New Directions for Institutional Research

NDIR is a quarterly thematic and practitioner-oriented edited journal from Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Brand. Special issues are focused around a new or developing topic related to institutional research, planning, assessment, institutional effectiveness or higher education management. NDIR is calling for Editor/Co-editor applications.

April 16, 2018

NDIR Call for Editor/Co-Editor Applications

New Directions for Institutional Research (NDIR) invites applications for the position of Editor. Co-editorship applications are welcome. The official term of appointment is three years beginning on January 1, 2019, although applicants should expect that training and transition into the role will commence in the three months prior to January 1, 2019.

Each issue of NDIR focuses on a specific theme or topic of relevance to institutional research. The Editor/s commission and review issue proposals from guest editors and select proposals for development. The guest editors in turn recruit authors for their issue. Each article is peer-reviewed by the Editorial Board, after which the Editor/s makes a final decision on acceptance based on reviewer feedback. More information on the commissioning process can be found on the journal homepage on Wiley Online Library, particularly on the Author Guidelines page. The journal is sponsored by the Association for Institutional Research, and members are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities of the Editor/Co-Editors:

  • Operational leadership and direction for the journal

  • Commissioning and selection of issue proposals, and the management of Guest Editors to ensure articles are submitted on time, while focusing on growth and quality of content

  • Recruitment, selection, and management Editorial Board Members, and periodical refreshing/diversification of members

  • Maintain, develop, and refine journal Vision, Scope, and Strategic direction for subject relevance and currency

  • Collaboration with Wiley staff on strategy, process, and new initiatives

  • Ensure an efficient and fair peer review process, and maintain an adequate reviewer pool

  • Ensure the integrity of research published in the journal, promptly flagging potential ethical issues to the Publisher

  • Network, travel, and advocate on behalf of the journal within the community

  • Steer and develop the journal’s profile and reputation, expanding reach and representation

  • The assignment of appropriate peer reviewers based upon content and method expertise

  • The review and communication of all final decision recommendations

  • Effectively communicating with all prospective guest editors, authors, reviewers, editorial board members, members of the editorial team, publishers staff, as well as any other important journal stakeholders

  • Hosting editorial team and editorial board meetings, preparing and disseminating editorial team and board reports

  • Coaching, mentoring, and other development as appropriate of editorial team members

Key attributes of an Editor

  • Adaptability and flexibility (open to change)

  • Collaborative (willingness to work as a strategic partner with publisher)

  • Communicator

  • Confidentiality

  • Customer Focus (readers, authors, reviewers)

  • Ethical

  • Ensures Accountability

  • Enthusiasm

  • Experience (some prior editorial experience)

  • Foresight/forward-thinking

  • Influencer

  • Integrity

  • International mobility ambassador (visibility, conferences)

  • Innovative

  • Leadership

  • Manager of people (editorial board)

  • Motivated and a good motivator for other

  • Pride/Dedication to the journal/field

  • Prioritization/well-organized

  • Responsive

  • Results Orientation

  • Strategic thinker 

  • Well-networked in field/community, well-known

Selection criteria for the role of Editor/Co-Editor may include:

  • Current academic employment in a tenured, tenure-line or equivalent faculty position at a research university; or appointment as a professional institutional researcher with publication experience; a strong Co-Editor application might include one from each background;

  • Familiarity with the New Directions series, and particularly with the NDIR aims and scope and Institutional Research field;

  • Involvement with the journal as a previously published guest editor or author, reviewer, or editorial board member;

  • Interest and experience in appropriate content and methodological practices relevant to Institutional Research;

  • A record of scholarly publications within Institutional Research and related fields;

  • Experience in peer review of journal papers, assistant or associate editor experience; editorial board membership of one or more journals in the Institutional Research or related fields;

  • Leadership, communication, organizational, and project management skills in support of journal operation

Self-nominations are encouraged, and applications should include the following:

  • A one-page letter of application that addresses how the applicant(s) meet the selection criteria and their vision for the journal

  • A curriculum vitae

AIR member applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as there is potential for an interview at the AIR Forum on May 29 June 1 in Orlando, FL, if the applicant will be in attendance. Select candidates will otherwise be contacted via email and telephone for arranging interviews.

Please submit all application materials to Joshua Tufts, Publisher (

April 5, 2018

The newest edition of NDIR is now available (first published March 25, 2018). Volume 2017, Issue 176:

  1. Understanding the Growth of Contingent Faculty by Jon McNaughtan, Hugo A. García, Kim Nehls
    Pages: 9-26

  2. Organizational Pressures Driving the Growth of Contingent Faculty by Joanna R. Frye
    Pages: 27-39

  3. Regional Accreditation Standards and Contingent and Part‐Time Faculty by Nhung Pham, Valerie Osland Paton
    Pages: 41-54

  4. Contingent Faculty at Community Colleges: The Too‐Often Overlooked and Under‐Engaged Faculty Majority by Kathryn Q. Thirolf, Rebekah S. Woods
    Pages: 55-66

  5. Contingent Faculty Composition and Utilization: Perspectives From Independent Colleges and Universities by Christopher Morphew, Kelly Ward, Lisa Wolf‐Wendel
    Pages: 67-81

  6. The Changing Face of Employment at Research Universities by Tom DePaola, Adrianna Kezar
    Pages: 83-96

  7. Contingent Faculty at For‐Profit Institutions by Eve Proper
    Pages: 97-110

  8. The Current and Future State of Contingent Faculty by Hugo A. García, Jon McNaughtan, Kim Nehls
    Pages: 111-115

December 4, 2017

Check out the newest NDIR issue, Volume 2017, Issue 174Using Qualitative Research to Promote Organizational Intelligence. See all seven articles plus issue information, the editor's note, and index at the link above. 

October 6, 2017

Call for Editorial Board Members

NDIR is seeking a diverse group of higher education scholars and institutional research professionals to join its Editorial Board for a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2018. Responsibilities of the Editorial Board will include:

  1. Review draft chapters: Board members will be expected to review and provide constructive feedback for 3 or 4 chapters per year (roughly one every 4 months). NDIR chapters are typically between 4 and 5,000 words.

  2. Suggest special issue topics: Board members will be periodically asked to provide suggestions for issue topics that would be of interest and value to the NDIR readership.

  3. Identify potential issue editors: Board members will be encouraged to make recommendations for potential special issue editors to the NDIR Editor.

  4. Promote the journal: Board members will be asked to actively promote NDIR and encourage colleagues and members of their professional networks to access newly published issues.

  5. Participate in board meetings: Board members are expected to participate (in person or remotely) in a board meeting during the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum in late May or early June each year.

Required Qualifications:

  • Established publishing record in scholarly peer-reviewed journals (experience editing and/or contributing to NDIR or the New Directions series is preferred)

  • Professional experience and/or scholarly expertise specific to institutional research, effectiveness, planning, assessment, information technology, business intelligence, and/or higher education management

  • Experience as a peer reviewer for scholarly peer-reviewed journals

  • Up to date understanding of literature related to institutional research and/or related areas

Nominations (self-nominations are encouraged) should be emailed to NDIR Editor-in-Chief, Gloria Crisp ( Nominations should include a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement of the nominee’s qualifications and resume/vitae. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, November 3rd.



June 5, 2017

The latest issue of NDIR is focused on Student Veteran Data in Higher Education. Visit the website for more details.

January 9, 2017

The latest NDIR volume is this Special Issue: Studying Transfer in Higher Education: New Approaches to Enduring and Emerging Topics

October 1, 2016



NEW DIRECTIONS FOR INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH (NDIR), is a thematic and practitioner-oriented edited publication from Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Brand. Quarterly issues of NDIR focus on specific topics related to institutional research, planning, or higher education management. NDIR editors are interested in receiving proposals from potential issue editors who identify and work with chapter contributors, particularly proposals focused on the following topics (with focus on the IR audience and implications for IR):

  • Accountability/performance based funding

  • Assessing student affairs programs

  • Qualitative research in IR work

  • Data mining

  • The role of theory in IR work

  • Budget systems and models

  • Contingent faculty: trends and impacts

Potential contributors should review recent issues of NDIR for style/format/focus. The timeframe from accepted proposal to print is approximately nine months. Issues are typically seven or eight chapters and between 30,000 and 40,000 words. Institutional researchers and higher education scholars interested in exploring opportunities to serve as issue editors should contact Gloria Crisp at

Volume 2016, Issue 168

The latest issue of New Directions for Institutional Research (NDIR) is titled Postgraduate Outcomes of College Students. The volume is edited by Jerold (Raldy) S. Laguilles, Mary Ann Coughlin, Heather A. Kelly and Allison M. Walters. The issue can be accessed on the Wiley website.

Volume 2016, Issue 167

The newest, special issue of NDIR is entitled MOOC’s and Higher Education: Implications for Institutional Research. Visit the WIley website for details.

Volume 2015, Issue 166

The most recent issue of NDIR focuses on external data reporting. Also of interest are the Editors’ notes

* Denotes AIR member

Special Issue: Assessing Civic Engagement

Volume 2014, Issue 162 

* Denotes AIR member

NDIR Call for Issue Editors - October 2014 

The editors of New Directions for Institutional Research (NDIR) are interested in receiving proposals from IR professionals who will serve as issue editors. Potential topics include

Workforce Data and IR 

  • Reducing the Reporting Burden for IPEDS     

  • Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP)

  • Accountability/Institutional Rankings

  • TT vs. Non-TT Faculty: Trends and Impacts

  • MOOCs

  • Veteran Students and IR

  • ACA – Institutional Impacts and Responses

  • Measuring Faculty Scholarly Productivity

Please contact John Ryan ( or Gloria Crisp ( for more information. 

NDIR Call for Contributors - February/March 2014

New Directions for Institutional Research (NDIR) is under the new editorship of John Ryan and Gloria Crisp. NDIR is a quarterly sourcebook published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley. Each issue focuses on a specific topic related to IR, planning, or higher education management. The editors are interested in receiving proposals from potential issue editors who identify and work with chapter contributors. Example topics (with focus on the IR audience and implications for IR) include:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill

  • ACA – Institutional Impacts and Responses

  • Budget Systems and Models

  • Data Warehousing/Data Marts

  • Measuring Faculty Scholarly Productivity

  • TT vs. Non-TT Faculty: Trends and Impacts

  • MOOCs

  • Accountability (such as the White House Scorecard)

NDIR issues are normally seven to eight chapters in length (30,000-40,000 words). Potential contributors are encouraged to read recent issues of NDIR for style/format/focus. The time frame from accepted proposals to print is approximately nine months. Those interested in exploring opportunities to publish in NDIR and/or serve as volume editors are encouraged to contact John Ryan at

NDIR Update - November 2013

It is with great appreciation that the Association for Institutional Research recognizes Paul Umbach and Tricia Seifert for their service as Editor and Associate Editor of New Directions for Institutional Research (NDIR) from 2010 to 2013. Paul and Tricia are working with John Ryan, incoming Editor, to ensure a seamless transition and to plan for future volumes of the journal.   

NDIR is a quarterly sourcebook published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley under the sponsorship and policies of AIR. Each issue focuses on a specific topic related to IR, planning, or higher education management. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, cost and finance, quality and assessment, best practices, access, faculty issues, governance, accountability and improvement, innovations and change, and updates on past topics that remain pertinent and ubiquitous.   

Authors interested in exploring opportunities to publish in NDIR and/or serve as volume editors are encouraged to contact John Ryan at  

Special Issue: Global Issues in Institutional Research - Spring 2013

Volume 2013, Issue 157

* Denotes AIR member