Position type
Staff Position
Job Summary

The University Press Diversity Fellowship Program seeks to increase diversity in scholarly publishing by providing year-long fellowships in the acquisitions departments of four university presses: the University of Washington Press, Duke University Press, MIT Press, and the University of Georgia Press with the support of the Association of American University Presses and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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 will also work with other press departments including marketing, design, manuscript editorial, and production on behalf of specific book projects, and may take on additional projects to gain a deeper understanding of these other publishing areas.

The University Press Diversity Fellow will attend the Association of American University Presses annual conferences at the beginning and end of their year-long program, with the opportunity to participate in workshops, meet with the other fellows in their cohort, and network with staff from university presses across North America. The Fellow will be able to take advantage of all of the professional development opportunities for junior staff at the the University of Georgia Press, including a series of monthly workshops designed specifically for this program.

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, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Duties and Responsibilities


Contacts peer reviewers and tracking reviews;


Screens manuscript proposals;


Researches competing books, potential course adoptions, areas of growth in emerging fields, and potential expert peer reviewers;


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


Assists with contract requests, production cost estimates, and financial projections for projects;


Guides authors on manuscript formatting, art preparation, and permissions;


Prepares materials for internal editorial approval and launch meetings;


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


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


Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and/or Competencies

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

Preferred Qualifications
  • 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
Other information

The University Press Diversity Fellow is a full-time, full-benefits-eligible, entry-level position, with a start date of June 1, 2018 and end date of May 31, 2019.

The position will remain open until filled, but a search committee will start reviewing applications after March 15, 2018. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives of the participating presses and the AAUP. Fellows will be notified by April 14, 2018, and begin the fellowship on June 1, 2018.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: Please submit a letter of application and CV with your UGA application.

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