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Fembot Collective Organizational Structure

A Work-in-Progress


last updated July 7, 2014

1. The Fembot Collective

Collective members will be called upon to:

  • Review specific contributions, based on their areas of expertise;
  • Participate in decision-making processes concerning the composition of the editorial board;
  • Deliberate about the topic areas for journal issues, as well as provide advice and feedback to designated editors for specific journal issues;
  • Serve as reviewers for submissions;
  • Nominate and vote on new members (beginning 1 January 2013)
  • Provide feedback and advice about the blog and review process;
  • Serve on committees related to fundraising and event organizing;
  • Serve as a resource for mentoring designated editors;
  • Serve, or be willing to serve, at least one term on the editorial board.

Any member of the collective can nominate new members by circulating a brief message nominating a new member and providing a short biography of the nominee to the Fembot listserv. After the nomination receives a second, there will be a one-week discussion period. If there is no discussion or objections, the nomination will be considered approved. If there is no second, the nomination will be dropped. The chair of the advisory board will oversee nominations.

NB: Members of the collective, Fembot Advisory Board, and other positions do not have to have PhDs and do not need to be faculty members. They can be feminist media artists, media producers, media critics, graduate students, undergraduates, and high school students.

2. Fembot Advisory Board

The advisory board is made up of the following:

Fembot Managing Editor: The Fembot Managing Editor oversees and coordinates all aspects of the Fembot Collective. The managing editor works closely with other members of the advisory board to oversee operations of Fembot, including the Fembot Zine, BAD, and Ada.

Ada Co-Editors: Co-editors solicit articles and special issues for Ada. They oversee the peer review process and coordinate the workflow.

International consultant: Actively invites and recruits international contributors and reviewers makes sure that the journal issues consistently address themes with an eye to international audiences and accessibility of content.

Librarian/Archivist: The librarian/archivist oversees journal indexing, DOI assignment and registration, ISSN registration, and metadata coordination. The librarian works closely with the web mistress to ensure accessibility and search engine optimization. The librarian/archivist is responsible for staying on top of trends in publishing metrics and recommending options to the board. The librarian/archivist advises on copyright policies and licensing. In addition, the librarian/archivist coordinates digital preservation of the products of the Fembot Collective.

Web Mistress: The web mistress oversees the general web activities and assists in the project management of Fembot and Ada, including posting regularly to the Fembot Zine; managing and organizing the digital publication of Ada; facilitating and organizing Fembot Advisory Board meetings; analyzing web analytics, and implementing strategies to increase the quality and amount of traffic; assisting the Fembot Managing Editor with organizing Fembot-related events; and overseeing 2 interns and an understudy. This position is currently a paid position supported by a tuition waiver from the Center for the Study of Women in Society and a stipend from the School of Journalism & Communication, both at the University of Oregon.

The Advisory Board is charged with overseeing the multiple elements of Fembot, including the website, Fembot experiments, and routine administrative matters. In addition, advisory board members will:

  • develop a fundraising strategy for Fembot, including funding for graduate student assistantship
  • coordinate web production and provide advice for issues pertaining to the blog and website
  • develop a publicity plan for Fembot and help to network with other scholars, particularly outside North America
  • plan face-to-face get-togethers for members of the Collective and Advisory Board members

3.  Co-Editors, Ada: Fembot is committed to sharing editorial and leadership roles in the belief that a) a feminist project needs to provide leadership opportunities for all members of the collective; b) an interdisciplinary journal needs the new connections that a new chair will bring to the process; c) changes in leadership will keep the collective lively and inclusive. The duties of the co-editors will be:

  • to communicate decisions about manuscripts to authors
  • to coordinate editorial and technological elements of the project with the web mistress
  • to oversee the work of the editorial board, delegating duties and making sure that work on various duties is proceeding
  • to help locate funding opportunities and coordinate grant-writing efforts

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