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Call for Applications ... Inaugural Editor FLARE E-Journal

During 2023, the First Ladies Association for Research and Education (FLARE) will appoint an inaugural editor to launch an e-journal that reflects the research and education mission of the organization. This is a unique opportunity to influence and shape a new journal in a field where nothing else like it exists. FLARE was launched in June 2021, and has members from a wide variety of disciplines and professions.

Initially, the journal will be published once a year and will reflect original scholarship on the lives and legacies of American first ladies. The inaugural editor will work with FLARE’s Board to: create a strategic vision for a new journal in this field; establish an editorial board; establish review and publication policies. The editor will oversee the submission, review and editing of manuscripts; liaise with the web manager to publish the journal on the FLARE website; and work with the communication committee to promote the journal through FLARE digital channels.  The editor can expect to make a two to three-year commitment as FLARE works toward making the journal the premier site for the publication of first ladies scholarship.

The editor must be a member of FLARE at the time of appointment and must maintain membership in FLARE throughout the term. The journal editor will report to the Board. It is expected that the editor will attend FLARE events as appropriate and actively participate in the cultivation of the journal. Additionally, the editor must follow FLARE by-laws, uphold the integrity of the organization, and foster diversity and inclusion in the editorial focus and the journal’s contributors.

As per FLARE’s 501(c)(3) non-profit status, the editor will not receive compensation.  However, as a result of service, the editor will gain further prominence in the field and within FLARE, and further valuable experience in editing and publishing.

The selection of an editor will be based on the following considerations:

  1. Established research profile in first ladies scholarship.
  2. Editorial experience relevant to academic review and publication of a journal.
  3. Knowledge of word processing, document collaboration, and e-publishing.
  4. Ability to work with authors from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.
  5. Access to a graduate assistant, student interns, or other immediate staff support.
  6. Ability to meet deadlines and make timely decisions.
  7. Vision of excellence for the development of the journal.
  8. Be a member of FLARE in good standing.

Application Process:

Submit a letter of application that addresses: the commitment to serve, the skills and vision the applicant brings to the creation and launch of an e-journal as per the selection criteria, and a statement of perspective on plans for content in relation to FLARE’s mission. Include a curriculum vita with the letter of application. If relevant to the applicant’s situation, submit a letter of support from your supervisor and indicate the level and type of support provided by the institution.

The application deadline will remain open until FLARE receives a suitable candidate for appointment to the position; however, applications received by April 15, 2023, will be given priority consideration.  The FLARE Board will review all applications and make a recommendation to the FLARE Executive Council for final approval.

Direct inquiries and send electronic (Word files) application letter, CV, and any supporting materials to:

Elizabeth Natalle

FLARE e-Journal Search Committee Chair

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