AAUP Webinar: Managing Staff Morale

Presented: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Time: 3:00PM EST (duration 60-90 minutes)

AAUP Webinar: Managing Staff Morale from AAUP on Vimeo.

It comes as no surprise to natives of book publishing that the industry is in a state of considerable change and reinvention. But with all the attention devoted to e-books, XML, and tumblr vs. twitter, we also need to account for the real challenge of how to communicate all the structural and procedural changes at play. How should managers keep their teams and staff informed of Press-specific developments? What role does the Director play in assuaging employee concerns and relaying updates about company stability?

These questions and more were discussed in detail by a panel of industry veterans and experts in January 2011. Our speakers included Sheila Levine of the University of California Press, MaryKatherine Callaway of Louisiana State University Press, and Richard Brown of Georgetown University Press. The webinar brought to light different methods and approaches to the challenge of managing staff morale in the context of wide shifts in university press publishing.

About the Presenters 

Sheila Levine is Associate Director and Publisher of the University of California Press, where she began working in the 1970s. For many years she acquired books in history and Asian studies, and now focuses on UCP’s food list, which she started more than ten years ago.

MaryKatherine Callaway is Director of the Louisiana State University Press, a position she has held since 2003.  Before moving to Baton Rouge, she worked for the Johns Hopkins University Press in Baltimore and London and at the University of Georgia Press.

Richard Brown has been Director of Georgetown University Press since 2001. He began his work in publishing as an editor at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and then worked in religion publishing at Pilgrim Press and was the director of Westminster John Knox Press. He is the current President of AAUP.