AUPresses Residency Program

The Residency Program is designed to give staff at member presses the opportunity to refine or learn new skills and procedures from colleagues who are strong in a particular area or have developed innovative programs. Offering an intensive, hands-on residency at another member press of up to one week (although shorter visits are allowed), the program seeks to foster a professional exchange that will contribute intellectual stimulation and problem-solving ideas to both the host and the home press. Any person who has a full time appointment at a regular member press and at least two years of university press experience may apply. Press directors are not eligible to apply.

The program funds transportation and room/board costs for the participants. Each participant's home press is expected to provide salaried time off for the staff member. The host press should incur no direct costs. Visits to more than one press in the same geographical area are also an option.

The Association of University Presses is very pleased to announce the continuation of its Residency Program through 2021 with support from the Johns Hopkins University Press in honor of retiring director Kathleen Keane. Keane is a strong believer in the value of professional development. Under her leadership at Hopkins, she ensured that press staff had access to a range of opportunities to learn and grow professionally. Her record of service and leadership within the university press community make this a fitting tribute. Keane served the Association as its President in 2009-10, on its Board of Directors, on various committees and task forces, and as a panelist on numerous sessions at the Association’s Annual Meeting. Johns Hopkins University Press has also served host to residents in the past. The Residency Program was generously funded by the Mrs. Giles F. Whiting Foundation from 1997-2013; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided transitional funds for the program through 2016.

2017 Residency Program

The Professional Development Committee selected the following individuals to participate in the 2017 Residency Program:

  • Ceylan Akturk, Assistant Editor, Rights and Permissions Manager, Wayne State University Press
  • Barbara Bourgoyne, Designer, Louisiana State University Press
  • Felicia Cedillos, Book Designer, University of New Mexico Press
  • Teresa Collins, Production and Fulfillment Manager, University Press of Kentucky
  • Katie Smart, Publicist and Exhibits Coordinator, Duke University Press
  • Karen Smith, Marketing and Sales Assistant, University of West Indies Press
  • Regan Toews, Finance and Business Manager, McGill-Queen’s University Press
  • Kristin Waites, Digital Projects Assistant, MIT Press

Read a summary of the 2017 Residency Report here.

2018 Residency Program

Applications for the 2018 Program are now available.

The Residency Program is open to all qualified employees of AUPresses Regular and Affiliate Member presses. The prerequisites for the program are:

(1) Candidates must be part of the full-time staff of an AUPresses Regular or Affiliate member press.

(2) Candidates must have at least one year of experience at current employer.

(3) Press directors are not eligble to apply for this program.

Applicants must have the approval of least one potential host press before submitting an application. They must provide a budget estimate, a resume, and answer the following.

  1. What skills do you wish to learn or improve during the proposed residency;
  2. How these new or enhanced skills will benefit your development as a publishing professional and/or how they would benefit your home press;
  3. Why the proposed host is particularly well suited to providing the desired environment; and 
  4. Why these goals are uniquely met through this residency program.

Please submit your application and email your resume by June 6, 2018. Participants and host presses will be notified no later than July 16, 2018. It will then be the responsibility of each participant and host press to determine a mutually favorable time for the residency as well as other details of the visit. Residencies must be completed by December 31, 2018.

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