Matt RohalAssociate Editor (Higher Education & Skills for Scholars)
I publish in the broad, interdisciplinary, subject of education, in particular the practical knowledge and skills in the art of higher education, as promoted in our signature Skills for Scholars series—a collection of books dedicated to promoting the best academic practices and ways of reflecting on their influence and efficacy. This includes books celebrating the finest practices, methods, techniques, talents, knowledge, philosophical reflections, history, culture, and diverse experiences and expertise in the scholarly universe. The list focuses on the wide-ranging categories of scholarly communication (reading, writing, speaking, translation, etc.), research, professional development, leadership, teaching, and learning. I aim to publish influential books by leading scholars and practitioners written for a broad intellectual audience.
I search for projects that are captivating, practical, innovative, exploratory, and essential guides for a new generation of scholars, teachers, and students, as well as life-long learners of all kinds. These are books that will become must-read references, resources, and texts in the ever-evolving world of higher education. I aim to build a list of important and accessible titles that highlight and unearth the good in the scholarly world and challenge the bad. I also look for books that capture the excitement and imagination of their intended readers and beyond. Works that are ambitious, bold, well-written, engaging, unique, profound, and inspiring, are those that I am most keen on publishing. Some signature books of the list include Helen Sword’s Writing with Pleasure, Scott Newstok’s How to Think like Shakespeare, Jennifer Morton’s Moving Up Without Losing Your Way, Roosevelt Montas’ Rescuing Socrates, Laura Portwood-Stacer’s The Book Proposal Book, Eddie Cole’s The Campus Color Line, Martha Nussbaum’s Not for Profit, Andrew Delbanco’s College, Zachary Schrag’s The Princeton Guide to Historical Research, Christopher Caterine’s Leaving Academia, William Germano’s Syllabus, and Jessica Calarco’s A Field Guide to Grad School.
I believe passionately in the value of knowledge, truth, diversity, dialogue, and reason; my hope is to help bring forth books that make the world a wiser and, ultimately, better place.