Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly Searching for New Editor-in-Chief

Position Description

The Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University (formerly University of Maryland) is seeking applicants for the position of Editor-in-Chief for the journal Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly.  

The Editor-in-Chief will manage the overall coordination and administration of the journal’s editorial activities, including managing the review and editing processes.  In consultation with the Institute’s members, the  Editor-in-Chief will have wide discretion in reshaping the journal’s mission, format, publication schedule, and balance of the publication’s content between peer refereed submissions, invited papers, and special themed issues.  

The Editor-in-Chief will also become a named Fellow or Senior Fellow of the Institute.


About the Journal

The Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy has published Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly since 1981, first in print and more recently as an online and open-access journal.  To date, the journal has published papers that address the normative and conceptual dimensions of issues of importance and timeliness in public policy.  Traditionally, articles are fewer than 5,000 words and are written in a style that will appeal to a broadly informed public.  The Institute has successfully bundled and published several edited books from the journal with reputable academic presses.  While the position of Editor-in-Chief does not include a stipend at present, the Institute’s development team will work with the successful candidate to find ways of increasing funding for the journal to provide for compensation beyond the repetitional benefits, and any in-kind contributions that may be available from the editor’s home institution (e.g., course releases or student assistantships).


Application Process

To apply, email a cover letter, CV, and writing sample to:  Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, Assistant Director, Jesse Kirkpatrick, at jkirkpat(at)  

Please include in the cover letter a description of any in-kind support that may be available through your home institution or from other sources.  Please include in your subject line: “PPPQ Editor-in-Chief Application Materials.”  

For best consideration please send materials no later than August 15, 2016.




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