Acquisitions Editorial Committee


Committee Roster

Clark Whitehorn, New Mexico, Chair (clarkw AT unm DOT edu)
Matthew Bokovoy, Nebraska
Beth Bouloukos, Amherst
Allyson Carter, Arizona
Brian Halley, Massachusetts
Kim Hogeland, Kansas
Deborah Gershenowitz, Cambridge
Michael J. McGandy, Cornell
Kristen Elias Rowley, Ohio State

Board Liaison
Gita Manaktala, MIT

Central Office Liaison
Brenna McLaughlin


General Objective:

  • Develop and manage tools, programs, and resources to assist the Association's members in establishing best practices for acquisitions editors and fostering conversation and collaboration amongst acquisitions editors.

Specific Charges to the Acquisitions Editorial Committee:

  • Review and as necessary update Best Practices Handbook.
  • Survey community practice surrounding peer review of Regional & Trade titles.
  • Develop a list of Good Practices for Editorial Board governance.
  • Identify opportunities for discussion and collaboration amongst editors and foster those interactions; working with the Central Office, sustainably plan for the continuation of a monthly Friday Editorial Hangouts program.
  • As requested, assist the Faculty Outreach Committee in the creation of a how-to-publish webinar for new authors.
  • Coordinate participation in Peer Review Week activities with the Central Office.
  • As requested, assist the Annual Meeting Program Committee in planning any acquisitions-related sessions for the 2019 Annual Meeting, including new Collaboration Labs.
  • Include in your June final report to the Board suggestions for concurrent session topics to be referred to the Seattle 2020 Annual Meeting Program Committee.

Common Charges to All Committees of the Association:

  • Include your board and staff liaisons in all committee communications and activities
  • Use UP Commons as your primary communications and collaboration tool
  • Coordinate all research and survey activity with the Central Office
  • Seek opportunities to support the Association's core value of diversity by engaging in activities and developing programs that include participation from diverse members of the community and/or that aim to increase the diversity and inclusivity of 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.
  • Submit reports on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its October, February, and June meetings. Interim reports are due on October 5, 2018 and February 8, 2019;  Final reports that recap all committee activities for the year and are shared with the membership are due May 17, 2019. (For convenience, please reproduce your Charge & Tasks at the beginning of all reports, and list the names and institutional affiliations of all committee members.)
  • Review your General Objective and Specific Tasks, and recommend changes for next year to the Executive Director.

Committee Activities & Projects

Best Practices for Peer Review >

The Art of Acquisitions >

Editorial Review Board Resources >

Committee Reports

2017-2018 Final Report
2016–2017 Final Report
2015–2016 Final Report
2014–2015 Final Report