Dr. Scott Cummings was selected as the first recipient of the first Distinguished Editorial Service Award which was created to recognize editorial leadership.

Board Assessment:

Scott Cummings
Pictured: Scott Cummings (Retired, University of Louisville)

“Dr. Scott Cummings was the Editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs from 1987 to 2005. The critical leadership of this editor has been acknowledged informally for decades.  However, UAA has not formally recognized the uniquely influential service of this editor.  More recent editors have built upon the journal’s solid foundations, most of which were laid by Cummings and the scholars he recruited to review and publish. At the beginning of Cummings’ 17-year tenure, the viability of the journal was under considerable doubt. By the end of his term, the journal had attained a solid reputation with articles by major urban scholars, was accepted by major bibliographic indexing systems, and had become part of the social science family of journals at Wiley, one of the largest and most influential publishers in the world.”

Governing Board:

Tom Vicino (Northeastern University), Hélène Bélanger (Université du Québec à Montréal), Margaret Cowell (Virginia Tech University), Prentiss Dantzler (University of Toronto), Kitty Kelly Epstein (Holy Names University), Arturo Flores (Anahuac University), Andrew Greenlee (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Elsie Harper Anderson (Virginia Commonwealth University), Kimberley Johnson (New York University), Mark Joseph (Case Western Reserve University0, Kathe Newman (Rutgers University-New Brunswick), Akira Drake Rodriguez (University of Pennsylvania), Jocelyn Taliaferro (North Carolina State University), Lin Ye (Sun Yat-sen University)

Award Winner:

Dr. Scott Cummings is a retired professor of urban policy and sociology at the University of Louisville and director of the Doctoral Program in Urban and Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Policy Research and Evaluation. He served as Editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs from 1987 to 2005. Dr. Cummings spent the latter years of his teaching and research career in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Saint Louis University.