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Press Director
University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date Posted
The University of Pittsburgh invites applications and nominations for the position of Press Director. The University of Pittsburgh Press is a founding member of the Association of American University Presses and has been led by only three directors since its establishment. It has developed an international reputation for the publication of scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences, poetry and short fiction, and regional trade books. The Press has launched an e-book publishing program, including open access for backlist titles, and is in the middle of a five-year strategic expansion, supported by a long-term commitment from the University and substantial outside funding, to grow its list by 50 percent.

In 1936, the University of Pittsburgh joined with the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, the Buhl Foundation, and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania to create a university press with the initial purpose of publishing a series of readable and historically accurate books about western Pennsylvania. In the intervening seventy-six years, the Press has established itself as a leading scholarly publisher of distinguished books.

The stated mission of the Press is to extend the reach and reputation of the University, supporting its core research, teaching, and service missions through the publication of meritorious works by an international group of authors that advance scholarly research and education. In this effort, the Press commits itself to publishing books that serve the needs of scholars, teachers, students, professionals, and the broader community of readers. The Press has published nearly two thousand books; of these, more than one thousand remain available in print, e-book formats or both.

During the past fifteen years, the Press has substantially overhauled its publishing program to become more focused on areas of long-standing strength, such as Latin American studies and Russian and East European studies, while developing new areas that reflect the academic strengths of the University, most notably, a new history and philosophy of science list funded by a five-year grant from the A. W. Mellon Foundation. The Press's long-standing interest in Pittsburgh history has evolved into two new series on the History of the Urban Environment and on Culture, Politics, and the Built Environment. Other active Press series include the Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture; Illuminations: Cultural Formations of the Americas; Central Eurasia in Context; and the newly launched Experimental History and Philosophy of Science. The Press's commitment to creative works in poetry and short fiction has reaped noted successes, publishing two recent U.S. Poets Laureate, the 2011 Nobel Laureate in Literature, and securing a permanent endowment for the Drue Heinz Literature Prize for short fiction.

Since 1995 Press books have won more than one hundred awards from academic, library, or publishing associations, plus eleven major design awards. The Press, especially its Pittsburgh-related titles, often receives support from local foundations—Buhl, Heinz, Eberly, McCune, Allegheny, Pittsburgh, Fine, and others. Currently, the Press oversees three endowments—from the Drue Heinz Trust, the McCune Foundation, and the John D. S. and Aida C. Truxall Fund.

The Press, in cooperation with the University Library System (ULS), has undertaken a major effort to digitize substantial numbers of backlist titles; more than 750 books are in the University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions online collection. The ULS and the Press cooperate in publishing more than thirty academic journals as part of the ULS's D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program. More recent titles are available through Project MUSE, the Google eBookstore, and Amazon for Kindle. Press books are distributed through the Chicago Distribution Center and BiblioVault. The Press regularly copublishes and distributes books in collaboration with several regional cultural institutions, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Frick Art and Historical Center, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.

The Press Director reports to the Provost and is a member of the Council of Deans. Supervising a staff of fourteen professionals, the Director is responsible for all planning, acquisitions, editorial, production, marketing, fiscal, and fundraising activities of the Press. We are searching for an innovative leader in scholarly communication. The Director will be expected to advance the development of electronic scholarly publishing, enhance support from foundations, and work with the University's leadership to further the key role that the Press plays in the University's academic goals and reputation.

The expected date of appointment is January 2013. Applications received by August 10, 2012, will receive full consideration, although the University will, at its discretion, continue to review applications received after that date.

All inquiries, applications, and nominations will be kept strictly confidential absent permission to proceed otherwise. Additional information about the University and its programs is located at and

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.

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