Trends in the Academy

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Friday, June 17, 10:45 AM–12:00 PM
Chair: Beth Bouloukos, Senior Acquisitions Editor, State University of New York Press
Panelists: Courtney Berger, Senior Editor and Editorial Department Manager, Duke University Press; Scott Jashick, Editor, Inside Higher Ed; Laura W. Perna, University of Pennsylvania; Dean J. Smith, Director, Cornell University Press

Panelists from a diverse mix of perspectives will discuss the developments in higher education that impact publishing and scholarly communication more generally. How do the changing economics of higher education affect all parts of the scholarly publishing enterprise, including subventions for presses, budgets for libraries, and the pool of tenured and tenure-track professors from which to draw potential authors? Does all of this result in the marginalization of the humanities? Does the printed monograph still matter? Is the demand for alternative teaching materials (digital content packages of book chapters and journal articles) changing what university presses produce and how scholarly communication functions? Will new methods of evaluation for professors lead to a disinvestment in presses? We will connect some of these megatrends to how we select, create, and sell content.

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