The Association of University Presses Constituency Award honors staff at member presses who have demonstrated active leadership and service to the association and the university press community. The award was established in 1991 and is presented each year at the Association’s annual meeting. Recipients should be either current or retired staff from member presses. Current and retired press directors are not eligible.
Qualifications can include:
- service on Association committees, task forces or the Board of Directors;
- contributions to Association’s professional development programs (regional and annual meetings and workshops);
- work with other organizations on the Association’s behalf;
- innovations in scholarly publishing that have had a positive impact on other member presses.
Nominations are reviewed by a subcommittee of the Association’s Board of Directors, who then make a recommendation for the approval of the full Board of Directors.
The AUPresses Constituency Award has been presented to an individual from within the AUPresses community since 1991. Nominees and recipients have served the Association in many capacities, and we are deeply grateful for their contributions and for the participation of all Association volunteers. Going forward, to better align with the Association’s focus on advocating for the collective work of the membership, at its October 2020 meeting the Board of Directors decided to suspend the annual Constituency Award and instead prioritize on the Stand UP Award, recognizing individuals from outside the Association who advocate on behalf of University Presses.