Rhetoric & Public Affairs: Call for Editor Nominations EXTENDED

Deadline extended to July 31, 2020, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Call for Nominations: Editor for Rhetoric & Public Affairs  

Assuming duties in 2021; overseeing 2022–2027 volumes

By the end of 2020, Michigan State University Press will name a new editor or co-editors for Rhetoric & Public Affairs. The newly appointed editor will begin processing manuscripts early in 2021 and will oversee the volumes for 2022–2027. The journal is published two to four times each year.

Rhetoric & Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the history, theory, and criticism of public discourse. Arenas of rhetorical investigation might include but are by no means limited to campaigns for social, political, environmental or economic justice; modes of resistance to those campaigns; situated instances of executive leadership; legislative and judicial deliberations; comparative rhetorics; transnational diplomacy; digital circulation and mediation of public discourse; and/or constitution of political and social identities. Critical, analytical, or interpretive essays examining symbolic influences in any historical period (including the contemporary) anywhere in the world are welcome. Of special interest are manuscripts that interrogate dynamics of power and privilege, voice and voicelessness, oppression and resistance as well as axes of identity such as race, gender, sexuality, ability, citizenship, and class, as these take form in concrete rhetorical situations. Moreover, we welcome essays that explore the nexus of rhetoric, politics, and ethics–the worlds of power, persuasion, and social values as they meet in the crucible of public deliberation, debate, and protest.

Mary E. Stuckey, Pennsylvania State University, is currently serving as interim editor and will oversee issues for 2020 and 2021.

Support for the Editor

The editor will receive an annual stipend and administrative and editorial support from Michigan State University Press.

In selecting an editor or co-editors, the following factors will be considered:

  • Innovative vision for the journal
  • Record of research in rhetoric
  • Record of experience as an editor and project manager

Editors must

  • Agree to observe and support Michigan State University Press’s publication policies, including its policies on peer review, publication ethics, and handling research misconduct.
  • Commit to using Michigan State University Press’s online system for manuscript submission, review, and editing.
  • Commit to adhering to the NCA Policy on Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination and the NCA Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Commit to meeting editorial deadlines and responsibilities.
  • Commit to establishing an executive committee of the board comprising four to six scholars broadly representative of diverse approaches to scholarship in rhetoric and public affairs. The task of this executive committee will be to select, in coordination with MSU Press, a new editor two years before the current editor’s term expires, or to reappoint the current editor with the approval of MSU Press.

How to Apply

Self-nominations are preferred.

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Applications should include the following:

  • A letter outlining the candidate’s editorial vision for the journal and specific steps to be taken to ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion in all phases of journal editing.
    • If the application is not a self-nomination, the letter should include a statement from the nominee agreeing to serve if selected.
    • If the application is for a co-editorship, the co-editors should offer a detailed description of the division of labor.
  • A letter from the relevant administrator at the applicant’s university indicating institutional support for the nominee.
  • A current CV including the names and contact information of three references who are familiar with the applicant’s record of scholarship and editorial experience.

Letters and supporting materials should be emailed to:

Natalie Eidenier

Journals Manager

Michigan State University Press


Search Committee

Jeffrey A. Bennett, Vanderbilt University

Karma R. Chávez, University of Texas, Austin

Kundai Chirindo, Lewis & Clark College

Zornitsa D. Keremidchieva, University of Minnesota

John M. Murphy, University of Illinois

Catherine Cocks and Natalie Eidenier, Michigan State University Press