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Art of Acquisitions Hangout: How to Grow an Editor: Rethinking Professional Development for Mentors and Mentees

Professional development can often take the form of extracurricular activities, such as attending conferences, webinars, and workshops, or performing service to the profession, which can amplify ambitious employees’ workloads and put them at risk of burnout.

In this hangout, acquiring editors and editorial assistants will discuss how professional development can be folded into the workday, enabling editorial assistants and assistant editors to develop and hone new skills and track their achievements and growth over time. Recognizing the importance of professional development as a component of the workday enhances the retention and advancement prospects of junior publishing professionals, ensuring that they will thrive in their careers and be poised to give back to the scholarly publishing community.

Moderators: Jaya Aninda Chatterjee, Acquiring Editor, Yale University Press; and Megan Michel Mendonça, Nature Publications Coordinator, Princeton University Press

Panelists: Emily Andrew, Senior Editor, McGill-Queen’s University Press; Chad Attenborough, Acquisitions, University of California Press; Allegra Martschenko (they/she), Acquisitions Editor, University Press of Colorado; and Michelle Sybert, Assistant Director, University of Notre Dame Press

Event Details


October 27, 2023 – October 27, 2023


12pm EST

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