Call for Proposals for Editor of Passport
In 2014 the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Council established a regular review and renewal process for the editorships of its publications. As a result, SHAFR is issuing a Call for Proposals (CFP) to edit its newsletter, Passport. The term of appointment will begin in August 2017 and, as stipulated in SHAFR’s by-laws, will extend for at least three but no more than five years.
Passport publishes reviews, historiographical essays, articles on pedagogical issues relating to the teaching of U.S. foreign relations, and research notes; it also explores other issues of interest to SHAFR members. Passport is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of SHAFR in January, April, and September. SHAFR provides an annual stipend to the editor and a small stipend to a graduate student serving as assistant editor in addition to paying for copy-editing and design costs. The editor’s home institution should provide some level of financial and/or in-kind contribution to the production of Passport. The current administrative arrangement includes an editor, assistant editor, and production editor, as well as an editorial advisory board. While SHAFR’s by-laws mandate a board of editors, they do not mandate the current division of labor. The Editorial staff can be but is not required to be at a single institution.
In no more than five pages, applicants submitting a proposal should:
- Specify the major individual(s) who would be involved and describe the role of each person.
- Specify the support, both financial and in-kind, that the host institution guarantees it will provide to the Editorial office.
- Assess the intellectual strength of Passport as it now stands.
- Offer a vision for the newsletter as it evolves. Where would you like to take Passport if selected to serve as its editor?
The final decision will be made by the President of SHAFR with the approval of Council.
SHAFR’s Council established an advisory committee to conduct this search composed of Thomas Schwartz (chair), Salim Yaqub, Michael Allen, and Sarah Snyder. Prospective applicants should feel free to consult with any member of the committee.
The advisory committee expects to make its recommendation to the President and to Council at the June 2017 SHAFR annual meeting.