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Laura McGrath and Joddy Murray, Reviews Editors

Kairos Position Announcement: Reviews Assistant Editor

We have immediate openings for a qualified candidate for the position of Reviews Assistant Editor at Kairos, a refereed online journal exploring the intersections of rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy (http://kairos.technorhetoric.net). The Reviews section showcases web authored reviews of both electronic and printed texts relevant to the journal. Recently published reviews have been on texts on information literacy, online course administration, open access scholarship, race & technology, and the machine scoring of essays.


The successful candidates will work with the Reviews editorial team to produce spring and fall issues as well as occasional summer issues. Duties include such tasks as:

  • Performing initial reviews of Reviews submissions for potential transmission to the Editors.
  • Mentoring authors at developmental or revision stages of their projects.
  • Copy-editing, design-editing, and proofreading accepted webtexts collaboratively with the Review editors, and possibly corresponding with authors themselves.
  • Drafting author correspondence.
  • Working with publication editors to receive review copies of texts for authors.
  • Uploading files to the Kairos server.

Required Skills

  • Basic familiarity with Kairos’ mission and scholarly vision.
  • Working knowledge of scholarly fields related to digital writing studies.
  • Functional knowledge/use of web editors (i.e., Dreamweaver), web architecture, FTP software, and basic XHTML/CSS.
  • Ability to correspond efficiently and accurately with other editors in several digital environments (use of email and IM preferred).
  • Willingness and ability to learn editing techniques and new technologies to accomplish editorial tasks.

Candidates who can demonstrate their experience in the above skills will be given priority.

Desired Skills

  • Knowledge of design principles specific to online media.
  • Functional familiarity with image-editing programs.
  • Passing familiarity with new-media production technologies such as Flash, wikis, video-editing programs, etc.


The benefits of working on Kairos include scholarly/professional editing experience in a digital environment, working closely with scholars in the field (through contact with editors and authors), creating a network of friends and colleagues who meet at conferences, and being the first to see the most up-to-date scholarship in the fields related to digital writing studies.

Although the production cycle workload varies, assistant editors will spend an average of 2-3 hours per week working for Kairos. We publish two regular issues a year (on August 15 and January 15); sometimes we have a third, special summer issue (on May 15). In keeping with those publication dates, our heaviest production months are typically June/July, November/December, and March/April. During these months, an assistant editor spends an average of 5+ hours per week working on Kairos.

This two-year position (with possible renewal) report to Co-Editors Laura McGrath and Joddy Murray. Positions are paid in gratitude and recognition in the field, a vita line, and letters from the editors for your job portfolio and/or tenure/promotion binders.

Application Guidelines

Queries welcome. If interested, please email Senior Editor Douglas Eyman (senioreds@technorhetoric.net) with a letter of reference (which can be sent under separate cover), a CV, and a brief cover letter that explains your editing and design qualifications for, and interest in, this position (URLs, inline emails, or attached documents are all acceptable). An interview process will follow for qualified candidates. We will acknowledge all applications by email. Final date for applications: Friday, September 19, 2008. Interviews will proceed shortly after that deadline. These positions will begin in November, 2008.