Chemeketa Press began in 2015 as part of a college-wide student success initiative to lower the cost of textbooks. The Press focused on publishing more affordable textbooks, but Chemeketa faculty then took the opportunity of textbook development to revise curriculum, create new opportunities for students, and pursue their own professional development. The increased savings for students has been astonishing — $2.5 million over four years — but the greatest impact comes from improved classes for students and professional development for faculty.
Steve oversees the general operations of the Press and works with external partners to publish and distribute Chemeketa Press books beyond Chemeketa. He has an MFA from the University of Oregon, and prior to helping build Chemeketa Press, he spent 28 years teaching composition and creative writing at Central Oregon and Chemeketa community colleges.
Brian manages all projects at Chemeketa Press by coordinating with Press staff, faculty authors, and the College’s internal systems. He also manages Chemeketa Press operational details and is a strong advocate for the generative potential of a blank whiteboard and post-it notes. He has an MA from Oregon State University and has taught composition and literature courses at Chemeketa Community College for 5 years.
Stephanie works with faculty to craft textbooks that draw on their expertise while maintaining an accessible voice that speaks directly to students. She organizes a weekly faculty writing group to encourage a community of productive writers and leads regular writing workshops for faculty. She has an MFA from the University of Idaho and has experience in publishing both as an editor and as the author of several books of poetry. She has seven years’ experience teaching creative writing, literature, and composition.
Ronald oversees any design needs the Press has, including managing the Visual Communication interns during summer term while they create the layouts of the books. Ronald also teaches in the Visual Communication program. He has a BA from Portland State. Prior to Chemeketa Press Ronald was the Creative Director at a local private university.