RIC’s education dean to introduce first-ever peer-reviewed journal to publish college syllabi

Alexander “Sasha” Sidorkin, dean of Rhode Island College’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, has established the first-in-the-nation, peer-reviewed journal that considers course syllabi items of scholarship.

Alexander "Sasha" Sidorkin
Sidorkin will serve as editor of the journal, named Syllabus. The journal will publish original syllabi, assessment instruments, assignments and activities and articles related to college teaching. The first issue will be published in 2012.

“A good syllabus is a piece of original scholarship; a great one is also an art form,” Sidorkin said. “A research or theory paper goes through a peer-review process to be recognized and validated; the same process should be available to course materials. This is a small step towards taking college teaching as seriously as we take research.”

Syllabus will be published by RIC quarterly online, and publicly available free of charge. It will be managed through the Open Journal System, and has a dedicated website (http://syllabusjournal.org).

The site offers immediate open access to its content and can be used to consider author submission guidelines, policies and management model.

Distinguished scholars from several countries have supported the idea and will serve on the Editorial Board.

“Rhode Island College takes pride in being a teaching institution,” Sidorkin said. Being associated with the journal will “raise RIC’s visibility, and contribute to both its national reputation and regional recognition for what we do best – teaching.”

For more information, contact RIC’s Office of News and Public Relations at (401) 456-8090.