Barbara A. Egidi

Barbara A. Egidi

Barbara A. Egidi received her A.A.S. in General Business and her B.S. in Office Information Systems from Pace University. She has been the Program Manager of the M.S. in Publishing Program since its inception.  Egidi carefully advises and guides students throughout their stay in the program and works closely with them to succeed and graduate in a timely manner.

The Pace Publishing Blog featured Egidi in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in March 2012.



Jane Kinney-Denning

Jane Kinney-Denning

Professor Jane Kinney-Denning is the M.S. in Publishing program’s Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach. In addition to teaching full-time, she works with students to help them secure internships in the book, magazine, and digital publishing industries, and advises them as they write their thesis papers. Pace students intern at prestigious publishing houses like Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Oxford University Press, and Scholastic; at innovative new publishers like Open Road Media, Rosetta Books, Pubslush; and at literary agencies like Folio Literary Agency, The Writer’s House, and the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.

Professor Denning works closely with key industry professionals, HR Managers, and organizations such as VIDAWe Need Diverse Books, The Book Industry Guild, the Book Industry Study Group, BookExpo America, the American Association of Publishers, and the Young to Publishing Group to facilitate conference and panel opportunities for students and faculty. In the spring of 2012, Professor Denning became the President of the NYC Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, a 100-year-old nonprofit founded to provide educational and networking opportunities to women working in the industry. In June 2016, she began her term as the WNBA’s National President and coordinated the organization’s Centennial Celebration, which took place in October 2017. She is also a WNBA NGO Representative at the United Nations’s Department of Public Information.

Professor Denning is also the Editor of the M.S. in Publishing Blog, a valuable resource for current students, alumni, and faculty. She is responsible for all aspects of the blog’s development and works with two Graduate Assistants to create timely and unique content.

Professor Denning also has extensive experience in acquiring academic, scientific, and trade books, having most recently worked as a Senior Acquisitions Editor for the scientific and professional publishers CRC Press and Van Nostrand Reinhold. Here, in the area of Environmental Science, she acquired a number of important titles on issues like chemical brain injury and wetlands restoration. Denning was also a Senior Editor at HarperCollins Publishers, acquiring books for the academic market in the areas of Composition and Literature. Before moving to HarperCollins, Denning was a Developmental Editor at CV Mosby and worked as a Sales Representative for Scott Foresman/Little, Brown Publishers.

Professor Denning has interviewed figures like Leonard Peltire, Bianca Jaggar, Michael Moore, Deirdre Bair, and John P. Stern.  She has written two “Soapbox” pieces for Publishers Weekly – one on the Joy of Shared Reading and one on the #MeToo Movement – and regularly contributes to The Bookwoman, the official publication of the WNBA.

Professor Denning has a Masters of Arts degree in Italian Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Courses taught: Internship I and II, Academic Publishing, Editorial Principles and Practices, Publishing Business Communication Skills and the Principles of Publishing.


Sherman Raskin

Sherman Raskin

Sherman Raskin is a Professor of Publishing and English at Pace University.  He has been at Pace fifty years and presently serves as Director of the MS in Publishing program.  He formerly served as Chair of the English Department for twenty-four years.

As Chair of the English Department, Professor Raskin helped shape the literature, writing and cultural studies concentrations.  As Director of the Publishing Program for the past twenty-eight years, he has worked with a professional board of publishers to develop curriculum and establish a unique program that serves the industry.  For twenty-five years, he has held the position of Director of the Pace University Press, an academic press that is well known for its studies of Virginia Woolf and medieval literature.

Professor Raskin is a member of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees at Pace University and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Philips Beth Israel School of Nursing.  He also serves on the University Curriculum Committee and the executive council for the Dean of Dyson College.  In September 2000, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences for his service and contribution to the university.  In 2005, he received recognition for twenty years of leadership as Director of the Publishing Program.  Professor Raskin has lectured on the Future of Publishing both nationally and internationally.  In 2009, he gave a talk at the Global Chinese Publishing Forum at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Professor Raskin holds a BFA degree in Dramatic Arts and a MA degree in English from Columbia University.

Melissa Rosati

Professor Melissa A. Rosati, CPCC, is a certified professional co-active coach (CPCC) and the owner of Melissa’s Coaching Studio, LLC. Her clients include the Institut Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, and individual writers and artists.

An award-winning publisher, Professor Rosati has lead strategic initiatives and teams in the areas of business planning, reorganization, partnerships, content acquisition, print and digital product development, contract negotiation, staff training and development, and global market planning for publishers such as HarperCollins College, Van Nostrand Reinhold, Routledge, and McGraw-Hill International. These experiences and skills enriched Professor Rosati’s approach to coaching and consulting with clients who face daunting professional challenges.

At Pace University, where Professor Rosati is an adjunct faculty member in the Master of Science in Publishing program, she co-leads the U.S.-China Publishing Dialogue and designs and delivers executive leadership seminars for the top management of China’s premier media conglomerates, including China Publishing Group Corporation (CPGC), Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG), and Hunan Publishing.  These seminars grapple with the profound structural changes in the global consumption and distribution of print and digital content. She is also co-founder of Writers, Readers, Publishers: Present Tense, Future Bold, a special-interest group focused on publishing issues in our culture and society.

Professor Rosati earned her coaching certification from the Coaches Training Institute. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation, the Creativity Coaching Association, and the Women’s National Book Association.  Currently, Professor Rosati has several projects in development about women working in writing and the arts. She lives in New York City with her husband Michael and her cat, Social Media Max.

The Pace Publishing Blog featured Professor Rosati in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in February 2012.

Paul Levitz

Paul Levitz

Paul Levitz is a comic fan (The Comic Reader), editor (Batman, among many titles), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes, including four NY Times Best Sellers), executive (30 years at DC, ending as President & Publisher), historian (75 Years of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Myth-Making and educator (including teaching a course on “The American Graphic Novel” at Columbia and Princeton, as well as “Transmedia & The Future of Publishing” in Pace’s M.S. in Publishing Program). He won two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, received Comic-con International’s Inkpot Award, the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, and the Comics Industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro. His Taschen book won the Eisner Award, the Eagle Award and Munich’s Peng Pris, and his most recent book explores the birth of the graphic novel in Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel. Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Boom! Studios.

The Pace Publishing Blog featured Levitz in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in February 2013 and another Spotlight article in April 2012.