Number 9 (2010)


Dear Readers:

We are pleased to present the ninth issue of Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development. In this issue, you will find a good blend of applied and basic research in the feature articles, and a full complement of reviews of recently published books pertinent to the field of higher education.

Needless to say, this “new and improved” product is the result of a great deal of work by a number of people. Of course we want to thank each of the authors for their hard work and willingness to share their knowledge with us. Additionally, we want to thank Steve Christensen for his continued good work as Layout and Design Editor. We also want to introduce you to a new member of the Growth team. Deb Austin, a graduate student in higher education and student development, has worked tirelessly to edit and attend to the numerous details necessary to produce the journal.Finally, we are thankful for the contributions of Elaine Cooper who performed a final copyedit, fine-tuning this issue to near perfection. It is not an exaggeration to say that we could not have done this without her.

The organization of Growth into content areas has served us well and we will continue to solicit manuscripts that relate to the following content areas.

  • Foundations, TBA
  • Leadership and Professional Development, Tim Herrmann, Taylor University
  • Student Culture, Don Opitz, Geneva College
  • Student Learning and Assessment, Anita Henck, Azusa Pacific University
  • Spiritual Formation, TBA
  • Diversity and Globalization, Brad Lau, George Fox University
  • Book Reviews, Jason Morris, Abilene Christian University
As you can see, we are currently in transition with two of these areas and are looking for interested persons to fill the roles of content editors for the areas of Foundations and Spiritual Formation. If you are interested, please contact Skip Trudeau, Co-Editor of Growth. Please contact these individuals as you have interest in writing a piece related to any of their respective content areas.

Please know that we hope to promote and facilitate scholarship by assisting you in your research and writing. We especially want to encourage you to consider submitting manuscripts for inclusion for the next issue of Growth. Publication guidelines are included in this issue near the end of the journal. 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 a manuscript based on your work.

We thank you for your support for Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development. We trust that you will be challenged by what you read.

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

Full Issue



A Qualitative Exploration of Student Spiritual Development in a Living-Learning Community
Jason Morris, Mimi Barnard, Greg Morris, and Julie Williamson

Review Essay


Hooking Up
Kimberly C. Thornbury

Book Reviews