Call for Co-Host – EcoCast: The Official ASLE Podcast


The Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) is currently accepting applications for a co-host on the in-development podcast series, EcoCast. The podcast will be a place for scholars, educators, and creators doing work related to ecocriticism, environmental and social justice, service learning, and any other topic that falls under the purview of ASLE’s vision.

The role of the co-host will be to help the host organize, schedule, and develop initial outlines for the podcast. Additionally, the co-host will participate in each podcast episode helping to ask questions, maintain the conversation, and offer additional insight and perspectives.

Participation as co-host need not be in person, as most, if not all, episode recordings will happen remotely via Skype. Technical questions can be answered via email. A stable internet connection and Skype account are all that is required of the co-host. All recording and technical elements will be handled by the host. 

Ideally, this co-host will be someone who can serve in this role for at least one year, if not longer. We understand that things change, but are hoping to find someone who can provide some long term stability and cohesion to the podcast, especially as it develops its audience. The current plan is to record one episode per month, but the frequency might increase or decrease depending on interest. Anticipate each recording session to take around an hour to an hour and a half, with 30-40 minutes for the actual recording and the rest of the time as set-up/preparation, as well as leeway for any issues that might arise.

The co-host should love learning across disciplines and engaging with all of the wonderful work that ASLE’s members are creating. They should be someone with strong communication and listening skills. Any current member of ASLE may apply to serve as co-host. We encourage applications from individuals from groups underrepresented in the academy and from individuals with proficiency in languages other than English. Though the podcast will launch in English, we would like to identify potential co-hosts who are able to record interviews in other languages for future episodes.

If you would like to be considered for this co-host position, please send an abbreviated CV and one-page letter of interest explaining why you feel you would be a good fit and what ideas or perspectives you would hope to bring to a podcast such as this one. Email the above materials to [email protected] no later than March 31, 2020. Applicants will be contacted to schedule a Skype conversation/test podcast with the host by April 30, 2020.

Posted on January 30, 2020