Social Problems Editorial Search — Call for Applications

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The Editorial and Publications Committee of the Society for the Study of Social Problems is soliciting applications for the position of Editor of the Society’s journal, Social Problems.

The Editor’s three-year term will begin with the operation of the new editorial office at mid-year 2014.  The new editor will be responsible for editing Volumes 62-64 (years 2015-2017).  Applicants must be members or become members of the SSSP by the time of their application and for the duration of their tenure as editor.
The Editor is responsible for managing the peer review process for approximately 300-400 submitted manuscripts per year, and preparing four issues of the journal (approximately 650 printed pages) annually.  The editorial office manages the review process using the on-line services of ScholarOne/Manuscript Central and also has responsibility for copy editing and proofreading in accordance with customary publishing standards.
The committee seeks editorial candidates with distinguished scholarly records, previous editorial experience (e.g., service as journal editor or associate editor, editor of scholarly editions, etc.), strong organizational and management skills, and the ability to work and communicate well with others.  A familiarity with, and commitment to, Social Problems and the SSSP are essential.
The SSSP supports the operation of the editorial office with an annual budget and provides a modest stipend and travel expenses for the Editor.  Support is also expected from the host institution.  This may include office space, utilities, the use of computers and other office equipment, tuition waivers for office personnel (if appropriate), faculty release time, and other basic expenses.  Each year the Editor will be expected to submit a budget to the SSSP to cover operating expenses that the host institution does not support.
Individuals interested in applying for the editorship should submit their curriculum vitae with a cover letter detailing their relevant experience, a preliminary operating budget, and a letter from their Department Chair, Dean, or other authorized university administrator confirming the institutional support referenced above.  Guidance in the preparation of applications is available from the Editorial and Publications Committee Chair as well as the current Social Problems Editor, the Executive Officer, and the Administrative Officer, if necessary.
Please direct all questions, inquiries, nominations, expressions of interest, and application materials to:  David A. Smith, Chair, SSSP Editorial and Publications Committee, Department of Sociology, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-5100.  (949) 824-7292.  Email:
For more information on the position, please see Section V and Section VIII of the SSSP Operations Manual.
Deadline for applications is February 1, 2013.