Busy TAA People: William H. Koenecke

Write Well Right NowWilliam KoeneckeTAA member William H. Koenecke recently published a new book, Write Well Right Now: A Guidebook on English Grammar, Punctuation, and Writing. “It’s a simple book for anyone who wishes to improve his/her grammar, punctuation, and written communication skills,” he said. “It’s not written for people who are proficient in these areas; however, I believe this book will and can be of benefit to all people of any age and occupation.”

Koenecke, a retired university professor from the Department of Adolescent, Career and Special Education at Murray State, understands the need for improving the writing skills of tomorrow’s teachers. He has over 40 years’ experience in the field of education.

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[Featured Members] Finding, chasing, and becoming rabbits: Learning from others on the road to the professoriate

Tracey Hodges and Katherine L. Wright

Tracey Hodges (L) and Katherine Wright (R)

TAA’s featured member profiles generally feature veteran textbook and academic authors and industry experts. In this issue we are delighted to feature two recent doctoral-recipients-turned-assistant-professors.

Tracey S. Hodges is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi where she teaches graduate and undergraduate literacy courses. In addition, Tracey conducts research focusing on writing strategies, instruction with text structures, and content area literacy.

Katherine L. Wright is an Assistant Professor at Boise State University in the Department of Literacy, Language & Culture. Her research interests include reading and writing motivation, second language content-area literacy, writing-to-learn, and scientific literacy development. [Read more…]

[Featured Member] From blocked to breakthrough: The art of stress-free creating

View More: http://ladybugphotographybybekkymurphy.pass.us/taa-conference-2016Dominique T. Chlup is a tenured University Associate Professor turned Creativity & Writing Coach. She is President and Chief Creative Officer of Inspiring the Creative Within®, LLC. What she does best is take you from blocked to breakthrough, teaching you the art of stress-free creating to maximize your writing productivity. She has five degrees behind her name, including two from Harvard University. She is author of $6.7 million in funded grant projects and over 200 publications and presentations written one word at a time.

Here Dominique shares her writing strategies for moving from blocked to breakthrough through the art of stress-free creating. [Read more…]

Featured Member: Embracing change in an evolving textbook industry

K.Patton, Anatomy & Physiology book coversKevin PattonKevin Patton, the author of 10 anatomy and physiology textbooks or manuals in over 40 editions, shares his views and strategies on how to adapt and remain relevant and successful in the fast evolving textbook industry.

TAA: At this stage in your writing career, where do your developmental interests lie in terms of your current text projects?

Kevin Patton: “Presently I am passionate about using current learning theories to adjust the construction of my textbooks, including text, illustrations, and learning enhancements. There is an ongoing explosion of research helping us better understand how people read and learn. Classrooms and textbooks need to keep up with best practices. [Read more…]

[FEATURED MEMBER] Keeping chaos at bay: Deliberate strategies to improve your productivity and sanity

Meggin McIntosh with MicMeggin McIntosh is a Professor and Director Emerita of the Excellence in Teaching Program at University of Nevada, Reno. In 1996 she founded Emphasis on Excellence, Inc., a company dedicated to providing productivity and organizational resources to faculty, individuals, and the private sector. With topics ranging from writing productivity and professional development to children’s and young adult literature, McIntosh is widely published with nearly 50 scholarly articles, two academic books, 29 curriculum publications, 14 instructional guides, textbook and scholarly book chapters, a teaching guide, and more than 1,500 blog and online articles.

Here McIntosh shares deliberate strategies to help improve your productivity and sanity. [Read more…]

Featured Member: Motivation, marketing & the ‘easy fix’

Kathleen KingThe Professor's Guide to Taming TechnologyKathleen P. King, professor of Adult and Higher Education at the University of South Florida in Tampa, is an award winning author of 30 books, most recently 147 Tips for Emerging Scholars and The Professor’s Guide to Taming Technology, and more than 175 journal articles and research papers. She is known for her sessions and innovative topics and is a popular international keynote and conference speaker, mentor, and professor. King’s areas of research include instructional technology, faculty development, and mentoring.

Here King shares what motivates her to write, tips on marketing your works, and the ‘easy fix’: [Read more…]

Featured Member: Textbook author shares how to maintain enthusiasm, organize production process

Robert ChristophersonRobert W. Christopherson is Professor Emeritus of Geography at American River College (1970-2000). He is the author of the leading physical geography texts in the U.S. and Canada all published by Pearson Prentice Hall. He and his nature photographer wife Bobbe have completed twelve expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic regions since 2003, gathering information and photos for his books, Geosystems, 9/e, Elemental Geosystems, 8/e, Geosystems Canadian Edition, 4/e, and Applied Physical Geography, 9/e.

Here Christopherson shares some of the secrets to his success, including the value of building an integrated web for your work, maintaining enthusiasm, and organizing for optimal production. [Read more…]

Busy TAA People: Bill Koenecke forms local writing group

Bill KoeneckeAfter learning that there was no local writing group in Murray, Kentucky, retired Murray State University professor and aspiring textbook author William Koenecke decided to start his own. His first writing group meeting, held Sunday, March 15, attracted 26 authors or aspiring authors, many more than the 5-10 he was expecting.

“We had ‘tons’ of questions during our first meeting, which lasted an hour and 15 minutes,” he said. “One piece of luck is that many of the people who attended Sunday’s meeting have MUCH more expertise and experience in writing and publishing than I have at the present time.”

Koenecke, who has been writing an English grammar, punctuation, and writing book for almost five years that is now close to completion, said he wanted and needed the help of a writing group to accomplish that long-term goal. [Read more…]

Featured Member: Supporting a thriving faculty writing program

Janelle Voegele, Ph.D., and Dannelle D. Stevens, Ph.D.,

Janelle Voegele, Ph.D., and Dannelle D. Stevens, Ph.D., Portland State University

As Director for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in the Office of Academic Innovation at Portland State University (PSU), Janelle Voegele provides strategic direction for educational development programming and campus activities that explore and promote excellence in teaching and learning, encourage practices that respond to changing college environments, and support multiple dimensions of faculty life and work. Janelle has a doctorate in Educational Leadership and has won two student-nominated teaching awards while at PSU.

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Featured Member: Mapping your way to publishing success

Tenure_in_the_Sacred_GroveJoanne CooperJoanne Cooper is a Professor Emeritus of Educational Administration at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards, including the University of Hawaii Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award and the Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate Education. Cooper is a certified Courage & Renewal facilitator and founder of the Hawaii Courage to Teach Program.

Cooper has co-authored several books on the topics of writing, leadership, and education, including Tenure in the Sacred Grove, The Constructivist Leader, and Let My Spirit Soar: Narratives of Diverse Women in School Leadership. She has also authored dozens of book chapters, and is widely published in scholarly journals.

Here Cooper shares her tips on mapping your way to publishing success.

TAA: What techniques can you share that have helped you develop your writing process?

Joanne Cooper: “I find that using a ‘modular approach’ when writing makes me a more productive writer. I select a particular sub-topic or chunk that needs writing and then set that as my writing task for the day. Often I use a concept map to organize these sub-topics and decide how to order them in the paper. My coauthor Dannelle Stevens and I have taught concept mapping to many audiences at professional conferences and participants find it SOOO useful!

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