University Press of Kansas to Host Free Publishing Seminar for Six State University Communities

Wednesday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


The University Press of Kansas (UPK) will host a free, virtual spring publishing seminar on April 13 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The event, aimed to increase state knowledge of the academic publishing industry, is open to the communities of the six state regent universities.

“I’m delighted that we have the opportunity to help faculty and graduate students at our consortium institutions by offering this symposium,” says Joyce Harrison, UPK editor in chief. “Since the universities we serve are spread throughout the state, offering the symposium online makes it easy for people to tune in. We anticipate that this will become an annual event, with new topics and voices each year.”

The seminar will feature presentations from UPK staff covering the acquisitions and production aspects of the publishing process. Experienced UPK staff will speak about their specific areas and field questions from interested parties. Event itinerary:

9:00-10:00:        Researching Publishers & Preparing a Proposal / Revising Your Dissertation  (Joyce Harrison, Editor in Chief & David Congdon, Senior Editor)

10:00-11:00:      The Peer Review Process (Harrison & Congdon)

11:00-12:00:      How a Manuscript Becomes a Book (Kelly Chrisman Jacques, Managing Director)

“This is a unique opportunity for our staff to share their experiences in the publishing industry and for students, faculty and administration of the public universities of Kansas to learn about the process of publishing a book,” explains Kevin L. Smith, UPK director. “We are excited to continue to serve the communities on our state campuses.”

The University Press of Kansas publishes scholarly books that advance knowledge and regional books that contribute to the understanding of Kansas, the Great Plains, and the Midwest. Founded in 1946 and reorganized in 1967 and again in 1976, it represents the six state universities: Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, the University of Kansas, and Wichita State University. The press is located on the west campus of the University of Kansas.

For more information about the publishing seminar, or the University Press of Kansas, please contact Derek Helms, Director of Marketing & Publicity, at (785) 864-9170 or