Jane Kinney-Denning

Jane Kinney-Denning

Since 2000, Professor Jane Kinney-Denning has taught full-time and has served as the Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach for the MS in Publishing program at Pace. In this capacity she works with students to help them secure internships in the book, magazine and digital publishing industries and advises them as they write their master’s thesis papers. Pace students intern throughout the industry at prestigious publishers such at Random House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Oxford University Press, Scholastic, Conde Nast at innovative new publishers such as Open Road Media, Rosetta Books, Pubslush and at literary agencies such as The Writer’s House, Jean Naggar Literary Agency and Folio Literary Agency to name a few.

Professor Denning has also worked to develop extensive contacts in the industry via her role as the Executive Director of Corporate Outreach. She works closely with key industry professionals, HR Managers and organizations such as, The Book Industry Guild, the Book Industry Study Group, BookExpo America, the American Association of Publishers and their Young to Publishing Group, to provide opportunities for students and faculty attend conferences and panels for educational and networking purposes. In the spring of 2012, Professor Denning began serving as the President of NYC Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, an almost 100 year old, non-profit organization that was founded to provide women working in the industry with educational and networking opportunities. In June of 2016 she began her term as the National President and will be working to coordinate the organization’s Centennial Celebrations that will take place in the October of 2017 in NYC. This relationship has provided numerous opportunities for Pace MS in Publishing students, faculty and alumni, to participate and gain experience in the publishing industry in unique and dynamic ways.

In addition to her teaching duties, Professor Denning is also the Blog Editor for the MS in Publishing Blog where she has written over 20 interviews of Pace MS in Publishing Alumni and has developed it into a highly valuable resource for current students, alumni and faculty. As the Blog Editor, she is responsible for all aspects of its development including the extensive resources for the internship opportunities. She supervises two Graduate Assistants and a Student Aide who work with her to create and post timely and unique content.

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

Professor Denning’s own published works include interviews with such high profile figures as Leonard Peltire, Bianca Jaggar, Michael Moore and Deirdre Bair. She wrote a “Soapbox” piece on the Joy of Shared Reading for Publishers Weekly and did an interview of John P. Stern, the President of the Storm King Art Center for Chronogram Magazine. She is also responsible for contributing to the regular editions of the WNBA’s official publication, the Bookwoman.

The Pace Publishing Blog featured Professor Denning in the Faculty in the Spotlight series in May 2012.

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

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

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.