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Applications Invited for Editorships
Applications are invited for the editorships of Contemporary Sociology, Contexts, Social Psychology Quarterly, and Teaching Sociology.
The official terms for the new editors (or co-editors) will commence in January 2015 (the editorial transition will be in summer 2014) and is for a minimum of three years (until December 2017), with a possible reappointment of up to an additional three years.
- Contemporary Sociology, a bimonthly journal, publishes reviews and critical discussions of recent works in sociology and in related disciplines that merit the attention of sociologists. Since not all sociological publications can be reviewed, a selection is made to reflect important trends and issues in the field.
- Directed to anyone interested in the latest sociological ideas and research, Contexts (published quarterly) seeks to apply new knowledge, stimulate fresh thinking, and disseminate important information produced by the discipline. The publication’s articles synthesize key findings, weave together diverse strands of work, draw out implications for policy, and debate issues of controversy. The hallmarks of Contexts are accessibility, broad appeal, and timeliness. By design, it is not a technical journal, but a magazine for diverse readers who wish to be current about social science knowledge, emerging trends, and their relevance.
- Social Psychology Quarterly, a quarterly jounal, publishes theoretical and empirical papers on the link between the individual and society, including the study of the relations of individuals to one another, groups, collectivities, and institutions. It also includes the study of intra-individual processes insofar as they substantially influence or are influenced by social structure and process. Social Psychology Quarterly is genuinely interdisciplinary, publishing works by both sociologists and psychologists.
- Teaching Sociology, a quarterly jounal, publishes articles, notes, and reviews that are intended to be helpful to the discipline’s teachers. Articles range from experimental studies of teaching and learning to broad, synthetic essays on pedagogically important issues. Notes focus on specific teaching issues or techniques. The general intent is to share theoretically stimulating and practically useful information and advice with teachers. Formats include full-length articles; notes of 15 pages or less; interviews, review essays; reviews of books, films, videos, and software; and conversations.
Candidates must be members of the ASA and hold a tenured position or equivalent in an academic or non-academic setting. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.
In accordance with ASA’s mission to publish high-quality scholarship, the following criteria are considered in selecting editors:
- An established record of scholarship;
- Evidence of understanding the mission of the journal/series and its operation, indicated by experience with the journal/series across any of a wide variety of activities (submission, reviewing, editorial board experience);
- Assessment of the present state of the journal/series, its strengths and challenges, and a vision for the journal/series’ future;
- Openness to the different methods, theories, and approaches to sociology; and
- A record of responsible service to scholarly publishing and evidence of organizational skill and intellectual leadership.
The time demands associated with these responsibilities vary from week to week, but, in general, require one to two full days per week.
ASA encourages applications for both sole editorships and co-editorships.
Applications will be reviewed by the Committee on Publications in December 2013. It is possible that prospective editors may be contacted to clarify any issues raised in the deliberations. A list (which may be ranked or unranked) will be forwarded to ASA Council for review in early 2014. Council appoints the editors. The chosen editors are contacted by the ASA Secretary.
Given that the Committee on Publications receives a number of qualified applications, appointment to the editorship of an ASA journal is highly selective. The guidelines below offer suggestions that are designed to streamline the application process for applicants and the Committee.
The application packet should be no more than six pages (excluding vitae) and include:
- Vision Statement: Set forth your goals and plans for the content of the journal. This may include an assessment of the current strengths, weaknesses, or gaps that you plan to address and how you will implement your plan.
- Abbreviated Anonymous Vision Statement. Also include an abbreviated vision statement that focuses on the candidate’s ideas for moving the journal forward, including any weaknesses the candidate perceives, and any plans s/he envisions for addressing them. These statements will be posted anonymously on the ASA website and members will be invited to comment on them. The Committee on Publications will take this feedback into consideration in the selection process.
- Editor/Co-Editor Background Information: The name, affiliation, and other important information about the potential editor and, if applicable, co-editors is required. Describe the qualifications of each person that supports their inclusion. Evidence of the ability and experience of the editor and editorial team to provide sound judgment and guidance to potential ASA authors is central to the application. Provide a clear description of and justification for the structure of the editorial office and responsibilities, as you envision them at this point. Name only those individuals who will serve as editor/co-editor. Please do not include names of individuals that you would like/plan to include on the larger editorial board. Contacting potential editorial board members can be a time-consuming task that should be done only after an editor is selected.
- Institutional Support: It is important for candidates to consider and address the feasibility of serving as editor in light of the resources ASA can provide and those likely to be available to the candidate. The ASA does not pay for office space, release time, or tuition but does provide basic financial support for office resources as necessary to journal editors. This support may include funds for editorial assistance, office supplies, postage, and phone beyond what will be provided by the editor’s home institution. In addition to the staff determined necessary for the work involved in processing and reviewing manuscripts (including copyediting), incoming editors have the opportunity to request additional funding or staff support for special initiatives or extra features (although most do not choose to do so). Since the support offered by different institutions varies widely, candidates are encouraged to contact the ASA Executive Office as necessary to ensure the feasibility of their application. At this point in the submission process, letters of support from deans or other appropriate institutional officials are recommended but not required. Specific arrangements with a potential new editor and with that individual and his or her institution will occur after the ASA Council makes a selection and the ASA Secretary, with support from the ASA Executive Officer, works out the final agreement with this candidate.
Examples of successful past proposals are available on the journals page of the ASA website (www.asanet.org; click on the Journals/Publications link and then Editorships).
Application packets should be sent by November 1, 2013, to Janine Chiappa McKenna, Journals and Publications Manager, ASA, 1430 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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