Education Special Issue Spring 2020

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About the Education Special Issue

This special issue seeks studies that identify effective educational strategies and practices occurring in U.S. schools. Of particular interest are studies that: (1) evaluate interventions that are flexible and low-cost; (2) analyze a broad array of student outcomes; and, (3) provide frameworks for integrating education research and practice.

We are seeking submissions in the form of research articles, essays, and student research briefs. Research article submissions present new research results aligned with the goals of the special issue. Essay submissions describe new developments, challenges, and open questions in the area of integrating education research and practice. Student research briefs highlight results from faculty-guided research projects and should be submitted jointly with a faculty sponsor.

If you have questions concerning the content for this special issue, please contact Erin M. Fahle (

About JoVSA

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JoVSA is published biannually with special issues throughout the year, engaging the greater community in the service of the disadvantaged.

The journal provides a scholarly forum for those working to address community-defined needs; a forum where practical solutions are presented to address the plight of the disadvantaged and needy. Measurement and assessment of these efforts connecting action to outcome are a critical component ensuring positive results and real change in the lives of the disadvantaged.

Marc E. Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief
Anthony Marziliano, Assistant Editor
Erin M. Fahle, Special Issue Editor

Manuscript and Submission Guidelines

Research Articles should total no more than 8,000 words and include an abstract of no more than 250 words.
Student Research Briefs should total no more than 1,000 words with fursther instruction in the template provided.
Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be received by March 1, 2020 to be considered for publication in the education special issue. All manuscripts must be submitted through the JoVSA website.
To meet publication standards of JoVSA, all manuscript submissions must adhere to APA formatting guidelines and will be peer reviewed. Authors will be asked to recommend two peer reviewers during the submission process.
General author guidelines can be found here.
If you have questions about submitting an article to the Journal of Vincentian Social Action, please contact the editors.

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About Marc Gillespie

Marc Gillespie is a Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in St. John’s College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. He has served as the interim director of the Institute for Biotechnology and Chairs the Institutional Biosafety committee at St. John's University. A molecular biologist with specialties in protein biochemistry, bioinformatics, proteomics, and toxicology, Dr. Gillespie leads a research group focused on bioinformatics and biomarker discovery. Current projects range from the identification of chronic low-level lead exposure and manganese toxicity biomarkers to the mechanics of inflammatory inhibitor release. He teaches Pharmacogenomics, Public Health, Human Anatomy & Physiology and has experience from academia and industry to public health policy. He holds a Ph.D. in Oncological Sciences from the University of Utah and is currently a Reactome Editor, a human centric curated knowledgebase of biological pathways. He is active at all levels of science curriculum development including early and intermediate science teaching. Dr. Gillespie has been learning, conducting, developing tools for and teaching science for more than twenty years.

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