With membership in TAA, you are not alone. You become part of a diverse community of textbook and academic authors with similar interests and goals. We are pleased to announce the addition of 51 new TAA members who joined us in October 2021.
Four faculty members at Sam Houston State University – Elizabeth Lee, Kristina Vargo, Rebecca Wentworth, and William Blackwell – shared the results of their study on the utility of writing groups. The study included a qualitative analysis of faculty members’ participation and perceptions of faculty writing groups and assessed the potential impact of working virtually.
Participants in the study expected a combination of professional and non-professional outcomes from faculty writing groups.
When you think about your emotions as they relate to your writing, what is your first thought? Does your response gravitate to positive emotions of joy or happiness? Or does it immediately lean toward negative ones like stress and frustration?
Erin McTigue shares from her coaching perspective that “emotions are very important in the work we do because it can help gain awareness about why certain projects are being avoided – why certain things are so hard.”
Stephen Mitchell once said, “Education is no longer thought of as a preparation for adult life, but as a continuing process of growth and development from birth until death.” In this week’s collection of articles from around the web, we see insight into that continuous process from the writing and research perspective.
We begin with an understanding of academic writing, look at challenges with research funding, explore proper citation to avoid plagiarism, and examine ways to increase productivity by using our analyzer switch.
TAA Member Judi L Nath is a Professor Emerita, Biology & Health Sciences and a textbook author writing in the disciplines of biology, anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, pathophysiology. Her most recent publications are Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, 11e (textbook); Digesting Foods and Fads; and Sins Against Science: How Misinformation Affects Our Lives and Laws.
What are you currently working on?
I just had 2 new “academic trade books” publish: Digesting Foods and Fads and Sins Against Science: How Misinformation Affects Our Lives and Laws.
What are you questioning today? What are you trying to learn? How are you continuing to improve your understanding of your discipline, your writing process, or current publishing opportunities? Helen Keller once said, “A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.” So, what questions are unanswered for you?