The charge to The University of Texas Press Advisory Committee is to approve publications that bear the imprint of the press and to advise the president should it become necessary to appoint a new director. The committee consists of eight voting members of the General Faculty appointed by the president and two members appointed by the Faculty Council. The committee has met six times so far this academic year, with an additional meeting scheduled for May 13, 2009, and two or three planned for the summer. To date, the committee has approved 59 publications (58 books and one journal), including three books approved by the executive committee (Ferreira-Buckley, MacKay, McClelland). These publications are largely from the humanities, social sciences, visual arts, film and media studies, and Texana.
Key members of the staff meet with the advisory committee and the director to hear house editors from primary areas present projects for committee action. Written summaries, descriptions of projects, and outside evaluators’ comments are conscientiously reviewed by the committee prior to the meeting, when a general discussion and questions are followed by a committee vote. When appropriate, the committee recommends conditions for approval. It is rare for a proposal to be rejected at this point in the process since those proposals recommended to the committee have undergone extensive review by house editors and outside reviewers. Committee members, however, have made recommendations for additional revisions and/or stipulated conditions for approval.
To ensure that the committee can best meet its advisory charge, the committee should be composed of faculty from a range of disciplines, especially disciplines in which the press frequently publishes: anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art, classics and the ancient world, environmental studies, film and media studies, geography, Latin American and Latino studies, Middle Eastern studies, and women’s and gender studies. It would be helpful if the Faculty Council Executive Committee appointed its representatives with this criterion in view.
The press, which publishes approximately 100 books a year, has been recognized with significant honors again this year. Honors granted include:
- The ALLA Prize for Best Book on Latina/o Anthropology (co-winner)
- The Antoinette Forrester Downing Award from the Society of Architectural Historians
- The Leeds Honor Book in Urban Anthropology from the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology (part of the American Anthropological Association)
- The Peter C. Rollins Book Award from the Southwest Texas Popular/American Culture Association for the best book in popular culture studies and/or American culture studies
- Three Southwest Book Awards from the Border Regional Library Association (BRLA)
- Two books included in the 2009 Association of American University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journals show
- The Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited Book in Feminist Studies from the Popular and American Culture Associations
- The University Co-op’s annual Hamilton Book Awards (Grand Prize)
See Appendix A7
for approved publications.
The Press remains an integral part of The University of Texas at Austin’s mission to advance and disseminate knowledge through its publications.