Call for Applications: Next SWS Network News Editor


New Editor of Network News

The Publications Committee of Sociologists for Women in Society is pleased to announce a search for the next Editor of our newsletter, Network News. Network News is the official newsletter of Sociologists for Women in Society and is published four times a year. The newsletter is sent to all SWS members via email and is available through PDF and Microsoft Word formats on the SWS website. The Editor will serve a four-year term beginning January 1, 2021 and ending in December 2025. The Editor is responsible for the editorial content of four issues per year, including solicitation of articles for publication and copyediting them, beginning with the Spring 2021 issue, and reports to the Publications Committee at the SWS Winter and Summer meetings.

The Editor envisions, commissions, and edits engaging essays on a variety of topics including: upcoming meetings, activities of international partners, organizational direction and debate, initiatives and their rationales. The Editor works with committee chairs and others leading our activities to develop short essays, that emphasize readability and engagement, about how the organization is developing, thus keeping people “in the loop” who cannot attend in-person meetings. The Editor also can commission provocative essays or “backstage” articles (with word limits) on how the organization has changed over time, current discussions and debates, and where SWS is going.  In order to keep each issue to 24-28 pages, we expect to begin with 1-2 articles and slowly increase over the course of the editorship.

The SWS Executive Office gathers informational material, does the layout, and arranges the production and email circulation of the newsletter and its posting on the SWS website.

The Publications Committee seeks an Editor with editorial experience and deep connections to SWS.  SWS will provide the Editor with a stipend of $500 per issue and up to $500 travel costs per SWS meeting ($1,000/year), to enable attendance, as well as reporting to the Publications Committee. We will publish up to 4 issues a year. If housed in an institution, editorial applications should indicate if that department/college will offer any supplemental travel costs or support beyond what is provided by SWS. Expected 2021 deadlines for the issues remain the same as in the past: 3/15 for the Spring issue, 5/15 for Summer, 9/15 for Fall, and 11/15 for the Winter issue, and similar article length limits.

A preliminary discussion of the work, key issues, and resources provided/needed is encouraged, with the Co-Chairs of the Publications Committee, Bandana Purkayastha ( and Yasemin Besen-Cassino ( current editor, Marjukka Ollilainen ( Members of SWS are urged to apply and/or suggest colleagues who might be encouraged to apply.

Applications should contain a statement of interest, including editorial experience; a vision for the future of Network News; a description of any supportive resources from a relevant institution; and Curriculum Vitae by November 1, 2020 via email to: Bandana Purkayastha ( and Yasemin Besen-Cassino ( Co-Chairs, SWS Publications Committee. Recommendations will be made by December 1, 2020 and the new Editor will begin January 1, 2021.