July 1983 // Volume 21 // Number 4

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Roger Lawrence Named Editor


Roger Lawrence Named Editor

Roger Lawrence, Iowa State University, became the Journal's editor July 1. A professor of Adult and Extension Education, Roger coordinated Extension personnel training for University Extension at Iowa State from 1955-1981. He currently teaches courses in adult and program development for both domestic and international students.

Through staff development and student advising responsibilities, Roger has been actively involved in preparing Extension educators, a challenge he'll continue as editor of the Journal of Extension. His term extends through June, 1985.

Just as Cooperative Extension is perceived by many today to be at a crossroads, so is the Journal and Extension Journal, Inc.--its parent body.

Written primarily for Extension educators carrying out programs with clients, the Journal receives the majority of its manuscripts from campus-based Extension faculty. Given that the Journal is not the refereed publication in any one discipline appears to influence its standing in the academic community. Encouraging manuscripts dealing with issues significant to Cooperative Extension and facilitating the Journal's use by Extension staff in programming and in their continuing professional development both need attention.

Shaping the Journal's future: Will the Journal be just one of several educational resources available through Extension Journal, Inc., to further professional development of Extension educators? The 19-member Board of Directors is currently discussing the Journal's future. As editor, Roger will have an opportunity to influence this future.

Roger will carry out his editorial responsibilities with the support of the 16 Editorial Committee members who review 25-35 manuscripts annually and the competent editorial/production assistance from the Madison staff. In addition, a 30-member Evaluation Panel comments on each issue published. The Journal couldn't exist without the numerous authors who submit about 170 manuscripts annually and all of you who read and use the Journal.

Serving as editor of the Journal of Extension has been a professionally enriching experience for me. Welcome, Roger.

Joan S. Thomson