Work With the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies!

2019-05-13

Call For Applications

The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies (CJDS) publishes peer-reviewed original articles that advance research in this multidisciplinary, international field of disability studies. The journal embraces a wide range of methodologies and perspectives, values collaborative and cross-disciplinary work, community partnership, and creative approaches to scholarship. Research in the CJDS is of interest to scholars and students from across all academic disciplines, as well as anyone involved in disability arts, advocacy, community organization or policy. 

All content is totally Open Access. The CJDS never charges any processing or publication fees, and is free and open to the public. This ensures that scholarship in the CJDS reaches the broadest possible audience, with no economic barriers for authors, institutions, or readers. The journal is intended to be readily accessible to all potential audiences, and thus provides an accessible format. Indeed, the CJDS is a global leader in accessibility. All figures in the journal are accompanied by written descriptions; all articles are available in multiple formats including HTML and fully accessible PDFs; artwork comes accompanied with description; audio and video files come with transcriptions. The journal is published in a screen-readable, translatable, and transformable format; the language and content of the journal is intended for a broad audience; the journal editor will make the journal available in further alternative formats upon request.

In order to advance these goals, the CJDS is currently hiring for three Assistant Editor positions. 

Accessibility Editor

Current graduate students at any Canadian institution of higher education are urged to apply.

This role will allow the journal to continue to further the mission of Open Access scholarly publishing, in particular by showing how such Open Access publishing needs to take account of accessibility for readers and users with a wide range of disabilities.  The CJDS already offers more accessibility features than any other journal, Open Access or not.  But we can do more. Increasing the accessibility of the journal also, importantly, increases our reach: the same allowances that make articles screen-readable, for instance, make them more readily translatable by software, and more easily searchable. The Accessibility Editor might, for example: create versions of all articles in dyslexia-friendly font; keep up with best practices for the creation of accessible PDF and HTML versions of all files; continue to create robust and symbolic, rather than just functional, image, table, and figure descriptions and alt text; optimize the journal’s site and pages for accessibility. Experience in any of these areas is an asset. The Editor would ideally be an advanced graduate student with both an interest and expertise in disability studies and web accessibility.

This Editor would be paid by the hour at standard University of Waterloo rates for graduate students: $48.01/hour for 2.5 hours/week plus 14% benefits = $7115.08/year.

This Editor can expect to have to work to a deadline 4-6 times a year, whenever issues are published. The Editor can work from anywhere.

The Editor would also have a small budget to advance their accessibility training.

The position is renewable for up to three years. 

Knowledge Mobilization Editor

Current graduate students at any Canadian institution of higher education are urged to apply.

To continue to expand the reach and impact of the journal, we plan to increase our social media presence. As opposed to the traditional "print it and they will come" approach, the CJDS recognizes a need to create velocity for scholarship in the digital age, and this requires ongoing work. Beyond social media, this editor could connect authors with opportunities for TV and radio interviews, op-eds, public lectures, and other avenues of dissemination. Experience with different forms of knowledge mobilization will be an asset. The Editor would ideally be an advanced graduate student with both an interest and expertise in disability studies, social media, and knowledge mobilization.

This Editor would be paid by the hour at standard University of Waterloo rates for graduate students: $48.01/hour for 2.5 hours/week plus 14% benefits = $7115.08/year

This Editor can expect their work to grow more intense 4-6 times a year, whenever new issues are published. The Editor can work from anywhere.

The Editor would also have a small budget to advance their knowledge mobilization training.

The position is renewable for up to three years.

Alternative Format Editor

Current graduate students at any Canadian institution of higher education are urged to apply.

While the journal already publishes highly accessible HTML and PDF versions of documents, we would like to expand to create the most accessible ePUB3 and MP3 versions of articles.  This may need to begin with only a few articles per issue, but could hopefully expand so that these are alternative formats offered for all content.  Experience with generating content in these alternative formats will be an asset. This Editor would ideally be an advanced graduate student with both an interest and expertise in disability studies and web accessibility.

This Editor would be paid by the hour at standard University of Waterloo rates for graduate students: $48.01/hour for 2.5 hours/week plus 14% benefits = $7115.08/year

This Editor can expect to have to work to a deadline 4-6 times a year, whenever issues are published. The Editor can work from anywhere.

The Editor would also have a small budget to advance their training.

The position is renewable for up to three years.

 

To apply for any of these three positions, please email a brief statement of application to cjdseditor@uwaterloo.ca

Applications will be accepted up until July 1st.

In your statement, please discuss your relevant experience and expertise. Statements need not be long or complicated. Please include contact information for two or more references. The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, age, colour, gender, sexual orientation, ability or disability. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any interview or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at hrhelp@uwaterloo.ca or 519-888-4567, ext. 35935.