Call for Editor

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Call for Editor

Journal of Higher Education

1 November 2021

About the Role

Mitchell Chang will be stepping down as editor of the Journal of Higher Education on 28th February 2022. The JHE Editorial Advisory Board is conducting a search for a new editor, who will be named before the end of calendar year 2021. The editorial offices will move to the new editor’s institution.

We are open to applications from both individuals and editorial teams.


The editor is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the intellectual integrity and scholarly rigor of the journal and, thus, is the final arbiter of all manuscript publication and editorial decisions. The editor is also responsible for all editorial operations, including managing the submission and review process from receipt of manuscripts to final publication decisions; identifying and recruiting highly competent and dependable manuscript reviewers; and ensuring prompt, courteous, constructive, and timely reviews of submissions. The editor also maintains good working relations with the JHE Editorial Advisory Board, to which the editor reports annually, as well as with the Ohio State University, which owns and publishes the journal.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must have:

  • A doctoral degree in education, social science or related field

  • A widely-respected record of scholarly publications in well cited refereed journals in higher education or related social science fields

  • Substantial experience as a manuscript reviewer for journals in higher education or a related field(s)

  • High energy and enthusiasm for the position

  • Broad knowledge of the range of critical issues in higher and postsecondary education (e.g., access, students, faculty, governance, financing, assessment, public policy, international)

  • A vision for the journal’s future, in the context of fast moving developments in academic publishing

  • A strong commitment to equity and track record of leading inclusive groups

  • Strong knowledge and appreciation for both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as a variety of theoretical traditions, and ease of working with an epistemologically diverse group of editors, authors and reviewers

  • A commitment to maintaining the journal's reputation for publishing the highest quality thinking and scholarship on higher education

  • Strong organizational and writing skills

  • The ability to identify and attract knowledgeable and dependable manuscript reviewers

  • An interest in identifying and encouraging talented emerging scholars

  • A commitment to providing authors rigorous, constructive reviews of their submissions, and recommendations for strengthening their scholarship

  • Appropriate support for the journal at the editor's place of employment, such as the provision of research and/or administrative assistance Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience as an assistant or associate editor of a higher education journal or series

  • Provision of release time in the editor’s place of employment Terms of Appointment The editorship is a 5-year appointment, renewable. Ohio State will make available to the editor an annual sum of $30,000 (pending availability of funds) for the journal’s operating expenses. The individual(s) named as editors are expected to name their own editorial staff and associate editors. The editor of the Journal of Higher Education is appointed by Ohio State University upon recommendation of the JHE Editorial Advisory Board, acting on the recommendation of the search committee.

Interested in applying?

Please submit name and contact information of scholars whom you believe meet the qualifications for the position, as well as a rationale for their nomination.

Please submit as electronic attachment:

1) A letter expressing interest and qualifications for being the JHE editor, including a clear statement of vision for the future of the journal;

2) A work plan to include proposed staffing, budget, policies, and plans for the journal;

3) An up-to-date curriculum vitae;

4) Up to three representative scholarly publications;

5) A statement of support from the applicant's dean and/or department chair outlining the institutional support that would be guaranteed the editor (e.g., release time, a part-time secretary or research assistant)

6) The names, mail, and email addresses, and telephone numbers of three academic references.

Applications received by November 1st, 2021 are assured full consideration, although applications will be received until the position is filled.

Nominations, applications, and relevant materials should be sent to:

Simon Marginson, Search Committee
Chair Email: [email protected]
Phone: +44-7876323949

The Journal of Higher Education, founded in 1930, has long been one of the leading scholarly journals on higher education. Articles combine theory and methods from a variety of disciplines with critical insight to investigate issues, questions and problems of importance to postsecondary students, faculty, administrators, and policy makers. On a number of different impact measures calculated from the Social Science Citation Index, the Journal of Higher Education consistently ranks among the top journals in higher education, and is often in the top fifth of all education journals included in the SSCI.