The University of Chicago's Editing certificate instructors have strong roots in the editing and publishing industry. Their experience informs both classroom and online instruction that prepares our learners to shine in the editing and publishing fields. Instructors teach courses that cover manuscript editing, copyright and trademark regulations, grammar, copyediting, and technology solutions like eBook publishing and electronic editing tools.
Our instructors’ understanding of the technical and professional demands of the publishing industry make them invaluable mentors to our learners as they build their editing and publishing careers. They have worked as freelancers, consultants, and in-house editorial and production managers at industry-leading presses; their variety of experiences and responsibilities gives them the perspective that makes our Editing certificate an outstanding value for editing professionals accelerating their careers.
Susan is the managing editor of the American Journal of Sociology, published by the University of Chicago Press. Allan received the 2007 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Sharon is an editorial associate at the American Journal of Sociology. She has also worked as a manuscript editor at the Astrophysical Journal in the Press Journals Division. She is a freelance editor for several Elsevier medical journals as well as for the Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Law and Economics. She has a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a JD from Loyola.
Kelli Christiansen has spent more than two decades in publishing, as a bookseller, editor, literary agent, and writer. She began her career with B. Dalton Bookseller (a division of Barnes & Noble) before becoming a journalist for a chain of suburban newspapers. She then served as an acquisitions editor with Publications International, Ltd./Consumer Guide, where she edited books and magazines. Later, she served as a senior editor with McGraw-Hill and executive editor with ABA Publishing. In 2007, Kelli launched bibliobibuli, working with a variety of authors and publishers to help make publishing dreams come true. Over the years, Kelli has acquired, developed, edited, or ghosted literally hundreds of books, working with such publishers as Amacom, American Library Association/ALA Editions, Berrett-Koehler, Bloomberg Press, Osprey Publishing, Sourcebooks, Wiley, and Workman. A number of her books have been well reviewed, earning recognition from such publications as Barron’s, Booklist, BusinessWeek, Library Journal, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The Wall Street Journal. A writer herself, Kelli’s work has appeared in such media as Book Business Magazine; Carol Stream Press; Chicago Book Review; Chicago Life; Chicago Literati; Collections & Credit Risk Magazine; Faith, Hope & Fiction; Midwest Book Review; Midwestern Gothic; and San Francisco Book Review.
David Davis is a research analyst at CCC, a major collective licensing organization. He holds joint master’s degrees in library and information sciences and medieval European history from The Catholic University of America. He has also completed post-graduate course work at MIT and Simmons College. He previously held directorships in public libraries and corporate libraries. He blogs on copyright and licensing issues.
Siobhan is an editorial and production consultant. She has previously been managing editor at Chiron Publications and Triumph Books as well as production manager at the University of Chicago Press and Northwestern University Press. She holds degrees in music theory from the University of Illinois.
Katherine Faydash is an editor and urban planner. She previously was an editor at Great Books Foundation, Loyola Press, and University of Chicago Press, and a practicum instructor for a course on human rights in Mexico at DePaul University’s College of Law. At UIC’s Great Cities Institute, she researched participatory budgeting in Chicago. Katherine has edited hundreds of books in her more than twenty years as a freelancer. As a planner and consultant, she helps clients translate and develop their vision and ideas into plans and guiding documents to facilitate communications with stakeholders and funders.
Kelly Finefrock is an editor specializing in scholarly material. She began her career in publishing as an editorial apprentice at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. From there, she joined the Manuscript Editing Department, Books Division, at the University of Chicago Press, working as an editorial assistant, then manuscript editor, and finally production editor. Kelly currently works at the University of Alabama Press as a project editor guiding books through the publication process from copyediting through the final stages of proof. She holds a BA and an MA in history from the College of William and Mary.
Ruth is a senior manuscript editor at the University of Chicago Press. She has taught in the Editing Certificate program since 2011 and has also led workshops for editors at Groupon, the Professional Editors' Network (Twin Cities), PubU, and elsewhere. Ruth's own publications include the poetry collections Yellow Doors and Soap Is Political; her picture book Adriana's Angels will be available in both English and Spanish in September 2017.
Susan Karani is a senior production editor at Stanford University Press. Prior to that, she was a production editor and manuscript editor at the University of Chicago Press, where she worked for over a decade. Susan also freelances as a developmental and manuscript editor; her client list comprises Harvard University Press, imprints of Penguin Random House, and other academic presses. She holds a BA and an MA from the University of Chicago, and an MA from Columbia University.
Jill Welsh is a freelance manuscript editor and writing coach. She specializes in manuscript evaluations, developmental editing, and copy editing for both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Jill has a marketing background, an editing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School, and a background in traditional publishing. She owns JWelsh Editorial and is the past president, VP, and marketing director of Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP), as well as a long-standing member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA).