Associate Professor of German and Russian Languages and Literatures John Bartle recently stepped down as associate editor for reviews for the Slavic and East European Journal (SEEJ), a position he held since the journal’s fall 2001 issue. He plans on devoting more time to his other interests, in particular The Refugee Project, part of the Digital Humanities Initiative.
During his 18 years with the SEEJ, Bartle edited and published more than 2,000 book reviews. He was responsible for all aspects of the review process, which includes contacting publishers to get books for review and then distributing the books to reviewers, proofreading, making publication decisions, and maintaining a website. The average issue of the journal includes about 25 reviews.
In a note on the SEEJ website, outgoing editor Irene Masing-Delic expressed appreciation for Bartle’s service, saying that he “will be missed not only for his encyclopedic knowledge of which specialist would be the ideal reviewer for a given book, but also for his attentiveness to younger scholars trying out their critical faculties.”
Published quarterly by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, the SEEJ features original research and review essays in the areas of Slavic and East European languages, literatures, cultures, linguistics, and methodology/ pedagogy, along with reviews of books published in these areas.