Have you ever considered joining the Teaching History editorial board?

Published: 15th November 2022

We are hoping to recruit two or three volunteer Associate Editors to join our small, committed group of editors.

Have you been published in Teaching History? Did the editorial process make you want to know more about how the journal works? Are you passionate about helping other teachers bring their ideas to a wider audience? Are you passionate about ensuring that new history teachers can access other history teachers’ debates and achievements?

Can you work with an author to keep their voice intact and ensure that their work is really accessible? Are you passionate about clear, engaging communication? Do you have excellent language skills? Are you highly organised with a keen attention to detail? And do you love to read diverse historical scholarship and history education literature, both in Teaching History and beyond, both in the UK and internationally?

Do you have an awareness of the range of equality and diversity issues surrounding history teaching and the willingness to work effectively to minimise the impacts of racism, sexism, ageism, ablism, homophobia and other prejudices as they appear in the conduct of research and academic work, and in resulting written work?

If you have had an article published in Teaching History or a similar academic publication you will have some understanding of the level of commitment and care involved in supporting an author through the editorial process.

This is a purely voluntary position. The role of Associate Editor* asks for a commitment of at least 12 hours a month, on average. It is hard to put an absolute number of hours as some articles are easier and some months are quieter.

All editors attend a day’s meeting in January and help out with a little ad hoc correspondence throughout the year.

Our editors are all enthusiastic readers of historical scholarship and of history education literature. They enjoy supporting and challenging each other to plug earlier gaps and seek out new material.

Being an Associate Editor for Teaching History has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me. The role has enabled me to stay up to date with the latest developments in history teaching; work with inspirational history teachers and researchers; and develop my own thinking and writing.” James Carroll, Associate Editor

Application process:

Along with your CV we are asking for:

300 words reflecting on your experience as an author in Teaching History or similar publication.

500 words on any two or three Teaching History articles explaining either how they have influenced your practice or what you think they reveal, separately or collectively, about the journeys of history-teacher-led debates and developments.

300 words on what you see as Teaching History’s editorial mission.

Please email ceo@history.org.uk with your application or with any questions. If you wish to talk to one of the current Managing Editors prior to application please contact us at the above email address.

This is a rolling call for volunteers which will be running for all our in-house publications over the next few months and does not have a cut-off date.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people; disabled people (visible and invisible, mental and physical); people who identify as being LGBTQ+; and people who identify as working class or have done so in the past.

*Volunteer editors are more than welcome to stay as Associate Editors if their time constraints make this the best fit for them. With some experience, we hope that some Associate Editors, however, might also choose to move to the role of full Managing Editor. This has a commitment of c.40 hours a month.