Call for Editor of Discourse Processes

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The Society for Text and Discourse and Taylor & Francis are now seeking candidates for the position of Editor for Discourse Processes (DP; The Editor’s primary responsibilities will include appointing an Editorial Team (Associate Editors and Editorial Board Members) to work directly with journal management, contribute to the scope and mission of the journal, evaluate all submissions to determine suitability, and support the Editorial Team in all aspects of the review process. Appointment as incoming Editor will begin on January 1, 2021, with a negotiable transition with the outgoing Editor, David N. Rapp. Applications are due by September 15, 2020.

Mission: Discourse Processes is a multidisciplinary journal providing a forum for cross-fertilization of ideas from diverse disciplines sharing a common interest in discourse — text comprehension and recall, human conversation, dialogue analysis, grammar construction, computer simulation of natural language, cross-cultural comparisons of communicative competence, technological supports for communication, language use in diverse settings, and related topics. The journal invites original empirical or theoretical papers that substantially advance understanding of the structure and function of discourse. Scholars working on topics related to discourse from a variety of perspectives contribute to the journal, including discourse psychology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, text linguistics, conversation analysis and sociology of language, education, philosophy of language, and computer science.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a record of scholarship as an original researcher on discourse-related research, editorial experience (e.g., serving as a senior or as an associate editor, editing special issues of journals, editing books), organizational skills to meet editorial deadlines, the ability to effectively work with associate editors, authors, and the Taylor and Francis management, and exemplary oral and written communication skills.  Candidates should have a rank of associate professor or higher, or the equivalent within their organization.

Responsibilities: The term of DP editor is for 5 years. Major responsibilities of the Editor include advancing the journal’s mission; recruiting sufficiently high quality manuscripts for the journal; developing a diverse and well-qualified Editorial Board; maintaining the timeliness and quality of the review process with the aid of Associate Editors; working with the Editorial Team and Taylor and Francis management to refine or set policies regarding the journal (e.g., orchestrating procedures for soliciting manuscripts and proposals for special issues in areas of high need); and strengthening DP’s reputation as a high impact journal. The senior editor will also convene and lead an annual meeting of the editorial board.

Application process: Please email interest in being considered as Senior Editor for Discourse Processes to Joe Magliano (, Chair of the search committee, by September 1, 2020.  There will be an initial vetting of those interested in being the Senior Editor.   The committee will then solicit formal applications, which  should include a current vita, and a 1-2 page statement expressing interest, summarizing qualifications, presenting a vision for the journal, and indicating feasibility for service with respect to institutional support for devoting time and resources to editorial duties.

Statement of equal opportunity:  The Society for Text and Discourse strongly encourages individuals from underrepresented groups to apply for the Senior Editor position for Discourse Processes. The Society is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal opportunities are available to all Society members without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic. The Society believes that diversity and inclusion is critical to its success as a global society.

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