December 10, 2015

I am excited to begin my term as editor of Teaching English in the Two-Year College, building on a decade of leadership by Jeff Sommers, who has served NCTE, TYCA, and CCCC well in his role as editor. One of the major changes in the journal moving into my term is the shift to our electronic submission system, Editorial Manager, used by other NCTE-published journals.

Editorial Manager is a robust system for managing the publication process. Authors are able to submit their manuscripts for review to the site; reviewers can be assigned and access materials there as well. As editor, I will be using the system to facilitate the submission, review, revision, and acceptance stages of publication.

My editorship launches with a new set of submission guidelines and a couple of new features. You can review those here: TETYC Submission Guidelines

Second, in order to assist new and veteran reviewers with the process of reviewing manuscripts, I’ve created the document “Advice for Reviewers,’ which spells out each of the criteria by which manuscripts are evaluated, with guiding questions to consider as reviewers create their documents. I will suggest these are also helpful to authors who want to know what kinds of things their readers are looking for.

I’ll soon be developing a similar document, “Advice for Authors” as well as focusing on two parts of the process of managing a journal, not just logistically or philosophically but in terms of creating a community that supports the publication:

  • Book Review Editor: Annie del Principe (Kingsborough CC) has done an incredible job serving as book review editor for the journal for the last few years. Since she is stepping out of this role, I will be looking for a new book review editor shortly. Watch for that call in this space and on the TETYC page.
  • Editorial Board: In the coming year, I’ll be looking at how to make best use of the expertise of the journal’s editorial board–board involvement varies by journal, so those readers, reviewers, and authors who will be attending 4C in Houston next year will be invited to a discussion about how the Editorial Board for TETYC can best serve the journal’s mission.

Lastly, we’ll still communicate electronically through email. You can contact me at

I am looking forward to this new challenge!

Holly Hassel

Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies



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