Claremont Professor Selected as Editor of the Journal of Higher Education

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Scott Thomas of Claremont Graduate University takes the helm on July 1. The journal is the oldest higher education journal in the world and one of the most prestigious education journals in the United States.

Scott Thomas, professor, Claremont Graduate University

Scott Thomas

This is in some ways like moving from the role of musician to that of the conductor. 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.

Scott Thomas, professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University (CGU), 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.

“We are very excited about the future of the journal,” said Eric Anderman, interim director of the School of Educational Policy and Leadership at Ohio State. “Dr. Thomas in an outstanding choice to serve as the new editor, and we look forward to working with him over the next five years.”

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."

As editor, Thomas will have final say over the journal's content. He will oversee an editorial review board of about 30 leading academics that will help him evaluate and refine the close to 300 manuscripts the journal receives each year.

He plans to recruit several Claremont Graduate University students to help him with administrative functions. He also plans to share the lessons he learns as editor with students in the classroom.

"This enables some of our graduate students to learn the business of academic journals firsthand," said Margaret Grogan, dean of the School of Educational Studies at CGU. "What a wonderful opportunity for Scott and our students."

Thomas succeeds Leonard Baird, Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership at Ohio State University, who has been editor of the journal since 1995.

About Claremont Graduate University

Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is one of the top graduate schools in the United States. Our nine academic schools conduct leading-edge research and award masters and doctoral degrees in 22 disciplines. Because the world’s problems are not simple nor easily defined, diverse faculty and students research and study across the traditional discipline boundaries to create new and practical solutions for the major problems plaguing our world. A Southern California based graduate school devoted entirely to graduate research and study, CGU boasts a low student-to-faculty ratio.

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