Call for Executive Editors - Teaching in Higher Education

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Call for Executive Editors

Teaching in Higher Education

Call for Executive Editors

The journal Teaching in Higher Education is looking to recruit at least two new Executive Editors to join its Executive Editorial Team in December 2019, for a period of five years. New editors will replace Professor Sian Bayne (University of Edinburgh, UK) and Professor Lesley Gourlay (University College London, UK), who will both be leaving the journal at that point in time after making outstanding contributions. There is the possibility of a further position also opening up.

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The role of Executive Editor

The journal is directed by an Executive Editorial Team, which is presently constituted by the Editor and five Executive Editors. The operation of the journal is supported by a dedicated part-time administrator who directly works to the Editor, as well as by the regular operations of the publishers. Each Executive Editor is responsible for the following duties:

  • Seeing through a case-load of articles that have been submitted to the journal, from initial decision on the suitability of papers submitted to the journal for inclusion in the peer review process, until the final decision on the inclusion of the article within the journal.
  • Joining the meetings of the Executive Editorial team, either remotely or in person. (The pattern of meetings in the team is currently a meeting in July, a two-day annual (residential/with possibility of remote attendance) meeting in early-mid December, and two exclusively virtual meetings.
  • The meetings that occur with at least some of the team present in person are held in the UK, where the publishers, Taylor & Francis, are based. The annual residential particularly offers an occasion for the team to develop a collegial and critical approach to the running of the journal.
  • Co-editing a special issue with a guest editor around once every two or three years (in place of some regular decision editing for the relevant period). The journal now looks to include two Special Issues in its copy each year.
  • Taking forward a particular aspect of the overall profile or operation of the journal as part of the executive team (e.g. liaising with the Editorial Board, curating the blog, and so on).

The Application Process

Applications are welcomed from candidates based in any location across the world. An honorarium (currently £1,000) is paid to each Executive Editor (e.g. to support conference attendance, or other relevant academic activity or expenses). Nominations for these posts are welcome, although please note that nominations should be made in sufficient time in advance of the deadline indicated below for an approach to be made.   

Applicants are welcome to contact any of the current Executive Editorial team to find out more about the new positions, although applicants should note that the application process is being led by Professor Penny-Jane Burke (Editor) and Dr Peter Kahn (Executive Editor). The contact details for the Executive Editorial team are as follows:

Applicants should send the following information by email to the journal’s administrator, Alison Stanton (, by Wednesday 3rd July 2019:

  • A copy of your current academic CV, which should include evidence of a track record that is appropriate to editorial work on a major international journal (including a full statement of relevant academic publications).
  • A covering letter that outlines the reasons for your interest in the role, including a statement outlining specific ideas for how the journal might develop (e.g. in relation to strengthening its profile as a journal for critical educational studies, stimulating ongoing debate within and beyond the journal, maintaining and enhancing the quality of published articles, and so on.)

Selection panel – decisions on appointments will be made by the current Executive Editorial Team for the journal (subject to the endorsement of the publishers). It is expected that decisions on appointments will be made in July 2019. 

About Teaching in Higher Education

Teaching in Higher Education has become an internationally recognised field, which is more than ever open to multiple forms of contestation. However, the intellectual challenge which teaching presents has been inadequately acknowledged and theorised in higher education. The journal Teaching in Higher Education addresses this gap by publishing scholarly work that critically examines and interrogates the values and presuppositions underpinning teaching, introduces theoretical perspectives and insights drawn from different disciplinary and methodological frameworks, and considers how teaching and research can be brought into a closer relationship.

Further information about the journal is available on its website, and on the associated blog:


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