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Faculty Outreach


Committee Roster

Jennifer Keegan, Louisiana State, Chair (jenniferkeegan AT lsu DOT edu)
Rebecca Colesworthy, SUNY
Katie Cortese, Texas Tech 
Shannon Fortner, Johns Hopkins 
Kayowa Gibson-Tshilenge, Pennsylvania 
Kimberly Guinta, Rutgers 
Angie Hogan, Virginia 
Kathryn King, Bristol 
Anne Savarese, Princeton

Board Liaison
Anthony Cond, Liverpool 

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; consider especially the needs of historically underrepresented, marginalized, underfunded, and/or independent scholars in your activities

Specific Charges to the Faculty Outreach Committee:

  1. Continue to develop new content for the “Ask UP” website, especially with regard to rights and permissions, journals, contracts, and open access—engaging with other committees as needed—and with an eye toward integrating equity, justice, and inclusion concerns throughout. Continue to evaluate the 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 the Ask UP site.
  2. 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.
  3.  Working with the Central Office, develop branded resources to support staff at member presses seeking to present how-to-publish sessions at learned society meetings and events. 

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

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