RIJA Call for Associate Editor

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31 October 2020

The International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD) is seeking applications for one or two associate editors to expand the diversity of our editorial team and to replace the position held by Professor Tansy Jessop (UK/SEDA), who has served as an associate editor for the past 4 years.

IJAD is the premier international journal for academic development (also called educational development and faculty development). Google has ranked IJAD among (or near) the 20 most influential higher education journals globally since 2016. Scopus records IJAD as being in the top 21% of all Education journals. For the first time, IJAD has an official Impact Factor of 1.393 for 2019, placing it 163/263 in the ‘Education and Educational Research’ category of SSCI. 

IJAD is sponsored by the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED), and four issues are published annually through Routledge/Taylor & Francis (http://www.tandfonline.com/ijad). The manuscript submission and review process is managed through the ScholarOne online system.

The associate editor appointments will be for 4 years (1 January 2021 until 31 December 2024). The appointee(s) will work collaboratively with the four co-editors—Professor Klara Bolander Laksov (Sweden), Professor Peter Felten (USA), Associate Professor Johan Geertsema (Singapore), and Dr Julie Timmermans (New Zealand)—and the five continuing associate editors – Dr Henk Huijser (Australia), Associate Professor Roeland van der Rijst (the Netherlands), Dr Suzanne Sheffied (Canada), Dr Kwong Nui Sim (New Zealand), and Dr Tracy Zhou (Hong Kong).

As a diverse team is critical to the success of the journal, we would be especially interested in applications from colleagues who are professionally active in Africa and South America. Academic developers who work in South America and Africa belong to networks including AFELT (Kenya), EQUIP (Ethiopia), HELTASA (Southern Africa), and REDCAD (Chile). We recognize, however, that diversity goes beyond regional representation, and we encourage applications from anywhere in the world.

The role of associate editor provides the opportunity to influence the academic development research agenda and to expand linkages between one’s own region and the international academic development community. The position is voluntary and involves working to tight deadlines as well as participating in regular online meetings.

Applications from individuals who would like to join the team are welcome. The editorial team will make a decision based on the criteria outlined below.

Questions about the positions should be directed to Julie Timmermans ([email protected]) .


Brief written expressions of interest should be e-mailed to Julie Timmermans ([email protected]) no later than 31 October 2020 and should:

  1. outline your reasons for wanting to undertake the role,
  2. address the selection criteria below,
  3. provide the names of two members of the academic development community who are willing to be contacted as referees, and
  4. include your current Curriculum Vitae.

The following criteria are essential:

  1. Active or emerging scholar in academic/educational/faculty development, with a record of publications in this area.
  2. Passionate about academic development in higher education and committed to encouraging high-quality academic research and publications in the field.
  3. Will enhance the diversity of the editorial team.
  4. Excellent organisational and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work to tight deadlines.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work well with others (for example, joint publications, grants, member of a national network, etc.).
  6. Willing to participate in regular editorial meetings through online video conferencing (often scheduled outside working hours in order to accommodate the schedules of an editorial team based on four different continents).
  7. Committed to the goals of the journal’s parent organisation, the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED): http://icedonline.net/
  8. At the time of appointment, membership in one of the member networks of ICED.

In addition, the following criteria are desirable:

  1. Experience in editing and publishing and awareness of issues associated with editing an international journal.
  2. Familiarity with online manuscript management systems.
  3. Familiarity with APA referencing, copy-editing, or access to administrative support for copy-editing.
  4. Ability to start by 1 January 2021.

The International Journal for Academic Development ( IJAD) is the journal of the International Consortium for Educational Development. The purpose of IJAD is to enable academic/educational/faculty developers in higher education across the world to exchange ideas about practice and extend the theory of educational development, with the goal of improving the quality of higher education internationally. 

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