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Professional Development


Committee Roster

Megan Mendonca, Princeton, Co-Chair (megan UNDERSCORE Mendonca AT press DOT Princeton DOT edu)
Bethany Wasik, Cornell, Co-Chair (Bethany DOT wasik AT cornell DOT edu)
Rebecca Carhart, IVP 
Kim Hogeland, Oregon State 
Alodie Larson, Oxford 
Mary Lui, Toronto 
Nicole Solano, Rutgers 
Kelly Fattman, Harvard Education 
Laurie Matheson, Illinois
Elisia Snyder, Alberta 

Board Liaison
Rachael Levay, Princeton

Central Office Liaison
Alexis Fagan


General Objective: 

  • Develop and manage tools, programs, and resources to assist Association members in improving their publishing expertise, developing their leadership skills, and enhancing their professional development.

Specific Charges to the Professional Development Committee:

  1. Improve publishing expertise of AUPresses members by sponsoring 3–5 virtual events (webinars, Hangouts) in collaboration with domain-specific Committees; endeavor to ensure that one such event encourages recruitment, retention, and advancement of under-represented communities.
  2. Help develop leadership skills of AUPresses members through a planned webinar on how to be a mentor and other opportunities to be a leader in whatever your role at a press.
  3. Working under the guidance of the Central Office, review 2023-24 Week in Residency Applications.
  4. Enhance peer-to-peer professional development of AUPresses members by providing and supporting the virtual mentoring program throughout the year as well as networking opportunities at AUPresses 2024 Annual Meeting.

Common Charges to All Committees of the Corporation:

  • 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.

Ние ja унапредуваме основната улога на глобалната заедница на издавачи чија мисија е да обезбеди одличен академски квалитет и да култивира знаење.

— AUPresses Mission Statement in Macedonian