Call for Applications: MSA Editor of Modernism/Modernity
Due date: June 15, 2013
This year, the Executive Committee of the MSA will appoint a new MSA Editor of the Association’s official journal, Modernism/Modernity. The MSA Editor will be appointed to a five-year term (January 1, 2015 thru December 31, 2019) and will serve as one of the journal’s two editors, the other having been appointed by Johns Hopkins University Press.
As a result of changes in the journal’s editorial structure that will take effect in 2015, the MSA Editor will edit two annual issues rather than one, as has previously been the case. These issues may comprise general submissions to the journal, peer-reviewed articles from the proceedings of the prior year’s MSA conference, and/or special issues or clusters. The MSA Board believes that the addition of a second issue provides an exciting opportunity for innovation, since the MSA Editor now will be able to publish a broader array of material and to shape the journal in more substantial ways.
In another important change, the MSA editor will now also run the journal's editorial hub, receiving and processing all submitted manuscripts and coordinating the review process with co-editor Lawrence Rainey’s office. The latter office will coordinate book reviews.
Johns Hopkins University Press will provide $20,000 annually to support the MSA Editor’s office. Any other editorial office expenses must be covered by the MSA Editor’s institution.
Please note: the Executive Committee will accept applications from editorial teams as well as from individuals.
Applications should include:
—a vision statement
—a description of your qualifications
—a c.v. (editorial teams should include one for each member)
—a statement about the funding resources you would bring to the position
The Executive Committee will interview finalists for the position at the 15th annual MSA conference in Sussex, UK (August 29 – September 1, 2013) or by Skype or conference call if an in-person interview proves impossible.
We encourage inquiries about the position and would appreciate hearing prior to the deadline from those who are planning on or considering submitting an application. Please contact the MSA President and MSA Editor at the email addresses above.
ABOUT THE MSA BOARD:
Since the inception of MSA over a decade ago, membership has grown to almost 1000. Most of the organization’s work is done by volunteers on the MSA Board and their committees, with the assistance of an MSA administrator. Therefore, those deciding to run for election should be prepared to make a substantial time commitment to MSA. Board members also work individually and collectively to build the membership base, and to communicate with members and the larger academy concerning the Modernist Studies Association. The MSA Board is responsible for planning and executing the annual meeting in conjunction with representatives of the host institution; we believe that the liveliest and most provocative conferences result from attention to diversity of representation on the fronts of discipline, nation, race, and gender on the Board, among the membership, and on the annual program. Our most recent conferences in Montreal (2009), Victoria (2010), Buffalo (2011), and Las Vegas (2012) have further diversified our membership and increased interdisciplinary and multicultural panel offerings. We expect no less of our future conferences at and Sussex (2013), Pittsburgh (2014), and Boston (2015).