Touchstone Call for Papers

Jason Buchanon, Assistant Professor, English


In linking the power of teaching to a broadening of our vision, Eugenio María de Hostos affirmed the power of education. In honor of our namesake’s belief, Touchstone, a journal devoted to the scholarship produced by the community of Hostos, was created. The journal is published yearly by the Magda Vasillov Center for Teaching and Learning.


The goals of Touchstone are to increase awareness of the scholarly and creative work of the faculty at Hostos and provide an outlet for work that is on its way to outside publication. In accordance to these goals, Touchstone publishes a diverse range of scholarship from the Hostos Community. This diversity of imaginative and creative work represents the many talents of the faculty here at Hostos.


Touchstone accepts works in English or Spanish on any of the following:

  • Original scholarship on teaching and learning
  • Scholarly articles from any discipline
  • Best practices
  • Conference presentations or reports
  • Classroom-based research
  • Teaching challenges, experiences, and lessons
  • Personal essays or editorials
  • WAC and beyond
  • Book reviews
  • Creative works

In addition to the above criteria, Touchstone would be interested scholarship, essays, or pedagogical material connected the Book of the Year: Americanah.


Dr. Jason Buchanan is the new editor of Touchstone. The journal accepts a wide range of publications, so it’s very amenable to any work in any stage of production. Send your articles using discipline appropriate citation to Professor Buchanan ( by December 31, 2017. The entire editorial staff at Touchstone eagerly awaits your submissions!


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