Professional Development Committee


Committee Roster

Dawn Durante, Illinois, Chair (durante9 AT uillinois DOT edu)
James Ayers, New Mexico
Ciara O'Connor, NYU
Michael Regoli, Indiana
Brian Roach, Catholic
Allison Shay, Syracuse
Jill Shimabukuro, Chicago
Christine Thorsteinsson, Harvard

Board Liaison
Robbie Dircks, North Carolina

Central Office Liaison
Susan Patton


General Objective: 

  • Develop and manage tools, programs, and resources to assist Association members in improving their publishing expertise, developing their leadership skills, and enhancing their professional development.

Specific Charges to the Professional Development Committee:

  • Collaborating with other Committees as appropriate and working with the Central Office, plan and execute a series of professional development webinars.
  • Explore possible cooperative professional development programs with appropriately-aligned organizations.
  • As requested, evaluate proposals for additional pre-meeting workshops for the 2018 Annual Meeting.
  • Evaluate Residency Program applications; support efforts by the Central Office and the Board to identify new sources of financial support for the program.
  • As requested, assist the Annual Meeting Program Committee to develop and implement any professional development-related sessions for the 2018 Annual Meeting, including new Collaboration Labs; work with Annual Meeting Program Committee to develop programming targeted to early-career publishers so they can make better cases to their supervisors to attend the Annual Meeting.
  • Expand the reach and activities of the Mentoring Program at the 2018 Annual Meeting; explore innovative ways for mentors and mentees to connect at the Annual Meeting (at the Newcomers' Reception or outside of this venue); provide opportunities for early-career attendees to network at the Annual Meeting.

Common Charges to All Committees of the Corporation:

  • Include your board and staff liaisons in all committee communications and activities.
  • 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.
  • Support the efforts of the Central Office staff to identify opportunities to leverage UP Commons (targeted launch: Fall 2017) to facilitate collaboration and communication among the members of your committee and the broader community it represents.
  • Make a summary report on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its November, March, and June meetings; reports are due on Thursday, October 12, 2017, Thursday, March 1, 2018, and Thursday, May 24, 2018. Review your General Objective and Specific Tasks, and recommend changes for next year to the Executive Director.

Committee Reports and Projects

2016–2017 Final Report
2015–2016 Final Report

2014–2015 Final Report
2013–2014 Final Report
2012–2013 Final Report
2011–2012 Final Report
2010–2011 Final Report
2009–2010 Final Report
2008–2009 Final Report
2007–2008 Final Report
2006–2007 Final Report
2005–2006 Final Report