Revised Call for Applications for TAPA editor / co-editors

REVISED, 10/20/2020

The deadline for applications for the position of Editor of TAPA has been extended to November 20, 2020. Furthermore, in recognition of the increased demands currently being made on faculty time, we will now entertain, in addition to applications to be sole Editor, proposals from any self-formed team of two co-editors who wish to share the duties. A two-person application should include a statement of how the two co-editors will complement each other, how they will divide tasks, how often they will consult each other, and how they will reach consensus in difficult cases.

Call for Applications for Editor of TAPA (2022-2025)

The current TAPA Editor Andromache Karanika will end her term of service with volume 151 (2021). Therefore, we are now conducting a search for the next TAPA Editor, to cover volumes 152-155 (2022-2025), and inviting applications for the position.

TAPA is the only journal published by the Society for Classical Studies. Though founded as a philological journal, TAPA is now expected to reflect a broad spectrum of topics, sub-fields, and theoretical and methodological approaches within Greek and Roman Studies.

Qualifications:

The Editor or co-editors must be a member / members in good standing of the SCS.

Candidates should have some experience and understanding of the journal publication process, but prior journal editing experience is not necessary.

Responsibilities:

The Editor of TAPA has responsibility for editorial content, and must acknowledge submissions, select referees, and inform authors whether submissions have been accepted. In addition, the Editor must work closely with the Journals Division of Johns Hopkins University Press, which typesets, produces, and distributes each issue.

Authors have a right to expect that their submissions will be evaluated fairly and promptly, but securing appropriate referees is not always an easy task. To help with this, the editor has an Editorial Board of scholars in different fields. The new Editor will be responsible for choosing new members of this Board as the current ones rotate off. The Editor contacts most potential referees and receives their reports by email. Referees do not always agree, and the Editor must evaluate their evaluations. Most articles are significantly revised before final acceptance, and the Editor frequently advises authors on matters of both substance and style.

The Editor is an ex officio member of the SCS Committee on Publications and Research and prepares an annual report for the Committee as well as consulting as needed with the Executive Director and the Vice President for Publications and Research. If co-editors are appointed, both would be ex officio members of the Committee.

For many years, the Editor has hosted a meeting or reception for editors of classical journals at the SCS Annual Meeting. This practice will need to be adapted or revived as circumstances change.

Terms:

The Editor is appointed for four years, with the possibility of extension for a maximum of two additional years. The new Editor’s term officially begins in January 2022, but as Editor Designate the new editor will assume responsibility to receive and process submissions during the first half of 2021, as soon as the second issue of 2021 has enough accepted work to meet the usual page limit. The first press deadline for the Editor Designate will be in early January 2022, for submission of prepared copy for the Spring 2022 issue. Currently, the press deadline for initial submission of prepared copy for Fall issues is around June 18. The Editor will be responsible for two issues per year to be published in 2022, 2024, and 2025. In 2023, the Editor will be responsible for one regular issue and will provide administrative support to guest editors Sasha-Mae Eccleston and Patrice Rankine for the themed issue “Race and Racism: Beyond the Spectacular”.

The Editor receives an honorarium of $5,000 annually (paid in two installments as each issue is published), and the Society pays for the Editor’s travel and lodging for the annual meetings during the term of office. Should two co-editors be appointed, the honorarium would be split between them and both would receive reimbursements for travel and lodging. The Society also provides some financial support for the establishment of the new editorial office, e.g., for computer equipment and office supplies and would be able to provide support for an editorial assistant, usually a graduate student, if necessary.

How to apply:

Candidates should submit a current CV and a statement detailing relevant experience to the chair of the search committee, Donald Mastronarde (djmastronarde@berkeley.edu) no later than November 20, 2020. A two-person application should include a statement of how the two co-editors will complement each other, how they will divide tasks, how often they will consult each other, and how they will reach consensus in difficult cases.

The search committee consists of Sheila Murnaghan, Shelley Haley, Donald Mastronarde, Francis Dunn, Jackie Murray, and Helen Cullyer. The committee will interview shortlisted candidates by Zoom. Kathryn Gutzwiller, incoming VP for Publications and Research, will also participate in interviews.

All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law. SCS particularly welcomes applicants who identify as BIPOC.

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Applications and all accompanying materials are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 6, 2022.
 

For more information and to apply, please visit:
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