April 18, 2007

Koch invited to join international society of editors

by K.C. Jaehnig


D. Shane Koch

CARBONDALE, Ill. — D. Shane Koch, director of addictions studies in Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Rehabilitation Institute and editor of the Journal of Teaching in the Addictions, has been invited to join the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors.

"Membership is by nomination only — I wasn't expecting this because our journal is so small," Koch said.

"I think this lends prestige to the journal. It means we're recognized for our leadership in the field."

Described by publisher The Haworth Press Inc. as "one of a kind, "the publication is the official journal of the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education. Peer-reviewed content focuses on such topics as effective teaching strategies, evaluation methods, accreditation and certification issues, the impact of technology and interdisciplinary collaboration. It also contains reviews of books, media, software, manuals and other tools.

The journal editors' society, founded in 2001, meets annually to discuss shared problems. It aims to foster excellence in communicating information about addiction and related subjects to both professionals and policy makers.

Koch, a faculty member at SIUC since 2005, is a two-degree graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, earning his bachelor's in 1993 and his master's in 1994. He received his doctorate from SIUC in 1999.