Who are We?

By combining the traditional strengths of publishers and librarians and sharing skills as well as infrastructure, the publishing division of Purdue Libraries has extended its capacity to provide a rich array of services to Purdue faculty, staff, and students. Meet our staff here.

Director and Head of Purdue Libraries' Scholarly Publishing Services

Charles Watkinson
Charles WatkinsonTel: (765) 494-8251
E-mail: cwatkinson@purdue.edu

Charles works with series editors and independently to acquire manuscripts for publication. He is also in charge of strategy, general administration, and budgeting. He was previously Director of Publications at the American School of Classical Studies in Princeton, NJ. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of American University Presses. He sits on the Planning and Operations Council (POC), Information Resources Council (IRC), and Digital Scholarship Council (DSC) of Purdue Libraries.

Production and Marketing Manager

Bryan Shaffer
Bryan ShafferTel: (765) 494-8428
 E-mail: bshaffer@purdue.edu

Bryan is in charge of everything that happens after a book has been edited and typeset, or a journal has been printed. This includes the manufacturing, e-book conversion, distribution, and marketing. His responsibilities increasingly extend to applying his skills to making sure the products of Scholarly Publishing Services are widely disseminated and discoverable.

Lead Production Editor

Katherine Purple
Katherine PurpleTel: (765) 494-6259 
E-mail: kpurple@purdue.edu

Katherine is in charge of the processes that happen after manuscripts have been submitted by an author; copyediting, typesetting, design, and increasingly XML conversion. She works on books and journals, functionally supervising others as well as working on these processes herself. She has several responsibilities in regard to Scholarly Publishing Services, including a particular focus on helping Open Access journals find sustainability models.

Scholarly Repository Specialist

David Scherer
Dave SchererTel: (765) 494-8511 
E-mail: dscherer@purdue.edu

Dave is a trained Librarian and Archivist who is in charge of the Purdue e-Pubs online publishing platform and Purdue research collection. He is an advocate around the University for Scholarly Publishing Services, and provides support for faculty, staff, and student projects ranging from online conference proceedings to electronic theses and dissertations

Production Editor

Kelley Kimm
Kelley KimmTel: (765) 494-8024
E-mail: kkimm@purdue.edu

Kelley is half employed by the Press and half by the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP). Her JTRP responsibilities include the management of both review and production processes for around 20-30 technical reports per year. For the Press she works mainly on books, both copyediting and typesetting volumes. She was previously employed by Elsevier's health sciences books division.

Production Editor

Dianna Gilroy
Dianna GilroyTel: (765) 494-2035
E-mail: dianna@purdue.edu

Dianna devotes half her time to being Managing Editor for Shofar, the interdisciplinary journal of Jewish studies. Her work for the Press includes the copyediting and typesetting of volumes in the Shofar Supplements in Jewish Studies, Comparative Cultural Studies, and Central European Studies series. Before taking her full-time position in July 2012, she previously worked as a graduate research assistant for the Press.

Administrative Assistant

Becki Corbin
Becki CorbinTel: (765) 494-8144
E-mail: rlcorbin@purdue.edu

Becki is the first point of contact for prospective authors/general inquiries. She manages the peer review and contract process for books. She also assists with marketing, processes royalty reports, and is the liaison with the Business Office. In general, she supports the administrative operations of the Press and Scholarly Publishing Services. She also serves as secretary to the Editorial Board, organizing their meetings and taking minutes.

Publicity Assistant

Heidi Branham
Heidi BranhamE-mail: cohenh@purdue.edu

Heidi is an undergraduate in Visual Communications Design (VCD) at Purdue University and works part-time as an intern at the Press. She designs covers, leaflets, posters, and other publicity for the Press and other units of the Libraries. She also works on multimedia projects. She is recipient of the Albert Viton Scholarship.

Editorial Assistant

Jennifer Lynch
Jennifer LynchE-mail: lynch23@purdue.edu

Jennifer graduated in 2012 from Purdue with a degree in English literature. She is a temporary staff member, working with the Press and Scholarly Publishing Services to develop and improve journal and conference proceedings publishing products.


E-mail: pupress@purdue.edu