Position Opening: Editor, Critical Asian Studies

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Critical Asian Studies seeks to fill the position of Editor beginning with Volume 48 (2016). The position will be half-time with flexible hours and in the Editor's home or institutional office. Compensation will be based on experience. Following a one-year transition period, the appointment will be open-ended subject to annual performance reviews. (See Start Date below.)

Critical Asian Studies (formerly the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars) is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal that since 1967 has published unsolicited and solicited articles, essays, reviews, translations, interviews, photo essays, and letters about Asia and the Pacific, including analyses that transcend national borders, that focus on relations of power and domination in the Asia-Pacific region, and that examine the fractures that divide Asian societies. In so doing, the journal frequently challenges accepted formulas for understanding the Asia and Pacific regions, the world, and ourselves. Published now by Routledge Journals, part of the Taylor & Francis Group, Critical Asian Studies remains true to the mission articulated at its founding "to develop a humane and knowledgeable understanding of Asian societies and their efforts to maintain cultural integrity and to confront such problems as poverty, oppression, and imperialism." See here for more info.

We seek an Editor who shares these interests and goals and will continue to enhance the quality and reputation of the journal, with particular attention to maintaining the topical and geographical range and analytical depth of the journal. With guidance from the BCAS Board of Directors, the Editor bears the institutional responsibility for managing all aspects of the editorial process to produce the journal on a timely quarterly schedule..

The Editor works collaboratively with the journal's Coeditors to (1) receive and process manuscripts submitted to the journal, (2) actively solicit submissions of articles, and (3) identify subjects for "features” and thematic (special) issues of Critical Asian Studies. The Editor and Coeditors work together to determine which articles merit peer review and, ultimately, publication.

The Editor handles all correspondence and relations with Authors whose manuscripts have been peer reviewed. In the case of manuscripts accepted for publication, the Editor is responsible for editing at the structural/developmental level to insure a high level of clarity, consistency, and cogency in the author's presentation. (Detailed, final-stage copy-editing – and typesetting of the journal – will be done by editors at Routledge.) In the case of peer reviewed manuscripts that require additional work before formal acceptance, the Editor will inform authors of what is expected of them during the revisions process and offer editorial guidance/assistance as needed.

The Editor is also responsible for working with authors to find and assign photographs and other graphic materials for articles chosen for publication.

Start Date

A period of transition in fall 2015, with assumption of full responsibilities as of 1 January 2016.

Candidate Qualifications

Applicants should have recognized expertise and an established record of scholarship in one or more of the fields and areas covered by the journal, including personal experience in Asia. Preference will be given to candidates whose educational background, professional experience, and other activities reflect the candidate's ability to (1) produce expertly edited, quality content in the journal on a timely basis, (2) work with the organization's directors and editorial and advisory board members to craft a clear vision for the direction of the journal in the future, including identification of emerging developments in Asia, (3) work with the directors and publisher to promote the journal among potential contributors expand its audience, and (4) work with the directors to sustain the financial and institutional health of the journal.

The successful applicant will have

  • A familiarity with at least some of the network of scholars in the Asian Studies field and/or with knowledgeable individuals in Asia-related civil society and nongovernmental organizations who regularly peer review manuscripts for the journal or ability bring new participants into this group.
  • A demonstrated ability to work closely and sensitively with authors to revise and edit their writings to a high standard.
  • Managerial skills to oversee all phases of the editorial cycle and business processes and the ability to meet deadlines, while working in a collegial manner with the journal's Editors and Publisher.

Candidates who propose to combine the Editor's position with existing employment will be asked to provide assurances that the other employer understands the candidate's intention and will provide release time or other accommodations to permit half-time work as CAS Editor. CAS will pay a salary and benefits calculated to support a half-time commitment.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates are requested to email full résumés, including a list of published papers, and evidence of previous editorial experience to jobnotice@criticalasianstudies.org. The Subject Header of the email message should include the candidate's full name preceded by the word résumé.

Thus, Subject: Resume – Firstname Lastname [of applicant]

Applicants should also provide a one- or two-page statement that describes how they envision the role and function of the journal now and in the future in the changing contexts of Asia, the United States, and scholarly publishing. The statement should include a description of aspects of the applicant's professional and personal experience that are particularly relevant to building on the journal's strengths and finding opportunities for development.

All applications will be treated in confidence. Candidates of all races, religions, national origins, and institutional affiliations are encouraged to apply.

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. Review of applications will begin September 1, 2014.

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