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Journal of Extension Seeks Associate Editor

Position Description
Associate Editor, Journal of Extension

The Journal of Extension seeks an associate editor who can review manuscripts dealing with a diverse set of topics, including social justice, disability, mental health, equity and belonging, and specialized populations.


Term: 3 years (with an option to renew)

Estimated Time Commitment: 3–5 hours per week on average


An Associate Editor (AE) contributes to ensuring that the journal’s editorial quality and academic rigor meet generally acceptable standards for the scholarly journal industry and plays a substantial role in executing the author development component of the journal’s mission. AEs are responsible for managing the review process for their assigned submissions and providing authors with comprehensive feedback to foster development of the authors’ scholarly writing skills, as needed. AEs use established materials and procedures to perform their duties. An AE is expected to obtain institutional support to fulfill the duties of the role. Onboarding for AEs will be provided by the Journal of Extension (JOE) Production Editor. The Extension Journal Inc. board of directors and its editorial committee oversee the publication of JOE. Those serving in an editor position do so as a professional service.


Manage the development and review processes for all assigned manuscripts.

  1. Determine whether content is relevant to the JOE audience and aligns with the criteria for the article category.
  2. Aid authors, when necessary, in developing promising submitted manuscripts before peer review.
  3. Secure peer reviewers and manage their peer review process.
  4. Determine final disposition of manuscript and communicate to authors and production editor.


  • Master’s degree (PhD preferred) and expertise in a discipline or disciplines found commonly within Cooperative Extension nationally with a general understanding of areas represented within Extension. (May be a current or recently retired Extension educator or academic faculty member who has/had a partial Extension appointment.)
  • Demonstrated record of successful publishing in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, preferably including JOE) and an understanding of and appreciation for the mission and values of JOE. Additional experience as a peer reviewer for JOE or another scholarly journal or as an AE for a scholarly peer-reviewed journal is desired.
  • Must have basic knowledge of style requirements identified in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition.
  • Organizational skills applicable to managing workflows and meeting deadlines.
  • Authorization from institutional department head (direct supervisor) to serve as a JOE AE and commitment from these individuals to provide time and resources required for completing JOE AE duties.
  • Willing to serve at least 3 years as an associate editor.

Application Process

  • An applicant for a JOE Associate Editor position will provide the items listed below.
  • Submit requested materials to
  • Application will be reviewed by the Extension Journal, Inc. Editorial Committee.
  • Questions may be addressed to Theresa Ferrari, Editorial Committee chair at
  • The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

  1. Cover letter: The cover letter should include the following elements: (a) identification of the position for which the candidate is applying, (b) reasons the candidate desires the position, (c) specifics of the qualifications the candidate possesses for the position, (d) an explanation of the commitment the candidate’s institution is willing to make to facilitate a successful candidate’s work with JOE, and (e) contact information (name, title, institution, address, phone number, and email address).
  1. CV: Include (a) education, (b) work experience, (c) documentation of published peer-reviewed scholarly articles, and (d) any experience with peer-reviewed journals, such as editorial positions, reviewer positions (when, what, for how long).
  2. References: The candidate will provide the names and contact information from two people who can speak to the candidate’s abilities and experiences relative to the duties and qualifications associated with the JOE AE role.
  3. Letters: The candidate also will provide a letter from a supervisor informing of the institution’s willingness to support the candidate’s efforts as a JOE AE.


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