Thursday, May 8, 2008

Job Announcement: Editor, Astronomy Education Review

Job Announcement: Editor, Astronomy Education Review

2000 Florida Avenue, NWSuite 400
Washington, DC 20009
Email Submission Address:
(subject line: AER Editor Search)

Applications will be reviewed starting June 15 and will continue until position is filled.

Attention: Tim Slater, Chair, AER Editor Search Committee

The American Astronomical Society is soliciting applications and nominations of candidates for the position of Editor of the Astronomy Education Review (AER). This person will replace the current Editor, Sidney Wolff, who is stepping down at the end of 2008. The AER is internationally known as the pre-eminent scholarly journal in astronomy education and research, and the new Editor will be responsible for enhancing the excellence of the Journal. The AAS Council has selected a Search Committee to fill this position, chaired by its Education Officer, Tim Slater.

The Search Committee has identified the following qualifications that must be satisfied by the successful applicant:

1. Recognized stature and achievement in astronomy and/or science education.
2. Experience with diplomatic management of peers, staff, or students.
3. A clear vision for the future of the AER.
4. Familiarity with budgets.
5. Experience as a referee.
6. Previous editorial experience would be useful but is not required.
The Editor is responsible for building and maintaining a cadre of referees and assigns most manuscripts submitted to the referees, assesses the referee's reports and recommends the papers for publication. The Editor is responsible for maintaining the efficient and timely flow of manuscripts.

As part of this process, this person will also:

1. Actively recruit authors and referees.
2. Interface with the AAS Journals Manager.
3. Participate in the establishment and management of the Journal Budget.
4. Report to the Publications Board and the AAS Council on the status of the AER.

The Society expects to compensate the Editor at roughly $10,000 per year paid as a stipend (or other arrangements as negotiated) and performance will be reviewed annually by the publications board. No additional infrastructure will be provided. Specific questions about the historical operations of the journal to date can be addressed to Sidney Wolff, .

Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, CV, bibliography, and names and contact information of three references to Tim Slater, Chair of the AER Editor Search Committee, at the above address. Email submission of PDF files is encouraged to using AER Editor Search as subject line.

Nominations for the position may also be sent to the same address.

Selected candidates will be asked to provide evidence of institutional support for their assuming the above editorial duties.
The cover letter should address the candidate's qualifications, reason for interest in the position, and ideas for the operation, management, and future of the AER. In accordance with the Bylaws of the Society,the Search Committee will make its recommendations to the AAS Publications Board and AAS Council. The final selection is made by the Council. Applications and nominations received by 15 June 2008 will be givenfull consideration. AAE/EOE.

The current website of the Astronomy Education Review is

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