Position of Editor-in-Chief of Hungarian Cultural Studies

Hungarian Cultural Studies, e-Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association, is a peer-reviewed, open access, no-fee scholarly journal, covering all aspects of Hungarian culture across the humanities and social sciences. Under the dynamic leadership of the founding Editor-in-Chief, Louise O. Vasvari, the journal has developed an excellent international reputation for publishing theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded original research. In addition to full-length articles, the journal regularly publishes book reviews and bibliographies, and it supports emerging scholars from Hungary and neighboring states in helping them publish in English. The current Editor-in-Chief will step down following publication of the journal in August 2022. The Board of AHEA invites applications from scholars interested in taking on the role.


The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for upholding the mission and scope of the journal and for selecting papers that provide original and important contributions to knowledge. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the overall quality of the intellectual content of the journal and for overseeing the review process to ensure it is thorough, fair, and timely. The Editor-in-Chief works with associate editors, editorial board members, reviewers, and any other editorial staff in developing content for the journal. The Editor-in-Chief serves as Chair of the editorial board and oversees its work. The Editor-in-Chief seeks opportunities to hold an annual editorial board meeting and prepares an annual report for the Board. As prescribed by the governance documents of the AHEA as a 501 c-3, the position of Editor-in-Chief of the journal reports directly to the President of AHEA. Policies of the journal and their oversight are the responsibility of the President and the elected officers of the AHEA.


The role of the Editor-in-Chief is challenging, intellectually rewarding, and opens up new avenues of opportunities for the person in this role. While the position is without financial remuneration, we trust that the learning opportunities will attract scholars in the field willing to serve in this role.


Preferred qualifications:


  • Knowledge of Hungarian Studies with demonstrated scholarship in the field
  • Openness to different theoretical and methodological perspectives
  • English and Hungarian language proficiency, including experience with English-language academic discourse
  • Substantial professional experience in reviewing and editing manuscripts, including English-language articles, for publication
  • Respect of social and cultural diversity
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn the technical aspects of the editorial management system and adopt its use in manuscript submission,
    peer review, and publication process


General responsibilities include:


  • Contributing to strategic development of the Journal including writing editorials, which will help shape the journal’s vision
  • Attracting submissions and themed-issue proposals to the Journal to ensure continued relevance and quality of content
  • Contributing to the day-to-day running of the Journal, working closely with members of the Editorial Team,
     including online peer review and editing of articles
  • Liaison with the Board of AHEA and the University Library System (ULS), University of Pittsburgh
  • The term for the Editor-in-Chief is four years, renewable twice.


Applicants should send a current CV, a letter of interest, three English-language scholarly articles, as well as the names and contact information of three professional references to info@ahea.net (attn: Helga Lénárt-Cheng, AHEA Vice President). Nominations are also welcome and should be sent to the same email. Applications should explicitly address the applicant’s aims and vision for HCS, steps to be taken to sustain the pool of high-quality papers and to expand the readership of the journal. Priority candidate review will begin on March 1, 2022, and the position will remain open until filled.



Helga Lénárt-Cheng

Vice president, AHEA


2022. február 28.