IETI Deputy Editor

04 October 2018

Call for Expressions of Interest for the Role of Deputy Editor of Innovations in Education and Teaching International (Ieti)

 SEDA is looking for a Deputy Editor of its journal to replace Celia Popovic who has recently stepped down from the role. This would be a three year appointment, starting on 1st January 2019.

Job Description

The Deputy Editor works closely with the Assistant Editor and Editor to manage the well-established Taylor and Francis (Routledge) pub. SEDA journal, Innovations in Education and Teaching International.

Each week the Editor, Deputy Editor and four Coeditors are sent details of articles received. The task is to determine whether new articles are likely to be of interest to IETI readers or clearly out of scope. The latter are rejected. The former are each assigned two reviewers, through the Scholar one – manuscript central system (the editors identify reviewers). Liz Thomson our Assistant Editor handles day to day identification of which Editor or Coeditor is best suited to deal with the articles sent in, turns around referee responses and also handles interactions with the authors, but the Deputy Editor and Editor also get involved and relate to the publishers.

When reviews are received the editor in charge considers what the reviewer has suggested and if necessary decides on the following: reject, reject and resubmit, require major amendments, require minor amendments, accept. The author is informed of the decisions. Where amendments are required, the author revises and resubmits with their revised submission being sent back to the reviewers for another round. They are also advised to indicate what changes they have made and where.

The Deputy Editor and Editor take responsibility for editing alternate issues of the journal. This involves selecting the articles (with guidance from the assistant editor) and writing an editorial.

The Deputy Editor is expected to attend the annual meeting of the Editorial Board, with the Editor.

While the Editor takes overall responsibility for the journal, including dealing with correspondence from publishers and interested parties, the Deputy Editor – in consultation with the Assistant Editor – deals with many of the day-to-day issues that arise to help ensure that the journal runs smoothly.

The post is unpaid and is part of the academic service which SEDA provides for UK and international HE.

Anyone interested in undertaking this role will find many opportunities to engage with cutting edge work in educational development and higher education learning, teaching, curriculum, assessment etc. They will also find that much of what we do is a mix of having a sharp critical eye to reject poorly written and or researched work, but also in the spirit of SEDA to nurture authors and reviewers (and editors) and offer supportive developmental comments. This role has both a constant level of work with some peaks, and is definitely not a role which is cosmetic – just for a CV. The post holder will be expected to work within reasonable time-lines for reviewing and communication and therefore must have sufficient time available to carry out the role.  It is a lively role and keeps editors and reviewers in touch with and influencing the sector.

The journal is like everything else in SEDA, underpinned by SEDA values.

Person Specification

The following criteria are essential:

  • Active scholar in academic/educational/faculty development, with a record of publications in this area.
  • Passionate about academic development in higher education and committed to encouraging high-quality academic research and publications in the field.
  • Experienced in editing and publishing and aware of issues associated with editing an international journal.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills and demonstrable ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others (for example, joint publications, grants, member of a national network, etc.).
  • Willing to participate in regular editorial meetings through online video conferencing (often scheduled outside working hours in order to accommodate the schedules of co-editors from four different continents).
  • Committed to the values of SEDA.
  • Membership of SEDA or a commitment to joining SEDA.

In addition, the following criteria are desirable:

  • Familiarity with online manuscript management systems.
  • Familiarity with APA referencing, copy-editing, or access to administrative support for copy-editing.
  • Ability to start by 1 January 2019. 

If you are interested and would like to discuss it please contact

The closing date for applications (half a side of A4 explaining your suitability for and interest in the role, plus a CV) is Monday 22nd October 2018, and they should be sent to Liz Thomson at Interviews have provisionally been scheduled for the week commencing 5th November 2018.

Best wishes
Gina Wisker, IETI Editor and Celia Popovic, former IETI Deputy Editor, on behalf of SEDA