Steven Brint is Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at UC Riverside and is an organizational sociologist focusing on the sociology of higher education, the sociology of professions, and middle-class politics. He is the author of three books (The Diverted Dream, In an Age of Experts, and Schools and Societies); editor of The Future of the City of Intellect; and co-editor of Evangelicals and Democracy in America; his articles have appeared in numerous journals. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. He is currently at work on a new book, The Ends of Knowledge: Organizational and Cultural Change in U.S. Colleges and Universities, 1980-2012.
Karen A. Butter joined UCSF in 1992 and has served as the University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor since 2000. Previously, she held positions at the California Digital Library, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Utah. At UCSF she led the digital library transformation beginning with work on Red Sage, a pilot project to test online journals, and, more recently, directed the creation of a publicly available digital library of 70 million pages of tobacco industry documents. She has served as chair of UC University Librarians and led the implementation of UC’s new online catalog. She has been active in scholarly communication issues, chairing national committees and working on systemwide efforts to address the increased cost of scientific publications and promote open access. She is currently on the Board of Director for the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries.
Maria Elena Cortez has been with UC-AFT, the statewide union that represents librarians and lecturers in the UC system, since 2008 and is currently the Executive Director. For the past 25 years she has worked with several public sector labor unions organizing for the protection and expansion of workers’ rights.
Christopher Edley, Jr. is Dean and professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law. He co-founded the Harvard Civil Rights Project and founded the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity. His publications include Not All Black and White: Affirmative Action, Race and American Values and Administrative Law: Rethinking Judicial Control of Bureaucracy. A trustee of The Century Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation, and fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Law Institute, he has also served in the Carter and Clinton administrations and on a national commission reviewing the No Child Left Behind Act. Dean Edley has served on California’s Commission on a 21st Century Economy, and as a Special Advisor to UC President Mark Yudof. In July 2009, he was appointed to the 20-member Commission on the Future to make recommendations regarding the UC’s long term strategy for sustaining its mission.
John Willinsky is currently Khosla Family Professor at the Stanford University School of Education. Until 2007 he was the Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and directs the Public Knowledge Project at Stanford University, UBC and Simon Fraser University. He has developed the open source software (Open Journal Systems and Open Conference Systems), as well as Open Monograph Press and is working in partnership with international organizations to support online scholarly publishing initiatives worldwide.