Request for Proposals: New Editor(s)

Journal of Political Science Education

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The American Political Science Association (APSA) is accepting applications for a new editor or editorial team for the Journal of Political Science Education. APSA has recently become the official sponsor of this journal and will make it available to all of its 13,000 members, greatly expanding the journal’s reach and visibility. The current editorial team, Kerstin Hamann (Editor-in-Chief), Philip H. Pollock, and Bruce M. Wilson, is scheduled to conclude its term on June 30, 2016.

The Journal of Political Science Education is an intellectually rigorous, peer-reviewed journal that publishes evidence-based and theoretically informed scholarship on teaching and pedagogical issues in political science. It aims to represent a full range of empirical and philosophical questions, issues, and approaches relevant to political science education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including research on teaching methods, pedagogical innovations and techniques, classroom activities, educational assessment, and curriculum development. It welcomes work from diverse methodological perspectives, and work that represents levels of analysis ranging from classroom-based studies to inter-institutional and cross-national comparisons. The journal supports research that engages with the broad scholarship of teaching and learning and improves the quality of teaching and learning in the discipline.

Proposals, including all supplementary materials, are due April 1, 2016. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning and evidence of sound editorial management and support. They should demonstrate openness to diverse methodological approaches and to all subfields within political science. The term is four years with the possibility of a two-year extension.

A competitive proposal will include a vision statement; a brief description of proposed editor(s) qualifications; an explanation of proposed staff organization and responsibilities; and a description of the financial and technical support provided by the host institution. Innovations in the journal’s format are welcome. In addition, please include the curriculum vitae of the Editorin-Chief and other members of the editorial team.

The search committee is comprised of the following members: Maureen Feeley, University of California, San Diego (chair); Lynne Ford, College of Charleston; Marcela Garcia-Castanon, San Francisco State University; Rebecca Glazier, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Gregory Hall, Morehouse College; Susan McWilliams, Pomona College; and James Sloam, Royal Holloway, University of London. APSA President Jennifer Hochschild, Harvard University, and APSA Executive Director, Steven Rathgeb Smith, serve ex officio on the committee.

Applications should be sent to Steven Rathgeb Smith, Executive Director, APSA, at Please contact him with any questions about the selection process or the editor position.