Chair of Journal of Design History Editorial Board
The DHS is looking for a new Chair of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Design History. The Design History Society (a Charitable Incorporated Organisation) established its journal in 1988 and has an agreement with Oxford University Press to publish for a profit share returned annually to the Society. The JDH Editorial Board is formally constituted by the DHS Trustees as a committee of the Society, delegated with the purpose of managing and editing the JDH on behalf of the Society. The Chair will be inducted by the Chairs of the Editorial Board and the Society from June before formal approval and instatement by the members of the Society at the AGM in September 2021.


Role Description

The Chair of the JDH Editorial Board will play a crucial role in the development of the strategic direction for the Society’s journal enhancing its strong reputation and ensuring its resilience amidst a volatile and challenging climate in academic publishing. The role centres on implementing a dynamic editorial vision and fair and efficient editorial processes for the journal. The JDH Chair advises the Chair of the Design History Society on any managerial and financial decisions about the Society’s journal and any matters arising in relationship to the publisher, Oxford University Press. The Chair of the JDH is supported in the day-to-day running of the journal by a Managing Editor and the Society’s administrator. A new Managing Editor will be appointed in consultation with the incoming Chair in summer of 2021. The incoming Chair and Managing Editor will also be members of the selection panel for three imminent vacancies on the Editorial Board (members who have reached the end of their five-year tenure) in the autumn of 2021.
The incoming JDH Chair will also undertake to fulfil the responsibilities and duties expected of any and all Trustees and Editorial Board members as detailed in the last two sections below.

Main responsibilities and duties

Leading the subject-development and business strategy for the Journal in conjunction with the Publisher and the Chair of the Design History Society:
1. Overseeing the recruitment and selection of the Editorial Board and establishing its terms of reference in agreement with the Chair and Trustees of the Design History Society
2. Overseeing the peer-review, editorial, and production and marketing processes of the Journal as managed by the Managing Editor in conjunction with authors and the publisher
3. Obtaining sufficient high-quality content for the journal and delivering it to the Publisher, Oxford University Press, on schedule
4. Maintaining the ethical standards of the journal, with reference to the Committee on Publication Ethics
5. Convening meetings of the Editorial Board and being responsible for its effective operation
6. Providing reviews and editorial advice where appropriate for papers submitted for consideration as do all members of the Editorial Board
7. Chairing the Advisory Board of the Journal and being responsible for its effective operation; overseeing its recruitment and selection and terms of reference in accordance with policy established by the Editorial Board
8. Representing, and being an ambassador for, the JDH in international and interdisciplinary contexts.


Time Commitment

The position of Chair of the JDH Editorial Board will require a commitment of at least 3 days per month. It requires preparation of agendas or reports for and participation in all of the following meetings each year:

• Two Journal of Design History Editorial Board meetings, the first normally virtually in January, the second at the DHS Annual Conference in September.
• One annual Journal of Design History business meeting with the Chair of the DHS and the publisher Oxford University Press, normally held virtually in June.
• Four (quarterly) virtual DHS Executive Committee Meetings per annum, normally on Saturdays 12-4pm GMT in January, May, September, and November.
• One virtual Annual General Meeting of the DHS normally held at the DHS Annual Conference in early September.
• DHS Annual Conference: normally 3-4 days early September.

The normal term of office will be three years, which may be extended for up to a further two years by mutual agreement with the Trustees of the Design History Society to achieve optimal continuity and balance of expertise on the Board.
Remuneration of reasonable expenses incurred whilst conducting work on behalf of the Journal as defined in the Editorial Handbook is dependent upon pre-approval in writing by both the Chair and Treasurer of the Design History Society. No stipend or honorarium is paid to editors by the DHS; an annual honorarium may be paid by the publisher.

Person Specification

The successful applicant will:

1. Have a strategic vision for the JDH and its objectives as the journal of the Design History Society
2. Be a leading figure in design history, with a substantial and highly esteemed record of research relevant to the field and related professions, e.g., design and design education, curatorship and design criticism
3. Have extensive experience of editorship for high-impact publications, involving interactions with diverse author and reader constituencies
4. Have experience in the operation and oversight of collaborative peer-review and editorial processes including journal publication
5. Have undertaken significant initiatives to develop design history and be able communicate a vision for its future
6. Have been successful in managing staff and budgets in a company or other organisation
7. Have an understanding of the responsibility to select new, original, and important contributions and to ensure that the ethical standards of the journal are upheld
8. Have experience with charities or NGOs and be willing to become a Trustee of the Design History Society
9. Be an excellent communicator via a range of communication channels.
10. Be willing to devote time and effort to the role
11. Be a fair and collegiate in problem solving and management
12. Be committed to impartiality, fairness and confidentiality
13. Be tactful and diplomatic
14. Be committed to equal opportunities and inclusive practices.

Considerable previous experience as an active member of academic journal Editorial Boards is essential; previous experience of the JDH is desirable. The Chair of the JDH may reside anywhere in the world where access to internet connectivity and a computer suitable to the conduct of virtual meetings is assured. While employment in an institution of Higher Education or a museum may be relevant, this is not a requirement. A good reading knowledge of languages other than English would be an advantage.


Editorial Board Members


Role Description

All Editorial Board Members have the following responsibilities and duties:

1. attendance at meetings of the Board twice a year, once virtually and once at the DHS Annual Conference, in addition to such virtual meetings as may be arranged at other times
2. participation in key academic networks combined with subject knowledge to identify and nominate appropriate peer reviewers
3. when assigned responsibility for a submission, as Assigned Editor, arranging the reviewing process, evaluating the results, making a written recommendation to the Board
4. drafting detailed, comprehensive, and carefully constructed recommendations to the ME and undertaking on-going detailed editorial work as necessary
5. providing reviews, when invited, of manuscripts submitted for consideration
6. bringing to the attention of the Board potential contributors, and advising authors
7. when assigned editor of a paper which has been conditionally accepted, liaising with the author(s) to oversee revisions, amendments, and preparation for publication
8. upholding the ethical standards of the journal, as advised by the Committee on Publication Ethics
9. undertaking such special responsibilities or initiatives as may be agreed by the Board, e.g., for reviews or other sections, special issues, or thematic development in an interdisciplinary and international context, leading a session for prospective authors in the publishing workshop at the Annual conference.
10. liaising with the Chair, Managing Editor and Reviews Editor to ensure the efficient conduct of the business of the Editorial Board.


Person Specification

The successful applicant will:
1. have a proven record of research and scholarship relevant to the field of design history and related professions, e.g., design and design education, curatorship and collections management, have experience of editorial revision for publication, including being able to communicate effectively and tactfully with contributors about desirable revisions
2. be willing and able to participate in a collaborative editorial process, including the nomination of reviewers and the drafting of recommendations based on peer review
3. be able to propose and undertake significant initiatives which impact on the subject through extending the authorship and readership of the Journal
4. have regular access to a networked computer, as the editorial process is managed in a web-based system
5. possess high organisational and communication skills and be well networked in the subject
6. be able to edit submitted manuscripts in English
7. be, or become on appointment, a member of the Design History Society.

Editorial Board members may reside anywhere in the world where virtual access to meetings and workshops is viable. While employment in an institution of Higher Education or a museum may be relevant, this is not a requirement. A good reading knowledge of languages other than English would be an advantage.

Service is entirely on a voluntary basis; no stipend, honorarium or further expenses are paid to Trustees of the Society or Editors of its Journal. The Society funds the registration fee for all Trustees and Editors who support the annual conference. Dependent on the Charity’s annual finances, Trustees and Editors may also be able to apply for funds for travel and accommodation expenses incurred whilst supporting the conference as defined and delimited on the DHS claim form (remuneration is dependent upon pre-approval in writing by both the Chair and Treasurer of the Design History Society; retrospective applications will not be considered or paid).

Trustee of the Design History Society
Trustees have, and must accept, ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the DHS with reasonable care and skill, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering charitable outcomes for the benefit of the DHS membership and the wider constituency of those interested in and engaged in Design History research and teaching and learning. In doing so, DHS Trustees must exercise compliance, prudence, and duty of care:

• Ensuring that the DHS complies with charity law, and with the requirements of the Charity Commission as regulator; in particular, ensuring that the DHS prepares reports on what it has achieved and Annual Returns and accounts as required by law.
• Ensuring that the DHS adheres to the requirements set out in its constitution and that it remains true to the charitable purpose and objects set out there.
• Complying with the requirements of other legislation and other regulators (as appropriate), which govern the activities of the DHS.
• Acting with integrity, avoiding any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of DHS funds or assets.
• Ensuring that the DHS is and will remain solvent, using its funds reasonably, and only in furtherance of DHS objectives; avoiding activities that might place the DHS’s funds and reputation at undue risk, and seeking professional advice on all matters where there may be material risk to the DHS, or where the Trustees or other committee members may be in breach of their duties.

Your commitment to approximately an hour of email correspondence each week within 48 hours is essential alongside about one day per month of planning, reporting, advocacy, and assessment tasks (grants, awards, prizes, proposals, etc.). Extra hours will be needed around core events such as preparations for the Annual Review published in July and for the annual conference in the first week of September.

In addition to the duties of all Trustees, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Executive Committee of the DHS reach sound decisions. This will involve scrutinising committee papers, leading discussions, focusing on key concerns, and providing advice and guidance requested by the Committee on new initiatives or other issues relevant to the area of the DHS’s work in which the Trustee has special expertise. All Trustees must be members of the Design History Society for the duration of their role.

All Trustees must be aware of and abide by the DHS Constitution. Applicants may wish also to familiarise themselves with the most recent DHS Annual Review.


How to Apply
Potential applicants are welcome to arrange an opportunity to consult with the Chair of the Society about this role. Please send an email with your contact details to the administrator.

Please send your completed application form and letter of support from your line manager no later than 12 midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 27 April 2021 via email to the DHS administrator, Jenna Allsopp: designhistorysociety@gmail.com.
Short-listed candidates selected from anonymised applications will be called to a virtual interview conducted via Zoom on Saturday 22 May 2021 between 12.00 and 18.00 hrs GMT.

The Design History Society and its Journal are committed to equity, diversity and sustainability, and warmly welcome applications from under-represented constituencies.

All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application. N.B. Incoming candidates are only seconded to the Journal until they are formally confirmed as a Trustee of the Charity by the membership at the AGM held virtually at the annual conference.

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