Higher Education Quarterly is inviting applications for the roles of 2 x Associate Editors and Early Career Researcher Board Members

Higher Education Quarterly is an international educational research journal publishing articles on policy, organization, leadership, governance, management and the professions in higher education. It aims to develop our understanding of higher education and its current challenges from a diversity of approaches and in an international context.

Wiley and the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) are currently seeking passionate individuals to fill several important roles within Higher Education Quarterly (HEQU).

We invite applications for two Associate Editor positions to join Editor-in-Chief Dr. João Santos and Associate Editors Dr. Jana Berg and Dr. Debananda Misra in shaping the journal's editorial direction.

Additionally, we welcome early career researchers (ECRs) from the international higher education community to join our inaugural Early Career Researcher Board (ECR Board), collaborating closely with HEQU's Editorial team and contributing fresh perspectives to our scholarly endeavors.

Please see below for more information on how to apply for these roles.

Associate Editor Role

The Associate Editor will work as part of the Editorial team, supporting the Editor-in-Chief in commissioning and coordinating the peer review of research papers.

The Associate Editor will have:

  • Broad knowledge of research and practice related to higher education
  • Good track record of research, publications and presentations at conferences
  • International and local network of contacts
  • Editorial board experience and/or experience as a high-quality reviewer, including use of electronic submission systems
  • Sound judgement about the conduct of diverse forms of research
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines


  • Expertise in quantitative research analysis

The role comes with a modest honorarium. We are looking for candidates who are available for an immediate start.

For an informal discussion or expression of interest, please contact the Editor-in-Chief Dr. João Santos [email protected]

Applicants are invited to submit a covering letter setting out their suitability for the role and curriculum vitae, and to send them to Nickie Roake, Publisher, Wiley: [email protected].

The application deadline is 30th April 2024.

Associate Editor Job Description

Manuscript Management

Assisting the Editor-in-Chief with:

  • Encouraging and soliciting high-quality submissions to Higher Education Quarterly by:
  • Identifying emerging areas of importance and refer the best work in those areas to HEQU;
  • Recommending topics, guest editors and authors for special issues;
  • Providing an initial screening of papers;
  • Ensuring submissions are reviewed by appropriately qualified experts, or by an Early Career Researcher under supervision;
  • Ensuring that the peer review process is conducted impartially and ethically, and to follow the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) guidelines should any potential issues arise
  • Communicating promptly in a clear, appropriate manner with authors;
  • Supporting authors find the right home for their paper by considering which rejected papers may be suitable for referral to another appropriate Wiley Education journal


  • Attending relevant conferences (either remotely or in person) to source ideas for journal content and represent and promote the journal amongst colleagues
  • Being an ambassador for the journal at local engagement events, conferences, within networks, on social media, etc.
  • Keeping in regular communication with the editorial team regarding copy flow and other relevant matters
  • Participating in Editorial Board discussions via email or online meetings
  • HEQU upholds a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and this must be reflected in the peer review process, published works and conduct of the editorial team and editorial board


  • Collaborate with the Editor-in-Chief, Publisher and SRHE in the strategic development of the journal, including plans for article growth
  • Ensuring that the journal fulfils its aims and remains useful and relevant to its users by following trends in the subject area
  • Assisting the Editor-in-Chief, Publisher and SRHE in promoting the journal by promoting the Journal wherever possible through contacts and conferences attended

Early Career Researcher Board Members

This is an opportunity to enhance your research profile. ECR Board members will be acknowledged/recognised on the HEQU website and in the journal. You will benefit from:

  • gaining editorial and peer review experience
  • engaging with the academic community
  • increasing your subject knowledge
  • increased understanding of conducting academic research


This role is aimed at researchers who consider themselves to be ECRs (for example, postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and those within the first few years of their career in academic or other research organisations or as independent researchers). You will need to have demonstrable research expertise and some publications in this field.

Role description

The HEQU ECR Board will be separate and complementary to the established HEQU Editorial Board. Members will be expected to:

  • undertake at least 2-3 high-quality and timely reviews annually. Reviews need to be completed within 21 days and to include detailed, sensitive and encouraging feedback
  • promote the journal through their networks and other channels, such as ECR events at conferences
  • put forward suggestions to the Editorial team and Editorial Board for special issue topics
  • establish and deliver a social media strategy for the journal

Membership on the ECR Board is initially for 2 years, with the option to renew if agreed by all parties.  It is also possible to move from the ECR Board to the Editorial Board.

How to Apply

Applicants are invited to submit a covering letter and curriculum vitae, and to send them to Nickie Roake, Publisher, Wiley: [email protected].

The application deadline is 30th April 2024.

We welcome and encourage applicants of all ethnicities, races, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, gender identities, national origins, disabilities, ages, or other individual status.