Position Description
Press Ohio State University Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Mellon Diversity Fellow, Acquisitions Assistant


The Ohio State University Press, in conjunction with the Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship Program, is seeking an Assistant Editor to fulfill a 14-month, full-time position with the goal of increasing diversity in scholarly publishing. Through this fourteen-month, full-time, entry-level position, fellows will be immersed in the acquisitions department of a leading scholarly press, working closely with senior acquisitions editors, authors, and projects through the entire acquisitions process. Through this apprenticeship, they will acquire deep and specialized knowledge of how editors identify emerging areas of scholarship, work with authors to develop manuscripts, manage the process of peer review and revision, present projects for approval, and represent them through each stage of publication. Fellows will also work with other press departments including marketing, design, manuscript editorial, and production on behalf of specific book projects, and may take on additional projects to gain a deeper understanding of these other publishing areas. Fellows will attend the Association of University Presses annual conferences at the beginning and end of their program, where they will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, meet with the other fellows in their cohort, and network with staff from university presses across North America. Fellows will be able to take advantage of all of the professional development opportunities for junior staff at the participating presses, including a series of monthly workshops designed specifically for this program. Responsibilities include screening manuscript proposals; researching competing books, potential course adoptions, areas of growth in emerging fields, and potential expert peer reviewers; contacting peer reviewers and tracking reviews; writing book descriptions; assisting with contract requests, production cost estimates, and financial projections for projects; guiding authors on manuscript formatting, art preparation, and permissions; preparing materials for internal editorial approval and launch meetings; representing their press and interacting with book buyers and authors at academic conferences; and attending in-house acquisitions, editorial review, press committee, transmittal, and launch meetings.

Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree. Commitment to using an understanding of the diversity of human experiences in developing, recruiting, and marketing manuscripts and books.

Desired qualifications: Master of Arts or Sciences or Post-Doctorate degree. Evidence of superior academic achievement, either in fields relevant to diversity or in fields that correlate to the major lists of the participating presses. Commitment to pursuing a career in academic publishing. Sustained personal engagement with low income communities and/or communities within the US that are underrepresented in publishing and a demonstrated ability to bring the understandings gleaned from such engagement to the daily work of academic publishing.

Application deadline: March 1, 2020. 

Please visit our website to apply: https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/101287


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