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VUE Doctoral Student Editorial Fellowship

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Voices in Urban Education (VUE) is an open-access journal housed at the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on and the Transformation of Schools and published twice annually. VUE endeavors to serve as a “roundtable-in-print” by bringing together diverse education stakeholders with a wide range of viewpoints, including leading education writers and thinkers, as well as essential but frequently underrepresented voices in educational scholarship, such as students, parents, teachers, activists, and community members.

Each issue of VUE is organized around a theme and strives to provide cutting-edge analysis of a vital topic in urban public education. Content formats include manuscripts, interviews, video and written documentaries, poetry, and visual arts.

VUE is soliciting applications for an Editorial Fellowship for doctoral students. Editorial Fellows will be mentored and advised in the process of academic publishing, from solicitation and review of journal submissions to publication and dissemination. Fellows will sit on the VUE Editorial Board along with the Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editor(s). During this round, we are recruiting one Senior Fellow, two Junior Fellows, and Six Content Editor Fellows. These compensated appointments will be for a period of two years with the possibility of subsequent renewals, beginning ASAP. This document describes the learning opportunities associated with each role, the eligibility criteria for each role, and the application and selection processes.

General Criteria for VUE Editorial Board Membership

1. Knowledge of the content being put forth in the journal

2. Critical thinking and analysis

3. Respect for authors

4. Ability to work with the team to decide matters of policy, and inclusion and exclusion of submissions

5. Open to new ideas and new ways of thinking

6. Contribute to the Board’s breadth of knowledge and expertise through a variety of viewpoints and diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences

7. Respect for and commitment to scholarly publishing

Senior Fellow (1 position)

The Senior Fellow works with the Editor-in-Chief to coordinate the timely publication of the journal. Eligibility criteria for the VUE Senior Fellow include: (1) advanced (3rd year and beyond) doctoral student in education or related field; (2) strong writer; and (3) ability to work collaboratively and independently. Annual stipend of $5,000.*

Learning opportunities for the Senior Fellow include: 

  • Being mentored in taking a leadership role on a journal editorial board
  • Choosing issue topics, content, and contributors, and commissioning content for the journal and special issues
  • Writing occasional editorials or other short articles as requested
  • Training in the day-to-day operations of the journal
  • Using an online publication system to manage and track issue production
  • Assigning manuscripts to Content Editors for review
  • Monitoring and managing the manuscript review process 
  • Facilitating efficient review of submitted materials to generate a flow of content and ensure the punctual delivery of the journal
  • Honing skills in liaising between the lead editorial team and editorial board 
  • Making decisions on submissions in collaboration with the lead editorial team and editorial board
  • Promoting the journal to authors and readers in the wider field of education

Junior Fellow (2 positions)

Junior Fellows manage the progression of articles from submission to publication by communicating with authors, reviewers, and copy editors regarding article reviews, revisions, and acceptance.  Eligibility criteria for the VUE Junior Fellows are as follows: (1) doctoral student in education or related field; (2) strong writer; and (3) ability to work collaboratively and independently. Annual stipend of $2,500.*

Learning opportunities for the Junior Fellow include:

  • Being mentored in taking a leadership role on a journal editorial board
  • Training in the day-to-day operations of the journal
  • Using an online publication system to manage and track issue production
  • Honing skills in liaising between the editorial team and authors
  • Soliciting and rating student art submissions
  • Communicating with student artists
  • Making decisions on submissions in collaboration with the lead editorial team and editorial board
  • Promoting the journal to authors and readers in the wider field of education

Content Editor Fellow (6 positions)

Content Editor Fellows provide constructive feedback on submitted content, including recommendations on whether submissions are ready for publication. Eligibility criteria for VUE Content Editor Fellows are as follows: (1) doctoral student in education or related field; (2) strong writer; and (3) ability to meet deadline expectations set by fellowship. Content Editor Fellows will be compensated for each completed review at $250/review for up to 4 reviews each year ($1,000 total).*

Learning opportunities for Content Editor Fellows include: 

  • Collaborating with members of the editorial board
  • Providing timely constructive criticism and comment on articles and recommendations on publication decisions
  • Maintaining confidentiality of the review process during and after publication
  • Editing the content of submissions for correctness, relevance, and length
  • Working closely with contributors to revise their work to an acceptable standard

Application Instructions and Selection Process

Please submit your candidacy by filling out this Google Form. You will be required to provide (1) basic information about yourself, an indication of the role(s) for which you wish to be considered, and contact information for three references; (2) concise statements of your interest in the journal and your relevant qualifications and experience for the role(s) of interest; and (3) the following attachments uploaded in PDF form: a current curriculum vitae, and two samples of academic writing (e.g., publications, class papers, uploaded in PDF form).

Applications will be reviewed beginning January 30, 2023, and continuing until the fellowship roles have been filled. The VUE Doctoral Student Editorial Fellowship Selection Committee will consist of Fabienne Doucet, (Executive Director of NYU Metro Center and Chair of the committee), Paloma Garcia (Chief of Staff), and Pharoah Cranston (Director of Communications). Prospective fellows will be selected for interviews with members of the Selection Committee. Inquiries about the fellowship and/or the application process should be submitted via email to Fabienne Doucet at nyumetro-vue@nyu.edu.