Editor Search

ACPA invites applications for the Editor of the Journal of College Student Development (JCSD). The Editor will be named in mid-2019 to a five-year term that commences July 1, 2020. The Journal is well-supported financially by both ACPA and the publisher with an operational budget and funding for a graduate assistant. Some support is also required of the Editor’s institution including physical space and technological infrastructure for the journal operation.  

Basic responsibilities include:

  • Ensure that JCSD is published six (6) times/year;
  • Oversee all aspects of the manuscript review and selection process;
  • Work with The Johns Hopkins University Press staff members and contractors (such as copy editors, layout editor) to ensure timely distribution of each issue;
  • Hire and supervise Editorial Office staff;
  • Recruit and appoint Editorial Board members and Associate Editors as needed to manage the journal ;
  • Maintain & update the JCSD website and social media in coordination with the ACPA International Office staff;
  • Respond to JCSD inquiries;
  • Prepare and submit yearly JCSD budget and manuscript flow reports to the ACPA Executive Director and Audit & Finance Committee as requested;
  • Communicate with ACPA International Office staff on JCSD-related issues as they arise; and
  • Represent JCSD at relevant conventions and conferences.

Application materials should include:

  1. Letter of Interest. In your letter, please address the following questions:
    1. Why are you are interested in the position?
    2. What specific knowledge, skills, and experiences will you bring to this position?
    3. What is your vision for the  Journal of College Student Development?
    4. Any other information you deem pertinent to help us understand your unique qualifications and motivation for this position.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Names and e-mail addresses for two references

The Editor of JCSD is a key leadership role in ACPA as this premier journal is a central signature of our association and is one of the four core journals of higher education as a field of study.  JCSD is the leading refereed journal focusing on the study of college students and the student experience. JCSD is published six times a year by The Johns Hopkins University Press and has been selected for inclusion in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI).  JCSD receives more than 550 manuscript submissions per year and has a current acceptance rate of about 7%. We are excited for a leading scholar to continue the exemplary tradition and practices of current and prior editors.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have earned senior rank at their institution of higher education
  • Have extensive experience in generating scholarship in higher education and student affairs including publishing regularly in comparable journals
  • Have experience serving on editorial boards for comparable journals
  • Possess a commitment to equity and inclusion;
  • Hold a reasonable understanding of the complexities of multiple kinds of research

Application materials may be sent via e-mail by May 20, 2019 to Tricia Fechter Gates, Deputy Executive Director at pfechter@acpa.nche.edu.

Inquiries regarding the position may be made to Debora Liddell, current Editor at Debora-Liddell@uiowa.edu.


Current Editors

Debora L. Liddell, Editor

Debora Liddell is professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa.  Her research interests include college students’ moral and ethical reasoning, and professional practice and preparation of higher education professionals.  Professor Liddell served on the ACPA Governing Board as Director of Research & Scholarship, Commission for Professional Preparation Chairperson, JCSD Editorial Board, and as Contributing Editor of the Journal of College and Character.  A former ACPA Diamond Honoree, she serves as a current Senior Scholar for ACPA.  

Jan L. Arminio, Senior Associate Editor

Jan Arminio just retired from the role of professor and program director of the Higher Education Program at George Mason University.  Dr. Arminio’s scholarship focuses on multicultural issues, qualitative research, assessment, and campus programs and leadership. Her most recent book is Student Veterans in Higher Education. She is the 2011 recipient of the Robert H. Shaffer award for excellence in graduate teaching and in 2016 received the Esther Lloyd Jones professional service award. From 2004-2008, she served as President of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). She is a former ACPA Senior Scholar.

Dawn R. Johnson, Associate Editor for Research-in-Brief and On the Campus

Dr. Dawn Johnson is Associate Professor and chair of the Higher Education department at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on women of color in science and engineering and her teaching focuses on student development in college. Dr. Johnson’s involvement in ACPA includes serving as the Senior Scholar in Residence for the Coalition for Women’s Identities, former chair of the Marylu McEwen Dissertation of the Year Award, and Editorial Board member of JCSD. ACPA recognized Dr. Johnson as a Diamond Honoree in 2015, an Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional in 2010, and an Emerging Scholar in 2009. Dr. Johnson earned her Ph.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland, M.Ed. in Counseling and Psychological Services from Springfield College, and A.B. in Anthropology from Bowdoin College.

Tricia Seifert, Associate Editor for International Research and Scholarship

Tricia Seifert is associate professor in the Adult & Higher Education program at Montana State University and Head of the Department of Education. She also maintains an appointment in the leadership, higher and Adult Education department at the University of Toronto. Using a mixed methodological approaches, she examines organizational cultures and conditions as well as student experiences associated with postsecondary learning and success. She has served as Faculty in Residence for ACPA’s Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development. Dr. Seifert was named an ACPA Emerging Scholar in 2010. 

J. Patrick Biddix, Associate Editor of Book Reviews

J. Patrick Biddix is professor Higher Education and Associate Director of the Postsecondary Education Research Center (PERC) at the University of Tennessee. His research and teaching focus on research design and assessment, student engagement and involvement, and postsecondary outcomes. He is the author of Research Methods and Applications for Student Affairs (Jossey-Bass, 2018) and co-authored the 2nd edition textbook of Assessment in Student Affairs (Jossey-Bass, 2016). From 2010-2013, he served as Editor of Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. He received a Fulbright Award (2015-2016) to study college student technology use at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.