The Academic Juggle: Managing Your Writing in a World of Commitments – TAA Webinar 11/9

Jane JonesDo you ever feel like you’re working on a million tasks at once, but not making progress on any of them? As an academic, it’s likely that you are juggling multiple commitments and projects. Even the most determined of us can find ourselves overwhelmed at the scope of our responsibilities. If you find yourself struggling to keep track of your writing amidst all your other professional obligations, you’ll want to join us Thursday, November 9 from 3-4 p.m. ET for the TAA webinar, “The Academic Juggle: Managing Your Writing in a World of Commitments”, presented by Dr. Jane Jones, academic editor and productivity coach at Up In Consulting. [Read more…]

Member Spotlight: Victor P. Maiorana

Victor P. MaioranaTeach Like the Mind LearnsTAA member Victor P. Maiorana is both a textbook and academic author in the disciplines of curriculum & instruction, education, linguistics, literacy, and college textbook psychology. 

He has written three textbooks published in the last three years, all by Rowman & Littlefield, including Teach like the mind learns: Instruct so students learn to think, read, and write critically (2017), Preparation for critical instruction: How to explain subject matter while teaching all learners to think, read, and write critically (2016) and Fixing instruction – Resolving major issues with a core body of knowledge for critical instruction (2015). [Read more…]

Promote Your Scholarship via Podcasting
TAA webinar 11/6 & 13

Katie Linder Podcasting is becoming an increasingly popular method of sharing content, but many authors don’t know how to get started. Join us Monday, November 6 & 13 from 3-4 p.m. ET for “Promoting Your Scholarship via Podcasting (It’s Easier Than You Think!)”, a two-part webinar series facilitated by book author and podcaster Katie Linder.  You’ll learn about the tools you need to launch a podcast as well as tips and strategies for how to promote your work through this creative medium. [Read more…]

Member Spotlight: Dr. Karen Hardy

The Art of SuccessDr. Karen HardyTAA member Dr. Karen Hardy is Managing Director at the Academy of Risk Management Educators and Coaches. She has written four books, including most recently, Mastering the Art of Success, co-authored with Jack Canfield, creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Her previous titles include Enterprise Risk Management: A Guide for Government Professionals, which won the 2017 TAA Most Promising New Textbook Award; Building Self-Leaders: A Model Training Program for Public Sector Employees, and Destiny, Dreams & Decisions: Empowering Women for Success.

What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on an online Certificate Course that will educate Industry Professionals on how Public Service leaders manage organizational and program performance through risk management skills. Every industry has risk and individuals in these fields need to understand what it is and how beneficial education around this topic can be to them.
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Member Spotlight: Dr. Olga Zbarskaya

Dr. Olga ZbarskayaTAA member Dr. Olga Zbarskaya, OZCREDO President, is both a textbook and academic author. Her most recent publications include Brainstorm!: Practice for Unrestricted Imagination and Original Thought and Mind Booster Art.

What are you currently working on?
I just finished the children’s book/textbook on creative thinking Unbelievable Adventures of Dr. Credo. Parents and educators alike will appreciate this book for the way it creates a fun learning experience involving technology, astrology, physics, and even psychology, making it an ideal complement to many school lessons and a great addition to classroom libraries. I also founded OZCREDO: Center for Creative Thinking and Unlimited Possibilities, a consulting company that provides comprehensive tools, training, workshops, and coaching on creative decision-making and problem solving. [Read more…]

Learn how to design a web presence for your book – TAA webinar Part 2 – 10/17

Katie LinderYour book’s website is the only tool that works around the clock to promote your book, but sometimes the web presence provided by a publisher is… underwhelming. Join us Tuesday, October 17 from 3-4 p.m. ET for part 2 of “Designing a Web Presence for Your Book (Beyond the Publisher’s Website)”, facilitated by book author Katie Linder. You’ll learn how to create a web presence for your book that highlights its key features, bonus materials, purchasing options, and more. [Read more…]

Apply for an academic or textbook writing grant from TAA

grant writing folderTAA offers two forms of grants to assist members and non-members with some of the expenses related to publishing their academic works and textbooks.

Publication Grants provide reimbursement for eligible expenses directly related to bringing an academic book, textbook, or journal article to publication. Contract Review Grants reimburse eligible expenses for legal review when you have a contract offer for a textbook or academic monograph or other scholarly work that includes royalty arrangements. The application deadline is October 31. [Read more…]

Member Spotlight: Takiyah N. Amin

Takiyah N. AminTAA member Takiyah N. Amin is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College. An academic author in the dance studies discipline, her most recent publications include an “Arts in Society Redesign: A Learner-Centered Approach”, by Delane Ingalls Vanada, Dean Adams and Takiyah Amin, published by The International Journal of Arts Education; and a chapter in “African American Dance Revisited: Undoing Master Narratives in the Studying and Teaching of Dance History” in Rethinking Dance History: Issues and Methodologies (Routledge.)

What are you currently working on?
Completing a book project that explores the work of Black women choreographers during the height of the US-based Black Power and Black Arts Movements.
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Member Spotlight: Jose A. Carmona

Jose A CarmonaGlobalizing the Curriculum Book CoverTAA member Jose A. Carmona is a Spanish Instructor at Pasco-Hernando State College and Latin American Culture Instructor at Columbia College. As both a textbook and academic author in ESL, education, global studies, and Spanish, his most recent publication is Globalizing the Curriculum with the Latino Literature of the United States.

What are you currently working on?
17 manuscripts, including:

  1. Global Advocacy in the Classroom
  2. Lifeless: 300 Words or Less Macabre Short Stories
  3. Snow Dancing in New Jersey, a Novel
  4. Several poetry books
  5. Muffin’s War, non-fiction
  6. Siberian Huskies: 10 Lessons and 10 Nuances Nobody Talks About

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2018 Textbook Award Nominations Now Open

2017 TAA Textbook AwardsNominations for the 2018 Textbook Excellence Award (“Texty”), McGuffey Longevity Award (“McGuffey”), and Most Promising New Textbook Award, opened September 1 and will run through November 1.

For more than 20 years, TAA has supported textbook and academic authors through these highly-recognized awards, given annually to emerging and veteran published authors in eight subject categories. [Read more…]