By Lyn Uhl, Executive Editor of Communication
Last spring I announced our new series in Communication for Social Justice Activism co-edited by Pat Parker and Larry Frey. Now we are on to the exciting phase of receiving proposals and we encourage authors to come to us with their ideas.
During the National Communication Association conference in Dallas (November 16 – 19), Pat Parker, Larry Frey, and I will be leading a panel session—The Time is Right. The Time is Now—along with several of our wonderful advisory board members, Kevin Carragee, Katherine Grace Hendrix, and Omi Joni Jones.
During the session we plan to talk about why we created the series, the topics and books ideas we are looking for, and we will be delighted to hear about any specific proposal ideas that people want to open up for discussion.
In addition to encouraging proposal submissions, we also hope to use the panel to learn more about how people are teaching using social justice themes and how students are responding to these ideas and teaching techniques.
Please come and share your book ideas and classroom experiences!
Panel Session: The Time is Right. The Time is Now.
Friday, November 17, 8:00-9:15 AM, Sheraton, City View 6 – 8th Floor
Let’s Meet at NCA
I will be at NCA from the morning of Thursday, November 17 through Sunday morning and I am happy to meet with anyone who wants to discuss a book idea (for the Communication in Social Justice Activism Series and other topic areas within communication studies). Feel free to contact me in advance to set up a meeting or just call or email during the conference. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 905-3681.
Over the past few days, we received an influx of requests from faculty for books that provide context around the tragic events in Charlottesville. We’ve curated the list of titles below. Our hope is that this list serves as a resource for instructors preparing for fall courses, and that the books offer a foundation of understanding for students and readers.
Relevant Forthcoming Titles
Easily and quickly request exam and desk copies online by visiting any of the books’ pages above. If you need assistance in choosing the right texts for your course, we’d be glad to help, contact us here.
For other relevant resources, follow #CharlottesvilleCurriculum and #CharlottesvilleSyllabus, and read the Charlottesville Curriculum.
The recent annual conference of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) featured a panel on open access monograph publishing. UC Press Interim Director Erich van Rijn spoke about the Luminos program and reports on the session below.
Open access monograph publishing has become a topic of much discussion within the scholarly publishing community, so it should come as no surprise that it was one among many topics covered during concurrent sessions at the 2017 annual meeting of the Association of American University Presses in Austin, Texas. This year, my contribution to the meeting included participating in a panel discussion on open access monograph publishing entitled, “Four Case Studies, Four Ways: Highlights from AAUP’s Review of OA Projects.” The focus of my presentation was UC Press’s Luminos publishing program, and our moderator, Hope LeGro, the Assistant Director at Georgetown University Press had specifically, asked me to focus on the unique model that Luminos utilizes to publish OA monographs cost effectively.
Luminos’s unique hybrid model which includes funding from an author’s institution, library membership funding, unit sales of print-on-demand editions of books, and a subsidy from UC Press was of much interest to attendees. In fact, my fellow panelists and I presented to a capacity crowd, which perhaps provides some indication of the level of interest in open access publishing in the university press community. Luminos’s funding model has been held up as a model of how open access can work, and we are very proud to have pioneered it. However, not unpredictably, larger questions emerged during a lively Q&A from the audience about the extensibility of the Luminos model to other publishers. After all, as an increasing number of publishers compete for scarce library funds to help offset the costs of publishing monographs, how will libraries be able to choose among the various programs? Can the Luminos model scale, and if so, how? As the number of presses offering open access as a publishing option grows, libraries will eventually need to make difficult decisions about which they can help support and which they can’t.
These are important questions with which we at the press and in the wider scholarly communications community must grapple as Luminos and other initiatives aimed at open access monograph publishing continue to evolve. In the meantime, we are very pleased to continue to publish some excellent new books through the program, and we look forward partnering with increasing numbers of authors and libraries to grow the program and watch it flourish as Luminos takes a seat at the table amongst other important efforts to create a sustainable path for the open access monograph of the future.
Interested in your institution becoming a Luminos Member Library? See luminosoa.org for details, or email us at email@example.com.
It’s been about 6 months since we last caught up with Christopher Johnson, Executive Editor for Psychology. Here, we learn more about what has been unfolding for the UC Press’ newest discipline—Psychology.
It’s been an exciting few months. How have your projects been developing for the Psychology list?
I’ve been at the Press for about 18 months and it’s great to have projects at various stages of development.
- My first book at UC Press is publishing this September—Seeing: How Light Tells Us About the World by noted cognitive psychologist Tom Cornsweet (Emeritus Professor at UC Irvine).
- My newest textbook signing is a wonderful treatment of creativity by Robert Weisberg (Temple University). This book joins two other innovative textbook signings from earlier this year—one for the psychology of adjustment course by Robert Innes and a second for the testing and measurement course by Lisa Hollis-Sawyer.
- I’m particularly excited to be working with pioneering psychologist Ravenna Helson (Professor Emerita UC Berkeley) and coauthor Valory Mitchell on a book that traces the evolution of Helson’s groundbreaking Mills Longitudinal Study.
- New proposals have been keeping me busy. From a new textbook for the psychology of religion course, to a thoughtful and innovative look at the evolution of the self in the digital age, to a much needed new text for the psychology of the self course. I really want to hear from authors interested in reaching audiences in undergraduate and graduate psychology courses.
Are you specializing in a particular area of psychology?
Absolutely! The UC Press has traditionally championed books that examine social issues: race, class, gender, conflict, poverty, social justice, the environment, etc. The topics are well represented in our world-class sociology, criminology, history, anthropology, and other catalogs. Psychological science sheds an indispensable light here and I’m eager to work with authors who want their research to influence the national dialog. To that end, I welcome proposals for related textbooks, scholarly works and trade books.
Join Us—And Meet Christopher at SPSSI!
Interested in publishing your work with Christopher and UC Press? Contact Christopher at firstname.lastname@example.org. And set up a time to meet with him at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) conference in Albuquerque, NM this June 23-25.
And learn more about the Higher Education Program.