Wednesday, November 15, 2023
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM CT
University of Illinois Chicago
Institute for the Humanities
Behavioral Sciences Building
1007 W Harrison Street, Suite 153, MC 206
Chicago, IL 60607

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If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact Gary Smith. To ensure that we have time to make arrangements, please submit requests by November 1.

9:00-9:45 AM CT
Check-in, Registration, Welcome

9:45-10:45 AM CT
How to get it written when you don’t have time to write it: Practical advice for grad students and faculty

The clock is ticking on deadlines for submitting dissertation chapters to your advisor, following up on a promising conference conversation by getting a proposal drafted, or meeting a contractual delivery date for submitting your book or article manuscript. But, whether out of competing demands, limited energy, or plain old inertia and procrastination, actually getting the thing written can be challenging. How do you carve out time to make systematic progress on your writing projects? How do you find the motivation to sit down and write? How do you lay out a plan and stick to it? Where can you look for essential sources of emotional and fiscal support? This session from veteran authors will provide tips and resources to help you in accomplishing your goals.

Anna Kornbluh is a professor of English and the director of graduate studies at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her research and teaching interests center on the novel, film, and cultural aesthetics in theoretical perspective, including formalist, marxist, and psychoanalytic approaches. She is the author of Immediacy, Or, The Style of Too Late Capitalism (Verso 2023), The Order of Forms: Realism, Formalism, and Social Space (University of Chicago 2019), Marxist Film Theory and Fight Club (Bloomsbury "Film Theory in Practice” series, 2019), and Realizing Capital: Financial and Psychic Economies in Victorian Form (Fordham UP 2014). Essays on climate aesthetics, tv, academic labor, and psychoanalysis have appeared in venues like The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, Diacritics, Differences, and Portable Gray. She is a member of the UIC United Faculty bargaining team and the editorial boards of Novel, Mediations, Genre, and Parapraxis, as well as the founding facilitator of InterCcECT (The Inter Chicago Center for Experimental Critical Theory), and a partner in

Darius Bost is Associate Professor of Black Studies and Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence (Chicago, 2019).

Kevin Cunningham is the Content Manager at the University of Illinois Press. He has published two books with academic publishers: The Constellations: A Novel, and Home Ice: Confessions of a Blackhawks Fan, winner of a Midwest Book Award.

Michael Jin is an Associate Professor of Global Asian Studies and History at the University of Illinois Chicago. His areas of specialization include migration and diaspora studies, Asian American history, critical race and ethnic studies, and the history of the American West. He is the author of Citizens, Immigrants, and the Stateless: A Japanese American Diaspora in the Pacific (Stanford University Press, 2022).

Jennifer Jones is an Associate Professor of Sociology at The University of Illinois Chicago, with an affiliate faculty appointment in Latin American and Latino studies. An award-winning teacher and scholar, she studies issues of race, immigration, and politics. Jones is the co-editor of Afro-Latinos in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas, and the author of The Browning of the New South. She has published in several journals including, the American Journal of Sociology, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Mobilization, and International Migration Review, and is currently working on a monograph that explores race-making practices among immigrant-serving organizations.

10:45-11:00 AM CT

11:00 AM-12:00 PM CT

Open access publication of journals can significantly enhance the reach and impact of scholarly research. This session provides a deep dive into the Journals@UIC platform for journals. A project of the UIC University Library, the program’s portfolio includes journals in the humanities sciences, and social sciences. Sandra De Groote, director of the project, chairs this session with the editors of two journals featured on the platform to discuss the history of the project and its goals and accomplishments as an academic library journal publication platform. Topics will include features of the program, editorial standards and considerations, process for reviewing and editing articles, funding model, and metrics for usage and impact.

Sandra DeGroote is the Head of Assessment and Scholarly Communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which includes or digital scholarship initiatives such as digital publishing, data science, and digital scholarship. She joined the UIC University Library in 1998 as a health science librarian. She earned her M.L.I.S. and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. She is a member of the Medical Library Association, the Academy of Health Information Professionals, and the American Library Association. Her research examines the impact of the library on faculty productivity and student success.

Ed Valauskas is Chief Editor and Founder of First Monday, one of the first peer-reviewed, Internet-only, openly accessible journals, solely dedicated to research about the Internet. First Monday first appeared on the first Monday of May 1996, publishing to date nearly 2,300 papers, written by over 3,300 authors, in over 325 issues. Valauskas is the author or editor of several books related to the Internet and computing and has written a number of papers and articles for diverse audiences in a variety of magazines and journals.

Barbara Di Eugenio is a Professor of Computer Science and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her main area of research is Natural Language Processing (NLP), and its application to human-computer interaction, educational technology, health care, human-robot interaction, and multimedia systems. She is the co-author of Intelligent Support for Computer Science Education: Pedagogy Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence (CRC Press, 2021).

12:00-1:00 PM CT
Lunch (complimentary to registrants)

1:00-2:00 PM CT
Scholarly publishing as an alternative academic career path

Scholarly publishing offers a multitude of “academic adjacent” career alternatives that capitalize on an academic background while offering opportunities to develop different skill sets. In this session, diverse publishing professionals will share their paths, points of entry, and the work their past and current positions entail. This session also provides practical advice about building a publishing resume, identifying opportunities, and getting your foot in the door, as well as insights about what search committees in publishing are looking for. If you are considering a lateral move from the Academy to publishing, this session is for you.

Laurie Matheson is director of the University of Illinois Press. She also acquires the Press’s lists in music and dance. She is the compiler of a two-volume anthology, Music in Black American Life, published by the University of Illinois Press in 2022. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral music from the University of Illinois, a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College, and a BA in English from Swarthmore College.

Martha Bayne is the senior acquisitions editor for regional trade titles at the University of Illinois Press. A longtime journalist, she is also a senior editor with Chicago’s South Side Weekly newspaper and teaches advanced editing at Columbia College Chicago. Her reported work and essays have been published widely, and she is the editor of Rust Belt Chicago, Red State Blues, and The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook, three anthologies of essays and other work about Chicago and the Midwest.

Kacey Nguyen is the Assistant Sales Manager at the University of Illinois Press. She is new to publishing and works within the Marketing Department to promote course adoption and book sales. She holds bachelor’s degrees in history and gender and sexuality studies from the University of California, Irvine, and an MA in Social Science from the University of Chicago.

Faith Wilson Stein joined Northwestern University Press as the senior acquisitions editor for scholarly titles in 2021, having previously been an associate editor at Stanford University Press and before that the managing editor of Slavic Review. She holds a PhD in comparative literature, with a focus in English, Russian, and French, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; she earned a BA in comparative literature, with a minor in Russian, from the University of California, Berkeley.

Portfolio of Resources

Session 1: How to get it written when you don’t have time to write it: Practical advice for grad students and faculty


Session 2: Journals@UIC


Session 3: Scholarly publishing as an alternative academic career path


Watch recordings of previous University of Illinois Press Publishing Symposium sessions:


Questions? Contact Gary Smith, University of Illinois Press, Gary Smith