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Open Position: Editor for Reading Religion

June 3, 2019
American Academy of Religion
Atlanta, Georgia

From its beginnings in 1909, the American Academy of Religion has grown to be the world’s largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion, with some 8,000 members throughout the world.  The AAR does not endorse any belief or practices but seeks to promote excellence in the academic study of religion and to enhance the public understanding of religion.

The AAR is currently looking for an editor for the AAR’s Reading Religion, the association’s scholarly book review website, which posts freely accessible content multiple times a week.  The Editor may also perform other editorial tasks related to the entire AAR publications programs.

The Senior Editor will:

  • Decide which publications are appropriate for Reading Religion review;
  • Assess the credentials of RR reviewers;
  • Organize a group of associate RR editors and/or editorial board that will assist in identifying appropriate reviewers for books;
  • Develop and maintain guidelines for RR reviews as well as a system for quality control;
  • Send a biweekly RR newsletter of books reviewed and received;
  • Complete proofreading and editing;
  • Communicate with RR authors, publishers, and reviewers;
  • Track RR reviews;
  • Input data into the Reading Religion website;
  • Work with the Director of Communications on promotion and social media strategies;
  • Develop new content ideas as relevant;
  • Work where needed during the annual meeting;
  • Field customer service requests;
  • Work on other publications tasks as assigned;
  • Other duties as assigned
Reports to:    Director of Publications
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to travel to locally and nationally as necessary
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong knowledge of basic office applications (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc)
  • Ability to work effectively managing competing priorities in tight deadlines
  • Bachelor’s degree in religious studies, communications, journalism or related field; advanced degree preferred
  • Three years of experience in printing, editing, publishing, or related
  • Knowledge of commercial and non-profit organizational environment preferred
  • Online editing experience, web product development experience, and working understanding of web-based publishing technologies
As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the American Academy of Religion is proud to represent its members in national and international arenas.  AAR members are affiliated with more than 900 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools around the world.  The AAR’s membership also extends to leaders in related fields including international diplomacy, foundation leadership, and nonprofit management.  AAR’s diverse members can be found engaging in the world as public intellectuals, influencing the development of public policy, producing ground-breaking research in the field, and preparing the world’s next generation of leaders.

The AAR is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations.  This is accomplished through the sharing of knowledge and scholarship via conferences, meetings, publications, and programs; providing resources for excellence in teaching; offering career services for members; advocating for and promoting the profession; and taking positions on public issues that impact society and the world.

The AAR’s meetings and conferences are among the best-attended in the humanities.  During its upcoming 2019 annual meeting, held in conjunction with the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, it is expected that 10,000 people will attend more than 1,000 events and sessions featuring the world’s leading experts in religion.

The AAR, an affiliate of Emory University, is an independent nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 tax exempt status.  The AAR’s office is in Atlanta, Georgia, on the campus of Emory University.  The AAR is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors.

The AAR strongly encourages applications from candidates representing the full diversity of the AAR.  To nominate someone or to apply, go to

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The American Academy of Religion is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.