Editor-in-chief - Research in Higher Education

Springer Nature invites applications for the Editor for the journal Research in Higher Education (RIHE). Now in its 47th year of publication, RIHE is a highly selective, archival journal. RIHE publishes studies that examine issues pertaining to postsecondary education with an impact factor of 1.961 (5-year impact factor of 2.780) and acceptance rate of 7% over the past three years. The journal encourages the use of a wide range of methods, and has particular interest in studies that apply advanced quantitative research methods to address postsecondary education policy issues broadly defined. Among the topics of interest to the journal are: access and retention; student success; equity; faculty issues; institutional productivity and assessment; postsecondary education governance; curriculum and instruction; state and federal higher education policy; and financing of postsecondary education.


The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the intellectual integrity and scholarly rigor of the journal and, thus, is the final arbiter of all manuscript publication and editorial decisions. The Editor-in-Chief is also responsible for the journal's editorial operations, including managing the submission and review process for approximately 700 submissions, from receipt to final publication decision; identifying and recruiting highly competent and dependable manuscript reviewers (primarily the journal's Consulting Editors); ensuring courteous, constructive, and timely reviews of submissions; and communicating with representatives from Spring Nature as needed.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must have:

  • a doctoral degree in education or a social science;
  • a widely respected record of scholarly publications in significant, refereed journals in higher education or related social science fields;
  • demonstrated experience with reviewing manuscripts, and preferably having experience serving in an editorial role for journals in higher education or a related field(s);
  • broad knowledge of the range of critical issues in higher and postsecondary education (e.g., access, equity, students, faculty, governance, public policy);
  • knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods and current trends in higher education research;
  • a strong commitment to maintaining the journal's reputation for publishing the highest quality research on higher education;
  • a vision for the journal's future;
  • the ability to identify and attract knowledgeable and dependable manuscript reviewers that represent diverse perspectives and backgrounds;
  • an interest in identifying and encouraging talented, diverse emerging scholars;
  • strong organizational and writing skills; and
  • a commitment to providing manuscript authors with rigorous, constructive reviews of their submissions, and recommendations for strengthening their writing and research skills.

Desirable Qualifications

The successful candidate should have:

  • a senior faculty appointment in a higher education program or related professional field (e.g., business; public policy; state higher education system; national association) that has an interest in higher education or works with a program in higher education);
  • high energy and enthusiasm for the position;
  • appropriate support at editor's place of employment.

Terms of Appointment

The Editor of Research in Higher Education is appointed by the publisher upon recommendation of the Search Committee. The Search Committee's recommendation is considered critical. Springer provides the Editor support through an editorial office assistant to facilitate the submission and review process as well as a production assistant to coordinate the compilation of each journal issue. Co-editor applications will be accepted.

Appointment Beginning

January 2021 with 5-year appointment

Application procedures

Nominations, applications, and relevant materials should be sent via email (ajjaeger@ncsu.edu) to:
Audrey J. Jaeger, Ph.D.
Distinguished Graduate Professor and Executive Director,
Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research
NC State University
706 Hillsborough Street, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27603

Applicants must submit a detailed letter of application describing their qualifications for the position with respect to the qualifications and expectations given above; an up-to-date curriculum vitae; up to three representative reprints of scholarly publications; and the names, e-mail address, and telephone numbers of three academic references. All materials must be submitted at PDF documents in one email. Applications received by February 28, 2019 are assured full consideration, although applications will be received until the position is filled.