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Sounding Spirit Managing Editor

Organization: Emory University
Date Posted: 11/8/2018
Date Needed: 11/1/2018
City: Atlanta
Location: Georgia
Country: United States
Primary Category: Fellowship
Salary: $25,000.00 yearly
Type of Position: Part-Time
Education Requirement: Master's
Experience Requirement: < 1 year

Description & Details

The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) at Emory University invites applications for a three-year, part time (20 hours/week), NEH-funded position as managing editor of the Sounding Spirit initiative. The Sounding Spirit Managing Editor (SSME) is the primary coordinator of operations and communications for the Sounding Spirit initiative at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship and a key member of the team editing and producing digital and print scholarly annotated facsimile editions of vernacular sacred American music books through the initiative.

The SSME will schedule project team meetings and facilitate communication among volume editors, editorial board members, the initiative’s ECDS-based project team, and contacts at the initiative’s publishing partner, the University of North Carolina Press. The SSME will work with the editor-in-chief to provide all necessary assistance to volume editors in their work, including ensuring the accuracy and completeness of volumes’ text and other component files of digital editions and assisting as needed with edition annotations, introductions, and other contextual material. The SSME will work with other members of the ECDS and UNC Press teams to format and provide materials to assist in the production of the initiative’s digital editions using Readux and print editions.

The SSME will report to ECDS’s Senior Digital Scholarship Strategist and Sounding Spirit Editor-in-Chief. This is a three-year, grant-funded, half-time appointment. The SSME may work remotely.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree, BA plus additional training or experience, or equivalent degree in a field related to the study of vernacular music of the southern Protestant diaspora, such as musicology, music bibliography, folklore, African American studies, Native American studies, or religious studies.
  • Knowledge of and expertise in the music, print history, and cultural context of one or more of the genres at the center of the Sounding Spirit initiative: gospel, shape-note music, spirituals, and lined-out hymn singing.
  • Knowledge and expertise in the editing and production of music editions, the production and curation of digital collections, or related work.
  • Demonstrated project management skills with research, editing, or technical projects in an academic context.
  • Strong writing, research, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Ability to collaborate and work with a dispersed team of staff and faculty.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral candidacy in a field related to the study of vernacular music of the southern Protestant diaspora, such as musicology, music bibliography, folklore, African American studies, Native American studies, or religious studies.
  • Knowledge of and experience with digitization, optical character recognition, and metadata best practices.
  • Experience with digital publishing or digital scholarship methods and platforms.
  • Record of scholarly achievement through academic publications or presentations.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and current CV or resume. Read more about the position and apply on the Emory University Career's website.

Contact Jesse P. Karlsberg, Sounding Spirit editor-in-chief with any questions.


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