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*The History of Education Society Board requests proposals for the editorship of History of Education Quarterly, including a letter of intent by May 1, 2013, followed by a full proposal by October 1, 2013, with the transition to begin in 2014-2015, and new editors in place by 2016.***

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*Background and Timeline*

In spring 2012 *History of Education Quarterly* (*HEQ*) editors informed History of Education Society (HES) President Karen Graves that they would like to prepare for a transition of the journal from the University of Illinois. The editorial team has enjoyed the work of producing the journal and appreciates its productive relationship with the HES Board of Directors. Timing the resignation to coincide with the completion of a third term allows ample time for the selection of the next editorial team.
Since *HEQ* moved to Illinois in 2006 the editors have maintained the excellent quality of the journal, publishing two special issues:
“Commemorating the Sixtieth Anniversary of the President’s Commission Report, Higher Education for Democracy” (August 2007) and “Theory in Educational History” (May 2011). The editorial team has provided careful stewardship in all aspects of production, so that *HEQ* moves forward on sound financial footing.

Graves met with editors Jim Anderson and Yoon Pak in May 2012 to learn more about the transition, obtained copies of materials relating to the previous transition of the journal from Slippery Rock to Illinois from former HES Secretary-Treasurer Bob Hampel, and obtained a written description of the duties of the editors from Yoon Pak.

Per the HES Constitution, the HES Board of Directors selects the *HEQ*editor on renewable three-year terms. The
*HEQ* editor is a member of the HES Board.

HES officers, board members, and *HEQ* editors should strive for a healthy balance of transparency and trust in their work on behalf of HES and *HEQ*.
Toward that end, officers and editors should meet two times in the course of each year, once at the Annual Meeting of the Board and once by conference call, mid-year. It is important that the *HEQ* Editorial Board meet each year at the Annual HES Meeting.

At the 2012 HES meeting in Seattle the Board adopted the following timeline regarding the transition process.

November 2012 HES Board appointed a five-person committee to steer the transition process of *HEQ* editorship. Graves announced the committee members and basic timeline at the HES Business Meeting.

*Transition Committee*

Barbara Beatty, HES Board Member

Karen Graves, HES Past President (2011-2012)

Ralph Kidder, HES Secretary-Treasurer (ex-officio)

Michelle Purdy, HES member

Jon Zimmerman, HES Past President (2009-2010)

January 2013 Transition Committee drafts Call For Proposals

*HEQ* editors and HES Board review Call For Proposals

  Transition Committee distributes Call For Proposals via HES listserv (maintained by Wiley-Blackwell), posting on HES website, posting to AERA-Division F listserv, H-Ed listserv. The committee will also solicit proposals

May 2013 Interested parties submit letter of intent to Transition Committee by 1 May 2013

October 2013 Proposals due to Transition Committee by 1 October 2013

Transition Committee reports on proposals at HES Board meeting

HES Board evaluates proposals

2014-2015 *HEQ* editorship transition process begins

2016  New *HEQ* editors in place


The transition committee hereby issues a call for proposals for assuming the editorship of *History of Education Quarterly* in 2016.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent to Karen Graves ( by 1 May 2013. The letter should explain why the applicant is seeking the editorship and a brief, general statement about the strengths of her or his institution as a home for *HEQ*.

Proposals, including the following elements, are due to Karen Graves ( by 1 October 2013.

1.     A vision statement, explaining how the applicant views the current
trends in the field and how *HEQ* might evolve to keep pace. Such a statement might address the content structure of the journal, including such issues as the proper balance of topics, United States versus cross-national analyses, inclusion of forums and debates, the length and types of book reviews, commentaries on how history informs current policy and practice debates, and so on. It could also address *HEQ*’s participation in the History Cooperative, J-Stor, and other possible venues.

2.     A statement of the applicant’s qualifications for the position,
including a complete curriculum vitae. If the proposal comes from a team, all members should submit their c.v.s.

3.     A discussion of how colleagues and graduate students (at the
applicant’s institution or at other institutions) will assist in the editorial process. Currently, *HEQ *is produced by a senior editor, two co-editors, a book review editor, a graduate assistant copy editor, and three graduate assistant editors (two of these work on book reviews).
Please contact Karen Graves (  for current *HEQ*Editorial Job Descriptions.

4.     A discussion detailing institutional support, including a statement
of support from the relevant department chair, dean, and/or provost. This section should include issues such as release time for the editors; travel funds; support for graduate assistants (tuition waivers, stipends); office and storage space, computers, and other in-kind support.

Interested applicants may obtain additional information from Yoon Pak (, co-editor of the *History of Education Quarterly*, or from any member of the transition committee: Barbara Beatty (, Karen Graves (, Ralph Kidder (, Michelle Purdy (, or Jon Zimmerman (

Karen Graves, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Education Charles and Nancy Brickman Distinguished Service Chair Denison University

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