Kentucky Historical Society, Division of Research and Interpretation
Editor, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
|Location:||Kentucky, United States|
Call for Editor of the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) seeks applications from qualified individuals to become Editor of the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. The primary responsibility of the Editor is to ensure the journal adheres to the highest standards of the historical profession, with an eye to maintaining scholarly integrity, quality, and the high stature of the Register as one of the nation’s oldest and well-respected, peer-reviewed regional history journals.
The Editor will play a key role in further elevating the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society as a leading publication venue for historians and other scholars whose work touches upon any aspect of Kentucky-related local, statewide, regional, national, international, comparative and transnational history. Reporting directly to the director of the KHS Division of Research and Interpretation, the Editor manages the manuscript peer-review process and represents the Register in regional and national forums. The Editor identifies and recommends individual scholars to serve as members of the Editorial Board, as well as for the annual Richard H. Collins Award selection committee, and serves as the KHS representative to the Editorial Board of the University Press of Kentucky. The Editor is responsible for ongoing and effective article recruitment and author cultivation, is responsible for the timely publication of the Register in both print and digital form, and serves as the primary contact with our digital publishers, Project MUSE of The Johns Hopkins University Press, and JSTOR.
On a day to day basis, the Editor is responsible for implementing the journal’s editorial policies, making judicious use of the Editorial Board, and providing administrative oversight of editorial staff. Working closely with KHS directors, staff, and institutional partners, the Editor will work to fulfill the KHS goal of bringing ever-greater scholarly interest to the state and region. An overlapping transition period of at least one month between Editors is planned to ensure continuity of editorial operations.
- Ph.D. in U.S. history or related doctoral degree with significant grounding in historical research (specialization in 20th-century U.S. preferred)
- 3 years of relevant experience
The successful candidate should:
- be an active member of the historical profession, with a proven track record of scholarly research and publication and other relevant professional involvement and activities.
- have strong organizational and administrative skills and the ability to work collegially with editorial staff, Editorial Board members, the division director, authors and book reviewers, and other KHS staff.
- have a strong working knowledge of the process of managing the operation of a historical journal, and have solid familiarity with relevant sections of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. Prior service on one or more editorial boards, or the equivalent, is desirable.
- be aware of the changing publishing environment associated with both print and electronic publication, as well as knowledgeable about emerging technology trends and challenges such as open-access publication.
This is a full-time, 12 month position based in Frankfort, Kentucky. Annual salary will be commensurate with education and experience, within a range of $44,700 to $54,000. Benefits include paid health and life insurance, vacation and sick leave, holiday pay, state retirement and optional deferred compensation plan. Anticipated start date is November 15, 2013, at which time the transition process between Editors will be initiated. The new Editor will assume full responsibility on January 1, 2014.
To apply, e-mail cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample (no more than 25 pages), and three letters of recommendation from scholars or others familiar with your work, editorial experience and academic accomplishments to email@example.com. No phone calls please.
Application deadline is October 1, 2013.
The Kentucky Historical Society is a state agency and membership organization that is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums. The KHS mission is to engage people in the exploration of the Commonwealth’s diverse heritage by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future.
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|Primary Category:||Government and Public Service
|Secondary Categories:||American History / Studies