Gary Dunham, a leader and innovator in academic publishing for two decades, has been appointed director of Indiana University Press and Digital Publishing, Executive Vice President and IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel announced today.
Dunham has served since 2010 as director of publications for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where he transformed the 173,000-member association’s publications program.
He was previously executive director of State University of New York Press from 2008-10 and director of University of Nebraska Press from 2004-2007. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Virginia and has taught at the University of Nebraska, Creighton University and the University of Virginia.
Dunham brings with him an academic’s passion for books combined with a deep understanding of the editorial process to the position. With success in extending and enriching scholarly fields through proactive publishing efforts, he was central to the development of successful journal programs at both Nebraska and SUNY.
“I am so pleased to welcome Gary Dunham to the Indiana University community,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. “Gary is a proven leader in directing publications at universities and in the public sector, and his work in online journals, scholarly publications and periodicals uniquely suit him to build upon the excellent reputation of IU Press. His enthusiasm and openness to collaboration will bring scholars together around a singular goal: to develop and articulate a compelling vision, mission and strategy for the future of publishing at IU.”
At the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, he co-developed and co-directed a book publishing program, oversaw a sweeping update of scholarly journals and online publications and redesigned the association’s news magazine. The association is a national professional organization for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language and hearing scientists, and students.
“I’m thrilled with Indiana University’s commitment to scholarly publishing,” Dunham said. “It’s an invigorating time to be a university publisher. The ongoing revolution in digital communication technologies presents unparalleled opportunities to disseminate, leverage, and lend immediacy to research. Harnessing those technological advances is instrumental to bringing ideas and discoveries to readers, and I look forward to working with the university to explore the exciting frontiers of scholarly publishing.”
Dunham will begin his position as director of IU Press Oct. 20. As director of IU Press and Digital Publishing, he will provide strategic and editorial direction, building on Indiana University’s reputation for high-quality print, e-book and journal publishing and leading the development of innovative publishing and scholarly communication.
“Gary Dunham has an impressive track record as a teacher of in-depth student and faculty workshops on publishing,” said Carolyn Walters, executive director of the Office of Scholarly Publishing and executive associate dean of IU Libraries. “He recognizes the opportunities presented by the Scholars’ Commons, soon to open in Wells Library, to realize a comprehensive campus outreach and education program for scholarly communication connecting the press more closely to the IU community.”