Applications Open for Mellon Diversity Fellow

Northwestern University Press, in conjunction with the Mellon Foundation, is seeking a University Press Diversity Fellow to join our acquisitions department. The fellow will serve as an entry-level acquisitions assistant and provide support to one or more Acquisitions Editors in acquiring scholarly books and creative works such as poetry, fiction, biography, and books of regional interest.

In this full-time, entry-level position, the fellow will:

· Assist the editor(s) in all phases of acquiring publishable books from initial contact with the author through contractual agreement to publication;

· Assist as necessary with miscellaneous administrative duties;

· Exercise independent judgment in screening proposals;

· Liaise with authors, reviewers, and series editors to shepherd books through the publishing process;

· Coordinate workflow with other departments in the press (editorial, design & production; marketing);

· Liaise with external vendors to secure permissions and illustrations

The Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship Program seeks to address the lack of staff diversity in the academic publishing industry by providing individuals from underrepresented groups in publishing real work experience and a network to assist them in their professional development. Associated with both the educational mission of universities and the business models of the publishing industry, university presses occupy a distinct space where the values and priorities of both worlds converge. Diversity of all kinds is important to both, as it contributes to the “robust exchange of ideas” key to higher education and helps foster the innovation necessary for evolving businesses.

Fellows will attend the Association of University Presses annual conferences at the beginning and end of their program, where they will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, meet with the other fellows in their cohort, and network with staff from university presses across North America. Fellows will also be able to take advantage of all of the professional development opportunities for junior staff at the participating presses, including a series of monthly workshops designed specifically for this program.

Experience Required:

· B.A./B.S.

· Commitment to using an understanding of the diversity of human experiences in developing, recruiting, and marketing manuscripts and books.

Experience Desired:

· M.A./M.S. or Ph.D.

· Evidence of superior academic achievement, either in fields relevant to diversity or especially in fields that correlate to the areas Northwestern University Press publishes in.

· 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.

Previous publishing experience is not required. The job listing is posted here. and we will begin reviewing applications March 2nd.

Please direct any questions about the position to Parneshia Jones, Editorial Director for Trade and Engagement at p-jones3@northwestern.edu.