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University of Texas Press Advisory Committee

The University of Texas Press remains an integral part of The University of Texas at Austin’s mission to advance and disseminate knowledge through its publications. The committee met seven times to date during the academic year 2010-11; the committee will meet two or three times during the summer. The basic format for meetings is the presence of the key staff members of the UT Press along with the committee. Editors present projects for consideration based on reader’s reports that have been circulated in advance to the committee along with the table of contents and a description of the manuscript. Questions are asked of the editor by committee members, and there is a general discussion as appropriate for the project. The committee then votes. 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. As a general rule, the members of the committee are conscientious and carefully review the materials prior to the meetings. There is a good working relationship with the UT Press staff. The committee has no legislation to propose to the Faculty Council.

According to the charge to the committee on the Faculty Council website, the committee is to be consulted when a vacancy occurs in the director’s position. The director’s retirement took place in February. To date, the committee has not been consulted.

Michael J. Churgin, chair