About the Unit

Since its origins in 1890 as one of the three main divisions of the University of Chicago, the University of Chicago Press has embraced as its mission the obligation to disseminate scholarship of the highest standard and to publish serious works that promote education, foster public understanding, and enrich cultural life. Through our books and journals, we seek not only to advance scholarly conversation within and across traditional disciplines but, in keeping with the University of Chicago’s experimental tradition, to help define new areas of knowledge and intellectual endeavor.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation, University of Chicago Press is seeking a Mellon Diversity Fellow to join our acquisitions department.  The fellow will serve in an entry-level position and provide support to one or more Acquisitions Editors in acquiring scholarly books.

About the Andrew W. Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship Program

Associated with both the educational mission of universities and the business models of the publishing industry, university presses occupy a distinct space where the values and priorities of both worlds converge. Diversity of all kinds is important to both, as it contributes to the “robust exchange of ideas” key to higher education and helps foster the innovation necessary for evolving businesses.  This 14-month fellowship seeks to address the lack of staff diversity in the academic publishing industry by providing underrepresented individuals in publishing real work experience and a network to assist them in their professional development.


  • assist the editor(s) in all phases of acquiring publishable books from initial contact with the author through contractual agreement to publication;
  • assist as necessary with miscellaneous administrative duties;
  • exercise independent judgment in screening proposals;
  • liaise with authors, reviewers, and series editors to shepherd books through the publishing process;
  • coordinate workflow with other departments in the Press (Editorial, Design & Production; Marketing; Order Fulfillment);
  • liaise with external vendors to secure permissions and illustrations

This is a 14 month position with medical benefits and paid leave time.


  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational and
  • Basic research skills using libraries and electronic media.
  • Evidence of academic achievement, either in fields relevant to diversity or in the humanities, social sciences or natural history.
  • Demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in academic publishing.
  • Detail-oriented, able to multitask and prioritize work, and function independently within a team-oriented environment.
  • Commitment to using an understanding of the diversity of human experiences in developing, recruiting, and marketing manuscripts and books.
  • Sustained personal engagement with low-income communities and/or communities within the US that are underrepresented in publishing and a demonstrated ability to bring the understandings gleaned from such engagement to the daily work of academic publishing.
  • No relocation assistance is provided.
  • No visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Additional Requirements​​

Education, Experience, or Certifications:


  • B.A. or B.S. required
  • M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. preferred


  • Knowledge of academic environment preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

  • Proficiency in MS Office required.
  • Familiarity with databases generally and FileMaker preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Requires some domestic travel.

Required Documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Note: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.