Staff at all member presses are encouraged to nominate themselves to serve on a committee. Committee nominations open in early spring each year and close in early May. The incoming AUPresses President and the Executive Director will appoint committee chairs in the late spring. Incoming committee chairs are provided with the number of committee openings that need to be filled and all relevant nominations. Final committee rosters are subject to approval by the AUPresses President and Executive Director, and should be in place by July.
Staff members at all member presses are eligible to serve on Committees of the Association and Task Forces, but only staff from regular member presses are eligible to serve as committee chairs. Membership on Committees of the Board (Nominating, Audit, and Admissions and Standards) is limited to staff at regular member presses.
Volunteers must have the approval of their supervisor and/or press director before volunteering for service on an AUPresses Committee.
Time Commitment and Financial Considerations
Service on committees may require between 2 and 20 hours of service per month (exclusive of any travel to conference or meetings). There are no out-of-pocket expenses, but committee members are strongly encouraged to attend the AUPresses Annual Meeting. Travel costs and registration fees to the annual meeting are the responsibility of the member presses.
If you have questions about the workload, please contact the current Committee Chair or the Committee’s Staff Liaison.
Except for the Annual Meeting Program Committee, the University Press Week Task Force, and Committees of the Board, committee members serve three-year terms. Chairs are appointed for one year, generally as part of a three-year term of service, and may not succeed themselves in office.
Most AUPresses committees shall have no fewer than five and no more than nine members. Committee rosters should reflect the diversity of our membership.
Members can find more information about committee service policies in the Policies and Procedures Handbook.
All current committee and task force charges are available online. Please note that charges change annually based on the needs of the Association; new charges and rosters for the current term are generally posted in late summer.