Truman State University Press was established in 1986 to publish peer-reviewed research and literature for the scholarly community and the broader public. The Press now publishes 12 to 15 books each year and has 175 titles in print.
TSUP is known for its quality titles, topics, and authors in our Early Modern Studies series, a premier venue for interdisciplinary studies in the early modern period. It also has become known in the region as a quality publisher of American studies, which includes topics on President Truman, the Civil War, environment and transportation history, and other regional topics. TSUP’s literature includes poetry in the New Odyssey Series, a Contemporary Nonfiction Series, and a literary journal, The Chariton Review. The Press is known for the T. S. Eliot Prize, an annual award offered since 1997, for the best collection of poetry in English and named in honor of native Missourian T. S. Eliot.
The Press uses the peer review process to ensure the value and soundness of scholarship to maintain high standards for academic publication. TSUP adds value to scholarly work through editorial development, professional copyediting and design, and making books available in print and electronic formats. The Press encourages and refines the work of younger scholars through publication of first books that establish credentials and develop authorial experience, and adds to the richness of undergraduate and graduate education by publishing supplementary material used by instructors. TSUP helps connect the University to the surrounding community by publishing books of local and regional interest.
As part of the Truman State University community, the Press serves as a local resource for faculty by providing guidance on intellectual property, scholarly communication, and the publishing process. Each year, up to nine students work in semester-long publishing internships, which provide them with meaningful hands-on experience, advice, and mentoring for pursuing careers in publishing.
TSUP has a staff of four that includes the tasks of director, copyeditor, acquisitions editor, production editor, marketing manager, and sales assistant, and is served by an editorial board composed of seven faculty members. Each year, up to twelve students work in internship, work-study, or scholarship positions that provide them with meaningful hands-on experience, advice, and mentoring for pursuing careers in publishing.
The Press operates under the office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and is advised by an editorial board composed of Truman faculty from fine arts, English, and social sciences. The board assists in the selection of manuscript readers and approves manuscripts for publication after they have been peer reviewed.
TSUP Editorial Board
Members of the Editorial Board are faculty at Truman of high standing in disciplines relevant to the Press’s publishing program. Board members serve three-year terms and meet several times each year.
Dr. Mark Hanley, Chair
Dr. Monica Barron
Dr. Mike Ashcraft
Dr. Julia DeLancey
Dr. David Partenheimer
Dr. John Quinn
Dr. Maria Di Stefano, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Janet Blohm Pultz, Director, Truman State University Press