Academic grant writing tips from a pro (and lessons from a rookie)

GrantsA grant is a great tool to help you build or enhance your project or program, said Erin Comeaux (the pro), formerly a professional grant writer for Lone Star College System, and now a grants coordinator for Pasadena Independent School District in Pasadena, Texas, and Jennifer Travis (the rookie), a professor of mathematics at Lone Star College-North Harris, during their presentation at the 2016 Conference in San Antonio in June. The two recently partnered to write Travis’ first grant proposal. [Read more…]

Dulfano receives TAA Publication Grant

Indigenous Feminist Narratives- I/We: Wo(men) of an(Other) Way Isabel Dulfano, an associate professor of Spanish at the University of Utah, received a TAA Publication Grant to defray expenses related to the publication of her book, Indigenous Feminist Narratives- I/We: Wo(men) of an(Other) Way, published by Palgrave Pivot MacMillan.

“It is an honor to receive funding for the publication of my book from TAA,” said Dulfano. “This grant allowed me to work closely with a copyeditor and indexer, so as to complete this book project in a timely and professional manner.”
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Rossi receives TAA Publication Grant

Federico M. RossiFederico Rossi, at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella – CONICET, received a TAA Publication Grant to defray expenses for copyediting related to the publication of his journal article entitled, “The Second Wave of Incorporation in Latin America: A Conceptualization of the Quest for Inclusion Applied to Argentina”, published by Wiley in Latin American Politics and Society (57:1).

“The support TAA gave me is crucial to allowing me to sustain my productivity in English,” said Rossi. “Before knowing TAA, I was quite worried about needing to reduce my publication plans because of lack of resources. Now I know that I can count on TAA!”
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Schulman receives TAA Publication Grant

Vanessa SchulmanVanessa Schulman, an Assistant Professor in the School of Art at Illinois State University, received a TAA Publication Grant to support the publication of her book, Works Sights: The Visual Culture of Industry in Nineteenth-Century America, which will be published by the University of Massachusetts Press in January 2016.

“In my field, permissions fees for reproducing works of art can cost hundreds of dollars,” she said. “As an art historian, I am grateful to TAA for their financial assistance; this grant means I can afford to include the images necessary to support my book’s argument.”
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Adedinifard receives TAA Publication Grant

Familiar and ForeignMostafa AbedinifardPhD Candidate Mostafa Abedinifard received a TAA Publication Grant to support the publication of his chapter, “Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis: Dialogues with Self and Other through Content and Form”, in the academic book, Familiar and Foreign: Identity in Iranian Film and Literature, which will be published by Athabasca University Press in April 2015.

“Having been a member of TAA for only several months, I feel very much excited to find my application for a Publication Grant accepted by the Association,” he said. “This is the type of support I have not been able to find locally. As a PhD Candidate, I find the grant highly reassuring as I am concluding my own program of study. Thanks TAA!”
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Renn receives TAA Publication Grant

Melissa RennIndependent scholar and researcher Melissa Renn received a TAA Publication Grant to support her forthcoming essay, “‘The Famous Iwo Flag-Raising’: Iwo Jima Revisited,” which will be published in History of Photography in early 2015.

“As an independent scholar and curator, the grant provided funding which helped offset the fees connected with reproducing news images and Life magazine spreads in my article. I am very grateful to TAA for their generous support,” said Renn.
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Hudson, Whisenhunt receive TAA Textbook Contract Review Grant

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Danae Hudson and Brooke Whisenhunt have been awarded a TAA Textbook Contract Review Grant for their textbook, Introductory Psychology, to be published by Pearson Education.

“Being a textbook author for the first time is exciting, yet can also be overwhelming and expensive. I am so grateful for the support from TAA, not only from the contract review grant, but all of the resources and information they provide,” said Hudson, a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Missouri State University.

“Trying to negotiate a textbook contract for the first time can certainly be a daunting process. Having support from the TAA to obtain legal advice helped make this process much more manageable. We are very grateful for this support and for the resources and contacts available through the TAA,” said Whisenhunt, a professor of psychology at Missouri State University.
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Cunningham receives a TAA Textbook Contract Review Grant

Mark CunninghamMark Cunningham has been awarded a TAA Textbook Contract Review Grant for his textbook, Neoclassical Physics, to be published by Springer.

Cunningham received his Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from Yale University in 1982, working with Franco Iachello. After leaving Yale, he worked on remote sensing and non-destructive testing applications in industry before teaching at the University of Texas system campuses for nine years. His new book is an outgrowth of that experience.

“I was very excited and deeply gratified to learn that the Text and Academic Authors Association had awarded me a grant to seek legal advice for my forthcoming book Neoclassical Physics,” he said. “While I did learn a bit about negotiation while in grad school and subsequently, negotiating legal contracts with publishers is an arena where I certainly need professional help. The TAA grant award has enabled me to obtain detailed direction from a literary attorney and has undoubtedly resulted in a more favorable contract than I would have been able to obtain personally.” [Read more…]

May receives TAA Publication Grant

Reuben MayReuben A. Buford May, a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University, received a TAA Publication Grant for out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the publication of his book, Urban Nightlife: Entertaining Race, Class, and Culture in Public Space. The book will be published by Rutgers University Press in September 2014.

“I am honored to receive a TAA Publication Grant,” said May. “It is comforting to know that TAA is continuously working to support authors as they pursue their academic and research interests. Their support is truly inspirational. Thank you.” [Read more…]

Lucander receives TAA Publication Grant

David LucanderWinning the War for DemocracyDavid Lucander, an instructor of Pluralism & Diversity at Rockland Community College, was awarded a TAA Publication Grant to cover indexing costs for his book, Winning the War for Democracy: The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946, to be published by the University of Illinois Press in August 2014.

“I teach at a community college that does not have a lot of resources for scholarly publishing, so TAA support is especially vital,” said Lucander.  “A well-made index makes the book so much more user-friendly for readers and researchers, but it’s a daunting task to do well when teaching a huge course load and juggling other responsibilities. Professional indexers are worth every penny, and the TAA helped make it possible for me to hire one of the best.” [Read more…]