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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 663544
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 11
Major Administrative Unit / College: Research And Innovation
Department: Msu Press - Vp Research 10059594
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Administrative Professionals- AP, PR/Media/Graphics/Comm/Fund Raising, Union

Position Summary

Michigan State University Press seeks an energetic, motivated acquisitions editor in the humanities to build lists in some of its core areas: African studies, African American and Diaspora studies, Native American and Indigenous studies, environmental history and science, rhetoric and communications, Latino/a studies, politics and the global economy, and urban studies. Opportunities to develop new lists may be available. This full-time staff position reports to the editor-in-chief. The successful candidate will have education or job experience in some of these areas and be ready to craft creative strategies for acquiring new titles. This is an excellent opportunity for ambitious early-career editors.

Under the supervision of the editor-in-chief and in collaboration with series editors, the acquisitions editor will acquire and develop 16 to 20 new peer-reviewed, book-length projects per year to be published by the press. The editor will manage peer review, guide authors through revisions, negotiate with authors or agents, develop budgets and pursue publication subventions, present projects for consideration at the monthly acquisitions meeting and the editorial board, prepare manuscripts for transmittal, and collaborate with production and marketing staff. Circumstances permitting, the editor will travel to several professional conferences per year to meet with authors and represent the press. The editor will develop and maintain a broad familiarity with the significant literature in the areas of acquisition and keep current on trends in scholarly publishing, including in digital humanities and multimedia publication platforms.

Founded in 1947 as the scholarly publishing arm of the nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU Press publishes principally in the areas of the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, with special emphasis in African studies, African American and African Diaspora studies, Native American and Indigenous studies, American history and American studies, environmental history and science (particularly of the Great Lakes) and natural history, rhetoric and communications, Latino/a studies, politics and the global economy, and urban studies. The press currently issues 40 new titles a year (with a backlist of over 800 active titles) and publishes 13 journals.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in English, History, Political Science or related Liberal Arts programs; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in academic organization and procedures; experience that emphasizes the skills necessary to develop scholarly, peer reviewed book-and/or journal-length manuscripts into finished academic publications that will be distributed internationally in a variety of print and electronic media; may require software specific to the area of employment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in a humanities field relevant to the press’s list, with graduate study preferred.
  • A year’s experience working in publishing or a demonstrated interest in publishing evident through coursework or involvement in journalism or literary publications.
  • Strong verbal, analytical, critical-thinking, and negotiation skills.
  • Entrepreneurial skills to identify and acquire important projects in the press’s areas.

Required Application Materials

Please include a resume or CV, a cover letter, and the names of three professional references with the application.

Work Hours


Bidding eligibility ends on 8/4/2020 at 11:55 PM

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