Acquisitions Editorial Committee


Committee Roster

Mary Elizabeth Braun, Oregon State, Chair (mary DOT braun AT oregonstate DOT edu)
Matt Bokovoy, Nebraska
Beth Boulouokos, Amherst
Allyson Carter, Arizona
Brian Halley, Massachusetts
Kim Hogeland, Kansas
Michael McGandy, Cornell
Clark Whitehorn, New Mexico

Board Liaison
Gita Manaktala, MIT

Central Office Liaison
Brenna McLaughlin


General Objective:

  • Develop and manage tools, programs, and resources to assist the Association's members in establishing best practices for acquisitions editors and fostering conversation and collaboration amongst acquisitions editors.

Specific Charges to the Acquisitions Editorial Committee:

  • Coordinating with the Professional Development Committee, use the new virtual mentorship program to pair junior and senior editors across presses.
  • Continue to help promote AAUP’s Handbook on Best Practices in Peer Review; plan for how to respond to (and potentially incorporate into potential future revisions) public comment on the document.
  • Identify opportunities for discussion and collaboration amongst editors and foster those interactions; working with the Central Office, sustainably plan for the continuation of a monthly Friday Editorial Hangouts program.
  • As requested, assist the Faculty Development Committee in the creation of a how-to-publish webinar for new authors.
  • Coordinate participation in Peer Review Week activities with the Central Office.
  • As requested, assist the San Francisco 2018 Annual Meeting Program Committee in planning any acquisitions-related sessions for the 2018 Annual Meeting, including new Collaboration Labs.
  • Include in your June final report to the Board suggestions for concurrent session topics to be referred to the Detroit 2019 Annual Meeting Program Committee.

Common Charges to All Committees of the Corporation:

  • Include your board and staff liaisons in all committee communications and activities.
  • 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.
  • Support the efforts of the Central Office staff to identify opportunities to leverage UP Commons (targeted launch: Fall 2017) to facilitate collaboration and communication among the members of your committee and the broader community it represents.
  • Make a summary report on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its November, March, and June meetings; reports are due on Thursday, October 12, 2017, Thursday, March 1, 2018, and Thursday, May 24, 2018. Review your General Objective and Specific Tasks, and recommend changes for next year to the Executive Director.

Committee Activities & Projects

Best Practices for Peer Review >

The Art of Acquisitions >

Committee Reports

2017-2018 Final Report
2016–2017 Final Report
2015–2016 Final Report
2014–2015 Final Report