Acquisitions Editorial


Committee Roster

Peggy Solic, Rutgers, Chair (peggy DOT solic AT rutgers DOT edu)
Courtney Berger, Duke
Andrew Berzanskis, Washington
Christine Dunbar, Columbia
Catherine Goldstead, Johns Hopkins
Zachary Gresham, Vanderbilt 
Suzanne Guiod, Bucknell
Nate Holly, Georgia
Kitty Liu, Cornell 
Christabel Scaife, Liverpool
Jenny Tan, Pennsylvania

Board Liaison
Niko Pfund, Oxford

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:

  • Coordinate final review process for new and revised Best Practices for Peer Review Handbook (drafted by 2019-21 Committees); incorporate feedback, finalize text revisions, and collaborate with Association staff on publication, distribution, and promotion of Second Edition.
  • Review the Association’s 2016-17 survey report on editorial board practices (along with related materials) in order to advise the board and a future committee on whether an update to the survey might be needed.
  • Identify opportunities for discussion and collaboration amongst editors and foster those interactions; plan for a networking event at AUPresses 2022, host 2-3 Acquisitions Editorial virtual Hangouts throughout the year, consider programming specifically for early career acquisitions staff, and, if requested, assist the 2022 Annual Meeting Program Committee in developing acquisitions-related sessions.
  • As requested, assist the Faculty Outreach Committee in the creation of educational content for scholars and authors.
  • Coordinate participation in Peer Review Week activities with the Central Office, including a public online panel discussion on the 2021 theme, “Identity in Peer Review.”
  • Include in your June final report to the Board suggestions for concurrent session topics to be referred to the 2023 Annual Meeting Program Committee.

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.
  • Encourage discussions on appropriate UP Commons groups.
  • Coordinate all research and survey activity through the Central Office.
  • Seek opportunities to support the Association’s core value of diversity & inclusion by engaging in activities and developing programs that include participation from diverse members of the community and/or that aim to increase equity and inclusivity in 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 Annual Meeting Program Committee as requested, and include in your final report to the board any suggestions for future programming your committee identifies over the course of the year.
  • Seek opportunities when conducting activities and events to recruit new members to serve on your committee in future years, being sure to emphasize diversity, equity, and inclusion in your efforts; include in your final report to the board discussion of your recruiting efforts; share with the Executive Director the names of potential future committee members.
  • Submit reports on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its October, March, and June meetings. Interim reports are due on October 4, 2021, and February 28, 2022; final reports that recap all committee activities for the year and are shared with the membership are due May 20, 2022. (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 at the end of the service year, and recommend changes for next year to the Executive Director.
Committee Projects/Publications

Best Practices for Peer Review Handbook

Editorial Board Practices

Art of Acquisitions Hangouts

מיר פֿירן אַריבער די עיקרדיקע ראָלע פֿון אַ גלאָבאַלער געמיינשאַפֿט פֿון פֿאַרלעגערס, װאָס זייער מיסיע איז פֿאַרזיכערן אַקאַדעמישע אויסגעצייכנקייט און קולטוװירן דאָס װיסן. 

— AUPresses Mission Statement in Yiddish