Call for Nominations and Applications
Editor, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 2016-2019 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 ï¬ve 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 120 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 different disciplinary homes. For the past decade, the acceptance rate has been 12–15%.
The RSQ editor is a non-voting member of the RSA Board of Directors and an ofï¬cer of RSA. As such, the editor is expected to attend two Board meetings per year, and to participate in the ongoing deliberations among the ofï¬cers.
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 annual stipend of approximately $7,000 to the institution to defray some of these expenses; speciï¬c arrangements are negotiable.
The current editor is responsible for RSQ volumes of 2012 through 2015. The 2015 volume will be ï¬lled sometime in early 2015. The new editor should be prepared to work with the current editor during the spring of 2015 to learn the routines, to meet the editorial and production team at Taylor & Francis, and to begin evaluating manuscripts for the ï¬rst issue of the 2016 volume.
Nominations/applications for RSQ Editor should include:
The search committee for the new editor consists of Carolyn Miller (Chair), David Kaufer, James Jasinski, and Kirt Wilson. Nominations, applications, and supporting materials should be sent to Carolyn Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consideration of applications will begin on March 15 and will continue until the position is ï¬lled. Candidates should be prepared for either an in-person or Skype interview.