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September-November 2020

Call for Applications: Sociology of Education Editorship

The official term for the new editor (or co-editors) will commence in January 2022 (the editorial transition will begin in summer 2021) and is for a minimum of three years (through December 2024), with a possible extension of up to an additional two years.

Sociology of Education provides a forum for studies in the sociology of education and human social development. It publishes research that examines how social institutions and individuals’ experiences within these institutions affect educational processes and social development. Such research may span various levels of analysis, ranging from the individual to the structure of relations among social and educational institutions. In an increasingly complex society, important educational issues arise throughout the life cycle. The journal presents a balance of papers examining all stages and all types of education at the individual, institutional, and organizational levels. SOE invites contributions from all methodologies. The journal is published quarterly in January, April, July, and October.


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, and proposals for both sole editorships and co-editorships are equally welcomed.

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 and its operation, indicated by experience with the journal/series across any of a wide variety of activities (e.g., publication, reviewing, editorial board experience);
(3)  Assessment of the present state of the journal, its strengths and challenges, and a vision for the journals’ 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.

Editors generally engage in some aspect of the journal 5-7 hours each week on average. 

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the ASA Publications Committee in January 2021. Prospective editors may be contacted to clarify issues raised in the deliberations. A list of potential editors will be forwarded to ASA Council for review in March 2021. Council appoints the editors.

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 other resources likely to be available to the candidate. The ASA does not typically pay for office space, teaching release, or tuition, but does provide financial support for office resources as necessary. This support may include funds for editorial assistance, office supplies, postage, and telephone beyond what will be provided by the editor’s home institution. Alternative models of funding may be possible as long as the impact on the overall cost for ASA support is minimal (e.g., institutional support for the managing editor or editorial assistant position could allow for use of the ASA budgeted funds for course release or tuition).

The support offered by different institutions varies widely, and candidates are encouraged to contact Karen Gray Edwards, ASA Director of Publications, by email ( as necessary to determine the level and type of ASA support that is available. Letters of support from deans or other appropriate institutional officials are recommended but not required. Detailed financial arrangements are not developed until after ASA Council appoints the editor.

Additional information and examples of successful past proposals are available on the ASA website (

Application packets should be emailed by December 1, 2020, to