Faculty Outreach Committee


Committee Roster

Patrick Alexander, Penn State, Chair (pha3 AT psu DOT edu)
Ann Baker, Nebraska
Seth Denbo, American Historical Association
Angela Gibson, Modern Language Association
Ilene Kalish, NYU
Gita Manaktala, MIT
Larin McLaughlin, Washington
Trevor Perri, Northwestern

Board Liaison
Greg Britton, Johns Hopkins

Central Office Liaison
Brenna McLaughlin


General Objective:

  • 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 the association in communicating the community’s ongoing centrality to the scholarly publishing ecosystem.

Specific Charges to the Faculty Outreach Committee:

  • 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 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.