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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.




Georgianna L. Martin, Ph.D.University of Georgia


Assistant Editor |

Kate SteinerDoctoral Candidate, University of Wyoming


Associate Editors

James Barber, Ph.D., The College of William and Mary

Teniell L. Trolian, University at Albany, State University of New York

Editorial Assistants

Amanda Armstrong, The College of William and Mary
Matthew J. Smith, University of Georgia


Director of Marketing & Communications

Andrea Starks-CorbinAssociation of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors


Peer Review Board
Cassie Barnhardt, Ph.D.
University of Iowa
Dennis Gregory, Ed.D.
Old Dominion University
Kimberly Nehls, Ph.D.
University of Nevada - Las Vegas
J. Patrick Biddix, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee
Michael Hevel, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas
Eric Norman, Ed.D.
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne

Denny Bubrig, Ph.D.
Sanford University
Steven M. Janosik, Ed.D.
Virginia Tech
Tara Leigh Sands
Muhlenberg College
Daniel Bureau, Ph.D.
University of Memphis
Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.
Central Michigan University
Pietro Sasso, Ph.D.
Monmouth University
Mari Ann Callais, Ph.D.
Delta Delta Delta
John Wesley Lowery, Ph.D.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Joshua Schutts, Ph.D.
University of West Florida
Trace Camacho, Ph.D.
University of Arizona

Travis Martin
Northwestern University

Natalie Shaak
Drexel University
Brandon Common
Illinois Wesleyan University
Malinda Matney, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Michele Smith, Ph.D.
Missouri State University
Amber Garrison Duncan, Ph.D.
University of Oregon
Adam McCready, Doctoral Candidate
Boston College
Dianne Timm, Ph.D.
Eastern Illinois University
Alex Dudek
University of North Carolina, Charlotte 
Gentry McCreary, Ph.D.
Dyad Strategies, LLC
Anthony Vukusich
University of Mississippi
Charles Eberly, Ph.D.
Eastern Illinois University
Donald Mitchell, Jr., Ph.D.
Bellarmine University

Carolyn Whittier, Ph.D.
Valparaiso University 

David Grady, Ph.D.
University of Alabama
Andy Morgan, Ph.D.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Robert Wood
Department of Defense at the Pentagon


The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Life 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. 

Click here to review the full submission guidelines. 

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.



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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
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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
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