Journal of Adventist Education
Fills Big Need

Professional magazine is a handbook for teachers, editor says (Posted June 10, 2013)

BY MARK A. KELLNER, news editor

It appears in English five times a year (and twice in French, Spanish, and Portuguese), but the Journal of Adventist Education isn’t your average publication. According to editor Beverly Robinson-Rumble, the magazine fills “a unique niche—it’s a handbook for the classroom that emphasizes the integration of faith and learning in an Adventist context, and [fulfills] a prophetic function of helping teachers prepare young people for service here and for the world to come.”

 
WINNING TEAM: Harry Knox, left, art director for the Journal of Adventist Education, joins editor Beverly Robinson-Rumble at Association of Educational Publishers awards dinner. [PHOTO: JAE]
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The Journal, which traces its roots back to the Journal of True Education, first published in 1939, reaches 13,500 teachers and administrators in Adventist schools, colleges, and universities each year. An additional 22,500 copies are distributed to French-, Spanish-, and Portuguese-speaking institutions twice a year, comprising articles selected from the English edition.

The Journal was presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award for Whole Publication Design for its theme issue “Principalship and Administration” (October/November 2012) from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) on June 4. Robinson-Rumble, who started at the magazine as an editorial assistant in 1971 and has been the editor since 1991, accepted the award along with Harry Knox, the magazine’s art director. General Conference director of education Lisa Beardsley-Hardy also attended the AEP event.

In addition, the Journal placed as a finalist in two 2013 AEP award categories: Learned Article (“Providing Our Youth With Access and Opportunity to Attend Adventist Colleges,” by Vinita Sauder, in the April/May 2012 issue); and Feature Article (“Setting Students Free With Poetry Writing,” by Eurora Stevens, in the February/March 2012 issue). In all, the magazine has been a finalist or winner of 14 awards from the Association of Educational Publishers, a trade group founded in 1895 “whose awards honor outstanding resources for teaching and learning in all media and for any educational setting.”

The AEP awards “are widely recognized for their success in identifying exemplars of excellence that broaden horizons, foster curiosity and critical thinking, and lay the foundation for lifelong learning,” according to a statement from the group.

 
Robinson-Rumble said almost all articles in the Journal are “peer reviewed,” sent to a variety of experts often combining a subject matter category and a representative of the intended reader. An article about teaching science to elementary students, for example, would be sent to a Seventh-day Adventist science expert to vet the scientific aspect, an elementary teacher, and an Adventist university professor of education for the pedagogical part. Because the Journal reaches educators around the world, many of the reviewers work in countries outside the United States.

The editor, who expects to retire later this year, admitted that producing a magazine that caters to a broad range of educators is a challenge, since the Journal’s worldwide readership ranges “from prekindergarten through graduate school teachers,” as well as educational administrators. Robinson-Rumble credits her staff, including assistant Chandra Goff, art director Knox, and Department of Education associate director Luis Schulz, who serves as associate editor for the international editions, with providing the support and resources necessary to make the project a success, both in terms of meeting readers’ needs and in award competition.




 

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