University Press Diversity Fellow

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Posting Number S03012P Working Title University Press Diversity Fellow Department Libraries UGA Press About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

Since its founding in 1938, the primary mission of the University of Georgia Press has been to support and enhance the University’s place as a major research institution by publishing outstanding works of scholarship and literature by scholars and writers throughout the world.

The University of Georgia Press is the oldest and largest book publisher in the state. We currently publish 60-70 new books a year and have a long history of publishing significant scholarship, creative and literary works, and books about the state and the region for general readers.

College/Unit/Department website Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Full/Part time Full Time Work Schedule Additional Schedule Information

M-F, 8 hours per day; some evening and weekend work may be required

Advertised Salary $34,500 Posting Date 04/26/2019 Open until filled Yes Closing Date Proposed Starting Date 07/01/2019 Special Instructions to Applicants Location of Vacancy Athens Area EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Information

Classification Title Communications Paraprofessional/Professional Pay Grade FLSA Job Family Student Services FTE 1.0 Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualificaitons.

Preferred Qualifications

•Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
•M.A., M.S., or Ph.D.
•Evidence of superior academic achievement, either in fields relevant to diversity or in fields that correlate to the major lists of the participating presses.
•Commitment to pursuing a career in academic publishing.
•Sustained personal engagement with low income communities and/or communities within the US that are underrepresented in publishing and a demonstrated ability to bring the understandings gleaned from such engagement to the daily work of academic publishing

Position Summary

The University Press Diversity Fellow will be immersed in the acquisitions department of the University of Georgia Press, working closely with senior acquisitions editors, authors, and projects through the entire acquisitions process. Through this apprenticeship, the fellow will acquire deep and specialized knowledge of how editors identify emerging areas of scholarship, work with authors to develop manuscripts, manage the process of peer review and revision, present projects for approval, and represent them through each stage of publication.

The Fellow works with other press departments including administration, marketing, design, manuscript editorial, production, and intellectual property on behalf of specific book projects, and may take on additional projects to gain a deeper understanding of these other publishing areas.

This position also provides specific support for seeking opportunities for collaboration on digital humanities and open access/OER initiatives between the Press, the Digilab, and the UGA Libraries. Current opportunities include Manifold, the Sustainable History Monograph Program, the Georgia Open Library (NEH Humanities Open Book grant), and Affordable Learning Georgia.

The University Press Diversity Fellow is a one-year fellowship, beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Understanding of the diversity of human experiences in developing, recruiting, and marketing manuscripts and books.

Physical Demands

Sitting for long periods of time at a computer terminal.

Is driving required to perform essential duties outlined in this position? (This does not include infrequent trips) The successful candidate would have to provide proof that s/he has a valid driver's license when offered employment. Does this position have financial responsibilities? No Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Supports Acquisitions Editorial department. Screens manuscript proposals. Researches competing books, potential course adoptions, areas of growth in emerging fields, and potential expert peer reviewers. Contacts peer reviewers and tracks reviews; prepares materials for internal editorial approval and launch meetings. Guides authors on manuscript formatting, art preparation, and permissions. Assists with contract requests, production cost estimates, and financial projections for projects.

Percentage of time 55 Duties/Responsibilities


Supports new and ongoing digital humanities initiatives for the Press and the Digilab. Conducts research and outreach, including staying abreast of other university press / library models for digital humanities work and helping connect efforts between the Press, DigiLab, Willson Center and the rest of the Libraries. Research application of open source digital publishing platforms (eg., Manifold) and their potential in providing digital accompaniments to Press physical publications. Works with students, faculty, and supports the Digilab coordinator as appropriate. Attends DigiLab related governance meetings.

Percentage of time 25 Duties/Responsibilities


Works with other departments to support production, design, and marketing of Press books.

Percentage of time 10 Duties/Responsibilities


Represents the UGA Press and interacts with book buyers and authors at academic conferences. Attends in-house acquisitions, editorial review, press committee, transmittal, and launch meetings.

Percentage of time 5 Duties/Responsibilities


Maintains flexibility and awareness of changes and needs in the department by assuming similar duties and responsibilities as assigned.;

Percentage of time 5 Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
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    Posted: 4/28/2019
    Application Due: 7/27/2019
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