Faculty Outreach


Committee Roster

Anne Donlon, Modern Language Association of America, Chair (adonlon AT mla DOT org)
Ann Baker, Nebraska 
Catherine Cocks, Michigan State
Ehren Foley, South Carolina 
Ilene Kalish, NYU
Philip Leventhal, Columbia
Alisa Plant, Louisiana State 
Marie Sweetman, Wayne State 
Elizabeth Wilder, Arizona
Dan Williams, TCU

Board Liaison
Fred Nachbaur, Fordham

Central Office Liaison
Annette Windhorn


General Objective:

  • Create, implement, and monitor programs to help scholars improve their understanding of scholarly publishing, the role of university presses, and the value of peer review, primarily as a service to scholarship but also to support individual Association members in demonstrating value to their parent institutions and develop a community of faculty advocates for presses everywhere.

Specific Charges to the Faculty Outreach Committee:

  • Finish preparations for and launch the new “Ask AUPresses” web site. Work with Central Office staff on launch and promotion plans.
  •  Evaluate and finalize procedures for adding fresh “Ask AUPresses” content regularly, including a protocol for sharing/rotating responsibility for monitoring and answering visitor-submitted questions.
  • Working with the Acquisitions Editorial Committee as necessary, and in conjunction with the Central Office, develop a webinar explaining the publishing process to new scholars; work with the Central Office to make the webinar broadly available on Association and individual member websites, on popular video hosting platforms, and broadly across social media.
  • Propose panels and programs for learned society annual meetings that explain the publishing process and offer advice and information on how to work with a publisher; recruit and prepare Association members to participate on accepted panels.
  • Work with learned societies to make publishing panels a permanent feature in their annual meeting programs.
  • Working through the Central Office, finalize templates for use by member presses in making how-to-publish presentations to scholars; work with Central Office to promote this new resource.

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 Group
  • Coordinate all research and survey activity through 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 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.
  • Submit reports on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its October, March, and June meetings. Interim reports are due on October 8, 2020, and February 25, 2021; final reports that recap all committee activities for the year and are shared with the membership are due May 20, 2021. (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

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