Peer-to-Peer Education and Staff Development in University Presses

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Tuesday, June 13, 9:00–10:15 AM
Chair: Liz Beasley, Managing Editor, Duke University Press
Panelists: Christie Henry, Editorial Director, Sciences, Social Sciences, Reference, University of Chicago Press; Laura Leichum, Digital Publishing and Rights Manager, Georgetown University Press; Laurie Schlesinger, Associate Director of Sales, Princeton University Press

In this panel, we’ll hear about programs—with names like Days in Residence, Fun Fridays, PERKS, and Lunch and Learns—that some university presses have created in order to foster interdepartmental education, staff engagement, and, in some cases, professional development. While some of these programs are funded and run by fairly large committees, others are not, and some function as employee co-ops. Whether these programs are new or well established, they are all in some ways experimental, shifting course as necessary to meet the needs and interests of staff members at all levels. Panelists will discuss the structure of the programs in place at each of their home presses as well as details of particular projects and events. They will tell us about their most and least successful experiments, and they will share their thoughts on the value—and limitations—of interdepartmental peer-to-peer education. The goal of this panel is information sharing, and we expect a lively Q&A to follow the panel presentations. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and share ideas for promoting interdepartmental learning and staff development.

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