Monday, August 04, 2014

CF SPECIAL ISSUE PROPOSALS: European Sport Management Quarterly

Call for ESMQ Special Issue Proposals for 2017
Guidelines for Proposals

European Sport Management Quarterly (ESMQ) invites Special Issue proposals on clearly defined topics that have broad appeal and meet the aims and scope of the journal http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=resm20#.U929I_mSySo

Special Issues provide an excellent opportunity to review a topic, examine gaps in scholarship, and encourage new approaches and domains of research. All submitted proposals will be assessed at the ESMQ Board meeting in Coventry in September 2014 and the outcomes announced shortly thereafter.

Proposals should outline the relevance of the topic, the purpose of the special issue, examples of themes and sub-themes,. Special Issue proposals must contain the following elements:

1. Name and affiliation of proposed Guest Editors
2. Short CV of proposed Guest Editors, including a list of major publications and editorial experience
3. A provisional title of the Special Issue and justification of the topic including the projected theoretical, practical and policy implications; the names of potential contributors and reviewers for the special issue
4. A list of any other Special Issues on the proposed or related topic that have recently been published, or will be published, by other journals.

The Guest Editors are accountable to the timeline set for the timely production of the Special issue.

Note: The ESMQ Special Issue process follows a two year timeline:
1. Submit your Special Issue proposal prior to the 2014 EASM conference (to tracy.taylor@uts.edu.au)
2. The decision on the Special Issue topic will be made during the 2014 EASM conference.
3. The Guest Editors are required to organize a workshop on the topic for the 2015 EASM conference. The workshop provides an opportunity for discussion of potential manuscripts on the topic, and these may be submitted for consideration of the 2017 special issue (17.1).
4. Following the workshop, the Call for Papers for the Special Issue is widely disseminated.
5. The Guest Editors oversee the double blind review process and manage all submitted manuscripts.

Further details on the review and publication process will be provided by the Editor upon acceptance of the Special Issue.

Deadline for submissions: 30 August 2014.

Prof. Tracy Taylor

Associate Editor ESMQ

NASSS 2014: Take a student to lunch!

Greetings NASSS community! We invite those of you heading to Portland this fall to consider participating in the annual Take a Student to Lunch event scheduled for Friday, November 7. This is a great opportunity for graduate students attending the conference to meet and get to know professors. Students regularly report that their experiences are very positive, and faculty have also expressed their enjoyment of this social networking event.

Please complete the registration form online at http://www.nasss.org/conference/take-a-student-to-lunch/ You can also email Grad Reps Dain TePoel and Letisha Brown at grads@nasss.org with any questions. In order to have enough time to organize this event and make the best possible matches, please submit your form by Friday, October 24.

NEW SIGN-UP PROCEDURE for 2014:

In order to make Take a Student to Lunch the best experience possible for both faculty and graduate students, we have decided to streamline the sign-up process. A primary list of faculty-student pairings will be posted at the conference based on the forms received by October 24. Any forms received after the October 24 deadline will not be guaranteed a faculty-student matchfor the lunch on the primary list. 

In the past, there has been some flexibility with signing up for the lunch on-site until nearly the last minute. At times this has led to some confusion, rearrangements, additional students per faculty member, and delays. There is only a brief amount of time allotted for students and faculty to greet each other, make some introductions, find a spot for lunch, eat, and head back for the next session of presentations. Please, kindly plan ahead!

Those who miss the deadline but still wish to participate will largely be responsible for making their own arrangements. We will do our best to help facilitate on-site matches between students and faculty, but the pairings based off forms received by the October 24 deadline will not be altered. Avoid the last-minute hassle by signing up now at http://www.nasss.org/conference/take-a-student-to-lunch/

Thank you!

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dain and Letisha at grads@nasss.org. We look forward to seeing you in Portland, Oregon!

CFP: Sport Management Education Journal - Special Issue

Sport Management Education Journal
Special Issue Call for Papers

Title: Emerging Technology in Sport Management Education

Innovation in the sport management classroom has become of utmost importance due to the way in which technology has infiltrated the sport industry (Pedersen, Parks, Quarterman, & Thibault, 2011). Technological advancements are “major factors driving the globalization of sport” and therefore the sport management classroom must reflect that to properly prepare students to enter the industry (Masteralexis, Barr, & Hums, 2012, p. 192). In fact, use of technology and innovation techniques within the classroom has become an area in which higher education instructors are often evaluated. With such an emphasis on using technology and innovative teaching designs within the sport management classroom comes the demand for educators to remain ahead of the technological curve.

Emerging technologies such as social media outlets are becoming more commonplace as educational tools (O’Boyle, 2014). Educators are using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites to create unique learning communities that expand beyond the four-walled classroom and into students’ daily lives (Seo, 2012). Additionally, educators are bringing new resources into the classroom through online videoconferencing capabilities. These applications of technology within the classroom are allowing sport management educators to tap into new resources that assist them in teaching within the discipline.

This special issue of SMEJ explores emerging technologies within the sport management classroom. Research published in this issue will provide insight into the use of a variety of new learning tools to better prepare sport management students for an evolving industry. This special issue is open to all methodologies for research manuscripts, and “how-to” papers submitted under the new Pedagogical Innovations section will also be considered (see submission guidelines for details).

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
·         Evaluation of the use of emerging technologies
·         Integration of technology resources
·         How to use technology within the sport management classroom
·         Adapting emerging technologies to various learning styles
·         Creative uses of technology in educational settings
·         The use of social networking in sport management education
·         Barriers to using technology in sport management education
·         Impact of technology on sport management student learning
·         Perceptions of technology in sport management education settings

Submission Guidelines:
Submission guidelines for this special issue must adhere to the submission guidelines for SMEJ, which can be found at http://journals.humankinetics.com/submission-guidelines-for-smej. Authors should submit their manuscript through Manuscript Central, the online submission system for SMEJ at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hk_smejThe cover page for the manuscript should clearly state that the submission is for the special issue on Emerging Technology in Sport Management Education.

Submission Deadline: January 5, 2015

Guest Editors:
Robin Hardin, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee
1914 Andy Holt Ave., Room 335
Knoxville, TN 37996

Joshua R. Pate, Ph.D.
James Madison University
261 Bluestone Drive, MSC 2305
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

CONFERENCE: World Congress of Sociology of Sport - 50th Anniversary - Paris, FRANCE, June 9-12, 2015

You are cordially invited to join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) and our journal the International Review for the Sociology of Sport (IRSS – SAGE) at our 2015 World Congress, June 9-12 in Paris, France.  The theme of the conference is: "The sociological lens and the  well-being of sport”. There will be special panels on the state of global sociology of sport along with special events including a chance to meet the “legends of the field”.

Keynote speaker: Professor Geneviève Rail, University of Concordia, Canada

Venue: Sport Sciences Faculty of Paris Descartes University

The conference website will soon be open for submission of abstracts: www.issa2015.org

Monday, July 28, 2014

JOB: Sport Management Faculty Position - University of Tennessee

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
FACULTY POSITION IN SPORT MANAGEMENT

POSITIONAssistant Professor (Sport Management). This is a nine-month tenure-track position in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies beginning August 1, 2015.
Sport Management is housed in the Recreation and Sport Management program of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. A doctoral program is offered in Kinesiology and Sport Studies, and master’s and undergraduate programs are offered in Recreation and Sport Management. For more details regarding the range of academic programs and other aspects of the department, please visit http://krss.utk.edu/.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Earned doctorate in sport management or related field at time of appointment
- Evidence of scholarly achievement/potential in area of expertise
- Scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals
- Ability to contribute to doctoral specialization
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS 
- University teaching experience
- Demonstrated commitment to professional organizations
- Evidence of extramural support for research

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Teach in the areas of Organizational Behavior, Funding Sources and Revenue Generation, Human Resource Practices, and related areas.
- Conduct research leading to publication in refereed journals
- Participate in professional, university, and community service
- Advise undergraduate and graduate students and direct graduate projects, theses, and dissertations
- Actively pursue external funding and grant writing

SALARY: Competitive – commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Review of applications will begin September 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants must submit a letter of application addressing the required and desired qualifications as stated in the position announcement, a curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to Sarah Bicknell (sbicknel@utk.edu). Electronic submissions are encouraged. For questions regarding the position contact:
James Bemiller, Chair of Sport Management Search Committee
Dept. of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies/ The University of Tennessee
1914 Andy Holt Avenue, 343 HPER Bldg., Knoxville, TN 37996-2700
865-974-0359 (office) or jimb@utk.edu

Designated a Carnegie doctoral/research extensive university, UTK is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive institution of higher education in Tennessee. Academic programs on the Knoxville campus enroll approximately 21,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate students. Detailed information about the University of Tennessee may be obtained by visiting the Web site: http://www.utk.edu.
EEO/AA Statement/ Non-Discrimination Statement 
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.
Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.
In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

JOB: Tenure-track position on Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University

FACULTY OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

Academic Quadrangle 5102A
8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC
Canada V5A 1S6

TEL 778.782.3333
FAX 778.782.5518

gswssec@sfu.ca
www.sfu.ca/gsws

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing September 1, 2015. This position is subject to budgetary and Board approval. The Department seeks to fill a continuing faculty line in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. The preferred candidate will be engaged in feminist interdisciplinary research and teaching in at least one of the following areas: disability studies, bioethics/science studies, masculinity studies, theories of embodiment and body modification, trans* studies, and/or queer theory. The Department is open to a range of research approaches, including: theoretical and historical perspectives; cultural studies; and public policy. Candidates should demonstrate ability to work within a comparative and/or transnational and/or intersectional framework in their undergraduate and graduate teaching and research and should suggest ways that they can participate in service to the department, the university, and the broader community.

Applicants will submit electronically a covering letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio (including a statement of teaching philosophy and course evaluations), a resume of research interests and agenda, and a sample of written work. Each candidate must also arrange for three academic reference letters to be forwarded to the Department. All materials should be sent to:
Dr. Willeen Keough, Chair
Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
Email: gswspost@sfu.ca

The deadline for receipt of applications and reference letters is October 1, 2014.

Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including all genders, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details: www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/Faculty_Openings/Collection_Notice.html.

CFP: Special Issue on: "Marketing of Olympic Sport via New Media"

Guest Editors
Andrea N. Geurin-Eagleman, Griffith University, Australia
Lauren M. Burch, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, USA


New media is defined as internet-based non-traditional media platforms such as websites, social networking sites and applications, blogs and e-commerce systems (Stoldt, Dittmore, & Pedersen, 2011). In recent years, new media’s presence has certainly been felt by the Olympic Games, the most global of all international sporting events. As Miah (2013) noted, “the expansion of media channels afforded by new media technology and a burgeoning culture of user-generated content have changed how people consume the Games” (p. 107).

The last instalment of the Games, the 2012 London Olympics, became widely known as the “social Olympics” due to the extensive range of platforms utilised for the marketing and communication of the event. These platforms included traditional media, social media, internet-based applications and smartphone/tablet applications.

Ferrand, Chappelet and Seguin (2012) identified several stakeholders who engage in Olympic marketing, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Olympic Games organising committees, National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and sponsors, all of whom utilise new media in their marketing efforts. While that list is not exhaustive, additional stakeholders engaging in Olympic sport marketing include broadcast partners, athletes and coaches.

As new media technology is ever expanding and increasingly accessible for global audiences, a greater understanding of the utilisation of new media platforms to market Olympic sport holds implications for a variety of Olympic sport organisations and stakeholders.

While manuscripts centred on topics or issues relating to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are welcomed for submission, scholarly inquiry from a variety of perspectives (e.g. past Olympic Games, marketing of Olympic sport in non-Olympic years, etc.) is also encouraged. Qualitative, quantitative and conceptual papers examining the marketing of Olympic sports are all welcome.

Subject Coverage


Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Social media
  • Websites
  • Smartphone/tablet devices
  • Branding
  • Sponsorship
  • Strategy
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Athlete/participant behaviour
  • Sociological perspectives
  • Policy implications
  • Legal and regulatory issues
  • Unique attributes

Notes for Prospective Authors


Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates


Submission of manuscripts: 17 August, 2014 (extended)

Friday, July 11, 2014

JOB: Sociology at Boston College

Below are descriptions of two job openings for the fall of 2015 in the Sociology Department at Boston College. Note that these are NOT aimed at the sociology of sport as an area of specialization.

Assistant Professor
The Department of Sociology at Boston College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position to begin in Fall 2015. We are seeking to hire a quantitative scholar at the Assistant Professor level whose research agenda fits into the social justice theme of our Ph.D. program. We are particularly interested in applicants who work in the areas of environment, criminology, and/or medical sociology, but will consider the applications of quantitative scholars who work in other areas. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.  Apply at: http://apply.interfolio.com/25298

Faculty Member, Open Rank
The Department of Sociology and the Environmental Studies Program at Boston College invite applications for an open-rank faculty position in environmental sociology. We are particularly interested in scholars who can contribute to university-wide interdisciplinary conversations around the issues of climate change and societal adaptation; food and water sustainability; environmental justice; and/or natural disasters. The tenure line is housed in the Sociology Department. The position, which begins in the Fall of 2015, entails half-time teaching in Environmental Studies, which is an undergraduate major, and half-time graduate and undergraduate teaching in the Department of Sociology. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.  Apply at: http://apply.interfolio.com/25299

Monday, July 07, 2014

CFP: Sport in Asian America

Sport in Asian America
Amerasia Journal Call for Papers
Sport in Asian America
Guest Editors:
Professor Rachael Joo (Middlebury College) and Professor Sameer Pandya (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Publication Date:
Summer 2015
Due Date:
Paper submissions (up to 5,000 words) due August 15, 2014
From basketball leagues in the San Francisco Chinatown of the 1930s and 1940s to Michael Chang and Jeremy Lin, sport has always been an important site for understanding Asian American life.  This special issue of Amerasia Journal focuses on how various forces—transnational processes, the contemporary era of globalization, histories of colonialism and imperialism, and U.S. domestic history—have shaped the cultural politics of sport in Asian America.  For example, global media operates as a key site for commercial representations of Asianness in America and Americanness in Asia.  Transnational sport shapes diasporic politics and reveals the contested and contradictory terrain of nationalisms in Asian American communities.  The histories of sport in Asian and Pacific Islander communities are often embedded in the colonial histories that inform the relationship between Asian/American athletes and fans of the sport.  Furthermore, sport featuring Asian/American players and teams create a sense of national community and identity in ways that reframe ethnicity and race in North America.
Taking into account the various forces mentioned above, we are interested in papers that address a broad range of possible topics, including but not limited to, Asian American sport and religion, Chinese and Chinese American basketball, gender, global sports icons, Korean and Korean American golfers, mass media, Pacific Islander football and rugby athletes, postcolonial cricket, tennis and golf as “model minority” sports, and transnational soccer.
Submission Guidelines and Review Process:
The guest editors, in consultation with the Amerasia Journal editors and peer reviewers, make the decisions on which submissions will be included in the special issue.  The review process involves the following steps:
• Initial review of submitted papers by guest editors and Amerasia Journal editorial staff
• Papers approved by editors will undergo blind peer review
• Revision of accepted peer-reviewed papers and final submission
Papers submitted for this special issue should be approximately 5,000 words in length. We especially welcome interdisciplinary and teachable writings to adopt for courses ranging from cultural studies to communication studies to literary studies as well as Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies.
Please send papers regarding the special issue on “Sport in Asian America” to the following addresses. All correspondence should refer to “Amerasia Journal Asian American Sport” in the subject line.
Professor Rachael Joo, Guest Editor, rjoo@middlebury.edu
Professor Sameer Pandya, Guest Editor, pandya@asamst.ucsb.edu
Dr. Arnold Pan, Associate Editor, Amerasia Journal: arnoldpan@ucla.edu
View or download the PDF version of the Call for Papers – Sport in Asian America.

Call for Editor: Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ)

Call for Editor of the Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ)

The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) is seeking applications for the position of Editor of the SSJ.


Deadline for Applications:  September 8, 2014



The Sociology of Sport Journal (SSJ)

SSJ is the official journal of NASSS and thus, it is governed by the NASSS board. As the journal services a diverse membership, it publishes articles on diverse topics, theoretical perspectives, and methodologies related to social and cultural analysis of play, games, sport, physical activity, and movement. Therefore, instead of establishing a personal direction to the SSJ, the Editor’s primary responsibility is to serve the needs of the NASSS membership. Although the authorship is not limited to NASSS members, it is important that SSJ reflects the multiple voices of its primary association. To do this, the Editor works closely with the SSJ editorial board to solicit the views of the broader NASSS membership.

Qualifications and Requirements

Key qualities sought for the position of editor are an established record of scholarship; managerial skills to oversee the editorial cycle and meet deadlines; and the ability to attract respected experts to his or her editorial advisory board. Applicants should have recognized expertise in the field, possess editorial experience (with preference given to candidates who have served on the Editorial Board for SSJ), and be able to lead an active editorial board in working effectively with publishing professionals. Applicants must have clear employer and institutional support for this activity for the duration of the appointment, including release time as necessary and general office support.

Term

The term is from November 2014 to November 2017. The first issue for which the new Editor will be responsible is Issue 1 of 2015, which is due in December 2014. The term of the current Editor, Dr. Michael Atkinson, will be officially terminated on November 6th, 2014 but for overlap and hence a smoother transition, he will serve on as Past Editor until November 2015.

Major Responsibilities

Ø  Taking responsibility for leading a journal that services the vision and diverse needs of NASSS membership and that is governed by the NASSS board;
Ø  Providing detailed annual reports to SSJ board, NASSS board, and NASSS membership at the NASSS conference;
Ø   Identifying and appointing qualified members for the editorial team currently consisting of 2 associate editors, 1 editorial assistant and 1 book review editor;
Ø  Managing the peer review of approximately 200 manuscripts per year;
Ø  Selecting a sufficient pool of competent reviewers to reach conclusions and make decisions on manuscripts in a timely fashion;
Ø  Deciding which manuscripts to publish;
Ø  More details on the responsibilities of the Editor and a general overview of the characteristics of a good journal editor are provided at the end of this Call-for-Editor.

Stipend

Human Kinetics via NASSS provides a stipend to offset the costs associated with hiring an editorial assistant.

Search Procedure

Applicants will be reviewed by the Search Committee immediately after the deadline submission date and the Search Committee will make a recommendation to the NASSS Board of Directors.

Application Procedure

The application package should include:
1.     A cover letter with a statement of institutional support (see first paragraph above), an explanation of how the applicant will service the diverse needs of NASSS and SSJ authorship, and a description of how the applicant will complement the vision and direction of NASSS as an organization and the field of sociology of sport;
2.     A CV;
3.     Names of at least three references;

Deadlines

Deadline for Applications:  September 8, 2014
          
Candidate Notified: September 29, 2014
         
Candidate acceptance: October 1, 2014

Send your application package via email to the NASSS Secretary, Dr. Katherine Jamieson: kmjamies@gmail.com <mailto:kmjamies@gmail.com>

Additional Information

Please find below a general overview of the characteristics of a strong candidate for the journal editor position. This overview also provides additional details with regards to the responsibilities of the SSJ Editor:

·         Broad knowledge of the field: Because SSJ is an association journal (NASSS), its remit is to publish papers from this broadly defined field. Consequently, SSJ receives/publishes papers from a wide-range of topics, theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and countries. To be able to provide a fair assessment of each paper, the editor should be knowledgeable of many facets of social theory as well as quantitative methodology and the entire range of qualitative approaches. In addition, the SSJ Editor needs to be able to put his/her own preferences aside to think of serving the field.
·         Broad understanding of the contributing scholars: As reviewer selection is crucial in a peer reviewed journal, the SSJ Editor needs to have a good knowledge of individual scholars in our field and their expertise to assign appropriate reviewers. In addition, to appoint an appropriate editorial board, the Editor should be able to invite committed and knowledgeable scholars from the field of sport sociology.
·         Time management: It is essential that the Editor be committed to moving on the submitted papers promptly (i.e., to assign the appropriate associate editor, assign reviewers, make the final decision). Without this, it is not possible to fill the issues in a timely manner. Neither is it possible to service the authors and our field in a respectful and supportive manner. Usually senior scholars who have been tenured can afford to take the required amount of time for editing a journal.
·         Leadership and decision-making skills: As SSJ now operates through an editorial team, the Editor is required to provide leadership for this team. This includes advising and supporting the associate editors, the book review editor, and the editorial assistant. The Editor makes the final decision on each manuscript (the associate editors and the reviewers provide recommendations) and is responsible for filling each issue. In a peer-reviewed journal, the review process can take a substantial amount of time. Consequently, the Editor needs to be able to plan long term in addition to continually making decisions regarding the individual papers. Even with the help of reviewer recommendations and the associate editor recommendations, the decision making is often complicated and complex. In addition, the Editor is the contact person with the publisher and, thus, needs to be able to negotiate this relationship.
·         Initiative and dedication: Much of the Editor’s work is managing the day-to-day business of the journal and being an effective manager is an important characteristic of an Editor. However, good editors are also dedicated to work beyond managing the journal to provide new initiatives for the journal. This might include actively working on proposals for special issues, working with the editorial board, and thinking of ways to improve the quality of SSJ.

·         Attention to detail and people skills: As the Editor deals with the publisher, the editorial team, the board of editors, the authors, and the reviewers, s/he needs to be continually attentive to a myriad of details. Most of these involve people in one way or another and the Editor needs good “people” and communication skills. In addition, as publishing is an important part of the academic promotion process, dealing with the authors often requires careful negotiation between the author’s satisfaction and the quality of the article. As it is common to receive frustrated comments from the authors, the Editor should be able to handle these situations in a constructive manner. It is also important to be respectful to the reviewers whose work is crucial for the journal, but often goes quite unnoticed. Selecting a good editorial assistant is also important as s/he directly deals with many of the authors and reviewers.