2015 Call for Editor JASS

Call for Journal Editor: Journal of Applied Social Science

The Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) seeks applications for a new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Social Science for a minimum three year term beginning January 1, 2016. Reflecting more than 25 years of journal sponsorship by AACS and its predecessor organizations, the Society for Applied Sociology and the Sociological Practice Association, the Journal of Applied Social Science (JASS) publishes research articles, essays, research reports, teaching notes, and book reviews on a wide range of topics of interest to the sociological practitioner. Specifically, we encourage submission of manuscripts that, in a concrete way, apply social science or critically reflect on the application of social science. The opportunity to serve as Editor-in-Chief of JASS represents a chance to influence the content of the journal and help shape the science and practice of the profession.

Editorial duties include receiving manuscript submissions and managing their peer review through an online submission system; communicating with authors, potential authors, and our publishing partner, Sage Publications; organizing, recruiting, and working with an Editorial Board and Associate Editors; organizing and submitting copy for each issue to the production editor at SAGE; checking proofs; planning future issues; and maintaining regular communication with the AACS Executive Office. In addition, the Editor prepares and presents a semiannual report to the AACS Board of Directors and Publications Committee and conducts an Editorial Board meeting during the AACS Annual Meetings each October.

Institutional Support: Like all non-staff positions in AACS, the JASS editorship is a volunteer position. The organization appreciates the importance of institutional recognition of the intellectual and practical challenges of the Editor-in-Chief’s position and thus values support from candidates’ home institutions. The Editor’s institution typically provides support in the form of release time, office space and equipment, student assistants, telephone, and mailing expenses. Graduate Assistant support and adequate space to house the journal are highly desirable with other kinds of institutional support significant for the success of operations. Candidates who are unable to get substantial institutional support will also be considered with the expectation that the institution ensure that needs central to the journal’s success are adequately met. Candidates should give serious consideration to the feasibility of serving as Editor-in-Chief in relation to the resources available to them, and they should address these considerations in their letter of application.

The AACS Board is open to different editorial models such as a co-editorship and invites the candidate(s) to propose such models.

A completed nomination package includes an electronic letter of application that addresses the candidate’s qualifications and offers a sense of their vision for JASS; the candidate’s CV; two to four letters of support from published scholars familiar with the candidate’s work, experience and suitability for the task of journal editing; and a letter of institutional support from the candidate’s home institution. The candidate must be an AACS member at the time of application to be considered for appointment.

The search committee, led by AACS CEO/Executive Director Tina Quartaroli and current Editor-in-Chief Jammie Price, will begin reviewing materials immediately with an anticipated transition period beginning September 2015 and the new editor taking over full editorial responsibility on January 1, 2016. Please send all completed nomination packages to tquartaroili@gmail.com.


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