Daniel F. Jacoby
Students nominated by faculty may participate on the editorial board of the Policy Journal. Board members are responsible for managing the content and production of the Policy Journal which is produced at least once per year, with the possibility of additional volumes if sufficient numbers of quality submissions are received. Credit/no-credit only.
The editorial board requires students with exceptional writing and collaborative skills, as well as considerable initiative. In addition to developing editing and production skills, this course provides exceptional leadership and managerial opportunities.
For how to be nominated or to become an editor, see recommended preparation below.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The class is run as a working board of editors. The course meets formally every other week for two hours, but requires considerably more time to review and solicit manuscripts and to produce the journal.It is the students first and foremost who are responsible for the success of the journal. The advisor functions to keep the board on track if and when necessary, and to advise on matters as needed. There is also an adivsor from the Writing Center.
Normally, the board will consist of between 5 and 10 individuals.
The editorial board requires students with strong writing, leadership and collaborative skills. Normally we expect editors will have first submitted to and have had a piece of their work accepted by the journal. This is important because it demonstrates writing skill, because it enables editors to understand the journal from a submittors perspecive, and because editors, while they serve, are not permitted to submit their work. Once a piece has been accepted protential editors should seek a faculty sponsor who is familiar with their work.
Editors should expect to serve on the board for at least two quarters, and preferably more as it is essential that the journal develop experience and expertise over time.
Though not required, it is helpful for undergraduate students to participate in the Policy Studies minor.
Class assignments and grading
Required work involves soliciting manuscripts, reviewing and editing manuscripts, producing the journal, developing policies and procedures; distributing the journal, and creating marketing materials. Other jobs mudy be performed as needed.
The course is graded pass-fail and students are asked to submit a 2 page list of accomplishments at the end of the quarter. Most important is the ability to act independently, to anticipate and follow through on assignments, and to work respectfully and collaboratively with other students.