About The Journal

The Journal of Student Leadership is a double-blind, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, academic journal that addresses ideas, theories, and issues of leadership. This sets us apart from other academic journals because we feature high-quality content from students, faculty, and practioners alike. All submissions undergo a peer-review process. The journal’s two purposes are to:

  1. Contribute to the scholarship and discussion on leadership

  2. Provide an engaging outlet for research, writing, editing, and publishing

We welcome papers, essays, and artwork on leadership topics from all relevant disciplines, including business, education, law, policy, social sciences, arts, humanities, history, and technology. 

We invite perspectives on leadership from every sector of the academic community. Academicians and students are equally welcome to send their papers to the editors of the Journal before formal submission for feedback and likelihood of acceptance.


The JSL in the News:

JSL on International Leadership Association (ILA) - Since July 2020

"The Journal of Student Leadership: A Publication that Puts Theory into Practice," UVU Review, 27 October 2018

"UVU Students Start Journal on Leadership," Daily Herald, 6 July 2017 


For Issues of the Journal:

See the UVU Journals site


Contact Us:

Losee Center (LC), 407
Department of Student Leadership and Success Studies, Utah Valley University 
800 W. University Parkway, MS 275, Orem, UT 84058   |   JOSL@uvu.edu


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Contribute to The Journal

Interested in contributing to the JSL Student Staff Scholarship Fund? (all funds donated are for JSL student scholarships only!)

  • Donations are accepted by credit card online. Go to: https://www.uvu.edu/give/ and click on “Give Now.”
    • Enter the amount you would like to donate in the “Gift Amount” box towards the top of the page
    • Click the following Designation: “Search School, College, Center, Other or Select Multiple….”
    • Select “Other,” under “University Priorities” in the pop-up window
    • Next, type, “The Journal of Student Leadership Scholarship” in the text field just to the right of the following text: “If you chose other, please describe where you would like your gift to be directed”
    • Be sure to follow the prompts on the subsequent pages after adding your name and credit card information. Your donation will be transferred into the index for JSL student staff scholarships
  • Thank you for considering this gift to our excellent volunteer student staff!

JSL Lead Editorial Staff 

Matt Hazel

Student Editor-in-Chief

(for Undergraduate Student Submissions)

Zach Smith

Journal Production Advisor


Rachel Burningham

Technical Editor

Anna Warner

 Managing Editor  

Benjamin A. Johnson, Ph.D.

Senior Editor

(for Graduate, Faculty, and Professional Submissions)

Sandra C. Bennett, M.Ed., M.S.

Faculty Editor and Advisor 



Other Lead JSStudent Staff Positions include:

       - Assistant Manager (Editing-Grammar and Copy Editing)

       - Assistant Manager (Editing-Content and Source Checking)

       - PR & Marketing Manager

       - Design Manager

       - Design Assistant Manager

       - Associate Design Technical Editor

Faculty and Professional Editorial Board

Vivechkanand S. Chunoo, Ph.D. 

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Douglas S. Gardner, Ph.D.

Utah Valley University

David M. Rosch, Ph.D.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Eileen Doyle Crane, J.D.

Orem, UT

Belinda S. Han, Ed.D. Candidate

Creighton University

Kevin S. Zayed, Ph.D.

The College of Wooster

Jason Lanegan, MFA

Utah Valley University

Theresa Haug-Belvin, Ed.D.

Utah Valley University