Call for Multidisciplinary Editorial Team, Disability Studies Quarterly

Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ) is the publication of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS, . It is a multidisciplinary and international journal of interest to social scientists, scholars in the humanities and arts, disability rights advocates, and others concerned with the issues of people with disabilities, representing the full range of methods, epistemologies, perspectives, and content that the field of disability studies embraces. DSQ is committed to developing theoretical and practical knowledge about disability and to promoting participation of persons with disabilities in society. DSQ is published in an online, open access format that has been hosted by The Ohio State University Libraries as part of its KnowledgeBank initiative since 2006.

The SDS Board of Directors seeks to appoint a new editorial team for a term of three-five (3-5) years beginning on 1st July 2015.

Editors work with SDS and the DSQ Editorial Board and will collaborate with The Ohio State University Libraries team.

Responsibilities of the DSQ Editorial Team include:

  • overseeing and ensuring the timely delivery of the journal in 4 issues per year;
  • collaborating with the publication team at The OSU Libraries;
  • recruiting, chairing and leading the work of Editorial Board;
  • recruiting, managing, and editing manuscripts;
  • liaising with authors and reviewers about the peer review of manuscripts and making final decisions on manuscripts;
  • appointing and liaising with media review or special section editors;
  • communicating on a regular basis with the Board of Directors for the Society for Disability Studies;
  • representing and promoting DSQ at conferences and other events, as well as on-line.

The editorial team receives an annual stipend of $5,000.


Applicants must have experience and a reputation befitting the role of lead editor of a high-profile, interdisciplinary academic journal that is accessible to readers worldwide. They should plan to continue cultivating their reputation through the journal’s ongoing success.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • project management skills and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • previous publishing and editorial experience;
  • the ability to recruit quality manuscripts;
  • excellent organizational, networking, and communication skills;
  • the ability to work as part of a creative and dynamic, and multidisciplinary editorial and publishing team;
  • the ability to collaborate remotely, if the editorial team resides in different locations;
  • the willingness to develop skills using online information management systems.

In a letter of application, members of the prospective editorial team should address:

  • their skills, qualifications, and experiences relevant to the position, especially those that demonstrate successful project management and a sustained commitment to large-scale projects
  • administrative resources and support (staff, supplies) afforded by the applicants’ home institutions
  • a vision for successful team management, week-to-week operations, and workflow;
  • ideas for ensuring the timely completion and return of quality editorial and media reviews.

In addition, please attach a curriculum vitae for each member of the prospective editorial team.

The closing date for applications is 15th November 2014. The appointment will be made by SDS in consultation with the search committee and the journal’s current Editorial Board. The new editorial team will be announced in December 2014 and will overlap with the current team for a period of approximately six months to ensure a smooth transition. The new editorial team will assume full responsibility for DSQ on 1st July 2015.

Electronic application materials must reach the SDS Executive Office by 15th November 2014 and can be sent to:

Maki Tanigaki
Administrative Assistant, Society for Disability Studies (SDS)

Executive Offices for the Society for Disability Studies
538 Park Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
tel: 716-645-0276

Questions can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee:
Brenda Brueggemann (
Professor of English and Director of Composition at University of Louisville
Vice-President of the SDS Board of Directors
Former co-editor of DSQ

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