Staff Positions

Applications for staff positions for Volume VIII (2017 – 2018) will be accepted shorty. Check back to this page for updates.

There will be an information session early in the semester that will provide more information about staff positions. Our staffs include peer review, copy edit, design, business, and book review.

Please direct any questions to tfurj@fordham.edu.

Description of Staff Positions

Copy Editor—A copy editor must be hardworking, attentive to detail, a good communicator, able to be firm, and able to adhere to deadlines. A copy editor suggests grammatical or syntactical revisions in submissions, and submits them to the Copy chief. The majority of their work occurs in the Spring semester, though copy editors must actively attend journal sponsored events and contribute ideas for improvements to FURJ. All information necessary for a Peer Review Staffer’s success is covered in the Fall semester training and training materials.  

Peer Review Staffer—The Peer Review staffer reviews article submissions and provides constructive feedback and/or suggestions on how to improve a submission with the hope of publishing it. Peer review staffers must learn the different types of article submissions (sciences, humanities, and social sciences) and identify proper formatting of research components and sections. Peer review staffers give their recommendations on decisions to accept, accept pending minor revisions and accept pending major revisions based on scholarly standards. All information necessary for a Peer Review Staffer’s success is covered in the Fall semester training and training materials.

Book Review Staffer— The Book Review Staffer reviews book review submissions and makes suggestions for revisions. When need be, Book Review Staffers may write book reviews. Along with the Book Review Editor, the Book Review Staffer works to get rights and approval to print images of book cover jackets. Book Review Staffers should maintain contact with the business staffers to promote books written by Fordham faculty for review in the journal and generally promote writing book reviews for the journal.

News Writers & Staffers—The News Writers & Staffers are responsible for either writing a News section for publication in the print copy of the journal by doing interviews, investigating ongoing research and writing articles on research projects occurring on Fordham’s campus. News Writers & Staffers are also responsible for generating news articles for publication on  “NewsWeb,” FURJ’s News WordPress, Facebook and Twitter accounts, throughout both semesters.

Business Staffer —Business Staffers are responsible for public relations and advertising of all FURJ sponsored events. Business Staffers must also coordinate and solicit local businesses as well as academic organizations to advertise in the print version of FURJ. Business Staffers must work closely with their manager to build relationships with advertisers and prepare press packets on FURJ events. Additionally, Business Staffers are responsible for publicizing FURJ to the Fordham community, particularly by advertising the call of submissions, posting flyers around campus, and ensuring that Fordham students are invited to FURJ events on Facebook. Business Staffers should tweet and post on the FURJ Facebook page regularly and are responsible for working with the News staff to generate content for the Twitter and Facebook page.

Design Staffer—The Design Staffer, along with their team and manager, is responsible for producing the finished form/layout of the journal in Adobe InDesign. This entails coordinating with the other Design Staffers and the Design Editor/Manager to create a series of deadlines by which to send final work and layouts to the Copy Chief.

All Positions—All E-Board members and General Staff members must meet with their staffs regularly to discuss the progress of the publication and their work with other members to finalize the articles chosen for submission. These meetings are at the discretion of the staff leaders, but they should occur roughly every two weeks in the Fall semester and about every week in the Spring semester until publication. All members must also attend all FURJ sponsored events, including the Undergraduate Research Symposium in April, where the finished, printed publication will be distributed.

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