September/October 2013 Issue • Volume 41 • Issue 6

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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.


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:

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.

Selection Process

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:

Examples of successful past proposals are available on the journals page of the ASA website (; 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;

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