Welcome Back Letter from Prof. Raskin!

January 25, 2017

Dear Colleagues and Graduate Students,

I hope you enjoyed your winter break. Welcome back to Pace University. We have 15 new students and 66 current students and 3 visiting students enrolled in the Pace Publishing program for Spring 2017, a total of 84 students this semester. The faculty and staff look forward to working with you and assisting you this term.

Please mark your calendars for the following publishing events. Lisa Sharkey will give the spring semester lecture as the David Pecker Professor on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Ms. Sharkey is Senior Vice President/Director of Creative Development at HarperCollins and is serving as David J. Pecker Visiting Professor for the 2016-17 academic year. Her lecture will take place at 163 William Street, 18th floor at the downtown NYC campus from 6 to 8 PM. She will discuss issues currently facing the publishing industry. Refreshments will be served.

Another major event and date to place on your calendar is Thursday, April 13, 2017. At that time, the Pace University Publishing Department will host the Student/Alumni Appreciation Dinner that will celebrate student excellence. The Student Appreciation Dinner will be held at 163 William Street, 18th floor from 6 to 8 PM. The dinner gives us the opportunity to recognize student and alumni achievement and the uniqueness of our publishing students and graduates. Please make every effort to attend both events.

We wish you a very successful semester. Please feel free to contact me or faculty or staff if you have any questions during the semester. My very best to you for a successful spring term.

Sherman Raskin
Professor English/Publishing
Director MS in Publishing Program
Director Pace University Press

Pace University Welcomes Hunan Publishing Group

Pace University Welcomes Hunan Publishing Group


Welcome Address by Professor Sherman Raskin 

Pace University MS in Publishing faculty and staff welcome the Third Pace University Hunan Publishing Group for training.  Hunan executives will be in residence from June 23 to July 4, 2013, exploring the marketing strategies utilized by United States publishing companies. Pace and Hunan are committed to fostering publishing education and a greater understanding between the publishing industries in China and the United States.  We are honored to host our colleagues from China and wish them great success.  


Professor Sherman Raskin

Director, MS in Publishing Program

Director, Pace University Press

Professor, English-Publishing

Welcome to China Publishing Group Corporation!

Publishing Program Welcomes China Publishing Group Corporation


Welcome Address by Professor Sherman Raskin 

Pace University MS in Publishing faculty and staff welcome the China Publishing Group (CPG) to the University for training. CPG will be in residence from May 13 to May 31, 2013 exploring the dynamic changes that digital publishing has had  on the industry. Pace and China Publishing Group are committed to fostering publishing education and a greater understanding between the publishing industries in  China and the United States.  We are honored to host our colleagues from China and wish them great success. We would like to thank Mr. Tan Yu, Chairman Of China Publishing Group, for his leadership and for making it possible for his colleagues to visit Pace.


Professor Sherman Raskin

Director, MS in Publishing Program

Director, Pace University Press

Professor, English-Publishing



Welcome Address by Professors Rosati and Sandberg

Today, Pace University welcomes the China Publishing Group Corporation (CPG) for a three-week executive program on best practices in the U.S. publishing industry.  Leading the delegation of 20 participants is CEO Mr. Tan Yue, recognized as a leader in China’s cultural industry.  Headquartered in Beijing, CPG consists of more than 70 subsidiaries, a joint-stock company, and financing operations.


The executive program is co-led by Professors Melissa A. Rosati, CPCC, Kirsten D. Sandberg, and Lian Xiao, faculty members in the Master of Science in Publishing program at Pace. Professors Rosati and Sandberg have invited 17 industry leaders to meet with the CPG delegation. Professor Lian is the program’s organizer and translator. The goals of the program are to foster dialogue about best digital practices and the future of global publishing.


The program’s first speaker is Michael Shatzkin, Founder & CEO of The Idea Logical Company and a widely-acknowledged thought leader in digital change in the book publishing industry.  In his nearly 50 years in publishing, he has played almost all roles: bookseller, author, agent, production director, sales and marketing director, and consultant. His insights about how the industry functions and accommodates digital change form the basis of all of the company’s consulting efforts.

Mr. Shatzkin’s presentation will focus on the state of the publishing industry and the role publishers play in securing ebook sales.


Prof. Melissa Rosati and Prof. Kirsten Sandberg

MS in Publishing Student Appreciation Dinner

The MS in Publishing program held a Student Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, May 2nd 2013, at the Midtown Executive Club.  The event’s purpose was reflective of its name, an evening dedicated to celebrating the success and hard work of our students.  In attendance were many Pace University officials including;  Provost Uday Sukhatme, Nira Herrmann, the Dean of Dyson College, Andres Villagra, the Associate Dean for Dyson College, Maria Iacullo-Bird, the Assistant Dean of Grad Programs, and Susan Ford, the University Director of Graduate Admissions, and Professor Sherman Raskin, the Chair of the MS in Publishing program. Faculty members Professor Jane Kinney-Denning, Professor Manuela Soares, Professor Jodylynn Bachiman, Professor Xiao-Chaun Lian and Professor Ivor Whitson were also present.  Click here to view professor bios!


Current students and alumni of the program also made up the audience which included over 70 people.  We are very fortunate to have such a dynamic and successful group of alumni, who frequently contribute to the Publishing program by attending events, teaching in the program, mentoring students and assisting them in their job and internship searches.  This event provided students with a wonderful opportunity to network and to learn more about opportunities for employment within the publishing industry.


Prof. Sherman Raskin began the event by introducing Provost Sukhatme and Dean Herrmann, who welcomed students to a wonderful evening and congratulated them on all of their achievements.  After main courses that included filet mignon, salmon and vegetarian platters, Professor Denning and Professor Soares offered up some sage advice to the students and warmly thanked them for all of the hard work they had put into earning their degrees.  “The future is now,” said Prof. Soares, in terms of technological innovations in the publishing industry.  She encouraged all of the students in the room to enter the workplace confidently knowing that they have the skills they need to succeed in today’s dynamic and competitive marketplace.  Professor Denning, also encouraged students to be confident as they move into the workplace and said that she is looking forward to seeing them develop into the innovative industry leaders that the program has prepared them to be.  She quoted a number of inspirational people such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose words Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail remind us that being unique is important.  Prof. Denning also quoted Madeline Albright, whose words “Real leadership comes from the quiet nudging of an inner voice. It comes from realizing that the time has come to move from beyond waiting to doing,” encourage students to trust themselves and strive to achieve their dreams.


Next, two current students spoke about their time in the program.  Ms. Diana Cavallo, a graduating student, and Ms. Heather Allen, in her second semester of the program, shared their academic and publishing experiences with the audience.  They thanked their professors for all of their assistance and support, and encouraged their classmates’ successes, as well.  Ms. Melanie Mitzman, an alumni of the MS in Publishing program currently working at Oxford University Press, also addressed the audience about her time spent in the program and how important it is for students to network with each other and their professors.  Professor Bachiman, also an alumni of the program, shared a number of her rewarding experiences as both a student and faculty member.  Professor Ivor Whitson, a long-time member of the MS in Publishing Advisory Board and faculty, concluded the evening by offering students advice about the entering the publishing industry. Many of his thoughtful and insightful comments centered on his reaction to a recent Op-ed piece written by Thomas Friedman in  the NY Times, in which Friedman discusses the implications of our moving “from a connected world to a hyper connected world.”  Professor Whitson also relayed his pride in all that the Publishing program has become over time.  Many students, faculty and alumni stayed to meet and connect with students long after the actual event ended.


This wonderful event is due, in part, because of the fees included in student tuition, the University’s decision to put these monies into programs that give back to students, and the support of Dean Herrmann, Associate Dean Villagras and Assistant Dean, Maria Iacullo-Bird in putting together this event.  It is Professor Raskin’s hope that the program will able to host Student Appreciation Dinners once a semester.  Thank you to all who attended and we hope to see you all next year!

Written By: Professor Jane Denning and Diana Cavallo

Elizabeth Geiser: A Recollection of Fond Memories

Pictured here: Mrs. Paula Raskin, Ms. Elizabeth Geiser, Prof. Sherman Raskin, and Prof. Xiao Chuan Lian.

Elizabeth Geiser:  A Recollection of Fond Memories

Elizabeth Geiser died on Monday, October 8, 2012.  She served as Senior Vice President of Business Development at Gale Research for many years and established the Denver Publishing Institute.  Elizabeth was a dedicated executive who served as a role model for women in the industry.  As an educator, she influenced hundreds of young students and taught them the basics of publishing.


I first met Elizabeth when Pace University was negotiating for a publishing library that was housed at CUNY at 42 Street.  Elizabeth was searching for a home for the library and thought Pace might be a good fit.  However, it was many years later that I got to know her and how exceptional she was.  What impressed me most was her total dedication to her publishing students and the Denver Institute publishing alumni.  She never missed an opportunity to assist them and was always there when they needed advice concerning the business.  In 1990, I received an urgent call from Elizabeth.  Xiao Chuan Lian, a graduate of her program,  applied to the Pace University MS in Publishing Program.  He was an outstanding student from Wuhan University who received his degree in library science and was one of the founders of the Wuhan University publishing program.  Elizabeth strongly urged me to consider his application as well as consider a merit scholarship for him.  Mr. Lian completed the MS in Publishing with honors and succeeded in the field of publishing and publishing education.


My friendship with Elizabeth grew through the years.  She served on the Pace University publishing advisory board and assisted us greatly in developing our program.  Many Denver Publishing Institute alumni entered our masters’ degree program.


Most important to me and my wife Paula was our close friendship with her.  Elizabeth was intelligent, ethical, loyal, hard working and entrepreneurial.  It was an honor to have her as a friend.  She has made a deep and permanent impression on our lives and so many lives.  Thank you Elizabeth.


Sherman Raskin, Professor and Director of the Pace University MS in Publishing Program