Number 17 (2018)


Dear Readers:

We are pleased to share with you this the sixteenth edition of Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development.For over a decade and a half, Growth has endeavored to provide readers with relevant original research and professional development literature to aid them in their work in service to college students and the institutions which serve them. We trust you have found this information useful to your work and that you will find the articles and book reviews in this current issue to be helpful in informing your work as educators.

This year you will discover seven feature articles including research on program review and prioritization procedures for Student Development offices, the value of campus traditions, collaborations between student affairs and academic affairs, monastic practices and spiritual disciplines in leadership development, the vocational development of introverted college students, the issue of masculinity and depression in male college students, and the motivations of students of color for pursuing leadership positions. These articles are followed by a collection of book reviews intended to introduce us to new publications that will guide and shape our efforts as student development practitioners.

We are grateful to those who work to make Growth possible, including Dr. Jason Morris, Associate Professor of Higher Education at Abilene Christian University, who serves in the role of Book Review Editor. We are also grateful to three graduate students from Taylor University, Austin Smith who has served as the Graduate Editor in Chief and editorial associates Jessica Martin and Eli Casteel, who have supported Growth this year. They, along with our peer review team, have put forth great effort to produce a volume that represents strong and topically diverse scholarship.

We particularly want to encourage our readers to consider submitting manuscripts for possible inclusion in future issues of Growth; the next edition will be published in the spring of 2019. Publication guidelines are included on the inside back cover of this issue and are also available via the Association for Christians in Student Development web site. We are especially interested in manuscripts presenting original or basic research and encourage anyone who has recently completed a graduate thesis or dissertation to consider submitting an article for publication.

The editorial team would like to thank you for your support of Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development. We hope your read will be both engaging and challenging.

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

Full Issue


Book Reviews


Skip Trudeau
Tim Herrmann

Graduate Editorial Review Board

Austin Smith, Editor in Chief
Jessica Martin, Editor for Growth
Eli Casteel, Editor for Ideas

Book Review Editor

Jason Morris

Graphic Designer/Layout

Naomi Noyes

Peer Reviewers

Griffin Gardner
Christina Brandsma
Ashley Smith
Geoff Nelson