Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors

About Oracle

Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (Oracle) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal dedicated to the study of fraternities and sororities.  Oracle content is also available in Academic Search Complete, Academic Search Premier, Academic Search Elite, and SocINDEX with full text. The  ISSN is  2165-7858.



The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors welcomes submissions; research articles for Oracle should stress the underlying issues or problems that stimulated the research; treat the methodology concisely; and, most importantly, offer a full discussion of results, implications, and conclusions. We also encourage the submission of thoughtful, documented essays or historical perspectives.  Oracle advances the study of college fraternities and sororities through a peer-reviewed academic journal promoting scholarly discourse among partners invested in the college fraternal movement.  Oracle serves as the premier forum for academic discourse and scholarly inquiry regarding the college fraternity and sorority movement. Oracle  is published biannually. 

Click here for submission guidelines. Click to submit a manuscript.


Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate for Oracle: Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors is 50%. The majority of articles are not accepted when first submitted. As a core purpose, Oracle promotes the development of scholars in the field of fraternity/sorority studies as well as the advancement of thoughtful conversation and reflection on fraternity/sorority participation.

To achieve this purpose, the Editorial Board is committed to working with authors from initial submission to publication as long as the submission meets the three basic requirements for consideration. The study must be: (1) empirically grounded, (2) conceptually sound, and (3) related to fraternity/sorority participation as a field of study.



Copyright © 2020 Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, Inc. (AFA). All material contained in this publication is the property of AFA. The opinions expressed in the Oracle do not necessarily reflect those of AFA. Requests for permission to reprint should be sent to the AFA Central Office.




James P. Barber, Ph.D.William & Mary


Associate Editor

Kate Steiner, Ph.D.Radford University

Adam McCready, Ph.D., University of Connecticut 


Assistant Editor

Kahlin McKeown, FARMHOUSE Fraternity


Director of Marketing & Communications

Andrea Starks-CorbinAssociation of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors


Peer Review Board

Amber Garrison Duncan, Ph.D., Lumina Foundation
Andy Morgan, Ph.D., Indiana State University
Anthony Vukusich, Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation
Brandon Common, Ph.D., Illinois Wesleyan University
Brian Joyce, Ph.D., Dartmouth College

Carolyn Whittier, Ph.D., Valparaiso University
Cassie Barnhardt, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Charles Eberly, Ph.D., Eastern Illinois University
Daniel Bureau, Ph.D., University of Memphis
David L. Grady, Ph.D., University of Alabama
Dennis Gregory, Ed.D., Old Dominion University
Denny Bubrig, Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Dianne Timm, Ph.D., Eastern Illinois University
Eric Norman, Ed.D., Purdue University Fort Wayne
Gentry McCreary, Ph.D., Dyad Strategies, LLC
J. Patrick Biddix, Ph.D, University of Tennessee
John Wesley Lowery, Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Joshua Schutts, Ph.D., University of West Florida
Katherine Carnell, Ph.D., University of Mount Union 
Kimberly Nehls, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Malinda Matney, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Mari Ann Callais, Ph.D., Delta Delta Delta
Matthew Johnson, Ph.D., Central Michigan University
Michael Giacalone, Rhode Island College
Michele D. Smith, Ph.D., Missouri State University
Pietro Sasso, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Robert Wood, Ph.D., Joint Staff, Department of Defense
Steven M. Janosik, Ed.D., Virginia Tech
Tara Leigh Sands, Lycoming College
Teniell L. Trolian, Ph.D., University at Albany
Trace Camacho, Ph.D., California State University, Long Beach
Travis Martin, Northwestern University
Viancca Williams, University of South Florida

No issues were published in 2007.

2020 issues of Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors are to come.

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