Call For Journal Editor Re-opened:Respond by 12/10/15

Call for Journal Editor Reopened: 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. The opportunity to serve as Editor-in-Chief of JASS represents a chance to influence the content of the journal and help shape the 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 met. Candidates should give serious consideration to the feasibility of serving as Editor-in-Chief in relation to the resources available to them and address these in their application letter.

The AACS Board is open to different editorial models such as a co-editorship and invites the candidate(s) to propose such models. The successful candidate(s) will demonstrate commitment to the mission and values of AACS, and will be expected to become a member(s) of the Association upon notification of the appointment.

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 an appropriate administrator from the candidate’s home institution. The letter should clearly specify the resources and support that will be provided.

The search committee will begin reviewing materials immediately with the new editor taking over full editorial responsibility on January 1, 2016. An appropriate transition period is anticipated since some training will be needed to learn the online submission process. Applications received by December 10, 2015 will be considered.

Please send all completed nomination packages to


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