AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education is now under the leadership of the six Lasallian institutions of higher education in the United States, Christian Brothers University, La Salle University, Lewis University, Manhattan College, Saint Mary’s College of California, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, in collaboration with Christian Brothers Conference (CBC), the office for the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN).

Established by three Lasallian Partners at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2009, AXIS is a peer-reviewed, open access academic journal that shares original scholarly and creative works that contribute to collective knowledge of the Lasallian mission in higher education contexts. For nearly 15 years, Saint Mary’s provided leadership for the journal, which grew to include works from Lasallians throughout the world. This transition unites RELAN’s institutions of higher education to provide shared ownership of the publication, support greater interest and awareness of AXIS on campuses, and expand the invitation to write to an even wider group of scholars and researchers. 

This transition includes a new website, www.axisjournal.org, and the hiring of a part-time managing editor, Dr. Matt Nowakowski, who will oversee the AXIS process and support authors in collaboration with CBC, the editorial board and Brother William Mann, FSC, who will continue to serve as editor-in-chief. A longtime educator at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Dr. Nowakowski has served on the AXIS editorial board since 2020. While he retired from Saint Mary’s in December 2022 after 15 years, he continues to serve as a dissertation advisor and course-contracted professor in the Doctor of Education-Leadership. He is a graduate of the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies. 

The journal now also has the support of a group of representatives from each higher education institution who will help encourage writers, integrate the journal on their campuses, and support the publication in other ways.

The latest issues of AXIS were released at the end of 2023, with Volume 14, Number 1 being published in November and Volume 14, Number 2 released in December. Volume 15, Number 1 is currently in the editing process. Submissions are being accepted for future issues here. AXIS will continue to be available online and in print.

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Thanks to this new partnership, we know that the historic excellence and quality that Saint Mary’s has dedicated to AXIS since 2009 will continue long into the future. AXIS continues to be accessible via the Saint Mary’s website on our Quick Links page under the category Websites/Portals.

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