Five College Faculty Convene for Collaborative Publishing Day Revival

Five College Publishing Day moderators and panelists
Five College Publishing Day moderators and panelists; May 17, 2022

Five College Publishing Day 2022, a collaborative publishing event for faculty from the Pioneer Valley’s neighboring academic institutions, took place via Zoom on Tuesday, May 17. 90+ faculty attended this year’s Publishing Day, which marked the revival of cooperative Five College publishing-focused events last held almost 20 years ago. The day consisted of six remote sessions led by moderators and panelists from a wide array of publishing backgrounds from within the Five Colleges and beyond.

Feedback from faculty in attendance was overwhelmingly positive, noting that they “appreciated hearing from publishing experts representing a mix of different areas of expertise” as well as the ability to “choose the sessions that seemed most relevant for my situation." One attendee shared "I love the promise of the day and hope it can continue."

The event was co-hosted by Amherst College, Five Colleges, Inc., Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Participating presses and agencies included Academy Communications, Amherst College Press, Bellevue Literary Review, The Common, The Conversation, Kaya Press, Massachusetts Review, Ohio State University Press, Sandra Dykstra Agency Inc., University of California Press, University of Massachusetts Press, University of Michigan Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, Wayne State University Press, and W. W. Norton & Company.

Collaborating institutions will meet this summer to plan for the upcoming academic year with a renewed commitment to expanding and sharing programming for all five college faculty. Raymond Rennard, Director of Academic Programs of Five Colleges Inc., remarked that “the planners of this year's publishing day hope to use this event to kickstart a renewed collaboration among the member campuses of the consortium. The experience of working together will pave the way to future professional development activities for all faculty across the five campuses.”