Job: (Remote) Assistant Editor for Disability Studies Quarterly

Open Call: Application for Assistant Editor for Disability Studies Quarterly

Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ) is (happily, so happily) seeking an Assistant Editor;  The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) –the sponsoring organization for DSQ–is funding this new position.  This position is best suited for a graduate student who is interested in writing and editorial work in disability studies or a related field.

DSQ Assistant Editor Responsibilities: The DSQ Co-Editors will collaboratively negotiate duties and expectations of the Assistant Editor position to meet the needs of the journal and to match the skills of the Assistant Editor. The Co-Editors (hereafter, Editors) will also provide training opportunities to develop and strengthen the Assistant Editor’s skillsets.

Assistant Editor responsibilities will comprise no more than 250 work hours over a one year (52-week) period; a 5-hour week commitment to DSQ work might be considered the average work week for this position. DSQ Assistant Editor responsibilities could include the following, depending upon journal need and the Assistant Editor’s skill sets:

  • recommending reviewers for new submissions

  • responding to emails from authors and reviewers

  • creating agendas for editorial meetings

  • copyediting

  • posting to social media

  • updating the DSQ editorial board members annually

  • updating the DSQ user database

  • assisting in communication with the SDS Board and the Board’s DSQ Liaison and serving as an ex-officio member of the SDS Publications Committee

Qualifications: This position is best suited to a graduate student who is interested in writing and editorial work in disability studies or a related field. Applicants for the position of DSQ Assistant Editor could live anywhere and work remotely, but should be comfortable with multimodal remote communication platform functions; as work may be done remotely there are no requirements for in-person staffing, just some temporal flexibility for synchronous meetings as needed. Ideally, applicants should have an academic and/or community background in disability studies and a strong commitment to the perspectives of disabled people. We especially encourage disabled, BIPOC, queer, immigrants, non-binary and multiply marginalized individuals to apply.

Funding: Society for Disability Studies (SDS)  will provide a stipend of $5,000 for the Assistant Editor position, for a maximum of 250 hours of work. Benefits also include free SDS membership and free access to all SDS events while in the position.

Accommodations and Additional Support: The SDS Executive Director will provide additional support as needed and also address funding requests for any needed disability access accommodations; such funding will be provided in addition to the $5,000 stipend.


Send a resume/cv and a brief one-page letter (or a poem!) that describes what you believe your skills are and why you want to do this job.  Questions to consider:

  • Who are you?
  • Why do you want to do this Assistant Editor work?
  • What are your research, teaching, service, advocacy interests in relation to disability studies?

Deadline for application: Monday, August 31, 2020

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