Featured Speakers

June 11 — Opening Banquet

speakers rather02Dan Rather

With a famed and storied career that has spanned more than six decades, Dan Rather has been one of the world’s best-known journalists for much of the last half century. He has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and personally covered almost every important dateline of the last 60 years.

Rather joined CBS News in 1962. He quickly rose through the ranks, and in 1981 he assumed the position of anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News—a post he held for 24 years. His reporting across the network helped to turn 60 Minutes into an institution, launched 48 Hours as an innovative news magazine program, and shaped countless specials and documentaries.

Upon leaving CBS, Rather returned to the in-depth reporting he always loved, creating the Emmy Award winning, Dan Rather Reports on HDNet. Now, building upon that foundation, he is president and CEO of News and Guts, an independent production company he founded that specializes in high-quality non-fiction content across a range of traditional and digital distribution channels.

Rather will speak on the importance of university-press scholarship in these days of fake news and alternative facts. 

June 12 — Opening Plenary

speakers msmDr. Marilyn Sanders Mobley
Vice President, Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity
Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Marilyn Sanders Mobley is Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). She leads the university’s strategic efforts related to inclusion and equity, serves as the Chief Diversity Officer, and co-chairs the CWRU Supplier Diversity Initiatives Council. She is a tenured professor of English and a member of the CWRU Social Justice Institute leadership team. A member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2010, her TEDxCLE2013 talk was on “The Paradox of Diversity.” Under her leadership, CWRU has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from Insight into Diversity and recognition from the Commission on Inclusion. In addition, she has been recognized for her leadership in Who’s Who in Black Cleveland.

Dr. Mobley has over 30 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member, scholar, thought leader and diversity professional. She currently serves on the board of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Women of Hope, Inc. She is a Toni Morrison scholar and a founding member, former President, and former Vice Chair of the Board of the Toni Morrison Society. A published author in the fields of African American literary and cultural studies, women’s studies, and diversity, Dr. Mobley is committed to helping diverse constituencies and stakeholders understand the intersection of race, gender, and class and the multiple ways that issues and perspectives surrounding diversity, inclusion and social justice intersect in multiple sectors in the United States and around the world. She has presented her research, scholarship, and ideas in the US and in Austria, Canada, England, France and Portugal.


speakers lewis

Earl Lewis
President, The Andrew. W. Mellon Foundation

Earl Lewis became the sixth President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in March 2013. Under his guidance, the Foundation has reaffirmed its commitment to the humanities, the arts, and higher education by emphasizing the importance of continuity and change.

A noted social historian, Mr. Lewis has held faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley (1984–89), and the University of Michigan (1989–2004). He has championed the importance of diversifying the academy, enhancing graduate education, re-visioning the liberal arts, exploring the role of digital tools for learning, and connecting universities to their communities.

Prior to joining The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mr. Lewis served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies at Emory University. As Provost, Lewis led academic affairs and academic priority setting for the university.

He is the author and co-editor of seven books, including Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society (with Nancy Cantor, Princeton University Press, 2016).

June 12 — Luncheon 

speakers delateja02 exportJesús F. de la Teja
Texas State University

Jesús F. de la Teja is Jerome H. and Catherine E. Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies, Regents’ Professor of History, and Director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University. He has published extensively on Spanish, Mexican, and Republic-era Texas, most recently Faces of Béxar: Early San Antonio and Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 2016) and Lone Star Unionism, Dissent, and Resistance: The Other Civil War Texas (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016).

Formerly the book review editor for the Southwestern Historical Quarterly (1997-2014), he served as the inaugural Texas State Historian (2007-2009), and as president of the Texas State Historical Association (2007-2008). Currently he serves on the board of directors of Humanities Texas and on the advisory board of the San Jacinto Museum of History. He is a recipient of the Americanism Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution, a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and the Texas Catholic Historical Society, and a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas and the Texas Institute of Letters.

June 13 — Closing Plenary

speakers rajrDr. Raj Raghunathan
University of Texas

Dr. Raj Raghunathan is Professor of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in exploring the impact that people’s judgments and decisions have on their happiness and fulfillment. Raj’s work has appeared in top journals, including The Journal of Marketing, The Journal of Consumer Research, The Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Information Systems Research, and The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His work has also been cited in several mass media outlets, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Inc, Fast Company, and The Los Angeles Times.

Raj writes about his views on happiness, creativity, and leadership on his popular Psychology Today blog (with over 1 million page views), Sapient Nature. His six-week long Coursera course on happiness (titled, A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment) currently has over 170,000 registered students from 196 countries, and was recently voted the Top MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) of 2015 and one of the Top 50 MOOCs of all time. Raj’s book (titled, If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?) was released in the Spring of 2016 in the US, UK, and India and is slated to be released in 12 other languages in late 2016 and early 2017.



AAUP 2017 Sponsors 

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AAUP 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities

AAUP’s Annual Meeting is more than two days of educational sessions, exhibits, and networking events for the scholarly publishing community. AAUP 2017 will convene June 11-13 in Austin, Texas. Between 650 and 800 people are expected to attend. AAUP 2016 in Philadelphia drew nearly 650 people. icon.pdf

Attendees represent nearly 100 AAUP member presses plus staff from non-member publishers. Press directors; editors; sales, marketing and publicity staff; production, design, and editorial staff; financial officers; electronic publishers; journals staff, IT Managers, library publishers and more are all expected to attend.

AAUP is seeking event sponsors to help keep registration fees low and accessible to its non-profit members.

Why Become an AAUP 2017 Sponsor?

AAUP members collectively publish over 13,000 books and 1,000 journals annually. AAUP members publish ebooks and are experimenting with new platforms, workflows, and dissemination strategies. Sponsor companies and organizations can garner additional exposure for their company’s products and services while helping to promote dialogue and the exchange of ideas about issues in scholarly publishing.

Sponsor's support helps the meeting in the following ways:

  • Sponsors provide networking events where new ideas are exchanged and connections are made.
  • Sponsors improve the meeting experience by underwriting technology costs, educational speakers, materials production, and more.
  • Sponsors support travel grants for junior staff who will bring fresh perspectives, and who will expand their publihsing knowledge and networks by attending the meeting.

Sign up to be an AAUP 2017 Sponsor (or AAUP Partner) here >

AAUP 2017 Sponsor Benefits

Travel Grant
Company logo on meeting website, printed program, and event signage

Complimentary list of email addresses of AAUP 2017 
attendees (who opt-in) to do both pre- and post-meeting outreach
Recognition in the 2016-2017 AAUP Annual Report 
and in the registrants e-newsletter
Recognition on grant applications
Complimentary AAUP 2017 meeting registrations 2 1        
Discounted meeting registrations
(to AAUP member rate)
2 2 2 2 1
Discounts on 2017 AAUP Partner Fees
(up to $900)
Complimentary 2017 AAUP membership directories 2 2 1 1 1 1
$50 discount on individual registration fee OR $100 discount on exhibit table fee        

Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (+1 917-244-1915) with any questions.

Diamond Sponsor: $11,000+


  • Opening Reception (June 11) — $12,000
    Help us welcome the new attendees
  • Breakfast (June 12 & June 13) — $11,000
    Get the day started off right by providing breakfast to our attendees.

Platinum Sponsor: $5,000–$10,999


  • Film Festival Sponsorship (June 12) — $6,000
    Sponsor a late night typographic film festival at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
  • Newcomers' Reception (June 11) — $5,000
    By sponsoring this event, you’ll provide first-time attendees the opportunity to meet and greet each other, and network with potential mentors in their field.

  • WiFi (June 11–13) — $5,000
    As our WiFi sponsor, you’ll help attendees stay connected throughout the meeting.
  • Session Video Recordings (June 12 & 13) — $5,000
    Help extend the meeting's educational reach by supporting the cost of recording selected meeting sessions.
  • Directors Luncheon (June 11) — $5,000
    Support a forum for AAUP Press Directors to join together to discuss issues of common concern.

Gold Sponsor: $3,000—$4,999


  • Journals Assembly (June 11) — $3,000
    Provide support for AAUP's face-to-face meeting of Journals Managers.
  • Networking Lounge (June 11-13) — $3,000
    Provide refreshments for AAUP’s Networking Lounge where attendees can meet for conversation and connection.

  • Coffee Breaks (June 12 & 13) — $3,000 per break
    Everyone needs a break. Give attendees the chance to refuel between session in the Exhibit Hall. There are two breaks on June 12 and two breaks on June 13.

  • Tote Bags — $3,000
    Provide attendees a tote bag for their conference materials. Your company logo and the AAUP meeting logo will appear on the bag.

  • Conference Speaker — $3,000
    Help underwrite the cost of bringing in speakers from outside the AAUP community.

Silver Sponsor: $1,600—$2,999


  • Newcomers' Reception Entertainment (June 11) — $1,600
    Support the booking of Typewriter Rodeo to provide memorable ice breakers to mentors and mentees.
  • General Financial Support
    Help underwrite this professional education and networking event.

Bronze Sponsor: $750—$1,599


  • General Financial Support
    Help underwrite this professional education and networking event.

Travel Grant Supporter: Mimimum Sponsorship $500

Invest in the future of University Press publishing and reach new audiences by providing funding for early career staff to attend the annual meeting. Funds raised will go toward the travel and registration costs ofto qualified individuals in the early stages of their careers.

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Sign up to be an AAUP 2017 Sponsor (or AAUP Partner) here >


Exhibiting at AAUP 2017

What is the AAUP Meeting?

The Association of American Univeristy Presses Annual Meeting and Exhibits offers an opportunity to meet decision-makers from all of the major university presses and a number of other scholarly publishers. If you offer products and services of interest to scholarly publishers, you should plan to attend.

Who attends the AAUP Meeting?

Meeting registrants are primarily staff from AAUP's member presses. AAUP annual meetings typically attract between 600-800 people. Approximately 650 individuals attended the AAUP 2016 meeting in Philadelphia.

See the list of the AAUP 2016 Attendees >

Who exhibits at the AAUP Meeting?

AAUP Exhibitors offer a range of services that include: printing, typesetting, paper supply, copyright licensing, mailing list research, database and publishing software solutions, and more.

Learn more about the 2016 Exhibitors >

When and where is the 2017 Annual Meeting?

The AAUP Annual Meeting will be held June 11-13 at the JW Marriott Austin.

Where will the exhibits be located?

The table-top Exhibits will be in the JW Grand Ballroom on the fourth floor of the hotel of the hotel. Coffee breaks will be held in the Exhibit hall.

What are the fees to exhibit?

Table fees:

General rate: $1,800
Partner rate: $1,200

A 20% deposit is required when booking your table.

A draped table with chairs and registration fees for two company representatives (excluding meals) are included in the table fees.

There will be additional charges for box-handling and any electrical and audiovisual needs. Exhibits are strictly table-top; no large displays or booths will be allowed. There is a limit of one table per company. Exhibitor representatives are entitled to attend annual meeting sessions and off-site receptions. There is an additional fee for attending group meals. If a company would like to send more than two representatives, each additional representative will be required to pay the appropriate meeting registration fee.

Where do I stay?

A block of rooms has been set aside at a special AAUP rate: $219 a night (+tax and $1 daily internet fee) at the JW Marriott Austin110 E 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701.

A direct link to allow guests to make bookings will be available in March 2017.

The last day to make a reservation at the discounted rate is Thursday, May 18, 2017, but book early, as this block of rooms tends to go quickly.  

Please note: AAUP has not authorized and will not authorize any third party housing company to contact attendees. Please disregard any such phone calls or emails should anyone try to contact you.

What is the exhibit schedule?

Preliminary 2017 hours (subject to change):

Monday, June 12: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Exhibits Open
Monday, June 12: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 13: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tear Down
Tuesday, June 13: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

How do I reserve a table?

Book your table at this link.

Click on the table you would like, and follow the online prompts.

If you have questions, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Are there any additional benefits?

2017 Exhibitors will be listed on AAUP's website and in the meeting program. Exhibitors can opt to participate in the prize drawing and purchase advertisements (limited availability) in the registrants newsletter. In addition, a list of all exhibitors with a description of services that they provide will be included in attendees' registration packets.

Are exhibitors allowed to attend educational sessions?

Absolutely. Sessions are generally open to all meeting attendees.

Are there speaking opportunities?

There are not currently opportunities to participate on session panels.

When will the program be available?

 The program will be available in March 2017.

Are there sponsorship opportunities?

Of course! Please contact Susan Patton ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for more information.

How can I increase traffic to my table?

Increase traffic to your tables by donating items for a prize drawing. Let us know if you will contribute, and AAUP will help promote your participation. Popular prizes include e-readers, tablets, gift cards, and service discounts.

AAUP will also provide exhibitors a mailing list of meeting attendees (for one time use only) to help companies promote their presence at AAUP 2017.

Is it possible to attend without exhibiting if I’m not a member of AAUP?

Yes! Registration information will be available in March 2017.

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellations received in writing prior to April 11, 2017, will forfeit the 20% deposit. Cancellations received in writing between April 12 and May 11 will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations received after May 11, 2017.

Speakers and sessions may change without notice. In the unlikely event of meeting cancellation, AAUP is not responsible for any costs, damages, or other expenses incurred by the exhibitor.

Please put me on the mailing list to receive information.

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Hotel & Travel

Primary Conference Hotel

The meeting sessions, exhibits, meals, and more will be located within the JW Marriott Austin, 110 E 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701. A block of rooms has been set aside at the JW Marriot Austin at special AAUP rate: $219 a night (plus tax and $1 daily internet fee)

Make your reservation at the JW Marriot Austin here >

The last day to make a reservation at the discounted rate is Thursday, May 18, 2017, but book early, as this block of rooms tends to go quickly.

Please note: Limited rooms are available for the night of the June 10. If space is unavailable at the JW for the night of June 10, you can book at Marriott Courtyard below. Space is still available at the JW Marriott for attendees arriving on June 11.

Overflow Hotel

Additional rooms have been secured at the Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown Convention Center.

The Courtyard Marriott is less than a 10 minute walk to the JW Marriott.

A block of rooms has been set aside at a rate of $219 a night (plus tax, including gratis internet). Make a reservation by Friday, May 19, 2017, to secure the group rate (the block may fill early).

Make your reservation at the OVERFLOW HOTEL here >

Please note: AAUP has not authorized and will not authorize any third party housing company to contact attendees. Please disregard any such phone calls or emails should anyone try to contact you.

Travel Information

Travel by Air

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is served by most major airlines. The airport is approximately 11 miles from the JW Marriot Austin, a 25-minute drive.

AAUP has set up a travel discount with United and Alaska Airlines:

United Airlines Travel Discounts: AAUP attendees traveling by air to Austin may be eligible for up to 10% off United fares for travel between 6/8/2017–6/16/2017. Click here for more information > icon.pdf

Alaska Airlines Travel Discounts: AAUP attendees traveling by air to Austin may be eligible for up to 5% off Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air US, Canadian, Mexican or Costa Rican city fares for travel between June 7, 2017–June 21, 2017. Click here for more information > icon.pdf

Ground Transportation

The following options are available for airport transportation to and from downtown Austin:

Travel by Car

The JW Marriot Austin address is 110 E 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701

Click here (and scroll down) for driving directions to the JW Marriot Austin >

Parking at the Hotel

Valet Parking

  • 0–3 hours: $20 plus tax
  • 3–6 hours: $30 plus tax
  • 3-plus hours: $43 plus tax

Self Parking

  • $32.47 per 24 period including tax
  • AAUP 2017 attendees are eligible for a 20% discount on self parking

Austin Info

There is much to see, hear, and eat in Austin. We’ll have a list of places to visit prior to the meeting. In the meantime, sample some of what Austin has to offer:



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