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Apply Now to be RSQ's next Associate Editor for Special Issues

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Associate Editor for Special Issues (AESI) for Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

The RSQ Associate Editor for Special Issues will oversee the selection of a special issues theme and guest editor for the annual Special Issue of the Rhetoric Society Quarterly. The annual special issue appears as number three of each volume. The holder of this position is expected to have a strong record of academic publication in the discipline of rhetoric, widely construed. Editing experience is desired but not required.

The Associate Editor for Special Issues is responsible for:

  • issuing an annual call for special issue proposals,
  • developing appropriate topics for the special issues, 
  • establishing publication schedules and review procedures, 
  • coordinating the special issues with the regular publication schedule as set by Taylor and Francis and with general editorial operations of the journal,
  • and ensuring that the version of record delivered to Taylor & Francis has been edited and that copyeditor queries are responded to by authors to conform with RSQ’s specifications for format and style.   

The special issue series is designed to offer RSA and RSQ a means of influencing the intellectual agenda in rhetorical studies, to encourage focused statements on timely topics, to attract participation by top scholars, and to increase the visibility of rhetorical studies and the Society by stimulating scholarly activity related to RSQ special issues, such as pre-conference colloquia, conference sessions, and RSA workshops.

The AESI coordinates the editorial functions of publishing the Special issue with the Editor of RSQ. The AESI may call upon the Executive Director and/or the RSA staff administrator for member services, as needed, for support in conducting the editorial needs of this position.

Historically, the Special Issues Editor has rotated between Communication and English/Composition. The committee respects this history and seeks the best candidate who will be equally attentive to RSA’s intellectual traditions. 

The Special Issues Editor will be appropriately compensated, pending RSA Board approval of the 2022 Budget. 

Appointment is made by the RSA Board of Directors, upon recommendation of the RSA Publications Committee, for a four-year term. This will cover RSQ Volumes 53-56 in 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026.

Applications are due November 1, 2021. To apply, please send a CV, letter of interest, and a list of three references to Leslie Dinauer, Executive Director, at

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