AAG Seeks New Editor for ‘The Professional Geographer’ Journal
The American Association of Geographers (AAG) seeks applications for the position of Editor of The Professional Geographer. The new editor, whose responsibilities include overseeing the solicitation, review, and publication of scholarly articles for the journal, will be appointed for a four-year editorial term beginning July 1, 2019.
The Professional Geographer has traditionally published short articles in the fields of both academic and applied geography with features ranging in content and approach from rigorously analytic to broadly philosophical or prescriptive. The shorter format of articles necessitates an editor who can help authors parse out the key points that their research reveals and do so in ways that resonate not only across disciplinary subfields but also across the spectrum of professions in which geography is applied. We thus seek an editor with the skills and interests in working with authors within and beyond academia and in cultivating connections between academic and applied geography as related, but sometimes distinct, fields.
Given the diverse nature of articles published in The Professional Geographer, the new editor will be expected to evaluate and make editorial decisions on manuscripts from across the breadth and depth of intellectual activity in contemporary geography. The applicant should thus possess demonstrated expertise in working across geography’s subdisciplines, a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, a broad perspective on the discipline of geography, respect and affection for its diversity, and an ability to work constructively with authors during the review process. Institutional support for the new editor (especially time released from teaching) is desirable but not mandatory. The AAG will provide a stipend of $10,000 per year to be used for expenses and honorarium at the editor’s discretion.
The editor will work in coordination with AAG Publications Director Jennifer Cassidento. The Publications Director bears primary responsibility for the logistics of processing manuscripts and for assembling and coordinating the publication of each journal issue in collaboration with the editor and the journal’s publisher. Editor candidates, therefore, should share the AAG Council’s vision of an accessible, decentralized, and collaborative editorship for The Professional Geographer.
The editor will work with the AAG Council to envision, articulate, and implement a fresh future direction for The Professional Geographer that expands its reach and enhances its impact. The application package should include a complete CV along with a one-page statement that addresses the prospective editor’s qualifications for the job, including previous editorial experience. The package should also include a one- to two-page vision statement that outlines the applicant’s vision for positioning The Professional Geographer as a cutting-edge forum for exploring new methodologies, examining novel ideas and approaches, and interrogating multiple ways of understanding geographic complexities in the world. Complete application packages should be submitted by e-mail to Jennifer Cassidento at jcassidento [at] aag [dot] org by Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.