The Editorial Board works closely with staff to determine the strategy and themes for ASDA’s magazine, Contour. Editorial Board members develop the content for Contour and blog.

The Editorial Board comprises the editor-in-chief, two electronic editors and five contributing editors:

  • The editor-in-chief supervises content of the association's publications. The editor manages the Editorial Board and chairs all meetings.
  • Contributing editors are responsible for recruiting and contacting authors for publications and writing articles as needed.
  • Electronic editors are responsible for recruiting and contacting bloggers and contributing content to the blog as needed.
Position Descriptions

Editor-in-Chief

Term Length: Feb. 1, 2021 - Jan. 31, 2022 (light Editorial Board work will continue through April 30, 2022)

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 listed below and conference calls when necessary. 
  3. Will complete projects or resolutions assigned by the House of Delegates or Board of Trustees.
  4. Must be able to complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.
  5. Experience serving on the Editorial Board is strongly preferred.
Required Meetings
  • February Editorial Meeting 2021
  • Spring Council Meeting 2021
  • June Editorial Board Meeting 2021
  • Fall Council Meeting 2021
  • National Leadership Conference 2021
  • ASDA Annual Session 2022 

National leaders must be able to participate fully in council business via email, meet deadlines, and attend all council calls (whether it be virtual or in-person).

Meetings with an asterisk will be conducted virtually. You are still expected to virtually attend the meetings associated with your position. Please review the dates carefully before applying. 
View a list of all national meetings.

If any meetings scheduled after July 2021 are to be held in-person, leaders will be given at least 30 days’ notice. Funding for required in-person meetings includes: transportation to/from meetings, meals, hotel accommodations, a per diem based on the length of the meeting and reimbursement for baggage fees.

Responsibilities 

Content strategy

  • Exercises editorial discretion over association publication content.
  • Writes or delegates the writing of editorials, articles and other materials.
  • Identifies themes for issues.
  • Monitors national, regional and local issues relating to dental student needs and interests.
Publications management

  • Works closely with staff to further ASDA’s publication strategy.
  • Identifies appropriate article topics and qualified authors to establish a supply of copy for publication consideration.
  • Develops criteria for content, authorship and number of editorials, as well as publication of letters to the editor and other opinion manuscripts.
  • Coordinates activities necessary for the acquisition of copy and reviews articles.
  • Writes and edits articles and other materials as assigned.
Editorial Board management

  • Supervises the activities of the Editorial Board. 
  • Approves all council meeting agendas and minutes.
  • Mentors Editorial Board members.
  • Assists with orientation and transition of new Editorial Board members. 

Contributing Editor

Term Length: Feb. 1, 2021 - Jan. 31, 2022 (light Editorial Board work will continue through April 30, 2022)

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 listed below and conference calls when necessary.
  3. Will complete projects or resolutions assigned by the House of Delegates or Board of Trustees.
  4. Must be able to complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.
Meetings

  • February Editorial Board Meeting 2021
  • Spring Council Meeting 2021
  • June Editorial Board Meeting 2021
  • Fall Council Meeting 2021

National leaders must be able to participate fully in council business via email, meet deadlines, and attend all council calls (whether it be virtual or in-person).

Meetings with an asterisk will be conducted virtually. You are still expected to virtually attend the meetings associated with your position. Please review the dates carefully before applying. 
View a list of all national meetings.

If any meetings scheduled after July 2021 are to be held in-person, leaders will be given at least 30 days’ notice. Funding for required in-person meetings includes: transportation to/from meetings, meals, hotel accommodations, a per diem based on the length of the meeting and reimbursement for baggage fees.

Responsibilities

Content strategy

  • Works closely with staff to further ASDA’s publication strategy. 
  • Collaborates with the editor-in-chief to review and develop content in Contour magazine.
  • Identifies themes for issues of Contour.
  • Monitors national, regional and local issues relating to dental student needs and interests.
Publications management

  • Identifies appropriate article topics and qualified authors to establish copy for publication consideration.
  • Develops criteria for content, authorship and number of editorials, as well as publication of letters to the editor and other opinion manuscripts.
  • Coordinates activities necessary for the acquisition of copy and reviews articles.
  • Writes and edits articles and other materials as assigned.

Electronic Editor

Term Length: Feb. 1, 2021 - Jan. 31, 2022 (light Editorial Board work will continue through April 30, 2022)

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 listed below and conference calls when necessary
  3. Will complete projects or resolutions assigned by the House of Delegates or Board of Trustees.
  4. Must be able to complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.
  5. Experience with WordPress technology and blogging is strongly preferred. 
  6. Responsible for writing or working with an author to publish one blog post per week. 
  7. Must be able to collaborate with the other electronic editor and coordinate blog schedule.
Meetings

  • February Editorial Board Meeting 2021
  • Spring Council Meeting 2021
  • June Editorial Board Meeting 2021
  • Fall Council Meeting 2021

National leaders must be able to participate fully in council business via email, meet deadlines, and attend all council calls (whether it be virtual or in-person).

Meetings with an asterisk will be conducted virtually. You are still expected to virtually attend the meetings associated with your position. Please review the dates carefully before applying. 
View a list of all national meetings.

If any meetings scheduled after July 2021 are to be held in-person, leaders will be given at least 30 days’ notice. Funding for required in-person meetings includes: transportation to/from meetings, meals, hotel accommodations, a per diem based on the length of the meeting and reimbursement for baggage fees.

Responsibilities

Content strategy

  • Works closely with staff to further ASDA’s publication strategy. 
  • Exercises editorial discretion over the content of association’s blog.
  • Collaborates with the other electronic editor and the editor-in-chief to review and develop collaborative materials between Contour and the Blog
  • Monitors national, regional and local issues relating to dental student needs and interests.
Blog management

  • Performs duties as assigned by the editor-in-chief
  • Identifies appropriate blog topics and contributors and contacts them.
  • Writes and edits blog posts and other materials.
  • Maintains regular contact with other Editorial Board members and ASDA staff.