Volunteer Opportunities: Editorial Board
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Below are the current editorial board volunteer opportunities available to the association membership.

All volunteers are required to be current members of the association during the terms of appointment. If you have not renewed your membership, please do so before apply for a position. Initial training and committee meetings will be conducted at the 2019 Annual Meeting in the Volunteer Kickoff.

 

Essentials Editorial Board

The Essentials editorial board plays an important role in the association’s ongoing efforts to provide excellent resources and services for members. Essentials is a monthly themed educational e-publication provided to AFA members to educate readers about a variety of topics, setting the stage for critical thought and discussion about cutting edge developments in the field. Editions seek to start conversation around the way we approach our work and to illuminate innovative ways of pushing the fraternal movement forward. Editions are typically published on the second Wednesday of each month from February to November. Please note that pieces included in Essentials provide various perspectives across the field of fraternity/sorority life, and thus may not be reflective of the policies or positions of the association. Essentials editorial board members are expected to produce a quality publication grounded in the Core Competencies for Excellence in the Profession.

 

The Essentials co-editors and assistant editor supervise the Essentials editorial board. The committee members will divide their assigned responsibilities to distribute creative and editorial functions.

 

Roles, Responsibilities, & Commitment
  • Co-Editor (1 volunteer, 3 year term):
    • Edits 4-6 editions a year, which includes supporting co-lead(s) in soliciting articles/developing vision/communicating with authors, finalizing edits and reviewing finished articles, developing an Editor’s Note, and sending final publication to Central Office
    • Provides vision and strategic planning for the editorial board 
    • Takes feedback from the association and utilize it to guide edition themes and topics
    • Leads meetings and special projects of the editorial board
    • Provides final edits/approval/submission of each edition
    • Liaises to the Central Office
    • Maintains a spreadsheet of which board members started when and when they rolled off to remind folks when they may need to reapply for a volunteer position
  • Assistant Editor (1 volunteer, 1 year term if needed):
    • Edits 1-3 editions a year, which includes supporting co-lead(s) in soliciting articles/developing vision/communicating with authors, finalizing edits and reviewing finished articles, developing an Editor’s Note, and sending final publication to Central Office
    • When a co-editor decides/needs to rotate off the editorial leadership and/or board, an opening will open up to train as a co-editor-elect for a year
    • Works on/initiates special projects when applicable
  • Editorial Board (8-12 volunteers, 2 year terms):
    • Co-leads 3-4 editions per year, which includes brainstorming with the co-lead(s), soliciting articles, communicating with authors, sending articles to editorial board members for copy editing, reviewing each article, and sending finished articles to the editor
    • Edits 2-3 articles each month
    • Assists in the brainstorming of new themes and potential authors
    • Maintains communication with authors submitting articles for your editions
    • Responds to board communications in a timely manner
    • Participates in board conference calls and email discussions
Qualifications
  • Prior experience writing and editing scholarly articles.
  • Strong background in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and AP Style.
  • Utilize the resources of their institutions/organizations as well as their own professional development networks to create or solicit themes for issues and articles for publication.

 

Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Peer Review Board

The Core Competencies for Excellence in the Profession highlights the need for sound and credible research on fraternity/sorority life and professional practice. Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors seeks to fulfill this need through the annual publication of two journal issues containing high quality research. The editor will lead the assistant editor, associate editor(s) and peer review board members as they recruit, review, and publish research to advance the fraternal movement and profession of fraternity and sorority advising.

 

The peer review board reports to the editor. The editor, assistant editor and associate editor(s) will designate the peer review board member’s responsibilities and functions. The peer review board member may also be asked to submit monthly updates on the status of his/her goals on dates determined in consultation with the editor.

 

Responsibilities
  • Review and edit articles for Oracle.
  • Assist the editor, assistant editor, and associate editor(s) in promoting the journal and developing and recruiting research article submissions.
  • Mentor and develop research appropriate for submission to Oracle.
  • Act as a steering committee to guide the future direction of the journal.
  • Participate in monthly conference calls.
  • Participate in initiatives directed by the AFA staff or board of directors.
Qualifications
  • Well versed in the role of research in advising fraternities and sororities.
  • Established record of contributions to research.
  • Prior editing and publication experience and a strong background in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and APA Style.
Commitment Required
  • Review at least 2 to 4 articles annually with a swift turnaround (no more than 21 days).
  • Maintain contact with the editor and follow up with tasks as assigned.
  • Contribute meaningful dialogue to editorial board discussions on regular editorial board conference calls.
  • Prior to the submission deadline, the time commitment equals approximately 1 hour per week.
  • During the editing process, the time commitment may be up to 5 hours per week.

 

Perspectives Editorial Board

Perspectives aims to provide a forum for research, ideas and information related to fraternities and sororities that is thought provoking and innovative; shares new information; highlights best practices; and challenges thought. Developed under the guidance of AFA staff, the publication relies on a committed and skilled volunteer base that operates year-round in an effort to publish four issues per year.

Perspectives is shifting from a theme-based publication to a more structured format. This includes:

  • Letters from the President & Editors
  • Five sections with two full-length articles per section (in no particular order)
    • (Long-form) Features
    • Theory to Practice
    • Professional Development
    • Research
    • Storytelling/Lived Experience
  • Regular Short Features (3 – 4 per issue, initial ideas below)
    • What’s Your Perspective?
    • Disruptive Action
    • Emerging Trends
    • Career Life Cycle (graduate student, new, mid-level, seasoned professional)
    • From Perspectives to Practice 
Roles & Responsibilities
  • Content Developers (3): Responsible for regularly brainstorming and pitching article ideas; identifying and conducting outreach to potential authors; and serving as section writers that can help compile stock content throughout the year.
  • Copy Editors (4): Responsible for copy and style editing; follow AFA brand standards and AP Style; fact and source checking; etc.
  • Visual & Design (2): Responsible for reading each article and developing initial design concepts (i.e. cover design ideas, graphics, pull quotes, photography opportunities, storytelling methods, etc.) to be shared with the co-editors and AFA staff liaisons to help inform the layout and design process.
  • Features (2): Responsible for developing ideas and generating creative content for 3 – 4 regular short features per issue.

Commitment Required
  • Appointments are for a 2 year term with approximately half of the editorial board transitioning each year.
  • Maintain contact with the editor and follow up with tasks as assigned.
  • Contribute meaningful dialogue to editorial board discussions on regular editorial board conference calls.
  • Prior to the submission deadline, the time commitment equals approximately 1 hour per week.
  • During the editing process, the time commitment may be up to 5 hours per week.

 

 

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