Focus and Scope

The South Shore Journal publishes peer-reviewed:

  • Scholarly articles
  • Visual Art
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Letters
  • Book reviews

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Editorial Board Members

The Editorial Board is comprised of a maximum of 11 members. Six of the members represent the higher education institutions within the region (Valparaiso University, Indiana University Northwest, Purdue University Calumet, Purdue University North Central, Calumet College, IVY Tech State College). Additionally up to four at-large members and the Editor complete the Editorial Board at any given time. Terms of service will vary based on Board member areas of expertise, but at least 1/3 of the previous years’ board will serve during any new editorial year, including the most recent Past Editor. 

Current Board Members 

  • Dr. Joan Crist, Calumet College of St. Joseph
  • Dr. Carolyn Leeb, Valparaiso University
  • Dr. Rex Morrow, Purdue North Central
  • Dr. Cynthia O'Dell, IU Northwest
  • Dr. Kirk Robinson, Calumet College of St. Joseph
  • Dr. Christabel Rogalin, Purdue North Central
  • Dr. Ellen Szarleta, Indiana University Northwest
  • Dr. Kathleen Tobin, Purdue University Calumet
  • Dennis Rittenmeyer, One Region
  • Christopher Young, Guest Editor, Indiana University Northwest


This journal is sponsored by:

Journal History

The South Shore Journal is an open access peer reviewed general on-line journal. The Journal is co-sponsored by One Region and the IU Northwest Center for Urban and Regional Excellence. This journal provides a South Shore venue for area scholars to focus their attention and academic resources on the region and allows the editors of the journal the ability to showcase the outstanding scholarly work of faculty, students and alumni in Northwest Indiana.
The scholarly and creative work published ideally represents a broad range of academic disciplines, and be inspired by the One Region quality of life indicators that include: a diverse community where residents are treated with equity and dignity, an economically thriving region, a region of opportunity, a region in balance with its' environment, a region that facilitates learning and intellectual growth, a healthy community, a region of open neighborhoods, an accessible community, a safe community, a region that appreciates the arts and celebrates life, and a community of engaged and caring citizens.
Each issue of The South Shore Journal will be a Symposium-style publication with a specific theme selected by the Editorial Board. Each issue will have a different Editor as a result. Please see the Call for Papers for the current theme.