AFEE Positions Available
Dear AFEE Colleagues,
On behalf of the AFEE Committee on Publications and Electronic Media, I write to solicit applications for two new AFEE positions: the AFEE Web Content Editor and the AFEE Social Media Coordinator. Each of these positions comes with a $2000 stipend.
Applications should include: (1) a detailed letter of interest describing the candidate's background, vision and priorities relative to the position, (2) a vita, and (3) two letters of recommendation. Applicants should be a member in good standing with AFEE. Applications should be sent to Eric Hake, AFEE Secretary/Treasurer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is February 6, 2018. We hope to make appointments to these positions by the end of October so that the work on augmenting AFEE's web and social media presence can begin immediately.
Please send any questions to me at Geoff.Schneider@Bucknell.edu
AFEE Web Content Editor Position Description
The AFEE Web Content Editor (WCE) is responsible for maintaining, updating and generating content for the AFEE web site. The WCE will work with a professional web designer on the AFEE web site. The WCE is selected by and reports directly to the Committee on Publications. In exchange for completion of the duties, the AFEE WCE will receive a $2000 per year stipend. The WCE serves a 3-year term, which can be renewed at the request of the WCE by the Committee on Publications.
Duties: Maintaining, updating and generating content for the AFEE web page. The WCE has primary responsibility for the content of the AFEE web site. The WCE works with various association officials to keep the site up to date. The WCE will work with the AFEE Social Media Coordinator to integrate social media materials into the web site. The WCE will also collaborate with the Secretary-Treasurer to update AFEE business content on the AFEE web page. The WCE is also responsible for organizing and generating web content.
One of major duties of the WCE is to maintain and augment the existing collection of online books and articles on institutionalism. The AFEE web site should function as a resource for scholarship on institutional economics. Thus, the WCE should work to make the AFEE site a repository of classic and modern institutionalist scholarship. This should include efforts to make classic works of institutionalist scholarship available (in a printable, citable format), and to offer working papers and selected contemporary articles from the Journal of Economic Issues and other sources. These materials should be tagged carefully and presented in a way as to make them easily searchable.
In addition, the WCE should work to make the AFEE web site a repository for materials on teaching institutionalism. This should include soliciting and posting current syllabi, and gathering materials that could be used for teaching classes from an institutionalist perspective.
Association Duties. The Web Content Editor will make an annual report to the AFEE Board on the association’s web site, including annual costs and a description of major changes. Ideally that report should be made available by December 1st so that board members have enough time to read the report prior to the January board meeting. The web editor also serves as a member of the AFEE Committee on Publications and Social Media.
AFEE Social Media Coordinator Position Description
The AFEE Social Media Coordinator (SMC) is responsible for creating, maintaining and augmenting social media resources for AFEE. These include maintaining an AFEE blog and twitter feed, the AFEE Facebook page, and the AFEEmail email discussion list. The SMC is selected by and reports directly to the Committee on Publications. In exchange for completion of the duties, the AFEE SMC will receive a $2000 per year stipend. The SMC serves a 3-year term, which can be renewed at the request of the SMC by the Committee on Publications and Social Media.
Duties: Maintain, update and generate content for the AFEE Blog, Twitter Feed, Facebook Page, and AFEEmail email list
AFEE Blog. The primary responsibility of the Social Media Coordinator is to create, maintain and generate content for the AFEE blog. The SMC should make at least one blog post per week. These can be very simple, such as links to interesting materials or articles or links to an article in the latest issue of the JEI. Or they can be more detailed, such as an institutionalist commentary on a current issue or a link to an article along with some comments. The SMC should actively encourage and recruit guest posts.
AFEE Twitter Feed. The SMS will set up and maintain an active AFEE twitter page. This will include links to all blog posts and to new materials on the AFEE web page and in the JEI, and other creative uses of Twitter. For example, the SMC should try to make sure that one or more people are live tweeting from AFEE conferences and events. There should be a minimum of one tweet per week.
AFEE Facebook Page. The AFEE Facebook page is another important venue to promote institutionalism and to build a community of institutionalist scholars. The SMC will maintain and augment the AFEE Facebook page, posting links to the AFEE blog and twitter feed, and stimulating conversations and connections.
Managing the AFEEMAIL email discussion list. The SMC is the moderator for all afeemail posts. This requires the SMC to read through and approve AFEEMAIL posts on a daily basis. The purpose of AFEEMAIL moderation is to prevent flame wars and to prevent the list from being hijacked by individuals who are not posting messages in keeping with the purpose of AFEEMAIL. The SMC will also work with afeemail list members to manage their subscriptions. This tends to occur a few times each month, and includes such activities as changing members’ email addresses, or changing their subscription options. The SMC might also work to stimulate conversation on AFEEMAIL by organizing web seminars or other forms of e-conversation relevant to institutional economists. This could be done in conjunction with the other AFEE social media outlets.
Other Social Media. In the rapidly changing landscape of social media, it is the SMC’s job to keep the AFEE Committee on Publications and Social Media abreast of the major changes in social media, and to propose new initiatives in this area when they are warranted.
Association Duties. The Social Media Coordinator will make an annual report to the AFEE board on the association’s social media resources, including annual costs and a description of major changes. Ideally that report should be made available by December 1st so that board members have enough time to read the report prior to the January board meeting. The SMC also serves as an ex officio member of the AFEE Committee on Publications and Social Media.