Upcoming Panel on Journal Editorial Positions Features Smilowitz and Johnson Among Panelists

As the primary publication outlets for advances in operations research, industrial engineering, and management science academic journals play a significant role in shaping the way that the discipline is advanced by its professional members.  Leading those journals, therefore, is both a demanding task and rewarding opportunity, but finding an entry point in an editorial role can be a challenge.   “Navigating the Path to Editorial Positions”, a webinar panel scheduled for Friday, May 21st, at 2PM CDT, seeks to address some of these questions.  The panel, which is sponsored by Women in Operations Research and Management Sciences (WORMS), the Minority Issues Forum (MIF), and supported as an INFORMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ambassador Project, “features four experienced journal editors who (will) discuss their roles, how and why they got involved in the journal editorial process as well as offer tips and guidance on exploring the possibility of becoming a journal editor at any level. Registration for the panel itself can be completed here.

               An IEMS alumnus and faculty member account for two of the panelists:  Karen Smilowitz is the James and Margie Krebs Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University.  She assumed the title of Editor-In-Chief of Transportation Science in January of this year, after several years as an Associate Editor.  Michael Johnson (PhD, IEMS), Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston recently returned to present “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in OR/Analytics: Implications for Research, Teaching, and Service” as part of the IEMS department’s Seminar Series.  He served as lead editor of INFORMS Editor’s Cut: Diversity and Inclusion: Analytics for Social Impact (2019) and a special issue of European Journal of Operational Research titled “Community Operational Research: Innovations, Internationalization and Agenda-Setting Applications” (2018). He is a member of the editorial boards of Socio-Economic Planning Sciences and European Journal of Operational Research.  Other participants include Steven Kou of Boston University and Maria E. Mayroga of North Carolina State University as panelists, and Alice E. Smith of Auburn University as moderator.


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