August 4, 2008
University Press to garner international exposure
Staff of the University of Rochester Press received good news during the annual meeting of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) held in Montreal last month. That’s when the AAUP announced that the University of Rochester Press was accepted as an introductory member, joining 125 nonprofit scholarly and academic publishers committed to excellence worldwide.
“This is a terrific advancement for the press, its books, and its authors,” says Suzanne Guiod, who has been editorial director at the press since 2004. “The AAUP is a longstanding, venerable organization and membership puts us in the company of some of the oldest and most prestigious university presses, such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and other quality small and mid-size university presses.”
“We have always known the singular value and impact of our authors on their scholarly fields, but AAUP membership will help enhance the University’s recognition worldwide,” says Ralph Kuncl, provost and executive vice president of the University.
Founded in 1937, the AAUP is dedicated to the support of scholarly presses through professional development opportunities, cooperative programs, and information resources, including access to industry research and targeted national and international marketing tools (http://aaupnet.org/membership/index.html).
The University of Rochester Press, founded in 1989, publishes about 30 new titles each year in various academic disciplines such as African studies, modern and early modern European history, and the history of medicine (www.urpress.com). It also publishes the prestigious Eastman Studies in Music Series.
Introductory members to the AAUP have three years to work on specific membership criteria, including number of titles produced per year and staffing considerations. Guiod says upcoming plans for the press include the possibility of two new series of books in the areas of ethnomusicology and gender and race in America.
“Ultimately, membership will support the press in its efforts to extend the reach and reputation of the University of Rochester,” Guiod says.