Busy TAA People: Dr. Dannielle Joy Davis Receives SLU’s James H. Korn Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

TAA member Dr. Dannielle Joy Davis, is the 2023 recipient of the James H. Korn Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award from Saint Louis University’s Reinert Center for her research examining the experiences of marginalized groups in educational settings and the role of policy and practice in academic and occupational outcomes.

The James H. Korn Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award is an annual award established in recognition of Dr. Korn’s many contributions to research on teaching and learning. Professor emeritus in Psychology, Dr. Korn is deeply committed to scholarly teaching; he was also a member of the faculty committee that first established the Reinert Center in 1997.

TAA Member Phil Wankat: Archival Articles on Textbook Production From the ‘TAA Report’

The fifth installment of TAA Member Phil Wankat’s curation and commentary of the archival issues of the TAA Report (now The Academic Author), Production, is now available. Articles include “A Production Primer for Authors,” Series: An Author’s Garden of Editors,” “A Production Primer for Authors,” Series: “Manuscript to Bound Book,” and “A Production Primer for Authors,” Last in Series: “Your Index: Does it Help Sell Your Book?,” and more.

Wankat selected articles that have information that is still valid today, and included commentary on each. We will be adding these articles to the web page, “Articles from TAA Report Archives (now The Academic Author) with Commentary,” over the next few months. The articles are organized into 10 categories, including Authors NeededCartoonsContractsEthicsMoneyProduction, Recognition and Rewards, Software, Textbooks as Scholarship, and Writer’s Block. 

TAA’s AI Committee Launches New Survey Aimed at Textbook and Academic Authors: Generative AI, Your Publisher & You

TAA’s AI Committee recently launched a new survey, Generative AI, Your Publisher & You, to collect information that can help members advocate for themselves in conversations with their publisher(s) about Generative Al (like ChatGPT) in contracts, policies, and statements. In addition to sharing the results, the Committee will be using the data collected to offer TAA virtual roundtable discussions on Generative AI in 2024.

Busy TAA People: Beverly Stein Signs Contract for Music Textbook

TAA member Dr. Beverly Stein, a professor in the Department of Music at California State University, Los Angeles, signed a contract with Rowman & Littlefield in May 2023 for a textbook entitled, Unlocking Meaning in Art Song: A Singer’s Guide to Practical Analysis Using Schubert’s Songs, to be published in June 2024 in time to present to the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) conference.

“Rowman & Littlefield has a new imprint that is combined with NATS, so it’s perfect for my book, which teaches singers how to analyze their songs, using Schubert’s lieder as examples,” says Stein. “I so appreciated TAA for helping me to learn about contracts, when I was considering their offer.”
Congratulations Beverly!

My Day Off

This piece follows directly from last month’s on taking time off. The author explores why taking a day off is so hard and describes her attempt.

Finally, I decided to take a day off. I work at home and, as anyone knows who does, that means all the time. No boundaries, no borders, no warning bell blaring at 9:00 at night or security guard barking “Closing!” When you quit is dictated only by hunger, exhaustion, or an occasional family emergency.

Ironically, I’ve often published advice to others to stop work and smell the rest of life. And yet, the doctor can’t comply with her own prescription.