Applications Invited for Editorship of

City & Community

Individual and team applications are invited for the position of editor of City & Community, the journal of the American Sociological Association’s Community and Urban Sociology Section (CUSS). The official term for the new editor (or co-editors) will begin in March 2015, but the new editorial office and team will begin the transition on January 12, 2015. The editor will commit to a three year term (through December 2017) with a possible reappointment of an additional three years.

City & Community brings together major scholarship and research in urban and community sociology. It is published four times per year. 

Editor's Role

City & Community receives more than 80 submissions per year. The editor is expected to secure timely and appropriate reviews and make final decision on manuscripts, informing both the author(s) and reviewers of the final disposition. The editor is also responsible for maintaining the high standards of ASA journals, ensuring that issues are filled within the annual page allotments, and preventing a long backlog of articles for either review or publication. The editor must show openness to communicating with scholars about diverse ideas and eagerness to continue building the journal’s reputation. 

Candidates must be members of both the ASA and the Community and Urban Sociology Section, and hold a tenured position or equivalent in an academic or a 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:

  • 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, its strengths and challenges, and a vision for the journal's future;
  • openness to the different methods, theories, and approaches to sociology;
  • record of responsible service to scholarly publishing; and
  • evidence of organizational skill and intellectual leadership.

The time demands associated with these responsibilities vary, but in general, require one full day per week. The actual costs associated with editing the journal are covered by the publisher, a dedicated portion of section dues, and the editor’s university. Applicants will provide a letter from the administration of their institution assuring a suitable level of financial and in-kind support for the editor, a managing editor (usually a PhD student), and the editorial office.

Applications will be reviewed by the CUSS Publications Committee beginning September 30, 2014. The CUSS Publications Committee will submit their recommendation to the CUSS Council for approval. Council will submit their decision to the ASA Committee on Publications for formal appointment in December. The new editor will begin accepting manuscripts as soon as possible after appointment.


The application packet should 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.

Editor/Co-Editor Background Information: The name, affiliation, and other important information about the potential editor and, if applicable, co-editors and/or deputy editor(s) is required. Describe the qualifications and experience of each person that supports their inclusion. 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 examine the feasibility of serving as editor in light of the resources provided by the publisher, the section, and the home university. At this point, a preliminary letter of support from a dean or other appropriate institutional official is requested. Specific negotiations will of course take place after a new editor is selected. For further information, please contact Bruce Haynes or Deirdre Oakley, CUSS Publication Committee Co-Chairs of the Editor Search Committee.

Submission: The application packet (1, 2, 3) should be no more than five (5) pages (excluding CVs), and must be received by September 30, 2014. Applications may be emailed Bruce Haynes at or Deirdre Oakley at