Call for Editor or Co-Editors, Middle School Journal

Applications due June 1, 2017

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) invites applications for the editorship of Middle School Journal, the leading scholarly journal of middle level education. Middle School Journal is a peer-reviewed publication that maintains the highest standard of quality of content and serves as a source of information that influences policy and affects change in practice. This is an off-site position that is typically housed at a university.

The editor may work alone or may partner with an existing editor or another new co-editor (the final relationship will be determined by negotiation with the candidate selected).


  • An established record of scholarship in the field of middle level education
  • Demonstrated ability to manage editorial processes and meet deadlines
  • Experience as a published writer and editor or reviewer for academic publications
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • General understanding of design and production of printed materials
  • Clear support from the candidate’s employer or institution
  • Editorial teams—perhaps two faculty members—may apply. Team applications should include a proposal from the team’s institution(s) describing their experience and level of institutional support.


  • Provide and implement a vision for the journal
  • Solicit experts for manuscript review
  • Lead and maintain the mission, purpose, and membership of the Editorial Board
  • Plan each issue (Jan, Mar, May, Sept, Nov) to be a current and valuable resource for readers
  • Solicit manuscripts and department columns
  • Manage, with the support of Taylor & Francis' Editorial Manager site and staff, the peer review of more than 200 manuscripts submitted per year
  • Assist in developing online features and promotions related to Middle School Journal
  • Collaborate with AMLE leadership/staff as well as Taylor & Francis staff to produce the journal to meet members’ and the association’s needs
  • Serve as a representative of the association

Application Information

Review of applications will commence June 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. The position will begin with a transition period starting July 1, 2017, with full responsibilities commencing September 1, 2017 and volume 49 of the publication. This is a three-year, renewable commitment.

Applicants should prepare (a) a letter of interest including vision statement that identifies goals and plans for the content of the journal, (b) a resume or vita, (c) two examples each of recently published articles and editing work, (d) a letter of support from the applicant’s home institution, and (e) a reference external to the applicant’s home institution.

Send to:

William Waidelich at
Association for Middle Level Education
4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 300
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Job Description

Summary: The editor sets a vision, selects themes, encourages manuscript submissions, and facilitates the peer review process to produce each edition of Middle School Journal as a high-quality research-based resource that is valued by middle grades educators and others engaged in the education of young adolescents. Middle School Journal is a benefit of membership in the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). The editor reports to the executive director.


  1. An established record of scholarship in the field of middle level education
  2. Experience as a published writer or editor
  3. Demonstrated ability to manage editorial processes and meet deadlines
  4. Excellent grasp of English grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
  5. Knowledge of APA style
  6. Meticulous attention to detail
  7. General understanding of design and production of printed materials
  8. Exceptional communications skills
  9. Friendly, team-oriented attitude
  10. Clear support from the candidate’s employer or institution
General Duties:
  1. Develop Middle School Journal as a resource that is useful to practitioners and researchers.
  2. Maintain and enhance the reputation of Middle School Journal through the publication of high-quality research and research-based material and through personal promotion of the values of the publication at conferences, workshops, and lectures.
  3. Work with AMLE and Taylor & Francis staff members to create and implement editorial policy, meeting the highest ethical standards for research publications.
  4. Oversee and guide the manuscript selection process using the Editorial Manager System:
    1. Review all manuscripts submitted to the publications and make decisions about suitability for review.
    2. Determine at least three reviewers for each manuscript.
    3. Determine—in light of advice from the reviewers—rejections, acceptances, and requests for resubmissions, so as to maintain the academic quality of the publication.
    4. Contact authors regarding manuscript status and suggested edits.
  5. Edits all articles, working with authors as necessary to rewrite, fine tune, and focus.
  6. Work with Editorial Board members to implement initiatives and practices that enhance the outreach and influence of the publication.
  7. Work with authors, AMLE, Taylor & Francis staff members, and proofreaders to prepare final edited text for layout.
  8. Write editor column for Middle School Journal and other content for each journal’s issue.
  9. Review and approve the layout of each issue.
  10. Monitor production schedules to ensure completion by deadlines.
  11. Create calls for manuscripts and oversee distribution of calls (Web, print, ads, etc.)
  12. Solicit, maintain communication with, and recognize/thank manuscript reviewers.
  13. Set submission and acceptance rate goals, and track and communicate status on a yearly basis.
  14. Supervise the response to appeals, complaints, and suggestions from readers, and ethical problems regarding published work (e.g., possible duplicate publication, scientific fraud, etc.).
  15. Serve as a member of the AMLE Publications Team.
  16. Serve as ex-officio member of the Research Advisory Committee.
  17. Attend the annual AMLE Conference to promote and advance the journal.

Before Each Volume Year Begins

  1. Provide and implement a vision for the publication.
  2. Advise on content and features of Middle School Journal.
  3. Solicit experts to the manuscript review board and provide ongoing direction.
  4. Plan each issue to be a current and valuable resource for readers.
  5. Work with AMLE and Taylor & Francis staff members to establish volume year schedules and deadlines.
  6. Consult with AMLE, Taylor & Francis, and/or the Editorial Board to establish content for each issue.
  7. Work with columnists as needed and appropriate.
  8. Assist in developing online features and promotions related to Middle School Journal.
  9. Solicit feature manuscripts, articles, columns, and special sections for each issue.


  1. Responds to phone and email inquiries about AMLE publications.
  2. Edits additional print and online content as mutually agreed.

Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-18 (MGLS:2017) Webinar

Are you passionate about middle grades education? Interested in an unprecedented new study designed to fill the gap in national data related to this critical developmental stage of adolescence?

Join representatives from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and RTI International for a webinar to learn more about the Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-18 (MGLS:2017), the first nationally representative longitudinal study of middle grades students.

MGLS:2017 data will provide a rich, descriptive picture of the experiences and lives of adolescents to help educators, researchers, and policymakers examine associations between contextual factors and student outcomes. Growth in math and reading, as well as family and school factors that encourage success during the middle grades years, will be the focus of MGLS:2017, which will provide evidence about the effectiveness of middle grades programs and practices.

Superintendents, principals, school leaders, teachers, and anyone with an interest in middle grades education are invited to learn more about this exciting study!

Two webinars will be offered, so choose the one that works for you and register now!

Wednesday, April 5 at 1:00pm

Wednesday, April 12 at 3:00pm

Greetings from the AMLE Foundation Fund Committee!

Greetings from the AMLE Foundation Fund Committee! Today is #Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back, and we wish to ask for your support of middle level education through a donation to the AMLE Foundation Fund. Below are various ways your dollars make a difference.

Legacy Circle Nominees

Anyone may nominate a candidate for the Legacy Circle. Nominees are vetted by the Legacy Circle Committee and, once selected, can be inducted into the Legacy Circle when $5,000 has been donated to the Foundation Fund in honor or memory of the candidate. You may contribute to their induction to the Legacy Circle by making a donation in any amount in their honor to the AMLE Foundation Fund. There are presently three nominees, John Swaim, Sue Swaim, and Tom Erb.

Collegiate Middle Level Association Chapter Grant

One or more CMLA Chapter Grants are awarded each year to the CMLA chapters whose grant proposals are judged to be outstanding. This year Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, Georgia, was awarded the grant.

Collaboration Mini-Grant and Distinguished Educator Award

The Foundation Fund awarded the Collaboration Mini-Grant to Coastal Middle School of Savannah, Georgia. Find out more about the Collaboration Mini-Grant Award. The proposal due date is April 15, 2017.

At the AMLE Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Austin, Texas, the Distinguished Educator Award was presented to Randy Jensen, principal of William Thomas Middle School, American Falls, Idaho. The award was recently renamed the AMLE Educator of the Year, and the due date for applications is April 28, 2017.

AMLE Foundation Fund Booth in Austin

Foundation Fund members met many AMLE members who care a lot about helping young adolescents at the Foundation Booth October 9-12, 2016 in Austin, Texas. This year winners had their choice of the available prizes and seemed very pleased with this arrangement.

To Honor Middle Level Educators and Support the Work of the Foundation

Contributions to the Foundation Fund may be made in any amount and may be designated in honor or memory of an individual, though this is not required. All donors will be recognized in the 2017 Annual Conference Program in Philadelphia. Several levels of giving have been designated by the Foundation:

Founders Club: $5,000
Platinum Friend: $2,500–$4,999
Gold Friend: $1,000–$2,499
Silver Friend: $500–$999
Bronze Friend: $250–$499
Friend: $100–$249

Make your tax-deductible gift in any of three ways:

  • Donate online.
  • Mail a check to AMLE Foundation, 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 300, Westerville, OH 43081.
  • Call AMLE at 800-528-6672.

Important: However you choose to contribute, be sure to note your donation is for the AMLE Foundation Fund and include the names of honorees, if any. Thank you for your generosity.

More information about the AMLE Foundation Fund

2016 AMLE Election Results

The results are in for the 2016 AMLE Election. First, the constitutional amendment passed with an 87% yes vote. Changes to the AMLE Constitution require a 2/3 vote of the members voting. The amendment includes a reduction in the number of trustees from 18 to 12, and changes in the process by which trustees are elected.

Congratulations to the following candidates who were elected to the AMLE Board. Their terms of office will commence on July 1, 2016.


Nancy Ruppert
Swannanoa, NC
South Region Trustee

Michelle Owens Hayward
Fayetteville, AR
West Region Trustee

Gail Anderson
Canby, OR
East Region Trustee

James Barnes
Sewell, NJ
Trustee to Represent Teachers, North and West Regions

Christine Thielen
Chicago, IL
Remembering Tom Erb

Remembering Tom Erb

AMLE is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, Dr. Thomas "Tom" O. Erb. Tom passed on November 27 after a brief illness. Tom devoted his career to middle level education, focusing particularly on teacher preparation, curriculum, and interdisciplinary teaming. He was a scholar, professor, author, researcher, and a passionate advocate for the middle school philosophy. After serving as a middle school teacher in the US and abroad early in his career, Tom became a faculty member at the University of Kansas (KU), Lawrence, where he taught middle level courses, directed middle grades teacher preparation programs, and served as chair of the department of curriculum and instruction. Tom retired from the university in 2005 and was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Leadership. After retirement from KU, Tom received two distinguished visiting professorships from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, also where he earned his undergraduate degree.

Tom was instrumental in the formation of the Kansas Association for Middle Level Education (KAMLE), having also founded their journal. In 1993, he received a Kamelot Award for Outstanding Contributions to Middle Level Education and was honored with the association's establishment of the Thomas O. Erb Award for Excellence in Teaming. Tom worked with teachers in more than 90 school districts in 23 different states, and for six years he ran an institute at KU where he would invite school districts to send teams of teachers and administrators to the university in the summer for a week of learning and planning.

Tom was dedicated to and deeply engaged in the work of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). As editor of AMLE's flagship publication, Middle School Journal, from 1994 to 2009, he was the longest to have served in this important role. In 2009, Tom was awarded the John H. Lounsbury Award for Distinguished Service, the highest award given by the Association for Middle Level Education. Throughout his career he authored and co-authored more than 90 publications including several AMLE books. He served as an AMLE Board of Trustees member in the mid-1980s and was a member and chair of many committees, including, most recently, member of the AMLE Foundation Fund.

Tom was a world traveler and adventurer. He and his wife Karen not only raised four children, but traveled, studied, and taught around the world in places such as Germany, England, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Brazil, Mozambique, South Africa, Nigeria, Zaire, Malawi, and Kenya.

Tom's spirit lives on with the many friends he made at AMLE over the years. He will be greatly missed.

The family has suggested that donations be made to the AMLE Foundation Fund in honor of Tom.

New Partnership Gets You Even More

AMLE is proud to announce a new publishing partnership! Beginning with the 2016 volume, Taylor & Francis will publish and distribute your two highly regarded professional journals from AMLE, Middle School Journal and Research in Middle Level Education Online. What does this mean for you? With your member login, you can

  • View and download every back issue of Middle School Journal from 1970 to the current issue.
  • Soon view and download all issues of AMLE’s research publication from 1977 to present.

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This partnership also gives you access to two additional publications: The Clearing House and Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy, and Practice. Access these journals today using your member login.

Press Release: Routledge Now Publishing AMLE Journals

AMLE Membership Hits Record High

In June 2015, the Association for Middle Level Education membership reached a record high of more than 40,000 middle grades educators, a 42% increase in the past two years.

"Reaching this milestone is a clear indicator of the value educators place on the opportunity to bond and share as a community of professionals who expect only the best for our students," said Will Waidelich, AMLE executive director.

"AMLE members are advocates for developing learning experiences based on awareness of and respect for the unique needs of this age group," said Kathleen McCaffrey, AMLE president. "Every new member that joins this organization makes our collective voice stronger."

Recently expanded member benefits and services have increased the association’s reach to more educators dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students in grades 5-8. "With a new and mobile-friendly website, the launch of AMLE Magazine in print and tablet editions, a redesign and increased frequency of AMLE Newsletter, and the development of a webinar series (complementary to all members), we are offering more of what our members need, and the experience is customizable," said Derek Neal, AMLE director of membership and IT.

A dual membership, offered in partnership with many of our state organizations, brings even more value and resources by providing members with full benefits to both the state organization and AMLE for a reduced rate.

Founded in 1973, the Association for Middle Level Education is the leading international organization advancing the education of all students ages 10 to 15, helping them succeed as learners and make positive contributions to their communities and to the world. AMLE is committed to helping middle grades educators reach every student, grow professionally, and create great schools.

2015 AMLE Election Results

The results are in for the 2015 AMLE Election. First, the constitutional amendment passed to change the term of office for newly elected trustees to commence on July 1 in the year of their election.

And, we extend our congratulations to the following candidates who were elected to the AMLE Board starting July 1, 2015:


Pam Millikan
Franklin, IN
North Region Trustee

Steve Norlin-Weaver
Minneapolis, MN
South Region Trustee

Gayle Andrews
Athens, GA
Trustee to Represent Diverse Cultures

Reginald O. Davenport
Plainfield, NJ
East Region Trustee

Ken Nicely
Roanoke, VA
West Region Trustee

Lauren K. Jones
Denver, CO

Strengthening Non-Cognitive Skills in the Middle Grades to Improve Academic Achievement and Success

Alliance for Excellent Education
Association for Middle Level Education
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform

Honorary Co-host
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
121 Cannon House Office Building

Presenters Include

Moderator, B.J. Paris, Board President
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

Craig Wacker, Lead, Student Agency Strategy
Raikes Foundation

Erik A. Burmeister, Principal, Hillview Middle School, Menlo Park, CA
2014 MetLife/NASSP Middle Level Principal of the Year Finalist

Dr. Vicky Dudek, Principal, Landmark Middle School, Moreno Valley Unified School District 2014 Taking Center Stage Schools To Watch Designee

Mark Shanoff, Ed.D, Principal, Ocoee Middle School, Ocoee, Florida
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Distinguished Principal, 2014 - Florida
An Apple Distinguished School

RSVP to: Brian

Newly Elected to the AMLE Board of Trustees

The results are in for the 2014 AMLE Board of Trustees election. We extend our congratulations to the following candidates who will serve on the AMLE Board during the term of Fall 2014 - Fall 2017:

Kathleen McCaffrey
Kathleen McCaffrey
Alpharetta, GA
East Region
Erin Scholes
Erin Scholes
Stafford Springs, CT
North Region
Pam Millikan
Pam Millikan
Franklin, IN
South Region
Holly Thornton
Holly Thornton
Vilas, NC
West Region
Laurie Barron
Laurie Barron
Kalispell, MT
Teacher Trustee to Represent South/East Regions
Emily Raper
Emily Raper
Cleveland, TN
Teacher Trustee to Represent North/West Regions
Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson
Lake Oswego, OR