Volume 1, Issue 2 (2014)

Statement from Editor-in-Chief

Welcome to the November 2014 issue of the Journal of Research Initiatives (JRI) that includes research articles and best practices from public to higher education. JRI has been busy this year, since its launch on November 18, 2013, making significant changes and improvements. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as editor-in-chief with such a dedicated and accomplished team of editorial reviewers. I thank each of them for their gift of time, their endurance, their expertise, their honesty, and their dedication. A special thanks to the School of Education editorial team who give both their generous and useful advice, as they take on the task of editing for JRI. They are an impressive group of talented educators who bring new energy and new ideas to the journal.

We have also made an addition to our editorial review board. The Doctoral Student Editorial Review Board consists of doctoral students from across the country who are recommended by JRI editorial reviewers from their respective institutions. The newly organized editorial review board will help expedite the review and publication process. The editorial boards meet twice annually by video and telephone conferencing, bringing reviewers together from across the country and international to discuss the review process and other pertinent issues to promote the advancement of the journal.

We anticipate continuing and enhancing the tradition of JRI to communicate and inform the academic community by publishing original educational research that adds significantly to the field. We welcome education research from a wide array of academic disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives on teaching, learning, and leadership that impact all levels of education in a variety of settings. We encourage the submission of research that offers innovative ways of addressing these and other topics.

Linda Wilson-Jones

Fayetteville State University

Research Articles


Special Educators Speak Out on Co-Teaching Knowledge and Skills
Cynthia Shamberger, Kendra Williamson-Henriques, Noran Moffett, and Yolanda Brownlee-Williams

Conceptual Articles


Journals in the Field of Higher Education: A Racial Analysis
Donald Mitchell Jr., Jamillya Hardley, Darius Jordan, and Michael Couch


Best Practices

Issue Reviewers

Hashem “Omid” Maleki
PN University of Chenaran, Iran
Petra Robinson
Louisiana State University
David Mungoshi
University of Zimbabwe
David E. Allen
Murray State University
Nicole Dobbins
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Cynthia L. Gissy
West Virginia University at Parkersburg
Comfort O. Okpala
North Carolina A & T State University
Priscilla T. Robinson
Hinds Community College-Utica Campus
Lisa K. Thompson
Prairie View A & M University
Jeremy E Vittek
Wheeling Jesuit University
Andrea Woodson-Smith
North Carolina Central University
JeffriAnne Wilder
University of North Florida
Numeriano Ganzan Escalante
Capitol University, Philippines
Ali Kemal Tekin
Sultan Qaboos University
Jeanne Morris Hines
Capella University
Selena T. Rodgers
The City University of New York, York College
Ernest Johnson
North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT)
Debra Holley
Wilson Community College
Peter Litchka
Loyola University Maryland