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Scott Thomas named editor of the Journal of Higher Education

Scott Thomas named editor of the Journal of Higher Education

Scott Thomas, professor in the School of Educational Studies, has been named editor of the Journal of Higher Education. The journal is the oldest higher education journal in the world and one of the most prestigious education journals in the United States. Thomas’ term begins on July 1, 2011 and extends through June 30, 2016.
“It is clear that Dr. Thomas is an ideal candidate, situated to build on the historic strength of the journal and to carry it forward into an age of digital media and global communities of knowledge and practice in higher education,” said Kristen Renn, chair of the journal's advisory board.

The Journal of Higher Education has been owned and published by The Ohio State University Press since 1930. Thomas will be the first editor from outside Ohio State University.

Thomas is an accomplished scholar as well as an experienced editor and scholarly reviewer. His research bridges K-12 and higher education and focuses on issues related to the stratification of educational experiences and opportunities. He has also devoted considerable effort to research on methodological issues and is widely published on educational policy and research.

He has served on the editorial board of the journal Research in Higher Education, the annual Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, the Reading on Equal Education advisory panel, and as guest editor for the American Education Research Journal. He is a co-editor of the International Studies in Higher Education series. He said he is eager to embrace the challenges and opportunities that come with leading a world-class publication.

“This is in some ways like moving from the role of musician to that of the conductor,” Thomas said. “It allows me to work with the most talented scholars in a way that will make a more powerful impact than I ever could have on my own. It’s quite a responsibility.”


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