TESOL Quarterly Editor Search
Call for Applicants:
The TESOL Board of Directors invites applications and nominations for the position of editor of TESOL Quarterly. The editor serves a 5-year term: 1 year as associate to the current editor and the next 4 years as editor. The new editor’s associate year begins in January 2013, and the 4-year editorship concludes with the December 2017 issue. Although the editorship has traditionally been held by one person, the Board also welcomes applications from two editors to function as co-editors or from one editor who may subsequently appoint an associate editor. The new editor must be a TESOL member in good standing no later than 1 January 2013.
A peer-reviewed journal, the Quarterly reaches more than 7,000 subscribers throughout the world. Its mission is to foster inquiry into the teaching and learning of English to speakers of other languages by providing a forum for TESOL professionals to share their research findings and explore ideas and relationships within the field of second-language teaching and learning.
The editor of the Quarterly directs and implements journal policy within the mission and financial parameters established by the TESOL Board of Directors. The editor is responsible for the academic content of the Quarterly, and for professional leadership in obtaining and organizing peer reviews of appropriate material that represents a variety of research methods and orientations. The TQ editor will work closely with the Managing Editor at Wiley Blackwell to oversee editing and production. As a volunteer, the editor receives an honorarium of US$4,000 per year along with reimbursement of some expenses to attend the annual TESOL convention. The Association also contributes to the support of an editorial office at the editor’s institution. If more than one person shares the editorship, their support will be negotiated, but no more than one office will be funded.
The search process has three phases:
1. Phase 1: Applicants submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and the names, titles, and contact information (including e-mail) of three referees who can evaluate the applicant’s editorial abilities. The application deadline is 17 September 2012, though earlier applications are strongly encouraged. All applications must be submitted electronically to Dr. Gulbahar Beckett, Chair of the Search Team: email@example.com.
2. Phase 2: Short-listed applicants respond to a questionnaire concerning their academic publishing experience.
3. Phase 3: The Search Team interviews finalists, who may be asked to complete a brief editorial task.
TESOL seeks individuals with a broad perspective on the profession, proven organizational abilities, and a strong commitment to excellence in research. Applicants should be in a situation that allows them adequate time to handle the work of the Quarterly without compromising their responsibilities in their salaried positions. The Search Team is particularly interested in receiving applications from TESOL members in good standing who
1. have a recognized research and publication record
2. have an established record of editorial work
3. are committed to the further development of the Association’s mission
4. can demonstrate potential for institutional support
For more information, please contact Dr. Gulbahar Beckett, Chair of the Search Team, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the TESOL QuarterlyWeb site, www.tesol.org/tq.
Responsibilities of the TESOL Quarterly Editor:
• to fulfill the vision and mandate set by the Board of Directors through the Serial Publications Committee
• to oversee the acquisition of manuscripts as appropriate
• to review and maintain guidelines for contributors specific enough to invite quality manuscripts that address TQ’s mission
• to appoint an Editorial Advisory Board and departmental editors
• to direct the Editorial Advisory Board and departmental editors regarding the review and selection of quality manuscripts
• to oversee the work of the section editors, ensuring they stay on mission and on schedule, and to be the final arbiter for selecting and rejecting manuscripts
• to maintain a field office with appropriate staff and equipment with consultation and support from TESOL staff
• to coordinate the editorial work of the field office with the Publications Manager
• to edit manuscripts for content and style or to delegate such responsibilities as necessary
• to query authors or delegate such responsibility as necessary
• to coordinate transmission of electronic copy to the assistant editor
• to collaborate with the Board of Directors through the Serial Publications Committee
• to guide the mission of the TQ (e.g., ideas for expanding the readership, increasing the contributor pool)
• to report to the Serial Publications Committee on the progress of the TQ biannually
• to establish, promote, and maintain contact with the editors of peer publications
• to establish, promote, and maintain contact with the affiliates, interest sections, and general membership of TESOL