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The Research and
Publications Committee (R&P) is the volunteer body responsible for the
policies and procedures of SBL Press. The Committee is composed of six SBL members in good
standing, five of which are selected by the Nominating Committee and approved
by Council. The Nominating Committee designates which member will be the chair.
The General Editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature
serves as the
sixth voting member of this committee by virtue of his or her editorial position.
Each member is approved for a three-year term that may be renewed. Effort is
made to have representation from the guild outside North America and to include male and female members, although there is not a proscribed formula
for gender equity. The Director of SBL Press reports to the Committee and
participates in the meetings in an advisory capacity but does not cast votes.
The primary function of the R&P
Committee is to engage in strategic thinking in reviewing and setting policy
related to SBL Press. That is, the Committee establishes the
broad, long-term goals and the general shape of the publications program as a
whole, but it does not exercise oversight over the day-to-day operations
of SBL Press. The SBL Press Director manages and directs
operations of the department and reports directly to the SBL Executive Director.
The Committee votes on editorial
appointments (both general series editors and editorial boards) and reports
decisions to Council. The Committee reviews any new book series proposed for SBL Press.
John T. Fitzgerald, Chair
Tat-siong Benny Liew
Adele Reinhartz, Ex Officio
Marvin A. Sweeney
Gale A. Yee
Heather McMurray, Staff Liaison