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Call for Applications: American Journal of Archaeology Museum Review Editor

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), a not-for-profit membership organization in Boston, MA, is seeking a Museum Review Editor for its academic quarterly journal, the American Journal of Archaeology (AJA). The Museum Review Editor is responsible for soliciting, vetting, and editing reviews of important traveling exhibitions and new permanent museum installations; the AJA expects to publish annually up to four such reviews. The Museum Review Editor is also responsible for compiling pertinent information about current and upcoming museum exhibits.

The AJA Museum Review Editor role is a two-year renewable contract position overseen by the Editors-in-Chief. The term will begin no later than January 1, 2022.

Key responsibilities:

  • Solicit reviews from experts of important traveling exhibitions and new permanent museum installations relevant to the scope of the AJA
  • Provide developmental editing and feedback to review authors before transmitting the manuscript to production on a preset schedule
  • Perform basic checks on reviews (e.g., format of text, citations, and references; figure number sequence and call-out agreement) and make sure necessary figure permissions have been secured
  • Track essential expenses incurred by the reviewers (e.g., museum admission, catalog purchase) and submit receipts to the managing editor
  • Compile information about current and upcoming museum exhibits to be posted once a month on AJA Online (https://www.ajaonline.org/exhibits)
  • Attend the AJA Editorial Advisory Board meeting at the AIA Annual Meeting in January

Position requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Mediterranean, Classical, Near Eastern, or Egyptian archaeology
  • Familiarity with museum studies and the unique ethical landscape of exhibitions of archaeological materials
  • Ability to work entirely from a remote location
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

The stipend for the Museum Review Editor will be $2,000 per year and includes AIA Annual Meeting registration. This position’s responsibilities are expected to require roughly 20 hours of work per quarter. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and the names and contact information of three persons who can provide recommendations.

The AJA is committed to upholding the AIA’s goals of advocacy and accountability, and we welcome applicants from groups who historically have not been represented in the fields of academic publishing, archaeology, and museum studies. BIPOC candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

AIA offices are located at 44 Beacon Street, Boston, MA. The AIA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit the AJA’s website (www.ajaonline.org) and the AIA’s website (www.archaeological.org).

To apply:

Applicants should send their resume, cover letter, writing sample, and contact information for three persons who can provide recommendations to aja@archaeological.org by Oct. 31, 2021. For questions, please contact the Editors-in-Chief at ajaeic@archaeological.org. Video interviews will commence after the application deadline.