Co-Editor of the Journal of Museum Education

Company Name: 

Museum Education Roundtable


2021 L Street NW Ste 101-151
Washington, DC 20036

Contact Name: 

Michelle Dezember




Job Description: 

Position: Co-Editor of the Journal of Museum Education; two part-time, remote, contract positions

Reports To: MER Board of Directors

Stipend: $10,000 annual stipend, paid in quarterly installments

Location: Remote (eligible to work in the United States)

Application Due: March 28, 2021

Preferred Start Date:  June 2021


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Formed in 1969, the Museum Education Roundtable (MER) fosters professionalism among museum educators by encouraging leadership, scholarship and research in museum-based learning through the publication of the Journal of Museum Education (JME). The JME is the only American journal that is devoted to the theory and practice of museum education. Since 2015, the JME has been published by Taylor & Francis in both digital and print formats as part of its museums and heritage studies portfolio. In the next chapter of the JME’s development, two co-editors will collaboratively lead the JME, providing shared leadership on the journal’s content, voices, and accessibility, all while ensuring it remains a high-quality, timely, and unique journal.

MER is committed to the core values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We believe that as an organization, we have a professional responsibility to address the intersecting histories of oppression and resistance that shape hierarchies of privilege and power related to race, gender identity, class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, ability and national origin and their role in museum education. We are committed to serving as advocates for these values to the wider field and through the Journal of Museum Education.

Aligned with MER’s commitment to advancing equity within the field of museum education, we have committed to a shared leadership model for the Journal of Museum Education.


Position Description

Two collaborative co-editors will share responsibility for working with the MER Board of Directors to ensure the overall quality of the intellectual content of the Journal of Museum Education.  The co-editors will each oversee 2 of the 4 issues of JME produced each year, alternating the lead responsibility of overseeing the review process of each issue while working in concert to ensure the journal is timely, inclusive, and relevant to practitioners and scholars. The co-editors share responsibility for advancing the mission of MER and goals of the journal, doing outreach to potential authors and guest editors, working with an Editorial Review Panel (ERP) of peer reviewers, and for evaluating articles that provide new, original, and important contributions to the field of museum education. 

In addition to collaborating deeply with one another, the co-editors also work closely with the MER Board of Directors’ editorial team and the publisher, Taylor & Francis, in developing content for and managing production of the journal. The co-editors coordinate with the individuals who contribute directly to the formation of each issue: guest editors, contributing authors, and the editorial review panel. Responsibilities also include writing editorials, soliciting manuscripts, and ensuring the successful publication of 4 issues of the Journal of Museum Education annually. The co-editors also contribute to board meetings of the Museum Education Roundtable and prepare quarterly reports for the board. 


Shared Duties

The co-editors collaboratively oversee the mission and scope of the journal in consultation with the publisher and Museum Education Roundtable Board. In alternating issues of the JME, each co-editor will take a leading role to:

  1. Oversee the successful production of the JME, including the recruitment of authors, the editorial review process, and publication of the journal with Taylor & Francis;
  2. Ensure, in collaboration with the co-editor and the editorial team of the MER board of directors, that the Editorial Review Panel (ERP) represents a diverse range of perspectives and contributes to making the JME an equitable publication;
  3. Develop and sustain an effective working relationship with the MER board of directors with a shared commitment to MER’s values and vision;
  4. Develop and sustain an effective working relationship with the additional co-editor.


Review Criteria

We are looking for candidates who possess many of the following qualities:

●      Demonstrated, broad curiosity and knowledge of the museum education field and scholarship, including its people, institutions, pedagogies, programs, and history. Extensive knowledge of informal teaching and learning theories.

●      Familiarity with MER and the Journal of Museum Education. 

●      Experience in editorial work and/or publications as a journal editor.

●      History of publishing either with the JME or as an author in related publications.

●      Experience with the  peer review process and communicating with authors and reviewers. 

●      Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and antiracism.

●      Demonstrated ability to collaborate across multiple stakeholders.

●      Strong project management skills with attention to detail, including the ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines and balance competing demands. 

●      Proven track record as a strong communicator, and a collaborative educational leader with extensive teaching or mentoring experience.



To apply

Please submit your CV/resume and provide responses through this application form.


Please direct questions to As we are a volunteer-led organization, responses may take 3-5 business days.


Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm ET on March 28, 2021


MER is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, gender identity, age, class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, ability or national origin.  MER is committed to advancing equity and diversity in the museum education field. As such, we especially welcome applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) candidates, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others with expertise or knowledge in productively engaging in diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility work. MER is committed to the principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact: