Please join us in welcoming our newest staff member, Tom Mankowski, ICA Director of Publishing Operations. Tom comes to us from 14 years at SAGE Publishing, where he served as the Associate Director of Social Science Journals.
1. Tell us about yourself:
I’m originally from Long Island New York, but I’ve lived in Los Angeles for about 15 years. The weather is better, the mass transportation is worse. I enjoy travel, and try to visit record stores and coffee shops in any city I’m in. I have two nephews (Thomas and Enzo) and a niece (Susanna) back in New York, and I’m lucky to be able to get back regularly to ensure they are listening to the Ramones. As the ICA staff points out, I have no pets; the neighborhood tortoise (Henry) apparently doesn’t count! Before ICA, I worked for SAGE Publishing for about 14 years in Journals Editorial managing staff and journals in the Social Science department and overseeing key Association accounts. It’s also where I first met the folks at ICA and I’m extremely excited to join their team. ICA really is the ideal fit for my skill set and (more importantly?!?) my personality.
2. What is your position within ICA?
I am the Director of Publishing Operations and I have been with ICA for one week. My main responsibilities include overseeing all journal and publication related activities.
3. What is your main challenge right now?
My career thus far has been on the ‘other side’ of publishing. I’ll be spending the next few weeks getting up to speed with the nuances of the Association side, as well as working with staff and publishers. There are a lot of potential changes on the horizon for academic publishing. Navigating, digesting and distributing the influx of information quickly and coherently I think will continue to be of great importance to the association and to members.
4. What would you like to say to our members?
I’ve come on board at an interesting time, and I’m already (not surprisingly) so impressed with the ICA staff; their work ethic, drive, and professionalism at this time has been nothing short of inspiring. For members specifically, I’m really excited to dive into the publication work, and please don’t hesitate to send me any questions.