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Applicants Invited for Associate Editor - Communications of JMT

September 9, 2021 11:31 AM
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Job Description Associate Editor – Communications, Journal of Music Therapy

The Journal of Music Therapy seeks applicants for Associate Editor – Communications. The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) invites applicants for one open position as Associate Editor – Communications to support the dissemination of journal research.

The Journal of Music Therapy (JMT) is a forum for authoritative articles of current music therapy research and theory, including book reviews and guest editorials. Its mission is as follows:

The Journal of Music Therapy seeks to advance research, theory, and practice in music therapy through the dissemination of scholarly work. Its mission is to promote scholarly activity in music therapy and to foster the development and understanding of music therapy and music-based interventions. To this end, the journal publishes all types of research, including quantitative, qualitative, historical, philosophical, theoretical, and musical, and may include discipline, profession, and foundational research topics. The journal strives to present a variety of research approaches and topics, to promote critical inquiry, and to serve as a resource and forum for researchers, educators, and clinicians in music therapy and related professions.

The Associate Editor – Communications (AE-C) is a volunteer position responsible for advancing the ways journal content is communicated within and outside the music therapy community. This position includes cooperating with the AE-C for Music Therapy Perspectives (MTP) and coordinating with Oxford University Press (OUP) to prepare and disseminate journal content to share through the @AMTAResearch social media channels and other media sources.

Term of Service

The term of service coincides with that of the lead Editor through 2022 and is subject to extension in cooperation with the lead Editor. This position is planned to begin orientation in September, 2021 with a gradual assumption duties.

Duties and Responsibilities

Journal Content Dissemination: Working closely with the Editor and Managing Editor, the Associate Editor – Communications (AE-C) serves a central role in communicating journal content to AMTA members and non-members through various media outlets. This includes co-managing the @AMTAResearch social media channels with the AE-C for Music Therapy Perspectives, working with the communications contacts at Oxford University Press, and developing and implementing new communications-focused initiatives. An emphasis is placed on the interface between music therapy research, clinical practice, and current events that may enhance understanding of music therapy for consumers and scholars outside the field. The AE-C will also meet several times during the year with the Editor, Managing Editor, and/or AE-C for MTP  (conference call) and attend the annual Editorial Board meeting held during the AMTA national conference.

Teamwork: The AE-C participates as a member of the editorial team consisting of the Editor, AEs, Managing Editor, and publisher (Oxford University Press contacts). Additionally, the AE-C works closely with the AE-C for Music Therapy Perspectives.

Applicant Qualifications
  • An active publication record
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Active engagement and working knowledge of various social media platforms/outlets (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Experience in an editorial role (e.g., journal editor, book editor, thesis/doctoral supervision)
  • Experience in a journal review processes (e.g., a reviewer or author)
  • Prior service on the JMT Editorial Board (preferred, but not required)
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team
  • Desire and ability to dedicate up to 5 hours per week to Associate Editor responsibilities

Professional Membership. Current Professional membership in the American Music Therapy Association is provided gratis as a benefit of service to the journal and the mission of AMTA.

Electronic letters of interest and a CV should be submitted to:

Blythe LaGasse, Editor
Subject line: Associate Editor JMT Search Committee

Letters of interest are invited immediately and should be received no later than 5:00 PM ET on September 24th, 2021.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Kimberly Sena Moore to discuss the position (Current Communications Associate Editor; for more detailed information regarding this position.