Should you read these words, which of course I fully expect you to do, it means that we have all survived the end of 1999 and, depending on whom you ask, either the last year of the current millenium (most historians and scientists), or the start of a new one (most presidential candidates, the Pope, and all advertising executives).
No matter what you call it, it is a time of momentous change, something we archaeologists are said to study from a unique perspectivethat of the very long term. Perhaps the most obvious of these insights is that change happens, it is inevitable, and that change takes many institutional forms.
As you will see in the letter from SAA President Keith Kintigh (pp. 7), change is also coming to the SAA Bulletin. Although many of the details need to be worked out, January 2001 will witness the appearance of a new, improved SAA Bulletin. I am pleased to announce that I will help to bring this new publication to life, and over the course of the coming year, I will keep you informed of the directions this publication will take.
But there are more changes, and this one has a more personal dimension. Although I will usher in this new publication, I will step down as its editor by June 2001. After three terms, it is time for someone else to take over, and perhaps move in new, unanticipated directions. I expect, though, that whoever takes over this new publication, they will work as hard as I have to bring you the best of SAA and the increasingly diverse field of archaeology.
The Society for American Archaeology plans to enlarge its publishing program beyond the various periodicals it now issues. One element is a new monograph series. The Society has published monographs in the past, and the first of the new series will reprint one of those classics. This, Newell and Krieger's report on the George C. Davis site is already in press with a new introduction by Dee Ann Story; it will be published in time for the 2000 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. The Society seeks a general editor to develop the series, coordinating acquisitions, review, and acceptance of SAA monographs. Detailed editing will be done by those responsible for individual titles; copy-editing and production will be done from the Society's Washington office.This is an unusual opportunity. In an era when the monograph is rapidly changing in purpose and form, it is a way to have a decisive impact on its future in American archaeology. One of the editor's roles, with others, will be to choose what formats, paper or electronic, the SAA monographs will take in the longer term. The scale of the program is presently envisioned at two titles per year.The editor would take up the role at the Philadelphia Annual Meeting, April 2000, for a term of three years.Like all Society editorships, the position is unpaid; it is hoped the editor's employer or institution will support the job's modest expenses. With so much primary research being done in a CRM context, the SAA monograph editor might come from that sector.The chair of the Society's Publications Committee, Christopher Chippindale, is available for informal discussion about the position (in England, tel: + (44) 1223-333512 work; (44) 1223-513743 home; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Send applications in the form of a brief vita and a statement as to how you would approach the role to him at 85 Hills Rd., Cambridge CB2 1PG, England; or by email to email@example.com. The deadline for application is March 15, 2000.
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