AAUP Announces Recipients of Scholarly Publishing Residencies

Eight University Press Professionals Awarded Mellon Funding

NEW YORK (July 21, 2014)–The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) is pleased to announce recipients of the 2014 AAUP Residency Grants. The program, currently supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, encourages professional development of scholarly publishing staff through intensive, hands-on residencies at hosting member presses.

The 2014 residents are:

  • Danny Bellet, Publicity Manager at Penn State University Press, who will study the publicity programs of Harvard University Press;
  • Emily Giller, Exhibits Coordinator and Media Planner at University of Nebraska Press, who will look into discipline-specific marketing programs at Indiana University Press;
  • Jeff Kallet, Acting Sales and Marketing Manager at Ohio University Press, who will discuss sales reporting with the University of Chicago Press;
  • Whitney Johnson, Editorial Assistant at Columbia University Press, who will review digital publishing strategies at the University of Chicago Press;
  • Ami Reitmeier, Sales Assistant and Inventory Manager at University of Illinois Press, who will explore strategies for tracking marketing at the MIT Press;
  • Lila Sanchez, Graphic Designer at University of New Mexico Press, who will learn about app development at Minnesota Historical Society Press;
  • Amanda Sharp, Assistant Marketing Manager for Publicity and Sales at University of Georgia Press, who will observe sales strategies at University of Texas Press; and
  • Rosemary Vestal, Publicist and Social Media Manager at University of Nebraska Press, who will delve into social media strategy, also with the University of Chicago Press.

Residents will spend up to five days immersed with skill-specific experts and innovators at other AAUP member presses. Residents and hosts represent the wide spectrum of geography, size, and structure found in the AAUP membership. The program, formerly funded by the Mrs. Giles F. Whiting Foundation, has sponsored residencies for nearly 100 member staff since its inception in 1997. A recent grantee called the Residency "unquestionably among the richest professional experiences I've ever had."

Find more information about AAUP Residencies on the program page.

The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing opportunities, and helps its more than 130 member presses fulfill their commitments to scholarship and the dissemination of knowledge. Its members are active across many disciplines and are innovators in the world of electronic publishing. AAUP's reach goes beyond its membership, through scholarly associations, research libraries, independent book publishers, and many other affiliates.

Contact for Residency Program:
Susan Patton
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General Media Inquiries:
Regan Colestock
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