January 17, 2018

Book Review Editor Search

The editorial team of Environmental History seeks letters of interest for the position of Book Review Editor. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the entire book review process for the journal from deciding which books will go out for review, determining the best reviewers for each book, working with reviewers to ensure the quality and timeliness of reviews, and working with the production team at Oxford University Press on the copyediting, proofing, and publication of reviews. On average, the Book Review Editor oversees reviews for 125-150 books each year.

Basic duties include: working with the Forest History Society staff who do most of the initial processing of  books received for the journal;  communicating with reviewers by email and regular mail; managing and organizing reviews for publication; working with OUP Production staff on all aspects of publishing the reviews; maintaining and expanding the reviewer database (currently consisting of over 500 reviewers); submitting two reports, one each spring for the ASEH Executive Committee and the Forest History Society Board of Directors and a briefer one each fall for the FHS Board; attending the annual ASEH conference; and keeping open lines of communication with the Editor-in-Chief.

Minimum qualifications: a PhD with expertise in Environmental History and its related fields; excellent communication and organizational skills; high fluency in written English (all reviews are written and published in English); authorship of at least one peer-reviewed monograph; membership in ASEH, FHS, or both.

Preferred qualifications: support from an institution (such as course buy-out or graduate assistance).

Interested individuals should send 1) a brief (3-page) CV with contact information for two references and 2) a letter of interest addressing their qualifications and their reasons for applying to the position to: Editor-in-Chief Lisa M. Brady at editor@environmentalhistory.net.

Deadline for receipt of materials is March 15, 2016. Top candidates will be contacted for informal interviews with the Editor-in-Chief at the ASEH annual meeting in Seattle (phone or Skype conversations will be scheduled for those who are not attending the meeting).