About The Mentor

Statement of Purpose

The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal is a peer-reviewed scholarly publication about academic advising in higher education. The journal is free and published only online.

The goal of the journal is to provide a mechanism for the rapid dissemination of new ideas about advising and for ongoing discourse about advising issues. Toward this goal, articles in the journal are published continuously. Each article is archived and is accessible online indefinitely.

Although the journal encourages the submission of research-based articles, it also seeks articles based on the theory and philosophy of academic advising, descriptions of exemplary practices in advising and innovative advising programs, summaries of conference presentations, personal perspectives and reflections, and other concise forms of writing related to advising.

In addition, the journal invites responses to periodic Advising Forum topics. Each topic and the responses submitted by readers are archived.

Editorial Standards

The editors reserve the right to reject any submission that they consider to be inappropriate for the journal and to edit submissions to conform to the standards of Penn State’s Editorial Style Manual, the Chicago Manual of Style, and (for citations and references) the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

The journal is refereed in the traditional sense (i.e., it sends blind copies of submitted articles to accomplished readers for review). Every article submitted to the journal is additionally vetted by the journal’s managing editor. All readers are academic advisers. In some cases, additional members of the editorial board or other experts in the field of academic advising are consulted to determine whether or not an article is appropriate for publication in the journal. In addition, any articles that include statistical analyses are vetted by a statistician.

Additional information about article standards can be found in the Submitting Articles section of the journal.

Editorial Staff

Managing Editor

Janet Schulenberg
Associate Director, Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
Bank of America Buildling
University Park, PA 16802-6700

Managing Editor Emeritus

Michael J. Leonard

Advisory Board

Evelyn Beck (2008)
English Instructor and Transfer Coordinator
Associate of Arts/Associate of Science Program
Piedmont Technical College

Elizabeth Boretz (2006)
Student Advising and Learning Center
University of California, Merced

Suzanne L. Cross (1999)
Research Assistant and Statistician
Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
The Pennsylvania State University

Steven L. Estes (2008)
Academic Advisor
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Advising
Northern Illinois University

Christopher Gregory (2004)
Assistant Dean/Director
Academic Affairs/Center for Academic Support  and Advising
Framingham State College

Betty J. Harper (2012)
Senior Planning and Research Associate
Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment
The Pennsylvania State University

Peggy Jordan (2004)
Student Development Counselor
The Center for Student Development
Oklahoma City Community College

Robert S. Legutko (1999)
Assistant Professor
Early Childhood and Adolescent Education Department
Bloomsburg University

Frances Northcutt (2005)
Honors College Advisor
CUNY Honors College
Hunter College, City University of New York

David R. Smith (2014)
Associate Dean for Advising/Executive Director
Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Pennsylvania State University

Melissa Vosen (2009)
Academic Advisor/Lecturer
College of University Studies
North Dakota State University

Former Board Members
  • Joyce B. Buck, The Pennsylvania State University (1999-2006)
  • Diane Greenfield, The Pennsylvania State University (General Editor: 1999-2001, Board Member: 2001-2004)
  • Peter Hagen, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (1999-2003)
  • Holly Hart, The Pennsylvania State University (General Editor: 2001-2005)
  • Chad M. Kimmel, Shippensburg University (2008-2010)
  • Diane Leos, The Pennsylvania State University (2002-2006)
  • Kazi Mamun, University of Southern California (1999-2003)
  • Deborah Oakes, The Pennsylvania State University (General Editor: 2007-2009, Managing Editor: 2010-2016)
  • Amy Stalzer, Georgia Institute of Technology (2006-2008)
  • Lori A. VanHooreweghe, University of Northern Iowa (1999-2003)
  • Eric R. White, The Pennsylvania State University (1999-2013)


     ISSN: 1521-2211