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Fembot Collective Organizational Structure

A Work-in-Progress


last updated 2/9/13

1. The Fembot Collective: Members of the collective 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, and undergraduates.

2. Fembot Advisory Board: There will be nine members of the advisory board: the chair, a graduate student representative, Books Aren’t Dead editor, a librarian, a web mistress, and a designer. Three additional members will be appointed by the Advisory Board and should include representatives from different institutions in different countries. Advisory Board members, including the chair, will serve three year terms. At the beginning of the Advisory Board’s second year, they will being the process of discussing the transition to a new Advisory Board, in consultation with the Collective.

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

  • develop a fundraising strategy for Fembot;
  • 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
  • planning face-to-face get-togethers for members of the Collective and Advisory Board members.

3.  Ada Editorial Board: Editorial board members are those who have served as reviewers and special issue editors within the past two years. Editorial board members will:

  • serve as preliminary reviewers for submissions, helping the editors to determine whether a given contribution is ready for the review process;
  • make recommendations to the collective regarding topics for upcoming journal issues;
  • work directly with the editors of special issues on production and related issues;

4. 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.