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Call for Book Review Editor (Medieval/Early Modern) and Board Members

Jan 20, 2021, 00:44 AM by Karin Kugel

Published biannually, AJS Review is a peer-reviewed journal publishing scholarly articles and book reviews covering the field of Jewish Studies. The editors of AJS Review invite applications for one (1) Book Review Editor position and three (3) members of the editorial board of AJS Review. The Book Review Editor position will be effective July 1, 2021. The Editorial Board positions will be effective March 15, 2021. The Book Review Editor term is 4 years and members of the Editorial Board serve for 3 years. Applications will remain open until the positions are filled.

We are seeking a Book Review Editor who specializes in medieval/early modern studies. The Book Review Editor is responsible for tracking new books in the field, ensuring that apt and competent reviewers are found for those books chosen for review, and supervising the timely submission, editing, and editorial production of those reviews, in collaboration with the Managing Editor.

In addition, we are seeking 3 new members for the editorial board. Members of the editorial board shape the vision of the journal, help plan special issues, actively solicit articles, and represent the journal at conferences and other forums. They also serve as resources for identifying potential reviewers with relevant expertise for peer-review. While we welcome applications from scholars in all fields, we are particularly interested at this time in applications from scholars of American Jewish studies, medieval and modern Jewish thought, the social sciences, and the arts.

Candidates should:

   •  Possess interest and ability to work closely with the Editors and Editorial Board
   •  Possess a strong track record of scholarship in Jewish studies
   •  Possess strong writing and editorial skills

To apply for the Book Review Editor position or for the Editorial Board, please email using the subject header “Book Review Editor/Editorial Board Search” by February 12, 2021 and include the following materials:

   •  a complete CV
   •  a letter presenting your experience and reason for interest in the position.
   •  contact information for two (2) references, who will be contacted by the Search Committee
   •  acknowledgement that you are in good standing of the Association for Jewish Studies.

Alyssa Gray, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; co-editor, AJS Review
James Loeffler, University of Virginia; co-editor, AJS Review

These positions fall under the general category of service to the profession and are unpaid positions. If your current employment does not include service to the profession as part of your overall workload (e.g., if you are employed in a teaching-only position or as a freelancer), please know that we truly value your knowledge and expertise but also understand if you choose not to apply. Please keep this in mind when deciding whether or not to apply.