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Apply Now for the Spring 2023 JMURJ Editorial Board

3-credit course | 1-credit practicum | Internships | Honors students
Application Information

The James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal is a peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to promoting, publishing, and sharing the text- and media-based research and scholarship created by undergraduate students in all JMU disciplines. JMURJ Editorial Board members collaborate within and across teams and coordinate the efforts of students, faculty, and administrators in a university-wide effort to advance JMU undergraduate scholarship, research, and intellectual work.

Students accepted into the JMURJ course serve on the JMURJ Editorial Board. We invite applications from students in all JMU fields who are ready to apply and develop their editing, design, and outreach/marketing skills:

  • Editing team editors comprehensively edit text- and media-based submissions from disciplines across the university, collaborate with undergraduate researchers and scholars, and coordinate the efforts of faculty reviewers. We value applicants with copyediting experience, familiarity with disciplinary styles and style manuals, and/or time in JMU's Learning Centers/Writing Center.

  • Design team editors create the professional layouts, graphic art, and website design necessary for an online, multi-disciplinary, multimedia academic journal. Applicants should be familiar with InDesign (we can supply/loan access to the Adobe Creative Cloud). Other skillsfrom Canva to Cascade, and everything in betweenare a plus. If you want to work closely on a creator-client basis, we need you.

  • Outreach/Marketing team editors promote and share the journal through social media, email, and other print and online outlets. They develop presentations; communicate with students, faculty, and administrators; and create funding opportunities. We need people with social media experience, design skills, and/or JMU contacts.

  • College and Department liaisons—designed for students interested in a 1-credit practicum—assist in the efforts described above as they focus on networking/sharing JMURJ with students and faculty in their specific areas of expertise.

WRTC 328: JMURJ Practicum

The Spring 2023 WRTC 328: JMURJ Practicum (Tu/Th 2:20-3:35) is a 3-credit course, but is available for 1 and 2 credits to students with specific skills, experiences, contacts, or practicum needs. The course can count toward different JMU graduation requirements:

  • Non-WRTC students: the WRTC 328 JMURJ Practicum counts toward your general elective credits. We can work with your major or minor advisor or academic unit head to develop a course directive that might allow the course to count toward your specific major or minor requirements. You may repeat the course for credit.

  • WRTC majors: the WRTC 328 JMURJ Practicum is listed as a WRTC Crossover Elective course, but may be applied toward WR and TC requirements, depending on your Editorial Board role. We can work with your WRTC major advisor and the WRTC academic unit head to affirm credit possibilities. You may repeat WRTC 328 for up to 6 total credits.

  • WRTC minors: the WRTC 328 Practicum counts toward your WRTC Elective credits. You may repeat WRTC 328 for up to 6 total credits.

  • Honors students: WRTC 328 JMURJ Practicum is a Designated Honors Option course. WRTC 328 JMURJ Practicum, available for 1-3 credits, can also fulfill the Honors practicum requirement for all Honors Areas of Emphasis (provided you have already satisfied your AoE Experiential Seminar requirement). You may repeat the course for credit.

Application Information

Enrollment in the Spring 2023 JMURJ course requires instructor permission. Let us know about your interest by emailing JMURJ Advisor Kevin Jefferson (jefferkx@jmu.edu) and JMURJ Managing Editors Lauren Howard (howar2lp@dukes.jmu.edu) and Kate Peppiatt (peppiakt@dukes.jmu.edu). You can speed the process by attaching a cover letter/letter of inquiry (300 words max):

  • Who you are, including with your major(s), any minor(s) and your anticipated graduation date.
  • How did you hear about the JMURJ Editorial Board? Did someone recommend the course to you—who?—and can you identify a professor or JMU employer who can speak well of you?
  • Check out the JMURJ Editorial Board roles outlined above. Which role(s) are you interested in?
  • Share your experience and/or disciplinary expertise. What skills, interests, experiences, and/or contacts can you bring in serving as a member of the JMURJ Editorial Board?
  • How do see your academic and professional goals aligning with the journal’s mission? What about the journal's  vision and values inspires you to contribute?

Internships

Attach your letter of interest and résumé in an email to Kevin Jefferson (jefferkx@jmu.edu) and JMURJ Managing Editors Lauren Howard (howar2lp@dukes.jmu.edu) and Kate Peppiatt (peppiakt@dukes.jmu.edu). In your letter of interest/cover letter (300 words max), please address/build on the concerns listed under "Application Information" above as you express your readiness to capitalize on an internship with JMURJ.

  • JMURJ Editorial Internships: The JMURJ internship provides a great opportunity to gain management and leadership experience steering a publication. As one of our past JMURJ interns remarked, "You end up doing a bit of everything and, in the process, get a good perspective on the kind of work involved in running a successful publication." Applicants should have a strong editing background and be comfortable working in a team setting. Current JMURJ Editorial Board members Lauren Howard, Caroline Smith (smit24e@dukes.jmu.edu), and Sophie Edlich (edlichsn@dukes.jmu.edu) have completed internships with JMURJ and can answer any questions you might have. 
  • JMURJ Design Internships: Contact Kevin Jefferson or any of the JMURJ Managing Editors and Interns listed above to express interest in this opportunity or to learn more. JMURJ needs help with the professional layouts, graphic art, and website design necessary for an online, multi-disciplinary, multimedia academic journal. Applicants should be familiar with InDesign (we can supply/loan access to the Adobe Creative Cloud). Other skills—from Canva to Cascade, and everything in between—are a plus.

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