Faculty Outreach


Committee Roster

Catherine Cocks, Michigan State, Chair (camcat AT msu DOT edu)
Anne Donlon, Modern Language Association of America
Ehren Foley, South Carolina 
Kimberly Guinta, Rutgers
Angie Hogan, Virginia
Kathryn King, Bristol
Philip Leventhal, Columbia
Alisa Plant, Louisiana State 
Marie Sweetman, Wayne State 
Elizabeth Wilder, Arizona
Dan Williams, TCU

Board Liaison
Christie Henry, Princeton

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:

  • Continue to develop new content for the “Ask UP” web site, especially with regard to rights and permissions, journals, contracts, and open access—engaging with other committees as needed—and with an eye toward integrating EJI concerns throughout. Continue to evaluate sustainability of content development protocols, including the recruitment of new hosts and rotation of responsibility for monitoring and answering visitor-submitted questions. Work with Central Office staff to continue to promote Ask UP site.
  • Work with other committees as needed to develop webinars for new authors, on topics such as permissions, contracts, the creation/procurement of print-quality illustrations, or the publishing process itself. Work with the Central Office to make the webinars broadly available on Association and individual member websites, on popular video-hosting platforms, and broadly across social media.
  • Continue to build relationships with scholarly societies to facilitate the demystification of publishing for their members, especially historically underrepresented, marginalized, underfunded, or independent scholars (e.g., by sponsoring conference presentations and webinars or discussing the development and support of mentorship programs.) Evaluate how relationship outreach and maintenance with scholarly societies can be made scalable and sustainable. Recruit and prepare Association members to participate in accepted panels and programs. 
  • Review the “how to publish” presentation template to make sure it meets accessibility standards. Continue to promote its use to member presses with Central Office support. 

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

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