Nicholls professor helps launch service-learning journal

THIBODAUX – A Nicholls State University faculty member will play a key role in the ongoing development of the University of Louisiana System’s new peer-reviewed Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education (JSLHE). The journal is a subscription-free, international, online publication dedicated to sharing academic research about service-learning.

Dr. Morris Coats, professor of economics and member of the system’s Service-Learning Council, has been selected as one of four section editors for the journal.

“I have already been approached on campus by a faculty member interested in submitting an article to the journal,” Coats said. “It’s an excellent opportunity for faculty to merge their teaching roles with their research roles. Service-learning, at its core, is the incorporation of some type of community service into the education of our students. It’s a two-way street – a win-win transaction between students and the community.”

Coats said he expects the journal to attract numerous submissions from throughout the world and inspire more academics to embrace service-learning as a valuable teaching method.

Accessible at, the journal has issued a call for manuscripts for its inaugural issue, slated for spring 2012.

The journal is an outgrowth of collaboration between all universities in the UL System and managed by the system’s Service-Learning Council. David Yarbrough, associate professor of child and family studies and dean of community service at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, serves as the journal’s executive editor.

All submissions to the journal will be reviewed by a team of academics in order to verify suitability for professional publication.

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