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: Dr. Olga Zbarskaya

Dr. Olga ZbarskayaTAA member Dr. Olga Zbarskaya, OZCREDO President, is both a textbook and academic author. Her most recent publications include Brainstorm!: Practice for Unrestricted Imagination and Original Thought and Mind Booster Art.

What are you currently working on?
I just finished the children’s book/textbook on creative thinking Unbelievable Adventures of Dr. Credo. Parents and educators alike will appreciate this book for the way it creates a fun learning experience involving technology, astrology, physics, and even psychology, making it an ideal complement to many school lessons and a great addition to classroom libraries. I also founded OZCREDO: Center for Creative Thinking and Unlimited Possibilities, a consulting company that provides comprehensive tools, training, workshops, and coaching on creative decision-making and problem solving. [Read more…]

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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Busy TAA People: William H. Koenecke

Write Well Right NowWilliam KoeneckeTAA member William H. Koenecke recently published a new book, Write Well Right Now: A Guidebook on English Grammar, Punctuation, and Writing. “It’s a simple book for anyone who wishes to improve his/her grammar, punctuation, and written communication skills,” he said. “It’s not written for people who are proficient in these areas; however, I believe this book will and can be of benefit to all people of any age and occupation.”

Koenecke, a retired university professor from the Department of Adolescent, Career and Special Education at Murray State, understands the need for improving the writing skills of tomorrow’s teachers. He has over 40 years’ experience in the field of education.

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[Featured Members] Finding, chasing, and becoming rabbits: Learning from others on the road to the professoriate

Tracey Hodges and Katherine L. Wright

Tracey Hodges (L) and Katherine Wright (R)

TAA’s featured member profiles generally feature veteran textbook and academic authors and industry experts. In this issue we are delighted to feature two recent doctoral-recipients-turned-assistant-professors.

Tracey S. Hodges is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi where she teaches graduate and undergraduate literacy courses. In addition, Tracey conducts research focusing on writing strategies, instruction with text structures, and content area literacy.

Katherine L. Wright is an Assistant Professor at Boise State University in the Department of Literacy, Language & Culture. Her research interests include reading and writing motivation, second language content-area literacy, writing-to-learn, and scientific literacy development. [Read more…]

[Featured Member] From blocked to breakthrough: The art of stress-free creating

View More: http://ladybugphotographybybekkymurphy.pass.us/taa-conference-2016Dominique T. Chlup is a tenured University Associate Professor turned Creativity & Writing Coach. She is President and Chief Creative Officer of Inspiring the Creative Within®, LLC. What she does best is take you from blocked to breakthrough, teaching you the art of stress-free creating to maximize your writing productivity. She has five degrees behind her name, including two from Harvard University. She is author of $6.7 million in funded grant projects and over 200 publications and presentations written one word at a time.

Here Dominique shares her writing strategies for moving from blocked to breakthrough through the art of stress-free creating. [Read more…]

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…]