In 2004, Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy relocated its editorial home to New Jersey City University, a public university situated in Jersey City, New Jersey, that serves a diverse population of predominantly first-generation college students. NJCU is primarily a teaching rather than research-oriented institution, and professors carry a four-class-per-semester teaching load. Perhaps these circumstances made NJCU an unlikely place to house a peer-reviewed journal. Nevertheless, Transformations’ inaugural editorial team at NJCU—together with a supportive administration—quickly realized that our institution was uniquely positioned to enact the journal’s mission of publishing rigorous scholarly work that focuses on teaching as a social justice practice.

In the conversation below, Transformations’ original editors at NJCU, Jacqueline Ellis and Edvige Giunta, discuss our work. We focus particularly on the ways that editorial work enabled us to establish a network of collaborative partnerships: among editors, authors, designers, artists, board members, educational institutions,...

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