Gita Manaktala receives 2019 Association of University Presses Constituency Award

Gita Manaktala, editorial director regarding the MIT Press, was known as the 2019 Association of University Presses (AUPresses) Constituency Award honoree as of this 12 months’s AUPresses yearly satisfying in Detroit, Michigan. The prize ended up being introduced by Larin McLaughlin, editor-in-chief of University of Washington Press, through the opening banquet.

“Her letters of nomination because of this award show simply how much many of us cherish Gita’s efforts to our work,” McLaughlin remarked. “One highlights that ‘her knowledge, the girl charisma, the woman humor, her appeal are all generously bestowed on our account.’ Another describes Gita as ‘a powerful ambassador for cooperative and collaborative character that describes the AUPresses.'” 

Manaktala’s management of variety and addition initiatives ended up being regarded as a signal success by many people of the woman nominators. She’s got been one of many major mentors mixed up in Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship since its creation in 2016, a course that creates options in institution press purchases divisions for gifted scholars from diverse communities. The convener of the Diversity and Inclusion Operating Group at her own press, she was also a founding member and co-chair, with McLaughlin, for the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion Task energy, developed in 2017. The AUPresses task power will become a complete committee for equity, justice, and addition, with Manaktala continuing as a co-chair, this autumn.

Manaktala’s nearly 30-year career at MIT Press has actually encompassed advertising including editorial areas of expertise. As advertising director on press from 2004-08, she led international sales, advertising and marketing, promotion, and electronic product development efforts. As the editorial manager since 2009, she has guided a sizable and complex purchases program and presently oversees the task of 14 acquiring editors.

The woman extra volunteer service toward association happens to be equally varied:

  • She chaired the 2011 Annual Meeting system Committee, constructing a summit that is well-remembered for its vibrant and community-building choices.
  • As a key part of the 2015-16 Acquisitions Editorial Committee, she aided create the Best Practices for Peer Review handbook, joining together ideas from lots of purchases editors to produce this directing document. 
  • She’s got supported regarding Faculty Outreach, Digital Publishing, and Nominating committees, and as a member of organization’s board of administrators since 2017.

The connection’s honor acknowledges Manaktala being a multi-talented and collaborative frontrunner and thanks a lot the girl for her numerous contributions into work of university presses and a rich and inclusive publishing tradition.

Developed in 1991, the AUPresses Constituency Award recognizes staff at user presses that have demonstrated energetic leadership and solution on organization in addition to college hit community. Coincidentally, a year ago’s award champion, Colleen Lanick, was also an MIT Press staffer; she is at this time publicity director of Harvard University Press. The full honor roll is present right here.