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Hello IPID friends,

IPID is hosting an information session on Reconsidering Development journal and its Editorial Board recruitment process from 4-5pm on April 3, 2013 in Coffman Room 307. Pizza will be provided. Please join us if you can.

Reconsidering Development is an innovative student-run web-based journal focused on advancing a critical, interdisciplinary perspective on international development. The Journal is published twice per year - once in April and once in October. By including the voices of those normally marginalized within the academy (graduate students, farmers, NGO workers, local citizen), we hope to move beyond the status quo of the scholarship and practice of international development.

Reconsidering Development solicits new applicants every Spring semester for its Editorial Board. This year, we are looking for creative applications to fill the following positions: Managing Editor (1), Senior Editor (1), Associate Web Editor (2), Associate Writing Editor (7-8), and Associate Audiovisual Editor (1). This is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are passionate about international development issues, who are interested in working with authors and editors with different intellectual and cultural backgrounds, and/or who are looking for editing, designing, publishing, and teamwork experiences. We provide our editors with trainings and workshops on different aspects of an editing process. Previous editors all have gained positive and valuable experiences, and have seen a huge improvement in their critical thinking, writing, and editing skills. 

Please see attachments for details on the positions. If you are interested in any of the positions, please email Joy Wang at with your name, academic program and year, the position for which you are applying, a copy of your resume and 200 words of intent. All applicants must be a University of Minnesota graduate student at time of application. 

Again, please join us from 4-5pm next Wednesday in Coffman Room 307 if you want to learn more about Reconsidering Development and its recruitment process. If you cannot come to the information session but would like the full description of each position, feel free to email Joy Wang at We look forward to hearing more from you!


Brief Description of Each Position:

Managing Editor

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage the solicitation process, including creating calls for submissions, corresponding with authors, and managing the review process for each issue
  • Oversee the publication process, providing final review and editing to each submission
  • Maintain cloud computing site in order to provide a history of the journal for future editorial boards
  • Collaborate with Management Editors (Senior, Web, Executive) to provide vision and training to each Editorial Board, oversee recruiting process, and manage workflow/organization of the journal


Senior Editor

Job Responsibilities:

  • Serves on the Selection Committee for each issue
  • Manages Editing Department (team of Associate Editors)
    • Trains new Associate Editors in the editing process
    • Communicates with Associate Editors regarding editing schedules/timelines
    • Pairs Associate Editors into editing teams for each issue based on knowledge of work style, strengths, and weaknesses of each editor
  • Coordinates editing process
    • Tracks and monitors the progress of each submission as documents go through each step in the editing process of written submissions
    • Summarizes Selection Committee and Reviewer comments
    • Compiles content and writing edits from Associate Editors before submissions are returned to Authors for revision
    • Cleans submission documents after final edits for webification
    • Facilitates review and revision of the editing process after each issue
    • Communicates with Management Department and Web Department


Associate Web Editor

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage html compliance and functionality of all submissions
  • Communicate with Web Editor regarding html compliance and functionality of documents
  • Creative tasks as needed from Web Editor


Associate Writing Editor

Job Responsibilities:

  • Edit approved written submissions for content and writing
  • Manage APA (American Psychological Association) compliance and style compliance of written submissions
  • Communicate with Senior Editor regarding editing process, APA compliance and RDJ style compliance
  • Creative tasks as needed from Senior Editor and/or Managing Editor


Associate Audiovisual Editor

Job Responsibilities:

  • Creative editing of video and audio submissions to ensure that submissions meet technical requirements of the RDJ Style Guide
  • Resolution and quality editing of photo submissions
  • Work with Web Editors in the creation or manipulation of audiovisual materials to enhance the website, including technical editing of video, photo, sound, and other audiovisual submissions
  • Other tasks as needed from Senior Editor and/or Managing Editor

Application Process:

  • Thursday, March 28, 2013 - Announcement of recruitment. 
  • Monday, April 15, 2013 - Applications (resume and 200 words of intent) due to Joy Wang ( by 12:00 (noon).
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - Applicants notified of interview* if necessary.
  • Monday, April 22, 2011 - New editors notified of selection.

*All applicants should prepare for a 15-20 minute interview. Time and location are to be decided.



Call for Submissions: Reconsidering Development and "Institutions"

We are pleased to announce the third call for submissions for Reconsidering Development, an interdisciplinary E-journal based at the University of Minnesota. The journal is theme-based but contributors are encouraged to be creative in integrating themes of each issue into their submissions.

Our third issue, Reconsidering Development and the "Institutions," will be launched in the fall of 2011. We seek submissions that explore both institutions of development  (i.e., trade, bilateral aid, military, charity organizations) and development institutions (i.e., World Bank, United Nations).

Submissions are encouraged to use the following core questions as guides to help our audience reconsider development from interdisciplinary perspectives:

  • How does an interdisciplinary perspective (or a specific disciplinary approach) shift our conceptualization of institutions of development or of the role of development institutions in shaping the theory, practice, and/or experience of international development?
  • What are the trends and issues affecting current "institutions" of international development?
  • What is the future of international development, including the relationship between 'institutions of development' and 'development institutions' and the international community?
We seek submissions from multiple theoretical and practical perspectives, disciplines, vantage points, and sectors expressed through innovative formats, including but not limited to video, audio, written, and artistic forms of media.  For each submission, international development issues must be made central. Additionally, we seek submissions that engage a broad audience.

Submissions can be uploaded at

*Note: if submissions include different media types, i.e. text, video, audio, photos, each file should be uploaded separately.  Submissions may also be emailed to

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2011

For the full Call for Submissions, go to:

About Us
Reconsidering Development is an innovative, open-access journal that aims to create an equitable space for the flourishing of dialogue and discussion concerning the theory and practice of international development. We aim to advance theoretical momentum through the inclusion of voices representing those individuals, communities, and institutions affected by and affecting development. We hope that this deliberate fusion of experiences will help to transform and push the boundaries of the knowledge around which development theory and practice has been built.

Reconsidering Development particularly encourages submissions that reflect the diverse perspectives of underrepresented voices, creative methodologies, and contemporary forms of expression in order to reconsider the broader field of development. We intentionally target and seek to include an international audience by creating an easily-loadable and readable format that is easily accessed regardless of Internet bandwidth limitations.

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