Nominations and applications are invited for the position of Co-Editor, who will then transition to Editor, of the Voice and Speech Review. The successful candidate will serve two-years as Co-Editor (Apr. 2021 – Dec. 2022), followed by an additional two years as Editor (Jan. 2023 – Dec. 2024), making this a four-year appointment.
Voice and Speech Review (VSR) is the official publication of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). The VSR focuses on voice topics and training, particularly for the performing arts. The VSR is a peer-reviewed journal published three times a year: typically one themed issue and two general issues. The VSR welcomes peer-reviewed articles from a broad array of voice-oriented subjects. The journal also welcomes scholarly essays and interviews based on personal experience that are often practical notes from the field, as well as book and other resource reviews. For more information, go to www.vasta.org/voiceandspeechreview.
Given the wide range of subject matter published, there is no restriction on the applicant’s area of voice expertise.
Qualifications: The Co-Editor/Editor should:
- hold a graduate degree (or professional equivalent) in a field that relates to either voice studies or the performing arts,
- have previously published academic scholarship,
- be able to edit and sculpt scholarly works,
- have an understanding of and a commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Previous VASTA membership and involvement in the organization is preferable but not necessarily required. VASTA and the VSR encourage applications from individuals who identify as members of communities underrepresented in the field.
Given the time commitment, it is advisable that the successful applicant have the support from their home institution, if they are employed full-time at a university. Qualified applicants who are not full-time university faculty members are also strongly encouraged to apply. Previous knowledge about academic journal editorship is preferable, but not necessarily required. Once selected, the Co-Editor will receive on-the-job training about academic publishing policies, practices, ethics, author recruitment, and journal growth strategies.
Duties of the VSR Co-Editor/Editor include:
- providing editorial support for the journal as requested by the Editor,
- the adjudication of manuscripts (a responsibility shared with the Editor),
- correspondence with authors,
- editing submissions,
- facilitating peer review,
- attending VASTA conferences and relevant events to promote and network for the journal,
- creating reports for VASTA members, the board of directors, and publisher,
- engaging and heightening the journal's presence in the field via social media and other outlets,
- administration of journal needs such as website maintenance, managing mailing lists, attending society and publisher meetings.
The Co-Editor and Editor of the VSR are Core Officers of VASTA, so VASTA membership is required for the position's duration.
This position currently receives an operational stipend. For 2021, the VSR Co-Editor stipend is $1500. The Editor stipend is $5000 per year. Stipends for future years depend on the annual VASTA budget.
Interested candidates are invited to send questions about the position to the current VSR Editor, Rockford Sansom, [email protected]
To apply, email: (1) a cover letter noting qualifications and a vision for the journal, (2) a current CV, and (3) the names and contact information for two recommenders to the VASTA Board Liaison for Publications, Lisa Nathans, [email protected] Completed applications are due March 15, 2021.
About the Journal
Voice and Speech Review (VSR) is a scholarly journal focused on voice and speech topics and training, particularly for the performing arts. The journal features writing about cutting-edge theory and practice in arts, communication, and interdisciplinary aspects of voice. The VSR is the only scholarly journal that publishes work about voice and speech training for stage, film, TV, and radio.