Information on volunteer staff positions for JALT Publications will be listed here when as openings arise.
Co-Editor Position Open at The Language Teacher
The Language Teacher is now accepting applications for a new Co-Editor to work as part of a three-person editorial team. This team manages production of our peer-reviewed Feature Article and Readers' Forum sections, handling manuscripts through review, copy editing, and proofreading. Other responsibilities include medium- and long-term strategic publication planning as well as attendance at an annual JALT Publications Board meeting along with a small number of meetings, presentations, and workshops at the annual JALT International Conference, for which fee waivers are available. The average time commitment for fulfilling these responsibilities is approximately two to four hours per week.
TLT editorial team membership offers numerous opportunities for both personal and professional development. Working with authors, reviewers, and the TLT production team can help to further develop academic writing and editing skills. Coordinating the efforts of our all-volunteer staff is an excellent opportunity to develop team management skills. Finally, serving on the TLT editorial team brings you into closer contact with the entire JALT membership and its leadership, providing a prime opportunity for networking.
This position entails a three-year commitment: two years as Co-Editor and then an additional year as Senior Editor. Interested applicants should submit a full CV and letter of application to the JALT Publications Board Chair, Caroline Handley, who can be contacted through our website's contact form.
Application review will be ongoing until a suitable candidate has been selected. Priority will be given to applications received before October 1, 2021.
JALT Journal: Japanese Associate Editor
The JALT Publications Board invites applications for the position of Japanese Associate Editor of JALT Journal. The Japanese Associate Editor will work with the Japanese Editor to produce the Japanese content that appears in the journal. After being recommended by the Publications Board and approved by the JALT Executive Board, the successful applicant will serve as Japanese Associate Editor for a mutually decided period of time with the current editor, before serving as Japanese Editor for 1 to 2 years. In addition to good English skills, a successful candidate will have the following:
- Previous editorial/referee experience.
- Ability to meet deadlines and handle correspondence professionally.
- A sound background in language education or a related field.
- A master’s degree or higher in language education or related field.
- Seven or more years of language teaching experience.
- A record of publications in competitive and refereed journals (in-house university-bulletin articles will be considered a part of a publishing record on their merits, but some of the applicant’s publications should include recognized, reputable and anonymously-refereed journals at either the national or international levels). Information on either the impact factor or the acceptance rate for some of the journals in which the applicant has published would be helpful in determining the applicant’s own ability to publish in competitive forums.
- Association with JALT through membership and previous participation in publications are valued, but meritorious applications from non-members will also be considered provided that such applicants meet or exceed the above requirements. The applicant must become a JALT member if selected by the Board for the position.
Duties include processing Japanese language submissions, sending them out for review, communicating with authors and reviewers, working with authors to help them improve promising manuscripts, and assisting the Japanese Editor as required.
Candidates should submit the following application materials by email attachment. Recruiting will continue until the post is filled by a suitable candidate who is acceptable to the Board under the expectations elaborated above (Points 1 through 7).
- A curriculum vitae, including a complete list of publications
- A statement of purpose indicating both why you would like to become Associate Editor (and later advance to Editor) and your qualifications
- Copies of five publications of which some should be recent
Application materials should be sent to both the Publications Board Chair, Caroline Handley (email@example.com), and the current Japanese Editor, Yo In’nami (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applicants will be notified if they have passed the screening stage. After that, the final Board decision, which is subject to approval by the JALT Executive Board, will be made.
Postconference Publication : Co-Editor
The JALT Publications Board invites applications for the position of Co-Editor for the JALT Postconference Publication(PCP). Responsibilities include maintaining a list of available copyeditors (including ongoing recruiting efforts); coordinating proofreading, copyediting, and layout of all papers; and assisting the Editor-in-Chief in making final decisions about submissions. The Co-Editor also coordinates with the two other editors of the PCP on any miscellaneous issues that arise. The workload varies throughout the annual publication cycle. It typically averages 6-7 hours per week during the peak period April through June, around 2 hours per week from July through August, and quite a bit less than that at all other times. PCP Editors are also invited to the Publications Board annual meeting in the fall and the JALT Conference in the fall, for which assistance is provided. If you are interested, please contact the Editor at email@example.com.
JALT Publications Website Editor
The JALT Publications Board invites applications for the position of Website Editor. Responsibilities include:
- Uploading recent issues of TLT and JJ to the main JALT site
- Uploading issues of TLT, JJ, and the Postconference Publication to this website
- Ongoing conversion of old material to this site's database
- Maintaining and updating the site's Drupal installation
- Maintaining and updating the site's Open Journal System installation
- Overseeing the site's email and mailing list functions, including spam protection
- Overseeing file uploads by publications staff
- Liaising with editorial staff of all publications and responding to issues
- Uploading and overseeing "Job Position" advertisements
- Liaising with the JALT web editor and JALT Central Office
- Overseeing the JALT Publications' Facebook and Twitter accounts
- Attending the annual meeting of the JALT Publications Board
Full training and support will be given, though a background in running a website (PHP, MySQL, Drupal) would be necessary. If you are interested, please contact the Publications Board Chair at <http://jalt-publications.org/contact>. For further information, please contact the current Web Admin at the same URL.
Postconference Publication : Reviews Editor
The JALT Publications Board invites applications for the position of Reviews Editor for the JALT Postconference Publication (PCP). The main responsibility for this position is to communicate with the team of reviewers who provide feedback on submissions. The Reviews Editor is responsible for checking who is available to serve on the reviews team each year and for running the online system that assigns papers to reviewers. The Reviews Editor also coordinates with the other editors of the PCP on any matters that arise.
- Workload: 2-3 hours (total) during the fall to prepare the website and contact reviewers and up to 30 minutes per day during the review period (January to March) to oversee the reviews system.
- Submissions: If you are interested, please contact the PCP Reviews Editor at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
- Deadline: Ongoing until filled.
The Language Teacher : Copyeditors, Proofreaders, Column Editors
The Language Teacher is constantly seeking qualified candidates for positions of copyeditor, proofreader, or column editor. Applicants must be JALT members and have the knowledge, skills, and reliability to contribute to the production of a bi-monthly published academic publication. Previous experience in publications is an asset. Knowledge of JALT publications is desirable. Applicants must also have regular access to a computer with email and word processing capabilities.
The positions of copyeditor and proofreader require several hours of concentrated work every other month that consists of finding and fixing errors. Training by the Assistant Editor will be provided, and mentoring from current team members will also be available. Interested applicants should contact the Editors through the Contact page above. To apply for a column editorship, contact the current column editor directly at the email address found in each issue of TLT or through the Contact page above. Column editors can work at their own pace and are responsible for producing up to six columns per year.