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Q&A: What advice can you share for authors who want to teach from their own textbooks?

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Q: "I'm interested in some do's and don'ts related to teaching a college course using one's own textbook. I'm used to expanding on material and offer things 'left out' of others' texts. Using my own, I find myself 'teaching from the text' more than I'd like (or more than what is interesting to the students). Any advice from those of you who have dealt with this?"  A: Rebecca Plante, PhD, Assistant Professor & Chair, Personnel Committee, Sociology Department, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY: "I teach with two of my texts - I have to, as long as they're in print, or it would look really bad ('You don't use your own books!!?'). My editor would have a hard time working with me if I refused to assign the text I wrote on sex...in my sexualities class. If I don't believe in the text enough to adopt it, why would anyone else?

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