Call for Nominations and Applications
Editor, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 2020-2023 term
RSQ seeks to publish high quality articles and book reviews on all aspects of rhetoric, including history, theory, criticism, and pedagogy. Its readership includes scholars in Communication, English, and other disciplines. The journal publishes ﬁve issues a year, of which four are the responsibility of the editor and one, a special themed issue, is the responsibility of an associate editor. RSQ is published by Taylor & Francis, a division of Routledge, under contractual arrangement with RSA.
The editor’s responsibilities include the following activities:
RSQ currently receives about 140 submissions a year. After an initial screening by the editor, about half are sent out for review. Present practice is to have two blind reviews by experts in the relevant area of scholarship. For the past decade, the acceptance rate has been 10-12%.
Other editorial duties
The RSQ editor is a non-voting member of the RSA Board of Directors and an ofﬁcer of RSA. As such, the editor is expected to attend two Board meetings per year, and to participate in the ongoing deliberations among the ofﬁcers.
Institutional support is needed, e.g. for released time from other duties and support for a student editorial assistant. Because production of the journal is the contractual responsibility of Taylor & Francis, and because submission and review processes are now almost entirely electronic, little in the way of postage and telephone support is needed. A student editorial assistant, employed about one day a week year round, receives and processes manuscripts before the editor reviews them and communicates with authors and reviewers on technical issues concerning submission, manuscript style, formatting, etc. The editor needs travel support to attend two meetings of the RSA Board each year. RSA provides an operational budget of $8000 to defray expenses related to the editorial function. Specific arrangements are negotiable with the RSA Executive Director.
The current editor is responsible for RSQ volumes of 2016 through 2019. The new editor should be prepared to work with the current editor during the summer/fall of 2018 to learn the routines, to meet the editorial and production team at Taylor & Francis, and to begin in January 2019 evaluating manuscripts for the ﬁrst issue of the 2020 volume.
Nomination/application materials and procedure
Nominations/applications for RSQ Editor should include:
The search committee for the new editor consists of Jenny Rice (Chair), Jeff Bennett, Jenell Johnson, Blake Scott, and Edward Schiappa. Nominations, applications, and supporting materials should be sent to Jenny Rice, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consideration of applications will begin on February 15th and will continue until the position is ﬁlled. Candidates should be prepared for either a phone or Skype interview.