TAA CDEI Committee to launch survey on DEI-related publishing issues

TAA’s CDEI Committee is launching a survey in late April to gather information on several DEI-related publishing issues in nine categories, including reviewer-related issues, editor competencies, positive representation, case studies, understanding bias, incorporating triggering sensitivities, inclusive scholarship, and language.

The goal of the survey is to learn more about how TAA can support its members and their publisher’s efforts to incorporate DEI topics in their writing.

The similarities and differences between academic and textbook writing

What are similarities and differences between academic and textbook writing? Find out in the 2023 TAA Conference session, “Academic vs. Textbook Writing – Similarities and Differences”, presented by Kenneth L. Campbell, Professor of History at Monmouth University.

As an author of both textbooks and academic works, Campbell will explore the similarities and differences between these two types of writing. On the one hand, good writing is good writing, and it seems like many of the same principles should apply to both academic and textbook writing—and he believes they do.

Want to feel more joyful when writing? This 2023 TAA Conference session is for you

“I want to feel more joyful through the process of my writing.” If this statement resonates, you will not want to miss the 2023 TAA Conference session, Empowering Joyful Writing, by Dr. Tracy Hodges, Owner and Chief Creative Officer of The Empowering Advocate LLC.

The stressors of current life are pushing more and more people to seek joy in their work. Writing is one task that may not spark joy for many of us— it is challenging, vulnerable, and time-consuming.

Registration is now open for the 2023 TAA Conference on Textbook & Academic Authoring

Network with other textbook and academic authors and gain knowledge on writing and editing strategies, writing productivity, textbook contracts and royalties, and much more! You will leave inspired!

You’ll have the opportunity to participate in more than two dozen educational sessions, one-on-one mentoring sessions with veteran textbook and academic authors and industry professionals, and plenty of networking and information-sharing sessions.

TAA’s 35th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference will be held online, June 9-10, 2023, on an interactive virtual conference platform.

TAA welcomes new executive director

On behalf of the TAA Council, I am pleased to announce that Kim Pawlak was promoted to Executive Director on January 1, 2023, after Michael Spinella retired as Executive Director at the end of 2022.

Kim has worked for TAA in increasingly responsible roles for more than 30 years, most recently as Director of Publishing & Operations.  She was instrumental in the development of TAA’s webinar program, Month of Motivation, Writing Gyms, and many other member benefits and services.

Help shape TAA’s future! Nominate yourself or a colleague for a position on the TAA Council

The TAA Governance Committee is seeking nominees for the TAA Council, the association’s governing board. Open positions include TAA Council positions and three Officer roles: Vice-President/President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary. Any TAA member in good standing may serve on the TAA Council.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, February 13, 2023.

All terms start July 1, 2023. The term for Council positions is three years. Officers serve two-year terms, with the Vice-President ascending to the role of President for an additional two-year term (subject to Council approval) and then Past-President for another two-year term.