Center for Urban Education to House Negro Educational Review Journal

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The Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education has been selected as the new home institution of the prestigious research education journal Negro Educational Review (NER).

With subscribers in every state and in foreign countries, including England, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, and Burundi, the NER journal is an international, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal in publication since 1950. It will be published annually at the Center for Urban Education through 2022, with the opportunity to be extended. 

The NER journal publishes original research and scholarship concerning Black people throughout the African diaspora. The African diaspora refers to the mass dispersion of African peoples across the world.

“While many American educational research journals are general in focus, only two have been intentional in their focus on people of African descent: The Journal of Negro Education and the Negro Educational Review,” says T. Elon Dancy II, associate dean for equity and justice of the Pitt School of Education, executive director of the Center for Urban Education, Helen S. Faison Endowed Chair in Urban Education, and an advisory editor of NER.

“Founded during the Jim Crow Era to respond to evidence of systemic discrimination against Black scholars, the journal has generated seminal ideas on Black education, centered Black knowledge traditions (in a time of exclusion), and published preeminent scholars. In other words, it is for us, by us, and about us, and CUE is honored to be a part of this legacy.” 

Executive editors from the University of Pittsburgh include School of Education emeritus faculty members Shirley A. Biggs and Alice M. Scales, and Jerome A. Taylor, faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Dana Thompson Dorsey, a CUE scholar-in-residence from the University of South Florida College of Education, will also serve as one of the 11 advisory editors to oversee the journal’s vision and strategy. University of Pittsburgh faculty member Sharon Nelson-Le Gall will also serve on the board of advisory editors.

“Pitt's School of Education has a respected national and global presence which attracts emerging and experienced scholars who both benefit from and contribute to knowledge about education issues. The placement of the journal in CUE, where the focus is on Black life, facilitates opportunities for comprehensive exploration of diasporic research,” says Biggs.

Dancy and Biggs believe the journal’s presence at the center will invite faculty and students to learn about every aspect of the publication process. This includes manuscript submission, peer-review, manuscript revision, editing, and publication.

“The School of Education is providing a graduate assistantship for the journal, which will afford a focused opportunity for graduate students to work as a part of an editorial team that is responsible for shepherding manuscripts through the process,” says Dancy. “This is particularly invaluable for students aspiring to the professoriate or who are interested in publishing in peer-reviewed academic journals as independent scholars.” 

Dancy says the mission of the NER journal aligns with every principle of the School of Education’s mission-vision, particularly “the school’s explicit commitment to equity and justice as essential to teaching and learning.”

NER is now accepting faculty and student manuscript submissions. Submissions may include:

  • Scholarly articles and research reports
  • Scholarly analyses and descriptions of social problems
  • Significant compilations and creative works that address research, theory, and practice

The Negro Educational Review is the second journal to be housed in the Center for Urban Education. The center is also the home institution of the Educational Researcher (2019 - 2022).

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