September-October 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 7

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Applications Invited for Editorship

American Sociological Review, Sociological Methodology, Sociological Theory, Sociology of Education, and Teaching Sociology

Applications are invited for the editorship of American Sociological Review, Sociological Methodology, Sociological Theory, Sociology of Education, and Teaching Sociology.

The official terms for the new editors (or co-editors) will commence in January 2010 (the editorial transition will start in summer 2009) and is for a minimum of three years (until December 2012) with a possible reappointment of up to an additional three years.

The American Sociological Review (ASR) is the flagship journal of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and is published six times annually. ASA founded ASR in 1936 to publish original works of interest to the sociology discipline in general, new theoretical developments, results of research that advance our understanding of fundamental social processes, and important methodological innovations. All areas of sociology are welcomed; the emphasis is on exceptional quality and general interest.

Sociological Methodology (SM), published annually in hardcover book format, publishes important methodological papers of interest to the entire field of sociology. Its articles address the full range of problems confronted by empirical research in the social sciences, including conceptualization and modeling, research design, data collection, measurement, qualitative analysis, and quantitative data analysis.

Sociological Theory (ST), published quarterly, includes work in all areas of social thought, including new substantive theories, history of theory, metatheory, formal theory construction, and syntheses of existing bodies of theory. It also publishes shorter research notes and occasional review articles.

Sociology of Education (SOE) is a quarterly journal that provides a forum for studies in the sociology of education and human social development. Research articles in SOE examine how social institutions and individuals’ experiences within these institutions affect educational processes and social development.

Teaching Sociology (TS) publishes articles, notes, and reviews 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. Published quarterly, it includes full-length articles; n otes of 10 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:

  1. An established record of scholarship;
  2. 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);
  3. Assessment of the present state of the journal/series, its strengths and challenges, and a vision for the journal/series’ future;
  4. Openness to the different methods, theories, and approaches to sociology; and;
  5. 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 full day per week.

ASA encourages applications for both sole editorship and co-editorships.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Committee on Publications in December 2008. 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 2009. The Council appoints the editors. The editors are contacted by the ASA Secretary.

The application packet should include:

  1. 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 operationalize your plan.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 or release time, but provides basic financial support for office resources as necessary to journal editors. This support may include funds for clerical assistance, office supplies, postage, and telephone beyond what will be provided by the editor’s home institution. Since the support offered by different institutions varies widely, you are encouraged to contact the Executive Office as necessary to ensure the feasibility of your 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 during the period 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; click on the "Journals" link and then "How to Apply for a Journal Editorship".

Application packets (as described above) should be no more than five pages (excluding vitae) and should be sent by November 1, 2008, to: Janine Chiappa McKenna, Journals and Publications Manager, ASA, 1430 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005; small_green


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