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Randy Townsend

Randy Townsend

Director, Publications Operations, American Geophysical Union
Randy Townsend, MPS, has worked for the American Geophysical Union for more than 14 years. His career focuses on the execution of the Publications Department's strategic goals, and the performance and development of an expanding portfolio of scholarly journals, requiring oversight of peer review operations and content integrity. He has been a leader in policy implementation and manages allegations of misconduct and ethical violations. Randy serves as a judge for the EXCEL Awards for Association Media & Publishing, is a member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editor’s (ISMTE) Programming Committee and serves as Co-Chair on the Society of Scholarly Publishing's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

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Career Development Lab


Release Date: 09/07/2020, John Warren, Margaret Moerchen, Sharon O'Reilly, Jasmine Wallace, Randy Townsend, Puja Telikicherla

Led by the director of George Washington University’s masters in publishing program, this session offers strategies for advancing a career in scholarly publishing. A discussion will explore answers to the following questions: • What are the key skills needed for successful careers in scholarly and academic publishing in the next ten years? • Has publishing shifted from a “trade”—an apprenticeship, learned mostly on the job,” to a “profession”—learning and applying a body of relevant skills and best practices? • How can diverse voices and perspectives best be integrated seamlessly into the fabric of academic publishing, and what can individuals in the profession do to welcome these new voices? Attendees participating in the live chat will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the presenters. The session welcomes experienced publishing professionals as well as students and those just beginning their publishing careers.

Release Date: 09/07/2020, Randy Townsend, Daena Giardella, Erika Valenti, Scott Solder, Sabby Kaur, Donna Blancero

Bystander intervention, what it means, how it works, and who it is for are all important questions within our scholarly publishing communities. This panel session will aim to inform and educate attendees on the purpose behind bystander intervention strategies and how they can help to cultivate safe and supportive workplace cultures. Sponsored by the SSP's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, it will present a variety of voices on this topic to encourage honest and open discussion.