Call for Proposals Editor-in-chief for Technology and Culture Society for the History of Technology

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) is seeking candidates who wish to be considered as the next editor-in-chief for its flagship journal, Technology and Culture. The editor’s primary responsibility is to sustain and enhance the journal’s preeminence in the history of technology.  The editor is responsible for creating and supervising an effective editorial team, ensuring responsive relations with the officers and membership of SHOT (as well as with the journal’s publisher), managing the journal’s relationship with the host institution, coordinating the journal’s web version (eTC), and conducting appropriate outreach on behalf of the field and the society.

SHOT is conducting an open search for the new editor-in-chief.  Candidates should possess wide knowledge of the history of technology, a distinguished record of scholarly contributions, and willingness to actively cultivate existing and novel perspectives in this interdisciplinary field.  Previous scholarly editorial experience is highly desired.

To be considered for this position, candidates must submit detailed plans for hosting the journal’s editorial offices at a new home institution.  SHOT has the financial capacity to assist (modestly) in the support of the editorial offices, so the editor-in-chief will need to mobilize substantial resources as well.  The relationship between the editor’s home institution and the society will eventually be formalized through a signed contract.

The successful candidate will gradually assume full responsibilities beginning January 2010 so as to publish the January 2011 issue in timely fashion.  The initial term of service is five years.  SHOT anticipates a transition year during 2010, during which the incoming editor will work closely with the present editor-in-chief, John Staudenmaier, S.J., to achieve a smooth hand-off.

Complete proposals are due 1 April 2009.  The committee welcomes and encourages conversations with potential candidates as well as nominations of potential candidates.  Candidates should obtain from the search chair a “detailed document” describing the editorial duties.  Proposals-in the form of electronic copies of all documents (.doc or .pdf strongly requested)-should be sent via email to the search committee chair.  Each proposal will consist of the following components:

1. Statement of editorial vision and intellectual agenda (3-4 pages)
2. Summary CV (maximum 3 pages for editor-in-chief; 1 page for others)
3. Detailed plan for new editorial team, including specific discussion of office space, computing facilities, and financial resources (minimum 3 pages)
4. Evidence of committed support from host institution (signed letters of support from department chair, supervisor, dean, and/or other institutional officers)

Finalist candidates may be asked for additional materials.

Search committee:
Tom Misa, chair (CBI/Minnesota) [[email protected] +1.612.624.5050]
Atsushi Akera (RPI) [[email protected]]
Wiebe Bijker (Maastricht) [[email protected]]
Arne Kaijser (KTH Stockholm) [[email protected]]
Arwen Mohun (Delaware) [[email protected]]