Call for Expressions of Interest for new Editors (2018)

Environmental Humanities is currently seeking expressions of interest for two new Co-Editors to take over the leadership of the journal from Thom van Dooren (Sydney) and Elizabeth DeLoughrey (UCLA).

Environmental Humanities is an international, open-access, journal that is published by Duke University Press under a partnership with five universities. The journal was founded seven years ago (2012), and in this time has established itself as a leading venue for the publication of high-quality research in the emerging field of the environmental humanities. The journal prides itself on its commitment to publishing innovative interdisciplinary work by scholars of all career stages, from around the world. We have placed a particular emphasis on scholarship that brings environmental issues (broadly construed) into dialogue with the intersectionality of race, gender, indigeneity, and species, as well as ongoing processes of colonisation, globalisation, and extractivism.

Environmental Humanities is seeking two new editors with a distinctive vision for the future of the journal that might build on this past success to take the journal forward. The new editors would work closely with the existing, highly talented, team of ten Associate Editors and Lexicon Editors and the journal’s Management Committee. The journal publishes two issues per year.

Position description

We are seeking EOIs from editorial teams (of two). Ideally the editors would be from different geographical regions and each would offer distinctive disciplinary expertise. Preference will also be given to teams that have a proven track-record of collaboration.

Editors should have a post-graduate degree, substantial prior experience in an editorial role, and an established background of academic writing and publication. These roles require excellent management and organisation skills and the ability to work with an online submission management system (Editorial Manager) and the staff at Duke University Press.

We are seeking energetic, passionate, scholars who will make the journal a priority and seek to further build its profile, reach, and impact.

  • Time commitment: These roles require roughly six hours of work per week (each), and require that at least some time is committed to journal tasks most days.
  • Start date: May 2019 (with prior orientation and training in the first months of 2019).
  • Financial commitment: The journal is overseen and funded by a partnership between five universities (each contributing USD$5,000 per annum). Ideally we would like the new editors’ host institutions to join this partnership team or make a similar contribution to the journal in terms of teaching relief for the editor/s. We recognise, however, that this is simply not possible at all institutions and as such this is not a requirement for applicants.


Application process

EOIs should include:

  • a CV for each editor
  • a short (1-2 page) statement outlining relevant experience and an editorial vision for the journal
  • a short (half page) statement on any financial or in-kind contribution that the applicants’ institutions are able to make. We are particularly interested in any relief from normal teaching and administrative roles that might be provided to enable editors to fit this role into a busy academic career.

EOIs should be uploaded as a single PDF file to https://www.dropbox.com/request/zyyxjsUhEE3T4gLsRTqF by Friday 16 November 2018. The Management Committee of the journal will consider all applications and conduct interviews (via Skype) with short-listed teams. Final approval of the new team is determined by Duke University Press. We will announce a decision by Friday 18 January 2019 and begin orientation with the new editors shortly afterwards. Please contact Thom van Dooren with any questions about this process (thom.van.dooren@sydney.edu.au).