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Editor - The Social Science Journal

Editorial Search – Call for Application or Nomination

The Editorial and Publications Committee of the Western Social Science Association is soliciting applications for the next Editor of the Association’s official journal, The Social Science Journal.

The Social Science Journal has a rich publication history of over 40 years and is currently published by Elsevier Publishers, with a worldwide distribution both electronically and in paper form. The impact factor of the Journal has grown significantly in recent years.

The Editor’s three-year term will begin with the operation of the new editorial office (January 2018). The new editor will be responsible for compiling, editing and promoting Volumes 55-57 (2018-2020). An editor may be reappointed to a second and final term not to exceed three years with the recommendation of the Editorial and Publications Committee and final approval of the Executive Council of the Association. Applicants must be members, or become members, of the WSSA by the time of their application and the chosen editor must continue to be a member during his/her tenure as editor.

The Editor is responsible for managing the peer review process for approximately 550-600 submitted manuscripts per year, that represent the breadth of the social sciences. He/She will prepare four issues of the journal (approximately 600 printed pages) annually. The editorial office manages the review process using the online services provided by Elsevier Publishing and has responsibility for copy editing and proofreading in accordance with customary publishing standards. The editor will also work with the editorial board of the Journal, and the Executive Council of the WSSA, to promote the Journal. The editor will nominate to the Executive Council, each year, a rotating list of members (or Associate Editors) to the Editorial Board.

The committee seeks a diverse pool of editorial candidates with distinguished scholarly records, previous editorial experience (e.g. service as journal editor, associate editor, editor of scholarly editions, book review editor, etc.) strong organizational and management skills, and the ability to work and communicate well with others, including scholars in academic and non-academic settings. A familiarity with and commitment to SSJ and WSSA are essential.

The WSSA supports the operations of the editorial office with an annual budget for the hiring of an office assistant and for the travel expenses of the Editor. Travel expenses may be provided for the office assistant to attend and help with the Annual Conference. WSSA encourages applicants to secure additional support from their respective institutions; however, the amount of that support will not be the primary factor in the selection of the new editor. The final decision will be based principally on the strength of the application and the applicant. Support from the host institution may include office space, utilities, the use of computers and other office equipment. If appropriate, WSSA encourages a tuition waiver for the office assistant. Faculty release time, travel funds and other basic expenses are also encouraged. Each year the Editor will submit a budget to WSSA to cover those operating expenses that the host institution does not support.

Individuals interested in applying for the editorship should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, an approximate budget for operating expenses and a letter of support from their department chair and college dean. Guidance in the preparation of applications will be made available. Additionally, the successful candidate will receive a small stipend in compensation for working during the transition period from the current Editor to the new editor.

Please direct all questions, inquiries, nominations, expressions of interest and application material to:
Larry A. Gould, PhD
Executive Director
Western Social Science Association
Subject Line: WSSA Editor’s Search

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Deadline for applications is April 3, 2017

Assistant Clinical Professor - Justice Studies

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University in Yuma is conducting a national search to fill an Assistant Clinical Professor non-tenure track position in our Justice Studies program. The position is expected to teach upper division courses face-to-face in Yuma; however, some online teaching is expected in support of the unit’s academic outreach to place-bound students. A demonstrated connectedness to the disciplines of Criminology and/or Criminal Justice is expected. The program provides university-level educational opportunities to community college transfer students and in-service professionals working in all parts of the justice system including police agencies, the courts, corrections, and other justice-related agencies. Research is encouraged, but is not an expectation for this position; a successful annual review is dependent on a demonstrated connectedness to the discipline, positive teaching reviews and department service. The faculty member is expected to serve on departmental and campus committees and assist with program development. Summer and winter term teaching is available for additional compensation.

Minimum Qualifications: An earned master’s degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Justice Studies, or closely related field. The master’s degree must be from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Please note that a Juris Doctorate is not a substitute for the master’s degree. AND Evidence of at least one year of undergraduate teaching or teaching assistant responsibilities (at least three credit hours per semester) at a regionally accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education in criminal justice, criminology, law enforcement and/or administration of justice.