Volunteer

Touchstones is run by an all-student volunteer staff. If you are interested in becoming part of the Touchstones staff, review the positions and apply below.

Note: When reviewing candidates for staff positions, we will consider your past experience and class standing (projected graduation date). Also, understand that if you work as a Touchstones staff member (except as a reader), you are excluded from submitting work to the journal concurrently.

"Open Heart" by Kaitlin Markle

Staff Positions

Editor-in-Chief

The Editor-in-Chief is chosen by a selection committee made up of Touchstones’ two previous Editors-in-Chief, the faculty advisor during the semester in which the Editor-in-Chief is selected, and the faculty advisor during the semester in which the Editor-in-Chief will serve. The Editor-in-Chief works with the Prose, Poetry, and Art Editors to choose pieces but has final say on all decisions. The Editor-in-Chief is in charge of planning all Touchstones events in conjunction with their faculty advisor and English Department staff. The Editor-in-Chief is also in charge of coordinating all of the following staff members.

Managing Editor(s)

The Managing Editor or Co-Managing Editors are chosen by the Editor-in-Chief and the faculty advisor for the semester in which they will serve. The Managing Editor is in training to become Editor-in-Chief following the semester in which they are serving. Thus they assist the Editor-in-Chief in planning, coordinating, and making editorial decisions.

Technical Editor

Handles visual design and layout of the journal. The Technical Editor incorporates the cover design and themed elements by the cover designer into their layout. The Technical Editor reviews the layout with the Art Editor as well as English Department and Art Department faculty. The Technical Editor also handles importing edits made to hard copies of pieces from the Prose and Poetry Editors.
Technical Assistant(s): Technical Assistant(s) are in training to become the Technical Editor the following semester and thus assist the Technical Editor throughout the semester in which they serve.

Prose Editor

Makes semi-final decisions on prose pieces after reading night and presents them to the Editor-in-Chief. Leads editing sessions with the Prose Staff, editing pieces in Chicago style. Contacts authors about changes and other requests.
Prose Staff: Attends editing sessions and edits pieces chosen for publication in Chicago style under the direction of the Prose Editor. Future Prose Editors are chosen from the Prose Staff.

Poetry Editor

Makes semi-final decisions on poetry pieces after reading night and presents them to the Editor-in-Chief. Leads editing sessions with the Poetry Staff, editing pieces in Chicago style. Contacts authors about changes and other requests.

Poetry Staff

Attends editing sessions and edits pieces chosen for publication in Chicago style under the direction of the Poetry Editor. Future Poetry Editors are chosen from the Poetry Staff.

Drama Editor

Makes semi-final decisions on drama pieces after reading night and presents them to the Editor-in-Chief. Leads editing sessions with the Drama Staff, editing pieces in Chicago style. Contacts authors about changes and other requests.

Drama Staff

Attends editing sessions and edits pieces chosen for publication in Chicago style under the direction of the Drama Editor. Future Drama Editors are chosen from the Drama Staff.

Art Editor

Makes semi-final decisions on art pieces after consulting with the Art Staff. Assists the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor to choose the cover art and themed elements for the journal.

Art Staff

Assists the Art Editor to make decisions on art pieces. Future Art Editors are chosen from the Art Staff.

Webmaster

Manages and updates the Touchstones website and Facebook profile. Maintains the Touchstones archive by uploading the final pdf of the current issue to the website.

PR Manager

Assists the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor to plan all Touchstones events. Handles advertising for Touchstones including posters, fliers, and booths. Assists the Editor-in-Chief with recruiting and retaining staff members. The PR Manager is also in charge of all sales of the journal, including past issues and the present issue.

Readers

Attend reading night and engage in a peer reading and discussion of all submitted pieces. Pieces that are chosen by the readers then go through the respective editor and eventually to the Editor-in-Chief for final decisions.