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Editor-in-Chief Duties

Position Description

Supervises content of association publications. Manages the Editorial Board and chairs all meetings. Serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees, which oversees all association activities, approves the annual budget and develops the association strategic plan.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be an active predoctoral member at the time of application and throughout the term of office.
  2. Must be able to attend all required meetings below.
  3. Must be able to complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.
  4. Should serve at least one year as a contributing editor or electronic editor.
  5. Must have demonstrated qualitative journalistic experience.

Term Length

Annual Session 2017 - Annual Session 2018


Must be able to attend each meeting noted below in order to be considered for the position. Click here for exact dates.

  • All Board of Trustees meetings
  • ASDA Annual Session 2017
  • Spring Council and Board of Trustees meeting
  • June Editorial Board meeting
  • Fall Council and Board of Trustees meeting
  • National Leadership Conference
  • ASDA Annual Session 2018


  • Exercises editorial discretion over the content of association publications; guides the content of all print publications and contributes to blog content that directly relates to ASDA's magazine, Contour.
  • Maintains regular contact with each member of the Editorial Board and manages their assignments.
  • Writes or delegates the writing of editorials, articles and other materials.
  • Coordinates activities necessary for the acquisition of copy, acceptance of manuscripts and review of manuscripts when necessary.
  • Monitors national, regional and local issues relating to dental student needs and interests.
  • Identifies appropriate article topics and qualified authors.
  • Identifies themes for issues, when appropriate.
  • Determines criteria for content, authorship and number of editorials, as well as publication of letters to the editor and other opinion manuscripts.
  • Achieves consensus among Editorial Board members concerning desired courses of action and recommendations and presents Editorial Board recommendations to the Board of Trustees for consideration.
  • Mentors contributing editors.
  • Presents a report at each Board of Trustees meeting.
  • Reads all Board meeting material sent in advance.
  • May be appointed to serve as ASDA’s representative to ADA councils.
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