(IUB) Part-Time Editorial Assistant, Communication Science

Part-Time Editorial Assistant
Position Details
Position Information
Position Title
Part-Time Editorial Assistant
Department Information
The person who is hired in this Editorial Assistant (EA) position will work with the editorial leadership team of Communication Theory. The incoming editor is Dr. Betsi Grabe, a professor in the Media School where the journal will be housed for the next four years.
The Media School consists of four different disciplines: Cinema and Media Studies, Communication Science, Journalism, and Media Arts and Production. These have strong undergraduate degrees, nationally ranked graduate programs, and world-class research spanning the breadth of current inquiry.
The Media School is committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students, scholars, and staff.
Job Summary
The successful candidate will facilitate the peer review process for submitted manuscripts. This involves, but is not limited to, recognizing key topics of each manuscript and identifying qualified reviewers. The EA will communicate and coordinate with scholars worldwide on behalf of the editorial and publishing teams. Serving as the central point of contact on behalf of the editor, the EA will be expected to use technical and diplomatic interpersonal skills to meet the deadline-driven requirements of the journal without uncompromising quality. As an administrator of the online review and notification system, the EA regulates the time-critical flow of reviewer assignments and correspondence with reviewers and authors. The position will require around 15-20 hours per week, with flexibility on scheduling.
Communication Theory is a peer-reviewed journal of the International Communication Association that is published by Oxford University Press. It publishes original research and review papers from across a wide array of fields such as communication studies, sociology, psychology, political science, cultural and gender studies, philosophy, linguistics, and literature. The journal aims to be inclusive in theoretical and methodological approaches insofar as these pertain to communication theory. The journal is ranked 7th of 79 in the communication discipline and appears 4 times per year.
Required Qualifications
REQUIRED: Bachelor’s Degree
Attention to detail and organizational skills are necessities. In addition, problem anticipation and solving talents will come in handy. Strong verbal and written communication skills with thorough knowledge of English grammar is required but this position does not include writing manuscripts or extensive copy-editing. The EA must be able to work independently, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines. While the EA may not be an expert in communication specifically, experience with academic publishing is important.
Preferred Qualifications
Graduate degree or coursework; graduate level research experience; editorial experience
Working Conditions / Physical Demands
Candidate must be able to work in an office environment and either sit or stand as necessary. Repetitive work with eyestrain from extended computer usage. Some of the job tasks will be conducive to working remotely.
If you have questions, please contact admedias@indiana.edu
The position can be hired as a research assistant, e.g. a student academic appointee, who is G901 eligible, or an hourly appointment.


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