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TSK and SSP Announce Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Associate Editor Position 

October 15, 2021 – The Scholarly Kitchen (TSK) and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee for the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) are seeking applicants for an Associate Editor for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) content to support the commission, editing, and publication of DEIA‐related posts by Scholarly Kitchen chefs or guest authors. This is a new leadership opportunity within SSP. The expected time commitment for this role is up to 5 hours per week. The successful candidate must have the support of their employer to serve in this capacity.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in SSP DEI Committee meetings to share updates on TSK DEIA content and solicit feedback on them, as well as ideas for future posts and other content
  • Review and work with the DEI Committee to review/edit DEIA‐related posts written by chefs or guests
  • Act as a sounding board for ideas for DEIA‐related content of all types on TSK, including webinars, podcasts, etc. as well as posts
  • Proactively encourage, commission, and shepherd posts across all areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Optionally, write original posts for TSK

The DEI Committee members will support the Associate Editor by:

  • Reviewing TSK DEIA related posts within (a defined time frame) and, if applicable, provide constructive feedback/suggestions on how the piece can be enhanced
  • Monitoring and participating in the TSK comments for DEIA‐related posts, especially those in their area of experience/expertise
  • Amplifying TSK DEIA‐related posts by sharing them on social media channels, and via personal/professional networks


Successful candidates will have a strong commitment to advancing DEIA in scholarly communications and the following qualifications:

  • Experience related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility issues
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills. Must be comfortable with multitasking and working in a deadline‐driven environment
  • Proficiency in developing written communications for a variety of audiences; strong English language skills required; a writing sample is requested
  • Able to work independently and manage their time efficiently and effectively to meet deadlines
  • Familiarity with The Scholarly Kitchen and/or the Society for Scholarly Publishing is an advantage

A small stipend and support for membership dues (if needed) are available. This is a new position and may not be inclusive of all assigned duties and responsibilities and may be amended at any time at the sole discretion of SSP. Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to info@sspnet.org. The application deadline is November 15, 2021.

SSP is committed to equal opportunity and diversity. We value the differences that diverse contributions bring to an organization and believe that diversity and inclusivity are key drivers of our Society’s effectiveness. All qualified applicants including historically excluded individuals, protected veterans, women, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

About the Society for Scholarly Publishing The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field. SSP members represent all aspects of scholarly publishing—including publishers, printers, e-products developers, technical service providers, librarians, and editors. SSP members come from a wide range of large and small commercial and nonprofit organizations. They meet at SSP’s annual meetings, educational seminars, and regional events to hear the latest trends from respected colleagues and discuss common and mutual (and sometimes divergent) goals and viewpoints.

Contact Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director | info@sspnet.org | 303-422-3914

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