The Office of Faculty Development will host the first five-college publication day on May 17: UMass Amherst

The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) will host Five College Publishing Day, a collaborative publishing event for neighboring academic institutions, via Zoom on Tuesday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to all faculty and Five College aims to foster connections between publishers and authors in attendance.

According to UMass director of faculty development Wendy Varner, the event serves both to mentor faculty in scholarly book publishing and to highlight the “abundance of new opportunities” available to the faculty given the rapid evolution of the publishing field.

The day’s program will begin with a panel discussion with publishers, agents and authors who will share their views on today’s publishing world. From there, attendees will have the option to choose from several morning and afternoon sessions on different areas of editing and writing.

Scheduled moderators and panelists have a wide range of editing experience within the five colleges and beyond. “We have a wealth of experience and expertise here at all five colleges, and I’m excited to learn from our neighbors and our guests,” said Mary Dougherty, director of UMass Press.

Publishing Day 2022 marks a revival of Five College cooperative events focused on the publishing industry. “I’m thrilled to see the return of Five College Publishing Day,” said Raymond Rennard, director of academic programs for the Five College Consortium. “It’s been almost twenty years since the last one, and the publishing industry has changed a lot for academics since then. This launch event has something for everyone, from publishing a first monograph to exploring alternative scientific formats.

This event is co-hosted by Amherst College, Five Colleges, Inc., Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in conjunction with Amherst College Press, The Common, the Massachusetts Review, and the University from Massachusetts Press. It is free and open to all teachers at Five College.

Program of events:

Welcome: Five College Publishing Day 2022

  • Michelle BudigSenior Vice President for Faculty Affairs, UMass Amherst
  • Ray FoxDirector of Academic Programs, Five Colleges Inc.

Round table

  • The state of the 2022 edition
    Mary Doughertydirector, University of Massachusetts Press
    Jim Hicks, editor, Massachusetts Review; Associate Professor, UMass Amherst

Morning sessions

  • The first book: where to start?
    Helene VisentinSmith College, Associate Dean of Faculty, Dean of Academic Development, Professor of French Studies
  • The Second Book: What Should I Consider?
    Pawan DhingraAmherst College, Associate Provost and Associate Dean, Professor of American Studies
    Beth Bouloukosdirector, Amherst College Press

Afternoon sessions

Closing discussion

  • Moderator: Brian Halleyeditor, University of Massachusetts Press, UMass Boston

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