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Acquisitions Editorial


Committee Roster

Suzanne Guiod, Bucknell, Chair (Suzanne DOT guiod AT bucknell DOT edu)
Jaya Chatterjee, Yale
Elizabeth Demers, Michigan
Christine Dunbar, Columbia 
Gabriela Bueno Gibbs, MIT
Carli Hansen, Toronto 
Nathaniel Holly, Georgia
Elisabeth Maselli, Pennsylvania
Hannah Brooks-Motl, Amherst 
Christabel Scaife, Liverpool 
Alison Syring, Illinois

Board Liaison
Rachael Levay, Princeton

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:

  1. Undertake a second iteration of the Association’s survey and report on editorial board practices as a resource for the Association’s membership.
  2. Promote conversation and collaboration amongst acquisitions editors through virtual hangouts and networking events; endeavor to ensure that one such event addresses the importance of including under-represented communities in the peer review process.
  3. As requested, assist the Faculty Outreach Committee in the creation and promotion of educational content for scholars and authors.

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 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 22 September 2023, and 1 March 2024; final reports that recap all committee activities for the year and are shared with the membership are due 31 May 2024. (For convenience, please reproduce your Charge & Tasks at the beginning of all reports, and list the names and institutional affiliations of all committee members, along with board and staff liaisons.)
  • Apply the lens of equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization to all committee work.
  • Appoint a member of your committee to serve as a liaison to the Equity, Justice, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee, providing updates on your committee’s EJIB efforts, seeking information, support, or guidance on EJIB matters as needed, and attending Fall and Spring meetings for liaisons sponsored by EJIB Committee.
  • 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

Promuoviamo il ruolo fondamentale di una comunità globale di editori la cui missione è di garantire l’eccellenza scientifica e di coltivare il sapere.

— AUPresses Mission Statement in Italian