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Graduate Editorial Assistant

Dr. Elizabeth Wardle, Director of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence, is serving as the founding editor for a new scholarly book series with Southern Illinois University Press (SIUP), titled Writing Research, Pedagogy, and Policy. She is seeking a doctoral student to serve as the editorial assistant for 10 hours per week; the candidate will also teach one course per semester. The appointment is for one year, with preference for a candidate who would like to remain in the position for three years to provide continuity and stability.

This book series will seek to publish cutting-edge scholarship about writing, broadly conceived, with a particular focus on scholarship that seeks to impact pedagogy, practice, and policy at various levels—K-12, post-secondary, national, and international. The series will take a particular interest in empirical research on programs related to the work of Howe Center for Writing Excellence: writing centers, undergraduate research in writing, writing across the curriculum programs, teaching writing to English language learners, writing-related professional development, writing assessment across the undergraduate curriculum, and collaborations between writing centers and libraries.

The editorial assistant will assist in creating calls for manuscripts, track all submissions, send out submissions for review, communicate with authors and reviewers, and assist the editor in writing reader reports for the SIUP Advisory Board. As a result, the editorial assistant needs to have the following:

  • Exceptional organizational skills (a deep love for spreadsheets, lists, and record-keeping)
  • The ability to design and implement tracking systems
  • The ability to read closely and quickly
  • Excellent editorial skills
  • The ability to synthesize ideas quickly and coherently in formal academic prose
  • The ability to write professional emails and engage with authors in a professional and timely manner with little oversight

During weeks when there is not 10 hours worth of work, the editorial assistant may be asked to help plan the 7th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference, which will be held at Miami in Summer 2018. Planning may include assisting with calls for proposals, organizing submissions for review, and tracking accepted proposals.

Additional Graduate Assistantships

Please view the descriptions for additional graduate assistantship positions below:

Application Process

All positions are filled for 2017-18. Applications for 2018-19 will open in March 2018.

Students interested in this position should submit the following:

  • a CV that highlights relevant coursework and professional editing and planning experience
  • a cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for the position
  • an academic writing sample
  • the names and contact information for two references who can speak to editing and organizational skills