Call for an Editor – Philip Roth Studies

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Philip Roth Studies
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The Philip Roth Society and Purdue University Press are looking for a new executive editor for the semiannual peer-reviewed journal, Philip Roth Studies. The editor’s position would be for a five-year term, with the possibility for re-appointment in subsequent terms. The responsibilities of the executive editor include:

• Being responsible for the complete editorial content of the journal
• Overseeing all aspects of manuscript solicitation and evaluation
• Working directly with Purdue University Press to maintain the timely delivery of manuscripts for each year’s Spring and Fall issues
• Supervising the work of the journal’s immediate editorial team, currently including an associate editor, a managing editor, and a book review editor
• Coordinating the efforts of an Advisory Board of consulting editors whose responsibilities include peer reviewing manuscript submissions
• Assisting the press in the journal’s layout, design, and advertising
• Working closely with the Philip Roth Society, specifically, serving as a member of the society’s executive committee and submitting annual reports on the state of the publication

Applicants should have a proven publication record in contemporary literary studies, specifically twentieth- and twenty-first century American writing. A history in scholarly periodical editing is greatly preferred.

All interested parties should submit a current CV and an application letter to the editorial selection committee. In the application letter, please be sure to address the following:

• Your interests in Philip Roth scholarship, as well as your history in contemporary literary studies
• Your editorial experiences and how they will inform your work as an executive editor of a peer-reviewed scholarly periodical
• Your abilities to be up-to-date on current scholarship, especially as it applies to the writings of Philip Roth
• Your ideas both for maintaining Philip Roth Studies’ tradition of publishing excellence and for developing the journal in new and exciting ways
• Resources that may be available to you through your affiliated institution to help the journal move forward. These could include financial resources, the likelihood of grants and part-time hiring lines, the significant and substantial research avenues (library holdings, archival libraries, online resources, etc.) offered by your institution, your graduate student pool (for possible research and editorial assistants), the ability of your institution to sponsor events and attract intellectual interests, your institution’s history as a center of cultural discourse, as well as the community surrounding your institution and any benefits it may bring.

The deadline for all applications is January 31, 2014. Please email all application material to Please include “Editor Search” in the subject heading.

Philip Roth Studies, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Purdue University Press in cooperation with the Philip Roth Society, welcomes all writing pertaining entirely or in part to Philip Roth, his fiction, and his literary and cultural significance.

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