Editor in Chief

Deadline: November 1, 2023, with review of applications commencing October 16

Description of Computers and Society

SIGCAS brings together computer professionals, specialists in other fields, and the public-at-large to address concerns and raise awareness about the ethical and societal impact of computing technology. Computers and Society* is an online publication indexed by the ACM Digital Library that publishes articles addressing current and historical social impacts of computing.

The Role

The SIGCAS executive committee seeks applications for the role of SIGCAS Computers and Society Editor-in-chief. This volunteer position reports directly to the executive committee and oversees the solicitation of submissions, organizes the submission and review process, produces the newsletter proof, and ensures compliance with ACM formatting and style guidelines.  The Editor-in-chief position carries a 2 year, renewable, term limit. The Editor-in-Chief will produce 3-4 issues a year, and beginning in 2024, one of three issues will be exclusively hosting student work. Once this position is filled, the expectation is that Computers and Society will transition to 4 issues per year, with one student issue, one special topic issue, and 2 standard issues. The intention is to identify guest editors for the special and student issues on an annual, rotating basis.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • A passion for facilitating a community of professionals in discourse on topics integral to understanding the intersection of computers and society
  •  >5 years working in a computing context, or post-tenure or well-established into teaching or industry positions 
  • High attention to detail
  • Comfort collaborating with and communicating with individuals of diverse backgrounds
  • An ability to discern the difference between weak writing that they agree with and well written/well-evidenced texts that they might not, as Computers and Society does not purport only one worldview
  • Ingrained organizational skills that enable the balancing of competing deadlines and tasks efficiently
  • Familiarity with using desktop publishing/layout software (such as Adobe InDesign (or its predecessor, Pagemaker, or similar application)
  • Sensitivity to issues of accessibility as they relate to text and graphics
  • *(please note that Computers and Society is not currently a peer-reviewed publication.)


To express interest please send a cover letter and C.V. to michelletrim@umass.edu. All applications will be reviewed by the SIGCAS executive committee. We hope to fill these positions soon, so please don’t wait to let us know that you might be interested!