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Oracle Research Journal

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


Leadership |


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


Assistant Editor

Kate Steiner, Ph.D.Radford University


Associate Editors

Donald “DJ” Mitchell, Ph.D., Bellarmine University
Jennifer Plagman-Galvin, Ph.D., Iowa State University

Editorial Assistant

Amanda Armstrong, William & Mary

Johann Ducharme, William & Mary


Director of Marketing & Communications

Andrea Starks-CorbinAssociation of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors


Peer Review Board

Cassie Barnhardt, Ph.D.,
University of Iowa

Steven M. Janosik, Ed.D.,
Virginia Tech
Tara Leigh Sands,
Lycoming College
J. Patrick Biddix, Ph.D,
University of Tennessee
Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.,
Central Michigan University
Pietro Sasso, Ph.D.,
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Denny Bubrig, Ph.D.,
University of Southern Mississippi
S. Brian Joyce, Ph.D.
Dartmouth College
Joshua Schutts, Ph.D.,
University of West Florida
Daniel Bureau, Ph.D.,
University of Memphis
John Wesley Lowery, Ph.D., 
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Michele D. Smith, Ph.D.,
Missouri State University
Mari Ann Callais, Ph.D.,
Delta Delta Delta
Travis Martin,
Northwestern University
Dianne Timm, Ph.D.,
Eastern Illinois University
Trace Camacho, Ph.D.,
California State University, Long Beach
Malinda Matney, Ph.D.,
University of Michigan
Teniell L. Trolian, Ph.D.,
University at Albany
Brandon Common, Ph.D.,
Illinois Wesleyan University
Adam McCready, Ph.D.,
Salem State University
Anthony Vukusich,
Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation
Amber Garrison Duncan, Ph.D.,
Lumina Foundation
Gentry McCreary, Ph.D.,
Dyad Strategies, LLC
Carolyn Whittier, Ph.D.,
Valparaiso University
Charles Eberly, Ph.D.,
Eastern Illinois University
Andy Morgan, Ph.D.,
Indiana State University
Viancca Williams,
University of South Florida
David L. Grady, Ph.D.,
University of Alabama
Kimberly Nehls, Ph.D.,
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Robert Wood, Ph.D.,
Joint Staff, Department of Defense
Dennis Gregory, Ed.D.,
Old Dominion University
Eric Norman, Ed.D.,
Purdue University Fort Wayne


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.

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. 

For submission guidelines, click here. To submit a manuscript, click here.

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 © 2018 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 Central Office.

Oracle Issues

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Volume 13, Issue 1, Summer 2018 PDF (927.54 KB) Administration 8/30/2018
Volume 12, Issue 2, Winter 2017 PDF (895.8 KB) Administration 3/5/2018
Volume 12, Issue 1, Summer 2017 PDF (985.7 KB) Administration 10/3/2017
Volume 11, Issue 2, Fall 2016 PDF (950.03 KB) Administration 1/17/2017
Volume 11, Issue 1, Spring 2016 PDF (531.43 KB) Administration 5/11/2016
Special Anniversary Issue PDF (4.01 MB)  more ] Administration 12/4/2015
Volume 10, Issue 1, Summer 2015 PDF (849.45 KB) Administration 7/25/2015
Volume 9, Issue 1, Spring 2014 PDF (1.78 MB) Administration 7/29/2014
Volume 8, Issue 1, Spring 2013 PDF (588.17 KB) Administration 7/29/2014
Volume 7, Issue 2, Fall 2012 PDF (605.14 KB) Administration 7/29/2014
Volume 7, Issue 1, Spring 2012 PDF (815.89 KB) Administration 7/29/2014
Volume 6, Issue 2, Fall 2011 PDF (966.71 KB) Administration 7/29/2014
Volume 6, Issue 1, May 2011 PDF (409.15 KB) Administration 7/29/2014
Volume 5, Issue 2, November 2010 PDF (391.08 KB) Administration 7/29/2014
Volume 5, Issue 1, June 2010 PDF (1.92 MB) Administration 7/29/2014
Volume 4, Issue 2, September 2009 PDF (1.28 MB) Administration 7/29/2014
Volume 4, Issue 1, February 2009 PDF (1.85 MB) Administration 7/29/2014
Volume 3, Issue 2, August 2008 PDF (495.5 KB) Administration 7/29/2014
Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2008 PDF (1.07 MB) Administration 7/29/2014
Volume 2, Issue 2, September 2006 PDF (389.1 KB) Administration 7/29/2014
Volume 2, Issue 1, February 2006 PDF (5.76 MB) Administration 7/29/2014
Volume 1, Issue 1, August 2005 PDF (3.29 MB) Administration 7/29/2014
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