Seeking Editors for American Speech

The American Dialect Society has appointed a search committee to recommend a new Editor of American Speech to assume full responsibilities no later than January 1, 2006, and a Book Review Editor to begin as soon as practical.

American Speech, the quarterly refereed journal of the American Dialect Society, is published by Duke University Press in Durham, North Carolina. The Managing Editor, Charles Carson, a full-time member of the editorial staff of DUP, oversees the day-to-day operations of ADS publications and the production of both American Speech and PADS. The Editor works with the Associate Editor and members of the Editorial Advisory Board to evaluate and select submissions for publication in the journal in accordance with the Editorial Policy stated inside the back cover of the journal. The Editor may also from time to time plan special issues. The page-length and deadlines of the issues of American Speech are matters of contractual obligation, and the Editor and Managing Editor must work together to assure that these are met. The work of the Editor of American Speech can be done at a distance from the DUP offices via telephone, fax, and email.

The Book Review Editor will select the books to be reviewed, assign them to credible reviewers, set and maintain the length and due dates of the reviews, and edit them for publication. The Managing Editor will handle the mailing of review copies to reviewers.

Members of the search committee are current Editor Connie Eble (chair,; Robert Bayley (; William Kretzschmar (; and Charles Carson ( ADS members who are interested in applying for either Editor or Book Review Editor or who wish to suggest candidates should get in touch with any member of the search committee by January 1, 2004.