Title: Executive Editor, Psychology
Organization: JohnWiley & Sons
Born and Lived: Born in Utica New York; went to school in Chicago and Syracuse NY; worked in Chicago, Charlotte NC, New York City, and now, Hoboken NJ, all in the educational and publishing worlds.
Professional Career and Activities: I started my professional life as a graduate student in historical US geography and fairly quickly made the decision to shift to educational publishing, which allowed me a foot in both the academic and business worlds. I have always worked in educational publishing, but have acquired, developed, and edited in a variety of disciplines and formats: composition, literature, basic skills, history, film, journalism, speech communication, and for the past 8 years, clinical psychology at the graduate and reference level.
Family: Much of my family continues to live in upstate NY where they work in the law and social services. I have two twenty-something children, one who is starting law school after working at a university press for three years, the other back in college after 4 years in the Marine Corps. I follow the escapades of their many twenty-something cousins as they look to find their place in this exciting but unpredictable world.
In My Spare Time: I read, follow politics, cook, run my large and uncontainable Weimaraner.
Favorite Books: Out Stealing Horses by Peterson, Post War Europe by Tony Judt, The Golden Compass by Pullman.
Pet Peeves: Use of impact as verb.
How/Where I See the Industry in Five Years: I have no idea–good content will always be important and valued. How providers will be compensated and who will control the flow is another question.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.