Nominations Sought for JRME Editor

  • Nominations Sought for JRME Editor 

    The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education editorial panel solicits nominations for the next editor of the journal. You may either make recommendations or volunteer. The JRME editor is appointed by the NCTM President and confirmed by the NCTM Board of Directors based on the recommendation of the editorial panel. 

    The person appointed will serve as editor-designate for one year beginning in Spring/Summer 2024. The new editor assumes total editorial responsibilities approximately one year later. The responsibilities include publication decisions and fiscal and editorial management of the journal. A nominee should be an NCTM member with an outstanding scholarly record in mathematics education and demonstrated editorial, managerial, and leadership skills. NCTM provides financial support, including some funding toward released time and editorial staff. Institutional support, including matching released time from other duties, is essential. Please submit initial nominations, including name and email address of nominee, by February 15, 2023 to [email protected]. Nominees will be contacted to submit their vitas and application materials by June 15, 2023.

    NCTM and the JRME editorial panel will host an informal, online information session for potential applicants for JRME Editor. If you are considering this opportunity (or wish to nominate someone to be invited), please email [email protected]. We will send those with potential interest an invitation to this event.  Additional questions can be emailed to David Barnes, [email protected], JRME Staff Liaison.

    Nominate Yourself or a Peer for Editor of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

    Why apply?

    • Steer the field’s top outlet for research in mathematics education.
    • Build your editorial team with members within your or across different institutions.
    • Opportunity to write editorials for each journal issue to provide insights for the field

    Things to consider:

    • NCTM provides financial support, including funding towards release time and editorial staff.
    • Institutional support, including matched release time funding, is essential.
    • The selected editor would begin as editor-designate for one year (beginning Spring/Summer 2024) and assume duties of full editor Summer 2025 – 2029.


    • Email  [email protected] to acknowledge your interest and ask any questions.
    • Attend the overview webinar in early 2023.
    • Submit a letter outlining your interest and a vita.


    Patricio Herbst, Current JRME Editor

    “The job of editor brought me renewed opportunities to learn while helping authors improve their work and having fun with the editorial team. More widely, it enabled me to serve the field as a curator and steward, helping the field maintain its aspirations toward excellence while being increasingly inclusive.

    As a researcher, I am a learner at heart. Being the editor of JRME affords me endless opportunities to learn about new ideas from authors, gain insights on their work from our excellent reviewers and from the editorial team, and bring what I know as I provide feedback. Being the editor of JRME has given me a unique opportunity to learn not only about others' ideas and ways of thinking but also about my own strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, etc. Overall, I see the publication process (in the way JRME does it) as an opportunity for people (authors, reviewers, and editors) to learn about research; it’s been a blessing to partake of it.

    I also see JRME as an icon of a field (mathematics education research) that can have ambitions as a scholarly discipline and that is challenged by the constant tension between the urgent and the important. I took the role with a love for mathematics education research that is comparable to my love for the country. This is, I see virtue in what mathematics education research has always aspired to be, even if I also see weak spots and mistakes. I see ample opportunities for our field to be better in continuity with what we have done in the past, moving incrementally to become a field that is aware of the many methodological and theoretical riches that an interdisciplinary and diverse field can use, as well as increasingly rigorous and driven toward excellence. In that plan, I have seen myself as a curator and steward of the field. I am proud to serve my research field by recognizing the wealth that a particular contribution could bring to the field, by leveraging the platform of editorial writing, and by corresponding with authors and reviewers through the review process to help shape what we offer to the field.

    Finally, working with the editorial team is also a lot of fun; it is a different kind of social interaction at work: different from the research group, different from mentoring or teaching, different from administration or committee work. It adds more variety to the work I do and, in many ways, it brings a joy I don’t find in other aspects of work. And so, it has become a way to discover what I want to do next.”

    Jinfa Cai, JRME Editor, 2017 – 2020

    “​​Being a JRME editor is much more than just being an evaluator. JRME calls for the editorial team, including the editorial panel members, to play an educative role. Indeed, the educative role of the JRME editor can take different forms, from nurturing authors, to nurturing reviewers, and even to nurturing the field. As an editorial team, we took this educative role extremely seriously in several aspects of our work, including when selecting and cultivating reviewers, when analyzing reviews, when writing letters to authors explaining the issues to be addressed, and when developing the editorial articles that we wrote for each issue” (Cai, 2020, p. 536)

    Cai, J. (2020). What Does It Mean to Be a Research Journal Editor?. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 51(5), 535-540.

    Cindy Langrall, JRME Editor, 2013 – 2016

    “The JRME editorship is a demanding yet rewarding experience. What I enjoyed most was thinking deeply about the research conveyed in a manuscript and how the story of that research could be presented clearly, concisely, and effectively in an article. I particularly valued the opportunity to interact directly with authors as we prepared their work for publication. Also, I appreciated collaborating with the editorial team, especially as we discussed manuscripts and reviews. Reviewing is typically a solitary activity and it was interesting (and educative) to share our different perspectives on a piece of work.”

    Kathy Heid, JRME Editor, 2009 – 2012

    “Applicants for the position of JRME editor must have identified an editorial team that can work insightfully, productively, effectively, and efficiently in the processing of submitted manuscripts. Members of the team must be prepared to apply their range of talents to the multiple hours they will dedicate to each manuscript–our team processed almost a thousand manuscripts in our term as the editorial team for the journal.

    Serving as editor of JRME or as a member of the JRME editorial team requires significant contributions in several distinct arenas. The editor and editorial team must identify both promising manuscripts that draw on a range of methodologies and ones that break new grounds in the enactment or development of a methodology. The editorial team must keep an eye open for emerging areas of research and find ways to encourage authors in those areas. The editor and editorial team also play an important role in providing feedback and suggestions to the authors of manuscripts that are not accepted for publication. This feedback can be instrumental in the subsequent work of the authors. 

    Work on the JRME editorial team is exciting and rewarding. The manuscripts you edit for publication can impact the direction of the field. The feedback you provide for the other manuscripts can guide the scholarly trajectory of the authors of those manuscripts. As you engage in your editorial work, your knowledge of and appreciation for the breadth of the field will flourish.”

    Percival Matthews, Current JRME Associate Editor

    1. I was motivated to learn more about the cutting edge in math education research and wanted experience on a nationally recognized journal team.
    2. As for the benefits, working on the editorial team has given me a bit more of a bird’s eye view of the field. It’s also forced me to become a lot more familiar with domains that I usually don’t deal with. As a result, I’m a bit more well rounded as a citizen of the field
    3. The workload is substantial, and we should make this clear to people before they sign on.
    4. The Journal has its focus, its history, and its momentum, and as a steward you respect that and try to stay true. At the same time, you make some decisions that subtly shape the direction that the journal is going. That’s not a minor thing.
    5. I’ve only worked with one team (Herbst’s), but is a really good team. They’re just good to work with.

    Charles Hohensee, JRME Associate Editor, 2017 – 2020

    “Serving in the associate editor position for JRME had numerous benefits. Three of the most consequential benefits had to do with the relationships I formed, the mentoring opportunities that presented themselves, and the impact serving as an associate editor had on my own scholarship. Through JRME, I formed strong relationships with others on the editorial team. Being part of a team was a refreshing change from aspects of being a scholar that can sometimes feel isolating. Another meaningful benefit was that I had several rewarding national and international opportunities to mentor more junior scholars because I was one of the JRME associate editors. Thirdly, serving as an associate editor was beneficial to me for my own scholarship. To be so involved in the review process for such a wide variety of manuscripts, to witness how different manuscripts evolve and come together, and to see what the most effective ways of communicating ideas are, was all very helpful to me in becoming a better writer and scholar.”

    Tami Martin, JRME Associate Editor, 2013 – 2016

    “Being an Associate Editor of JRME was one of the most rewarding endeavors of my professional life. I loved working as part of a team with colleagues who were as dedicated to producing an exceptional product as they were to ensuring equity in access for all authors and to the educative mission of the journal by mentoring other writers and reviewers. The experience also led me to read more deeply in areas of mathematics education beyond my own narrow interests, which enhanced my own work and expanded my professional network. Finally, seeing the inner workings of a top tier research journal bolstered my ability to support my doctoral students as they prepare professional publications.”

    Rose Zbiek, JRME Associate Editor, 2009 – 2012

    “Reading, reviewing, and supporting manuscripts from multiple areas of mathematics education and other fields obviously provided unique insight into current research topics, references, frameworks, and methods. The educational aspect of the work was meaningful as you watched manuscripts and scholars evolve and witnessed new authors find their voice and improve their craft, even if their papers were not published in JRME.

    I developed finger-tip knowledge of both new products and emerging practices of research in mathematics education and related fields. Knowledge of mathematics education research beyond my immediate expertise and interests readily enriched my ability to serve within and beyond my institution as a doctoral committee member and as a reviewer of dossiers, as well as to better support a wider circle of students and colleagues along their professional journey.

    I appreciated more intensely the way in JRME thrived in and for an international field. The work offered opportunities to connect directly with new and familiar scholars as authors and reviewers in multiple countries and communities. Our editorial team worked in ways that intentionally drew on our individual strengths to make our contributions richer and our JRME work time more productive.

    All of these things are wrapped up in lasting joy and accomplishment that came from a shared pride in the field and especially in the people who are our colleagues in multiple and complex ways.”

    Keith Leatham, JRME Associate Editor, 2005 – 2008

    “Being a JRME associate editor was an extremely valuable learning experience for me. I learned much from my frequent interactions with the editor and the other associate editor, from our conversations about the discipline of mathematics education, various research traditions, what makes research high quality, what individual researchers were studying and where their expertise was. My main associate editor responsibility was to shepherd manuscripts from acceptance to publication. This work required close reading for content, structure, and flow. It then required back and forth communication with authors as we refined their papers. I learned that I quite liked this aspect of editing--helping people to communicate their ideas as clearly as possible. As a result of the experience I myself became a better writer and a better consumer of research.”