Professional Development Committee


Committee Roster

Alison Shay, North Carolina, Chair  (ashay AT email DOT unc DOT edu)
Rafael Chaiken, SUNY
Melissa Hammer, Kentucky
Lara Mainville, Ottawa
Christine Thorsteinsson, Harvard
Victoria Verhowsky, Rutgers

Board Liaison
Robbie Dircks, North Carolina

Central Office Liaisons
Angelica Devoe, Susan Patton


General Objective: 

  • Develop and manage tools, programs, and resources to assist Association members in improving their publishing expertise, developing their leadership skills, and enhancing their professional development.

Specific Charges to the Professional Development Committee:

  • Collaborating with other Committees as appropriate and working with the Central Office, plan and execute a series of professional development webinars.
  • Explore possible cooperative professional development programs with appropriately aligned organizations.
  • Evaluate Residency Program applications; support efforts by the Central Office and the Board to identify additional sources of financial support for the program.
  • As requested, assist the Annual Meeting Program Committee to develop and implement any professional development-related sessions for the 2019 Annual Meeting, including new Collaboration Labs.
  • Expand the reach and activities of the Mentoring Program at the 2019 Annual Meeting; working with the Annual Meeting Program Committee, provide opportunities for early career attendees to network at the Annual Meeting.

Common Charges to All Committees of the Corporation:

  • 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.

Committee Reports and Projects

2017-2018 Final Report
2016–2017 Final Report

2015–2016 Final Report

2014–2015 Final Report
2013–2014 Final Report
2012–2013 Final Report
2011–2012 Final Report
2010–2011 Final Report
2009–2010 Final Report
2008–2009 Final Report
2007–2008 Final Report
2006–2007 Final Report
2005–2006 Final Report