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Spotlight on: Lorraine Papazian-Boyce

Lorraine Papazian-BoycePearson’s Comprehensive Medical Coding: Path to SuccessLorraine is a textbook author in the health sciences discipline. Her most recent publications include Pearson’s Comprehensive Medical Coding: Path to Success, 1e, ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding: Map to Success, 1e, and Pearson’s Comprehensive Medical Assisting, 3e, 4e. Learn more

 

 


Spotlight on: Drew A. Curtis

Drew A. Curtisbnormal Psychology: Myths of ‘Crazy’ (2nd ed.)Drew is both a textbook and academic author in the psychology discipline. His most recent publications include Abnormal Psychology: Myths of ‘Crazy’ (2nd ed.). and Foundations of Abnormality: Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies (in press), both published by Kendall Hunt. Other recent publications include 1 chapter and 8 articles. Learn more

 


Spotlight on: Kevin Patton

Kevin PattonAnatomy & Physiology, 10th editionKevin is a textbook author in the human anatomy & physiology discipline. The 10th edition of his textbook, Anatomy & Physiology, will be released in February 2018. This two-semester textbook for health professions training recently won a Texty award (2016). He also has several one-semester books: Essentials of Anatomy & PhysiologyStructure & Function of the Body, and The Human Body in Health & Disease. Besides some lab manuals, he has also authored the reference book Mosby’s Handbook of Anatomy & Physiology and student manual Survival Guide for Anatomy & Physiology. Learn more


Spotlight on: Cheryl Poth

Cheryl PothCheryl is a textbook and academic author in the education discipline. She has most recently joined John Creswell as co-author in the recently published 4th edition of Qualitative inquiry & research design with Sage, for which she was awarded the Sage Publications Cornerstone Author Award, and is working on a Mixed Methods textbook. Learn more

 

 


Spotlight on: Michael R. Solomon

Michael R. SolomonConsumer Behavior: Buying, Having and BeingMichael is a textbook and academic author in the marketing discipline. He has published approximately 30 textbooks (including international adaptations) and over 60 journal articles. His most recent textbook is Consumer Behavior: Buying, Having and Being 12th ed., published by Pearson Education. Learn more

 


Spotlight on: Al Trujillo

Al TrujilloEssentials of OceanographyAl is a textbook author in the Earth Science: Oceanography discipline. Most recently, he has published the 12th edition of Essentials of Oceanography with Pearson Education. This textbook is the market-leading college-level oceanography textbook worldwide. He has worked on this title since its 6th edition. This book is also a TAA “Texty” Textbook Excellence Award winner [10th edition, 2011] and a TAA McGuffey Longevity Award winner [12th edition, 2017]. He is also a contributing author for the three oceanography chapters from “Unit 5: The Global Ocean” in Earth Science, 15th Edition and co-author of Introductory Oceanography, 10th Edition (a higher-level, more robust oceanography textbook), both published by Pearson Education. Learn more


Spotlight on: Marilyn Takahashi Fordney

Marilyn Takahashi FordneyMarilyn retired in 2017 after writing textbooks for two publishers from 1975 to 2017. She is now the Director and Assistant Director of two nonprofit foundations made possible by the success of her textbooks. Her most recent publication is Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office, 14th edition. As a TAA member, she has earned multiple textbook awards and the TAA Council of Fellows award. Learn more

 


Spotlight on: Robert H. Barlow

Robert H. BarlowExcel HSC Business StudiesRobert has had ten titles published since 1992. The three most recent are: Excel HSC Business Studies (2016) (update), Excel Preliminary Business Studies (update), and Excel Preliminary Legal Studies (2016) (update). He is currently writing textbooks to comply with new grade 11 and 12 curriculum in the states of Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. Learn more

 


Spotlight on: Laura Jacobi

Laura JacobiLaura has most recently published “The structure of discussions in an online communication course: What do students find most effective?” in The Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 14(1) (2017) and is working on a publication coming out in July 2018 titled, “What motivates students in the online communication classroom? An exploration of Self-Determination Theory” to be published in Journal of Educators Online, 15(2). In addition to two publications coming out–one in March and one in July 2018, she has a book chapter in press, and published three other articles in scholarly journals in the last two years. Learn more


Spotlight on: Courtland L. Bovee

Courtland L. BoveeBusiness Communications EssentialsCourtland has recently published Business Communication Essentials, 8th Edition and he is currently co-authoring three more titles Business Communication Today, 14th Edition, Excellence in Business Communication, 13th Edition, and Business in Action, 8th Edition. He recently completed a website, QuickSwitch, that tackles the challenge of switching textbooks with a unique set of tools that reduce the time and energy it takes to adapt teaching materials to one of the texts he writes. Learn more


Spotlight on: Marielle Hoefnagels

Marielle HoefnagelsMarielle has recently finished production of the print version of the 3rd edition of Biology: The Essentials. She is also the author of Biology: Concepts and Investigations, currently in its 4th edition. Both titles are published by McGraw-Hill. She also has a blog, nonmajorsbiology.wordpress.com, in which she periodically publishes ideas that might interest instructors who teach nonmajors biology.  Learn more


Spotlight on: Susan M. Ford

Roach's Introductory Clinical Pharmacology, 11eSusan has recently published the 11th edition of Roach’s Introductory Clinical Pharmacology as the sole author. It just hit the shelves in October 2017. She writes about pharmacology in the context of nursing practice – which has led her to contribute to two other textbooks and a number of online modules to compliment a 3rd nursing textbook. She is also a reviewer for a number of nursing textbooks.  Learn more



Spotlight on: Andrew M. Pomerantz

Andy PomerantzClinical PsychologyMy PsychologyAndrew has published two textbooks: the brand new My Psychology (published by Worth, for Introductory Psychology courses) and Clinical Psychology (4th edition, published by SAGE). He has also published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals. Learn more



Spotlight on: Frank M. Carrano

Frank M. CarranoData Abstraction & Problem Solving with C++: Walls and MirrorsData Structures and Abstractions with JavaFrank has written four textbooks including Data Abstraction & Problem Solving with C++: Walls and Mirrors, 7th edition and Data Structures and Abstractions with Java, 4th edition. He has two other titles that are no longer in print. Learn more



Spotlight on: Timothy M. Henry

Timothy M. HenryGift of Fire book coverTimothy has written three textbooks in the last three years, including A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology (5e), co-authored with Sara Baase; Data Abstraction and Problem Solving with C++ : Walls and Mirrors (7e); and Data Structures and Abstractions with Java (4e), both co-authored with Frank M. Carrano, and all published by Pearson Education. The fifth edition of Data Structures and Abstractions with Java is going through page proofs for 2018 publication. Learn more


Spotlight on: Joan M. Saslow

Joan M. SaslowSummit Book CoverJoan has written seven series of textbooks published with three different publishers. Her most recent publication is Summit: English for Today's World, coauthored with Allen Ascher and published by Pearson, now in third edition. She's also published the Top Notch series (coauthored with Allen Ascher) now in its third edition, and the following titles, all of which are multi-level series with multimedia: Teen2Teen (4-level series with Allen Ascher, Oxford University Press) Ready to Go: Language Lifeskills, Civics (4-level series, Pearson) Workplace Plus: Living and Working in English (4-level series, Pearson) Literacy Plus (2-level series, Pearson), and English in Context: Reading Comprehension for Science and Technology (3-level series, Prentice-Hall). Learn more


Spotlight on: Victor P. Maiorana

Victor MaioranaTeach Like the Mind LearnsVictor 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).  Learn more


Spotlight on: Dr. Karen Hardy

Karen HardyManaging the Art of SuccessKaren has written four books, including most recently, Mastering the Art of Success, co-authored with Jack Canfield, creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is 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. Learn more


Spotlight on: Dr. Olga Zbarskaya

Dr. Olga Zbarskaya

Olga recently published Brainstorm!: Practice for Unrestricted Imagination and Original Thought and Mind Booster Art, and just finished the children's book/textbook on creative thinking, Unbelievable Adventures of Dr. Credo. Her favorite textbook writing tips include: trust your curiosity and capture your ideas, build conflicts into your concept, tailor ideas to the specific attributes and interests of your students, provide reliable references, use real places, evens, conversations, and research trips, engage your students with your thoughts by leaving room for imagination, and encourage your students to see different perspectives on a concept or issue. Learn more


Spotlight on: Takiyah N. Amin

Takiyah Amin

Takiyah recently published an article in The International Journal of Arts Education, entitled "Arts in Society Redesign: A Learner-Centered Approach", and a book chapter in Rethinking Dance History: Issues and Methodologies, entitled "African American Dance Revisited: Undoing Master Narratives in the Studying and Teaching of Dance History". She is currently 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. Learn more


Spotlight on: Jose A. Carmona

Jose Carmona

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. He is currently working on 17 manuscripts including, Global Advocacy in the Classroom, Lifeless: 300 Words or Less Macabre Short Stories, Snow Dancing in New Jersey, a Novel, Several poetry books, Muffin's War, non-fiction, and Siberian Huskies: 10 Lessons and 10 Nuances Nobody Talks About. Learn more



Spotlight on: Sid Dastidar

Sig Dastidar

As a textbook author in business, economics, and finance, his most recent publication is Capital Markets and Investments: Essential Insights and Concepts for Professionals. He is currently working on getting the word out about his recently published textbook designed to accompany introductory/intermediate finance classes that discuss the financial markets. Learn more

 
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