Call for Editor
Physical Review Special Topics: Physics Education Research

The American Physical Society (APS), in coordination with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the APS Forum on Education (APS FEd), is conducting a search for a successor to the current Editor of Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research (PRST-PER).  The position is that of the senior Editor of the journal, responsible for editorial standards, policies, and direction of the journal. The Editor reports to the Editorial Director and is supported by an Senior Assistant Editor (located at the APS editorial office), a remote Associate Editor, and a six-member Editorial Board. It is expected that the Editor will maintain his/her present appointment and location and devote approximately 10 - 15% of his/her time to the position.
A candidate should possess the following qualifications:

  • recognized stature as a researcher in Physics Education Research;
  • strong interpersonal skills and leadership ability;
  • broad knowledge and interest in physics and its frontiers;
  • experience with the editing/refereeing process in physics publication.

The journal has been steadily growing since its inception in 2005.  PRST-PER is a peer-reviewed, online-only, open-access journal sponsored by APS, AAPT, and APS FEd.  Accepted article are published by the APS under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License and financed by an article-processing charge to the authors or to the authors' institutions.  In 2010, PRST-PER had an Impact Factor of 2.302 and published 33 articles. 

The initial appointment is for three years with renewal possible after review. Salary is negotiable.  The desired starting date is 1 January 2012.  The APS is an equal employment opportunity employer and specially encourages applications from or nominations of women and minorities.  The search is not limited to residents of the United States.  Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent by 15 November 2011 to: Paula Heron, Search Committee Chair,