Search for Editor-in-Chief of NAGT's Journal of Geoscience Education

The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE).

The Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE) is a peer-reviewed publication for geoscience education research, and serves as an international forum for research concerning the pedagogy, assessment, and philosophy of teaching and learning about the geosciences and related domains. JGE is a publication of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, a non-profit, member-driven organization that supports a diverse, inclusive, and thriving community of educators and education researchers to improve teaching and learning about the Earth. The journal is published four times a year by Taylor & Francis, and includes articles in four categories: Curriculum & Instruction, Research, Commentary, and Literature Review. More information about the journal can be found on the journal web page.

JGE is in a growth phase, with submissions, citations, and downloads all increasing. The Editor-in-Chief provides the overarching vision for JGE while paying attention to the details involved in maintaining a high-quality peer reviewed publication. We seek an individual who will continue to expand the stature, reach, and impact of journal, be responsive to the needs and interests of NAGT and the geoscience education research communities, and stay abreast of changes in the dynamic landscape of scientific publishing.

Duties of the Editor-in-Chief include:

  • Serving as the primary point of contact for the journal
  • Overseeing the development of each issue of JGE, including
    • Working with the production editor at Taylor & Francis to meet deadlines for each issue
    • Making guiding decisions about content and selecting themes for issues
    • Managing the peer-review and decision process (in Editorial Manager) for all manuscripts submitted to JGE
    • Writing or soliciting an editorial for each issue
    • Developing the table of contents for each issue, keeping the annual total number of pages in mind
    • Designing or selecting an image for the cover of each issue and working with the author(s) to secure permission
  • Soliciting ideas for and managing accepted theme issues
  • Leading the editorial team
    • Recruiting and appointing editors and associate editors
    • Maintaining a high level of interaction and knowledge within the editorial team
    • Managing the flow of manuscripts to editors and back to authors in a timely fashion
    • Serving as the point person for technical questions from authors and reviewers
    • Maintaining standards of review
  • Leading the process to select JGE's annual Outstanding Paper and Reviewer Awards
  • Serving as an ex officio member of the Executive Committee to maximize the success of the journal and its support for the NAGT mission
    • Attending face-to-face and virtual meetings of the Executive Committee and Council
    • Serving as a liaison of the Ex Comm to NAGT's Geoscience Education Research Division
    • Advising the Executive Committee on developments and opportunities that could be especially beneficial to JGE and the Association
  • Working with the Executive Office and Treasurer to recommend the annual budget, ensure appropriate publication tools and contracts, and other business affairs
  • Promoting the journal through appropriate venues and activities, including (but not limited to):
    • Selecting occasional articles that can be offered through temporary free access to recruit readership and NAGT membership in specific audiences;
    • Recruiting submissions from audiences through presenting the journal at meetings such as AERA, ESERA, AGU, etc.
    • Promoting readership and citation of articles in JGE
    • Leading workshops and presentations to help future authors submit high-quality manuscripts
  • Upholding ethical standards for editors, and abiding by the ethics policy of NAGT.

Fulfilling these duties is expected to require an average of 8-10 hours per week, though the actual time committed may vary considerably from week to week. A limited budget is available that may serve as a partial stipend or other compensation in agreement with the Editor's home institution.

We anticipate that the successful candidate will be an active member of NAGT and the geoscience education community with broad and diverse connections. Candidates should have broad interests in geoscience education, excellent time management and organizational skills, the ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people, and experience that will allow him or her to make decisions that will uphold the quality of the journal and the effectiveness of the publication process. The Editor-in-Chief should have enthusiasm for JGE and NAGT and their role in the geoscience community, the ability to engage with that community, and commitment to devote the time and effort to make the journal successful.

The application process:

Apply for the position by May 1, 2020. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the search chair in advance of the application deadline with any questions.

Applications received by May 1 will be evaluated by the search committee. Requests for additional information, including a proposal for how the duties of the Editor-in-Chief will be incorporated into the existing workload with support from the home institution, will be made to qualified applicants by May 15.

Interviews for finalists will be conducted during the Earth Educators' Rendezvous, in Palo Alto, California, between July 13-15, 2020. The Association will negotiate a final plan regarding administrative support, travel support, telephone and Internet access, and other basic infrastructure in collaboration with the successful candidate for the ultimate establishment of the Editorship.

An appointment will be made shortly thereafter, and apprenticeship with the current Editor-in-Chief will begin immediately.

The new Editor-in-Chief will assume responsibility for the journal December 1, 2020.

If you have any questions, contact the search committee chair, Margaret Crowder, margaret.crowder@wku.edu.
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