The editorial staff of Language is accepting nominations for the position of Co-Editor. 

Position Description

Language’s editorial leadership team consists of an Editor and Co-Editor who serve together for three years. At the end of the three-year term, the Editor cycles off the editorial team, the Co-Editor becomes the Editor, and a new Co-Editor is elected. The term of the current Editor, Andries Coetzee, will end in December 2022, at which point the current Co-Editor, John Beavers, will assume the position of Editor. The current search is for a Co-Editor to serve alongside John Beavers, starting in January 2023. The Editor and Co-Editor jointly share the leadership responsibilities of the journal, which include:

  • making or approving all decisions concerning manuscripts submitted for review;
  • producing or soliciting and managing the production of any additional content to be published, including announcements, obituaries, letters, and discussions;
  • enacting the policies and procedures established by the Executive Committee for the journal;
  • nominating and appointing the other members of the editorial team, including Associate Editors and a Review Editor, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, and overseeing their activities for the journal;
  • evaluating the outcomes of the editorial procedures of the journal and reporting on these annually, or as otherwise needed, to the Executive Committee and the members of the Society.

The Co-Editor and Editor of Language are required to be members of the LSA and are also members of the overall leadership team of the Society, which includes the officers (i.e., President, Vice-President/President-Elect, and Secretary-Treasurer), the other members of the Executive Committee, and the Executive Director. Because of this, they are participants in the activities of the Executive Committee, including its bi-annual meetings and online discussions. The Editor is also expected to attend the entire LSA Annual Meeting, at which the Editor holds office hours and presents a report at the Business Meeting. The Editor receives reimbursement for travel expenses related to their participation in meetings and such funding as may be needed for official business of the office, subject to approval by the Executive Committee. The Co-Editor and Editor further receive annual stipends of $3,000 and $5,000, respectively. The term of office as Co-Editor begins in January 2023.

Qualifications

Language’s mission is to publish rigorous research that reflects the full breadth of research done by linguists. (Read the editors’ statement)  The search committee will consider potential candidates who share this vision, taking into account the degree to which they have the characteristics of the ideal individual for this office, who is:

  • highly accomplished as a scholar, leader, and administrator; locally, globally, and within the LSA;
  • committed to the goal that Language’s publication and editing culture should reflect the LSA’s commitment regarding social justice, diversity, and inclusion;
  • an effective communicator with superior interpersonal skills, a strong sense of fairness and compassion;
  • deeply acquainted with the concerns, historical development, and significant discoveries and research results of at least one area of linguistics;
  • has a broad, open-minded view of the field of linguistics as befits an editor at a high-profile generalist journal;
  • has broad knowledge about emergent and transdisciplinary trends and general developments in various linguistic subdisciplines and of approaches to the scientific study of language from related disciplines;
  • capable of exercising discrete and nuanced judgment concerning the potential impact and significance of research results, independently of potentially divisive differences that may exist among different theoretical and methodological approaches;
  • experienced and accomplished as a former editor of another journal, or as a member of the editorial team of Language or another journal of similar status;
  • knowledgeable and open-minded about current trends in journal publishing, including issues such as open-access, pre-registration, replication, data-sharing, etc.;
  • comfortable with information technology and the use of electronic resources for editorial management; and
  • capable of assuming the responsibilities and carrying out the duties of this position, with (the promise of) adequate support from a home institution and minimal need for additional financial support from the Society.

Applications

Applicants are asked to supply a current CV (link or attachment), a concise summary of their qualifications and vision for the journal (2-4 pages), and the names and contact information for three references. Queries and applications should be directed in confidence to LSA Executive Director Alyson Reed at [email protected] with the words “Language Co-Editor Position” in the subject line. Applications should be submitted by January 31, 2022.

Applications will be reviewed by an ad hoc search committee, which will formulate a recommendation or recommendations concerning potential candidates and will convey these to the members of the Executive Committee such that a decision can be made no later than their May meeting in 2022.