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Career Development Lab

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
Business Models and Strategies | Keywords: publishing, career development, skills, apprenticeship, George Washington University,
Our debut series on the SSP OnDemand Library, the 2020 Professional Development Series offers presentations on current trends and issues in scholarly communications—from the impact of COVID-19 to diversity, equity, and inclusion in publishing--available at your convenience. New video presentations will be released each week; free materials and paid sessions can be accessed individually or as part of a group; all recordings may be accessed asynchronously, but registrants can also interact with presenters and fellow audience members during live screenings! Videos will be offered on the following topics: Business Models and Strategies, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Editorial Innovations, Ethics and Standards, Global Trends, Research Perspectives. Featuring panels of leaders in their respective fields, this series is a must for anyone wishing to keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry.

Randy Townsend

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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.

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.