UW Press announces personnel changes and the creation of a combined EDP department 

After thirty-four years at the University of Wisconsin Press, most of them spent in the role of production manager, Terry Emmrich retired this summer. His steady hand in that position was instrumental in helping us navigate some challenging transitions over the decades, both internally and endemic to the industry. It would be impossible to replace him, so we’re not going to try. Instead, we have merged the production and editorial departments, and Adam Mehring has been named the first editorial, design, and production (EDP) manager in the history of UW Press. 

Adam started at UW Press in the 1990s as an undergraduate intern responsible for a number of tasks, including writing catalog and jacket copy. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in English, he worked part-time in our marketing department for a few years before transitioning to the editorial department. He was named editor in 2001 and managing editor in 2006.

Joining Adam in the new EDP department is Sheila McMahon, who has been at UW Press since 1999, most recently serving as senior project editor and now taking on the managing editor position. Sheila began her career as a marketing student intern before moving over to the acquisitions department and finally into the editorial department in 2005. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English–creative writing and Latin American studies from UW–Madison. Sheila is also a freelance copyeditor and proofreader for several university presses. 

We are also happy to announce that we hired Jessica Smith (she/they) as a project editor in May. Jessica comes to us after five years in trade book publishing at Sourcebooks, where she most recently worked as lead production editor for the Sourcebooks Casablanca imprint, shepherding multiple New York Times and USA Today best sellers to print. She was most proud to work on diverse and LGBTQIA+ titles and is an advocate for sensitivity, accessibility, and inclusion in publishing. She graduated summa cum laude from Illinois State University with a degree in English–publishing studies and a political science minor. Jessica currently works remotely from Illinois with two lap cats, Kya and Samwise.

Jennifer Conn joined the UW Press production department as art director in 2017, and is now with us full time. She’s been designing for a couple of decades, for a publisher of special ed curriculum, as a cofounder of a start-up, and for various freelance clients over the years. She enjoys combining her love of books and art and collaborating with designers, authors, and the press team. Her favorite spot is art journaling in a hammock in Door County and she’s ambivalently looking forward to her imminent empty nest.

From left: Sheila McMahon, Jessica Smith, Terry Emmrich, Jennifer Conn, Adam Mehring

We also want to take this opportunity to belatedly announce some other recent hires at UW Press.

Last fall, we hired Alison (Allie) Shay as our new publicity manager. Allie comes to UW Press following stints at UNC Press and Syracuse University Press, where she served as publicist and acquisitions editor, respectively. Before starting her publishing career in 2011, Allie spent five years as a bookseller and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from UNC. She works remotely from North Carolina with her two dogs, Mason and Daisy, who have been known to pop up on our social media from time to time. 

In our journals division, Dan Bennett joined us last fall as our new customer service and business development associate, coming from the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association, where he was a member services specialist.

Our journals production manager, Erica Teal, joined us last fall from the California Pharmacists Association, where she was managing editor of their journal. She began her publishing career at the Mathematical Association of America, working on two of their journals.

Finally, we recently welcomed our new journals marketing manager, David Bulgerin. David is completing his MBA from Colorado State University and has varied marketing experience, working in the provost’s communications office at Texas A&M, at Bryan Research & Engineering, and at Texas A&M Transportation Services.

With the restructuring of our EDP department and these new hires in journals and marketing, we are back up to full staffing for the first time since just before the pandemic began.

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