[Msa-discuss] query re: M/m editorial proposal

cjnoland cjnoland at uci.edu
Mon Feb 5 11:59:45 EST 2018


Oops! Sorry, I misunderstood. I'll try to read them more carefully.

Carrie

n 2018-02-05 08:26, greenbergj wrote:
> Dear All,
> 
> I'm sympathetic with the wish to clear the in-box, but since these
> comments concern a voting issue for the membership, the "discuss" list
> seems like the appropriate place for them.
> 
> All best,
> 
> Jon
> 
> 
> Jonathan Greenberg
> Professor of English
> Department Chair
> 
> On 2/2/2018 6:50 PM, cjnoland wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> 
>> Could you please take us off of this email string?  If we haven't been
>> editors, then we needn't be getting all these emails.
>> 
>> Thanks!
>> Carrie
>> 
>> On 2018-02-02 15:18, Caughie, Pamela wrote:
>>> Thank you for this helpful explanation, Erin.
>>> 
>>> Pamela
>>> 
>>> On Feb 2, 2018, at 1:18 PM, Templeton, Erin
>>> <erin.templeton at converse.edu> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Dear Jessica, Cris, Cassandra, Susan, Pamela, and members:
>>>> 
>>>> I'm writing in my capacity as Membership chair of the MSA Board and
>>>> liaison to the MSA membership, and I hope to clarify what seem to be
>>>> a few misunderstandings regarding the proposed changes to the M/m
>>>> editorial term length.
>>>> 
>>>> 1)    The proposal before you originated with the current M/m
>>>> editorial team in response to the present workload and structure of
>>>> M/m, which has grown and changed significantly over the last decade,
>>>> and in particular over the last 4 years under the leadership of our
>>>> current editors. They made their proposal to the MSA Board, who have
>>>> all agreed and approved it, and as a result that proposal has been
>>>> forwarded to you, the membership, for your consideration.
>>>> 
>>>> 2)    The change from 5 to 4 years is intended to reflect the
>>>> current editors' recommended best practices to accommodate the
>>>> present number of submissions, workflow, time commitment, and
>>>> institutional resources. The journal is a different enterprise from
>>>> when MSA produced one issue a year. For example, our editors
>>>> estimate that at any given time, there are approximately 50 pieces
>>>> out for review, not counting the many articles rejected without
>>>> going out for review. The addition of the Print Plus platform adds
>>>> the equivalent of about two issues per year, in terms of work. The
>>>> editors now also run the review section. The bottom line is that the
>>>> editorial position has easily doubled in productivity and
>>>> responsibility and requires both a greater time commitment and
>>>> greater institutional support than ever before.
>>>> 
>>>> 3)    Given this additional editorial workload, the four-year term
>>>> feels more manageable and more equitable. Our proposed bylaw change
>>>> would ensure that every two years the membership appoints a new
>>>> editor, the junior office becomes senior, and the senior editor
>>>> rotates off. This process doesn't work with a 5 year term. The
>>>> staggered editorial appointments not only ensure orderly succession
>>>> and the preservation of institutional knowledge, but also provide
>>>> for continuity of practice for our members, our authors, and our
>>>> readership. The current editors feel strongly the term be an even
>>>> number of years to provide for an equal division of labor and
>>>> resources over the editorial term.
>>>> 
>>>> 4)    The Board has brought the current proposal to the membership
>>>> at this time so that if approved, these changes can be implemented
>>>> before the next M/m Editorial Election, which will occur later this
>>>> year at the annual conference (this year's is in Columbus, OH,
>>>> November 8-11).
>>>> 
>>>> 5) The ballot for voting on the proposed change can be found here
>>>> [1]. (You will need to login with your membership username and
>>>> password).
>>>> 
>>>> With best wishes,
>>>> 
>>>> Erin
>>>> 
>>>> --
>>>> 
>>>> ERIN TEMPLETON, PH. D.
>>>> Anne Morrison Chapman Distinguished Professor of International Study
>>>> Associate Professor of English
>>>> 
>>>> Phone: 864.596.9099
>>>> erin.templeton at converse.edu
>>>> My Profile [2]
>>>> 
>>>> Voice. Value. Vision.
>>>> 
>>>> Converse College, 580 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
>>>> www.converse.edu [3]
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>>> Links:
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