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SWR Editor Search Procedures

The Studies in Writing and Rhetoric (SWR) Series editor serves a term of five years. The editor can be invited to serve a second term, if the CCCC officers want to ask her or him to do so.

The editor is responsible for the entire preproduction process, including soliciting and evaluating manuscripts, getting field reviews, and submitting approved manuscripts to the NCTE publications staff. The editor is a member of the CCCC Editors team, which meets face-to-face at the CCCC Convention and, on occasion, virtually throughout the year. Three to four monographs are published per year.

CCCC provides partial support for the office of editor, including use of an online manuscript submission and review system; the amount of support is negotiated with the finalist’s institution.

About two years before the end of the current editor’s term, a call for applications is placed in journals, on the website, and in social media; mass emails are sent to CCCC members; the CCCC EC and Officers can also invite people to apply.

Applicants are asked to submit in PDF form the following materials: (1) a letter articulating the applicant’s vision for the SWR series, (2) a CV, (3) a statement of possible institutional support (including financial support, preferably), and (4) a sample of the applicant’s writing (article or chapter).

Applications are due about two months before the CCCC Convention. The search committee, consisting of the CCCC Officers, NCTE Executive Director, and the NCTE Publications Director, reviews the applications and selects 3-4 finalists, who are interviewed at the CCCC Convention.

The search committee meets as soon as possible after the final interview to choose the editor. Once a choice is made, the Publications Director negotiates the terms of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between CCCC/NCTE and the new editor’s institution. Upon successful completion of the MOU, the committee’s recommendation is submitted to the CCCC Executive Committee for approval.

The new editor is brought to NCTE headquarters for orientation 6-9 months before the start of her or his term.

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