Call for DSQ Editor in Chief Applications

Disability Studies Quarterly

Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ) is the flagship publication of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS, www.disstudies.org). It is an interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and international journal of interest to social scientists, scholars in the humanities and arts, disability rights advocates, and others concerned with questions of interest to people with disabilities and the disability community, 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 full participation of disabled people 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. However, its history predates this format, as DSQ is the oldest scholarly journal devoted to Disability Studies, publishing its first paper volume in 1980.

The SDS Board of Directors seeks to appoint a new editor for a term of three-five (3-5) years ideally beginning on March 1, 2023. The Editor will work with SDS and the DSQ Editorial Board and will collaborate with The Ohio State University Libraries team.

Responsibilities of the DSQ Editor 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 the 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


  • representing and promoting DSQ at conferences and other events, as well as online.

The editor receives an annual stipend of $10,000.

Qualifications: 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; 
  • the willingness to develop skills using online information management systems. 

In a 2-3 page statement of interest, candidates 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 description of successful team management, week-to-week operations, and workflow, including any plans for assistant-editor or graduate student support, if applicable1
  • ideas for ensuring the timely completion and return of quality editorial and media reviews.
  • a vision for the future of Disability Studies Quarterly, including strategies to increase its attractiveness and high impact as the flagship journal of the field.

In addition, please attach a curriculum vitae to your materials. Applications must be submitted electronically.

The closing date for indicating your interest and candidacy is January 15, 2023. 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 February 2023. The ideal candidate would assume full responsibility for DSQ on March 1, 2023, though this is negotiable.

Electronic application materials, formatted as a .pdf or MS Word (.docx) file, must reach the DSQ Editorial Search Committee by January 15, 2023 for full consideration. Please send to:

Joseph Stramondo
Chair, DSQ Editorial Search Committee
President, SDS Board of Directors
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Director, Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs, San Diego State University

Questions may be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee.

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