The Journal of the American Planning Association is looking for a new editor, y’all!

A dose of your daily trolling, this came out last week. Nominate yourself or somebody you think would be good!

Dr. Sandra Rosenbloom soon will complete her term as editor of JAPA, the official journal of the American Planning Association. Dr. Rosenbloom has guided JAPA since 2013 with great dedication and expertise (editor’s note: yay Sandi!)

JAPA was founded in 1935 and publishes peer-reviewed, original research and analysis useful to scholars, practicing planners, planning students, and others with an interest in the planning profession. JAPA aspires to bring insight to the future of planning, to air a variety of perspectives, to publish the highest quality work, and to engage readers.

Responsibility for the content of JAPA will rest entirely with Editor, Associate Editors, and Editorial Board. To serve as JAPA’s next Editor, APA seeks an individual who will ensure that the highest quality and most relevant research is published in JAPA, for the benefit of scholars and planning in all practice settings.

The applicant must be a respected and accomplished thought leader who maintains an awareness of emerging areas of research and planning practice; is energetic, with excellent organization and interpersonal skills; dedicated to building JAPA as an innovative and valuable resource for the broad planning community, bridging scholarship and practice. Successful applications will be a faculty member or researcher at a university or will have significant past experience in such a role. They will also have experience as an editor, associate editor, editorial board member, or productive reviewer for a peer-reviewed journal; have a record of published articles in scholarly journals; and be skilled at helping authors communicate their work in clear and readable prose.

The Editor will also work collaboratively to ensure the JAPA meets the strategic goals of APA, reporting regularly to the APA Board of Directors on the performance of the journal, participating APA Board meetings at least once annually as a non-voting ex officio member, and working with the APA staff, officers and the journal publisher to remove any issues related to the publication of JAPA. The applicant must be comfortable working with electronic technology and will be supported by a professional Managing Editor employed by APA.

The successful candidate will assume the position of Editor officially beginning January 1, 2019, after an orientation and transition period in late 2018. The term of the editorship is five years. (2019-2023).


Interested individuals should submit an application no later than June 22, 2018, to include the following:

  • A curriculum vitae; and
  • A succinct letter of interest and qualifications, addressing how the candidate will accommodate the time demands of editing JAPA, and where necessary, a description of any approval/support expected from the candidate’s institution to engage in an employment contract with APA.

Candidates whom the Search Committee wishes to interview will be asked to provide the following:

  • Names and contact information for three references; and
  • A vision statement of 700 words or less for the next five years of publication of JAPA.

Items of specific interest to the Search Committee include applicants’ thoughts on:

  • Increasing the number, quality, and relevance of submissions
  • Proposed approach for addressing the mission of the journal to reflect diverse audiences within the profession, including scholars, practicing planners, students, and others with an interest in planning
  • Communication and outreach to the broad planning community

Applications and/or questions for the Search Committee should be submitted by email to Harriet M. Bogdanowicz, MBA, CAE, Chief Communications Officer ( Applications must be received by June 22, 2018. lf you would like to nominate someone for consideration, please provide that person’s name and contact information, plus a brief statement of your reasons for the nomination, no later than May 31, 2018.

APA has established a JAPA Editor Search Committee, comprised of the following members:

  • Cynthia Bowen, FAICP, Chair, APA President
  • Dr. Asha W. Agrawal, San Jose State University
  • Dr. Karen D. Chapple, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kurt E. Christiansen, FAICP, APA President-Elect
  • Glenn E. Larson, AICP, AICP President
  • Rodger H. Lentz, AICP, APA Treasurer
  • Dr. Rachel Weber, University of Illinois at Chicago

The Search Committee is using the services of a leading publishing consultancy to review applications for telephone interviews. A small number of finalists will be selected for final interviews, which will occur with the Search Committee in late July. The Search Committee will then make its recommendation to the APA Board of Directors. Once the Board of Directors has voted, the successful candidate will be offered the position. All candidates will be notified within 10 days of the Board’s decision.