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Call for Applications: American Journal of Archaeology Book Review Editor

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), a not-for-profit membership organization in Boston, MA, is seeking a Book Review Editor for its academic quarterly journal, the American Journal of Archaeology (AJA). The Book Review Editor is responsible for soliciting and editing reviews of new books relevant to the interests of AJA subscribers; the AJA expects to publish annually 40 to 60 book reviews of approximately 1,500 words each, released on a monthly schedule. The Book Review Editor is also responsible for compiling a quarterly list of books received from publishers and for serving on the AIA’s James Wiseman Book Award Committee.

The AJA Book Review Editor role is a two-year renewable contract position overseen by the Editors-in-Chief. The term will ideally begin in early December 2022.

Key responsibilities:

  • Solicit reviews from experts of new books relevant to the scope of the AJA and communicate with publishers to have copies sent to reviewers
  • Provide guidelines and expectations to reviewers about the content of reviews
  • Edit and give feedback to review authors before transmitting the reviews to production on a preset monthly schedule
  • Perform basic technical checks on reviews (e.g., formatting of text, word count)
  • Compile a quarterly list of books received from publishers or otherwise announced as available to be reviewed
  • Attend (either virtually or in person) the AJA Editorial Advisory Board meeting at the AIA Annual Meeting in January
  • Serve on the AIA’s James Wiseman Book Award Committee, with responsibilities which may include reading specific nominations and reporting to the Committee on their merit

Position requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Mediterranean, Classical, Near Eastern, or Egyptian archaeology
  • Familiarity with academic book reviews as a genre, including typical content, style, and tone
  • Ability to work entirely from a remote location
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency working and editing in Microsoft Word

The stipend for the Book Review Editor will be $8,000 per year and includes complimentary AIA Annual Meeting registration. This position’s responsibilities are expected to require 20–30 hours of work per month. Applications must include a cover letter, a CV, a writing sample, and the names and contact information of three people 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 and archaeology. 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 cover letter, CV, writing sample, and contact information for three persons who can provide recommendations to aja@archaeological.org by Nov. 8, 2022. For questions, please contact the Editors-in-Chief at ajaeic@archaeological.org. Video interviews will commence soon after the application deadline.