From the Editors
Members of AIAEE are agents of change. We espouse the importance of change in knowledge, behaviors, skills, and attitudes through educational programming, project demonstration, community, and international development. But with change comes ambiguity. JIAEE has changed leadership and the procedures for managing the Journal are changing as well.
This past year the Board appointed us as co-editors for JIAEE. We have a long history of working together and look forward to implementing a “training program” for managing the Journal. During our first year we will be collectively carrying out the tasks of JIAEE while putting into place a new plan for managing and editing the Journal. Our plans for restructuring JIAEE include the creation of an Executive Editor and a Managing Editor.
The Executive Editor would set the overall standards for publication including planning and budgeting and the Managing Editor would manage the manuscript submission and review process. We propose continued use of Associate Editors for Commentary, Tools of the Trade, and Book Review.
The Executive Editor and Managing Editor would serve two years at each position. For Volume 15, we will co-edit. For Volume 16, Lindner would serve as Executive Editor and Dooley would serve as Managing Editor. For Volume 17, Dooley would serve as Executive Editor and we would select a new Managing Editor. For Volume 18, Dooley would serve as Executive Editor. For Volume 19 forward the Managing Editor completing his/her second term would become the Executive Editor and a new Managing Editor would be selected. For Volume 15 and 16 Gary Wingenbach will serve as Past Editor. For Volume 17 and 18, Lindner would serve as Past Executive Editor. For Volume 19 and 20, Dooley would serve as Past Executive Editor.
What we are attempting to do is share the duties and create a plan for sustainability. Your input and discussion will be critical.
This is our first volume under the new management plan. We are pleased to report that for the spring 2008 edition we have one Commentary, six Feature Articles, and one Tools of the Trade. There are 24 different authors from 10 US states (representing 11 US universities) and three universities outside of the US. The manuscripts focus upon six different countries (Costa Rica, Georgia, Egypt, India, Nigeria, and Iran). Authors also represent the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and a County School. The collaboration not only spans across states and nations, but across roles—with graduate students, faculty, administrators, politicians, and practitioners as co-authors. This is the kind of change we can all be proud of!
James R. Lindner and Kim E. Dooley, Editors
Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education