The idea for the eJournal of Public Affairs arose from a series of discussions in early 2010 between Rachelle Darabi, associate provost for student development and public affairs at Missouri State University, and representatives from the American Democracy Project (ADP).
These discussions were based on the notion that there has been a growing interest in establishing and promoting best practices in civic engagement on the part of universities, nonprofit organizations, and community partners across the country. The purpose of the eJournal, therefore, was to develop an online outlet for publishing research, disseminating information related to civic engagement and public affairs, and for connecting faculty, students, and community partners to like-minded professionals working in the civic engagement field.
Against the backdrop of MSU’s statewide public affairs mission and the university’s participation in ADP, the collaboration between MSU and the ADP was a perfect fit. At the ADP national meeting in 2010 a working group was established to begin planning for the new eJournal and at the 2011 meeting an expanded working group was established, which led to the establishment of an editorial board and a call for reviewers for the journal.