The United States branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music invites applications for the position of Assistant Editor of the organization’s website, iaspm-us.net. The successful applicant will be expected to fulfill a two-year appointment starting June 2013. The Assistant Editor will work in cooperation with and under the direction of the Editor-in-Chief during the first year of the appointment, assisting with content-related and technical matters pertaining to the website in maintaining ongoing IASPM-US web projects and also in developing new content. In the second year, the applicant will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief, taking over primary website duties and helping to select and train a new Assistant Editor.
The organization seeks a graduate student or junior scholar whose primary research interests fall under the broad category of popular music studies and who demonstrates administrative skills that speak to the applicant’s ability to generate content and function as one of the primary faces of the organization to the public. Editorial duties should require approximately 15-20 hours per month. The position is voluntary and carries with it a seat on the IASPM-US executive committee.
Applicants should submit a letter of application detailing relevant experience and vision for the site, a CV, and two letters of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: Assistant Editor Application) by 30 May 2013. Any questions should be directed to the outgoing editor, Justin Burton (email@example.com) and the incoming editor-in-chief, Mike D’Errico (firstname.lastname@example.org). The selection committee will include Justin, Mike, Robert Fink (IASPM-US President), and Anthony Kwame Harrison (IASPM-US Executive Committee At-Large member).
IASPM-US represents the United States branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. IASPM-US has been an important part of the popular music landscape since the early 1980s and serves as a forum for a range of scholarly and other approaches to popular music. We hold true to the goals of our parent organization in the belief that popular music has much to teach us about this world. We place an emphasis on the writings and other activities of US-based scholars, journalists, and musicians–focusing not only on American music but also on musics from across the globe, and “Music 2.0″ made and consumed in virtual soundscapes.