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…]

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: 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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Member Spotlight: Siddhartha (Sid) Dastidar

Capital Markets and Investments Book CoverSiddhartha (Sid) DastidarTAA member Siddhartha (Sid) Dastidar is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) at Columbia University. As a textbook author in business, economics, and finance, his most recent publication is Capital Markets and Investments: Essential Insights and Concepts for Professionals (1st ed.).

What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on getting the word out regarding my recently published textbook, designed to accompany introductory/intermediate finance classes that discuss the financial markets.
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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…]