2020 (Virtual) Mentorship Program

The Association's Professional Development Committee  is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Mentorship Program. Because the in-person 2020 Annual Meeting will not take place, the 2020 program will be virtual. 


The mentorship program facilitates communication throughout the year by linking those new to the profession with mid- and senior-level colleagues. Mentors can provide mentees advice on career goals, professional development tips, and new perspective. Mentees are encouraged to talk with mentors about challenges and opportunities in today's publishing workplace.

The program requires very little time commitment. Mentors and mentees will be introduced via email in early June, and are encouraged to connect at least quarterly.


1) Participants should be on staff at an AUPresses Member Press.

2) Mentors should have at least three years of experience in scholarly publishing.

3) Participants should agree to the Annual Meeting Code of Conduct.

Enroll here by May 8, 2020.

Since 2015, the meeting mentorship program has been successfully focused around meet ups at the AUPresses Annual Meeting. The program has benefitted both mentors and mentees, but don't just take our word for it...

"The AUPresses Mentorship program has been invaluable to my career. Through it, I have met incredible folks (Dawn Durante, Hope LeGro, Brian Halley) in this industry who have widened my perspective on how to do the work of an acquisitions editor well and have provided insightful career advice that will continue to resonate for me for a long time. The support that I've received through the program has only confirmed that I want to remain a part of this community for a long time." –Christian Pizarro Winting, Columbia University Press

"It was rejuvenating to be paired with my mentee, Alex Vose, an editorial assistant from Penn State University Press. She had a lot of good questions about how production and editorial are intertwined and what possible career advancement paths she could take. I felt like my years of experience were of benefit to her and it also brought me to meet other mentors/mentees with all the energy in the room at the reception." – Ellen Foos, Princeton University Press

"The AUPresses mentorship program has been an amazing skill and confidence building experience! It has been a great way for me to explore an area of publishing that I don't get as much experience in through my current position, which feels valuable for future career opportunities as well as interesting in and of itself." –Laura Keeler, MIT Press

"Thanks to the mentor program, I have had the great privilege of meeting and learning from an incredible group of AUPresses peers. It has been such a pleasure to share years of experience with mentees, to experience firsthand the incredible engagement of early career colleagues, and to build new networks of strength and collaboration across the community."  –Christie Henry, Princeton University Press

"I was paired with Katherine Purple of Purdue University Press. We had an enlightening chat about how things work at our respective member presses, which are close in size. It was inspiring to hear about Katherine's career path and to see her as an example of leadership in action. She was very kind to check in with me several times throughout the conference, and as a first-time AUPresses attendee, it was great to have that support." –Claire Eder, University of Wisconsin Press

"I have been participating in the mentoring program at the annual meeting since its beginnings. This has been a tremendous opportunity to get to know one, sometimes two, new young people every year, and subsequently to watch them blossom and grow in the publishing profession—or, sometimes, to take another path entirely. I feel it is of the utmost importance that as many directors and senior AUPressers as possible participate in this program, as a way of welcoming early career publishing professionals and newcomers to the annual meeting. I also appreciate the AUPresses efforts to offer virtual mentoring opportunities, as well as webinars and other ways of supporting professional development. " –Laurie Matheson, University of Illinois Press

"I was paired with Danielle Coty for the virtual mentorship program. Over the course of the year, we kept up through monthly phone calls, and it has been so rewarding to watch Danielle's career develop and to brainstorm together on her opportunities and projects. I've also appreciated being able to share some of her ideas and achievements with our internal team. I know we'll stay in touch, and I'm looking forward to watching her continue to develop as a savvy marketeer!" —Michelle Sybert, University of Notre Dame Press