About the Press


According to President Barker, "a 'center' is a college research entity"; it functions as a unit within the context of a college. This definition is affirmed by Y. T. Shah, Chief Research Officer and Senior Vice Provost of the university. According to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, "New centers, bureaus, and institutes for which the institution requests additional appropriations from the state require new program approval. Commission approval is not required for units where no additionalnew appropriation from the state is requested or required" (CHE Guidelines for New Academic Program Approval: Definitions, Policies, and Procedures, September 1998, Section III.12). CHE gave its approval on July 18, 2000, followed by final approval from President Barker and Interim Provost Helms. The Center was formally implemented on August 15, 2000.

A. As a Facility-Specific Identity.

TheCenter for Electronic and Digital Publishing (CEDP) shall be the name of the AAH College unit that produces publications in print, electronic, and digital media for the trademark Clemson University Press. The facilities used will include the Document Design Lab (DDL), Multimedia Authoring Teaching and Research Facilty (MATRF), and the design and art studios that function as workspace for graduate students in MA/English MAPC, and MFAC. With a new Writing and Publication Studies (WPS) major projected in the Department of English, a slightly augmented DDL/MATRF workplace will easily accommodate undergraduate interns in supervised design and textual editing activities. Most equipment needed for possible activities listed in section V of the AAH Press Task Force Report of Jan. 17, 2000, is already available or will be obtained from grant or foundation sources. (See also section VI. Possible Funding Sources.) Facilities and their staffing will be the responsibility of appropriate administrators--in English, the Graduate and DDL/MATRF directors. With the advent of the WPS major, the director of that program will coordinate internships with the DDL/MATRF Director. As necessary in academic programs, program directors report to departmental chairs, just as departmental chairs report to the Dean.

The CEDP Director will coordinate the publication program in AAH and serve as chair of the Center's Advisory Board, which shall consist of the editors of The South Carolina Review, Upstart Crow, Mirare, and any new publications; the Director of the DDL/MATRF; and three appointed representatives from the College. (The first CEDP Advisory Board, in effect, may have been roughly defined when Dean Barker appointed the Press Task Force.) The Advisory Board shall have two responsibilities: (1) the pursuit of resources to support the cost of publishing individual projects in accordance with the CUDP imprint, outlined above; and (2) the review and approval of manuscripts and proposals for publication, with regular meetings to monitor progress on projects delegated to its members, project editors, and the combined staff of the CEDP and associated units such as the DDL/MATRF. The CEDP Director shall coordinate the publication projects that are brought to CEDP facilities. That is, the CEDP Director provides the "what" to complement the "how" of the DDL/MATRF Director and the studio administrators. The Director of the Center, as Executive Editor of CUDP, will direct all publications in the college by presiding over the review process of the Advisory Board and coordinating production between the Board, departmental administrators, CEDP staff, project editors, authors, and student assistants. The CEDP Director shall be a "hands-on" editor.

B. As an Administrative Entity.

As the fiscal authority for the press, the CEDP Director shall have the responsibility of raising revenue, managing a budget, writing grants and contracts, overseeing royalties, and observing administrative procedures set by the university and state and higher authorities on all manner of businessconcerning intellectual property and copyright. The CEDP Director will thus work directly with staff in the Dean's Office, with the AAH Development Officer in the Clemson University Foundation Office, and with the Dean of AAH, reporting to the latter just as in the Institute model (perhaps eventually to be implemented for CUDP) he/she would report to the Provost.