to consider submitting manuscripts for the next issue of Growth. Publication guidelines are included on the inside of the back cover. We are particularly interested in manuscripts presenting original or basic research and encourage anyone who has recently completed a graduate thesis or dissertation to submit an article.

Thank you for your valued partnership in Christian higher education.

Skip Trudeau, Co-Editor
Tim Herrmann, Co-Editor

Full Issue



Assessing Reasons for Involvement in Student Leadership Activities
Dirk Barram, Scott Wade, and Christopher Koch


What About the “T’s”?: Addressing the Needs of a Transgender Student at a CCCU Member Institution
Scott Barrett, Philip D. Byers, David M. Downey, and Eric M. Gingerich

Book Reviews


Skip Trudeau
Tim Herrmann

Book Review Editor

Jason Morris

Technical Editor

Polly Graham

Assistant Editor

David Chizum

Peer Review Panel

Steve Beers, John Brown University
Philip Byers, Bethel University, MN
David Chizum, Taylor University
Jim Fereira, Bethel University, MN
Polly Graham, Indiana Wesleyan University
Kyle Lantz, Whitworth University
Barry Loy, Gordon College
Rick Muthiah, George Fox University
Jason Morris, Abilene Christian University
David Johnstone, George Fox University
Edee Schulze, Bethel University, MN
Ben Taylor, Messiah College
Kelly Yordy, Taylor University