New FOCUS editor sought

Editor Sought for FOCUS on Geography

The American Geographical Society seeks applications and nominations for Editor of FOCUS on Geography. The new Editor is appointed for a three-year editorial term that will commence on January 1, 2010, with Volume 53.

FOCUS on Geography is a forty-page, full-color quarterly journal with articles written by well-known academic and professional geographers; in-depth theme sections; maps and photos; and special country issues. Written and edited by geographers, FOCUS for decades has provided geographical analysis and perspective in a relaxed and readable style for a wide audience that includes P-12 teachers, the business community, professional geographers, and the general public. The FOCUS Editor will solicit, review, and accept for publication articles, photo essays, and other items appropriate for publication in the journal. The AGS expects that the new Editor will accept manuscripts from across the breadth and depth of international activity in contemporary geography.

In support of these goals, the FOCUS Editor should possess a strong record of scholarly achievement, a broad perspective on the discipline of geography, respect and affection for its diversity, and an ability to work constructively with authors during the review process. Institutional support for the new Editor (especially some time released from teaching) is desirable, but not mandatory, as is prior experience editing a journal or other quarterly publication. The AGS will provide a modest stipend to be used at the Editor’s discretion.

A letter of application that addresses both qualifications and a vision for FOCUS on Geography should be accompanied by a complete curriculum vitae. Nominations and/or applications should be submitted no later than November 15, 2009. Send applications or letters of nomination to: Executive Director, The American Geographical Society, 120 Wall Street, Suite 100, New York, NY 10005-3904. Nominations and applications may also be submitted electronically to


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