Faculty Outreach Committee


Committee Roster

Angela Gibson, MLA, Chair
Patrick H. Alexander, Penn State
Ann Baker, Nebraska
Seth Denbo, American Historical Association
Ilene Kalish, NYU
Julie Laut, Illinois
Gita Manaktala, MIT
Trevor Perri, Northwestern
Stephen M. Wrinn, Notre Dame

Board Liaison
Greg Britton, Johns Hopkins

Central Office Liaison
Annette Windhorn


General Objective:

  • Determine the viability of continuing this new Association committee. To the extent deemed feasible, create, implement, and monitor programs to help scholars improve their understanding of scholarly publishing, the role of university presses, and the value of peer review, primarily as a service to scholarship but also to support individual Association members in demonstrating value to their parent institutions and to communicate the community's ongoing centrality to the scholarly publishing ecosystem.

Specific Charges to the Faculty Outreach Committee:

  • Consider whether the Association has the resources to implement and manage the Charge and Tasks contemplated for this new committee, and whether it is reasonable to expect that scholarly societies will accept AUPresses-developed programs. Only proceed with additional tasks deemed feasible and sustainable.
  • Working with the Acquisitions Editorial Committee as necessary, and in conjunction with the Central Office, develop a webinar explaining the publishing process to new scholars; work with the Central Office to make the webinar broadly available on Association and individual member websites, on popular video hosting platforms, and broadly across social media.
  • Propose panels and programs for learned society annual meetings that explain the publishing process and offer advice and information on how to work with a publisher; recruit and prepare Association members to participate on accepted panels.
  • Work with learned societies to make publishing panels a permanent feature in their annual meeting programs.

Common Charges to All Committees of the Association:

  • Include your board and staff liaisons in all committee communications and activities
  • Use UP Commons as your primary communications and collaboration tool
  • Coordinate all research and survey activity with the Central Office
  • Seek opportunities to support the Association’s core value of diversity by engaging in activities and developing programs that include participation from diverse members of the community and/or that aim to increase the diversity and inclusivity of our community
  • Seek opportunities to support the goals of the Association’s 2016 membership restructuring by integrating into your committee activities the participation of colleagues from non-North American member presses.
  • Submit reports on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its October, February, and June meetings. Interim reports are due on October 5, 2018 and February 8, 2019;  Final reports that recap all committee activities for the year and are shared with the membership are due May 17, 2019. (For convenience, please reproduce your Charge & Tasks at the beginning of all reports, and list the names and institutional affiliations of all committee members.)
  • Review your General Objective and Specific Tasks, and recommend changes for next year to the Executive Director.

Reports and Projects

2017-2018 Final Report