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Virtual Conference 2021 Schedule

We will announce TAA's conference schedule in early 2021. In the meanwhile, below is a sample of past conference programming to provide an example of our meeting content.

Below is the 2020 conference schedule. All session blocks are 60 minutes with the exception of one 90 minute session block on Saturday.

Full session descriptions can be found on the Program page. TAA reserves the right to rearrange the schedule or cancel or replace any session as circumstances require. 

Thursday, June 11, 2020

5:00 – 6:30

 Networking Reception

Friday, June 12, 2020

7:00 – 8:30

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15

Opening Remarks
Laura Frost, TAA President; Mike Spinella, TAA Executive Director

8:15 – 8:45

GeoPrimer: Where the Golden State Began
Presenter: Robert Christopherson, Author of Geosystems

9:00 – 10:00 

5 Things Your Royalty Statements Don't Tell You
Presenter: Juli Saitz, CPA, Senior Managing Director, Ankura Consulting Group

Where Do You Get Stuck? Clean Up Your Writing Clutter
Presenter: Meggin McIntosh, Professor Emerita, University of Nevada, Reno, President, Emphasis on Excellence, Inc.

10:15 –11:15

Copyright and Permissions Issues for the 21st Century Textbook Author
Presenter: Brenda Ulrich, Partner, Archstone Law Group PCIntellectual Property Attorney

The Name Game: Crafting Compelling Titles for Your Academic Books and Articles
Presenter: Wendy Laura Belcher, Professor, Princeton University

Brand Beyond Borders: Making Your Name
Presenter: Janet Salmons, Independent Researcher, Writer, and Consultant, Vision2Lead, Inc.

11:30 – 12:30 

Why Textbook & Academic Authors Should be Podcasting. Right Now.
Presenter: Kevin Patton, Professor Emeritus, St. Charles Community College

Support Strategies for Your Writing Journey
Presenters: Kristine Cvancara, Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Erin McTigue, Academic Mentor & Writing Coach, The Positive Academic

12:30 – 2:00

Lunch on Your Own

2:00 – 3:00

Textbook Revision: One Author's Modus Operandi
Presenter: Ken Saladin, Distinguished Professor of Biology, Emeritus, Georgia College

A Crash Course in Open Access
Presenter: Danielle S. Apfelbaum, Senior Assistant Librarian, Farmingdale State College

Publishing Metrics: Understanding the Basics and Using Them to Your Advantage
Presenter: John Bond, President, Riverwinds Consulting  

3:15 – 4:15 

Let's Make a Deal: Negotiating Publishing Contracts
Presenter: Steve Gillen, Partner, Wood Herron & Evans LLPIntellectual Property Attorney

Writing Productivity Shouldn't Be a Surprise: Think Through Your Summer Plan with Wisdom, Intention, and Truthfulness
Presenter: Meggin McIntosh, Professor Emerita, University of Nevada, Reno, President, Emphasis on Excellence, Inc.

4:30 – 7:00  

TAA Textbook Awards Ceremony & Reception

Saturday, June 13, 2020

7:30 – 8:15

Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 

Saturday Welcome 

8:30 – 9:30

Creating an Author Branding Platform: What, Why, and How To
Presenter: John Bond, President, Riverwinds Consulting 

Concretizing the Abstract: The Power of Shorth and the Value of Length
Presenter: Erin McTigue, Academic Mentor & Writing Coach, The Positive Academic

9:45 – 11:15

90 Minute Double Sessions

Textbook Track Topic: Accessibility

Session #1 - Reach All Students: How Can We Make Our Educational Content Accessible to All? 
Presenters: Alyssa Harter, Assistant Professor, Umpqua Community College; Laura Jacobi, Associate Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Kevin Patton, Professor Emeritus, St. Charles Community College 

Session #2 - Accessibility Update: Opportunities and Challenges
Presenter: Robert Martinengo, Founder, Consumer Accessibility Information Label Association (CAILA) 

Academic Track Topic: Productivity Tech Tools for Academic Authors

Session #1 - Streamline Your Data Management and Writing Productivity: Digital Citation Management System Tools
Presenters: Julie Peterson Combs, Sam Houston State University; Dannelle D. Stevens, Professor Emerita, Portland State University

Session #2 - Manuscript Matchmaking: Free Tools for Placing Your Paper 
Presenters: Danielle S. Apfelbaum, Senior Assistant Librarian, Famingdale State College

General Track Topic: Alternative Publishing Opportunities: Online Course Materials, Supplements, and Working With Small Publishers

Session #1 - Stretching the Boundaries of Textbook Authoring: Writing for Online Courses 
Presenter: Sasha Vodnick, Lead Instructor, General Assembly

Session #2 - Think Small! How Authoring Stand-alone Supplements with Small Publishers Could Be Your Niche 
Presenter: Paul A. Kreiger, Professor Emeritus, Grand Rapids Community College, Freelance Author/Illustrator

11:30 – 12:30

Digital Is Coming for Your Textbooks
Presenter: Christopher Kenneally, Director of Business Development, Copyright Clearance Center

Strengthen Your Qualitative Research and Writing: Approach, Validity, and Saturation
Presenter: Julie Reeder, Senior Research Analyst, Oregon WIC Program, Associate Editor, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

How to Use Mind Mapping to Make Yourself a More Productive Writer
Presenter: Daphne Gray-Grant, Author and Writing Coach, Gray-Grant Communications

12:30 – 2:00

Lunch on Your Own

2:00 – 3:00

What is Happening to Your Textbook?
Presenter: Laura Frost, Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University

Pitfalls to Avoid: Unload the Dead Weight in Your Academic Writing
Presenter: Micki M. Caskey, Professor, Portland State University

3:15 – 4:15 


'Herding Cats': The Ins and Outs of Creating an Academic (but still interesting) Edited Collection
Presenters: Davinia Thornley, Senior Lecturer, University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand; Laura Carroll, Nonfiction Writer, Principal, Carroll Communications;
 Laura Scott, Writer, President of 180 Coaching

Publishing Outside the Box: Blogs, Indie Publishing, and Self-Publishing
Presenter: Janet Salmons, Independent Researcher, Writer, and Consultant, Vision2Lead, Inc.

To-do Lists for Every Round of Textbook Production
Presenter: Marielle Hoefnagels, Professor, University of Oklahoma

Understanding Royalty Statements is Not an Introductory Course
Presenter: Richard Wessler, Senior Director, Ankura Consulting Group

What Does Mindfulness Have to do with Academic Writing? Lots!
Presenter: Dannelle D. Stevens, Professor Emerita, Portland State University

Writing a Dissertation and Beyond: Tips and Tools for Launching and Maintaining Your Academic Writing Productivity
Presenters: Danielle Feeney, Lecturer, Ohio University; Margarita Huerta, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Questions about the schedule? Contact [email protected]
TAA reserves the right to make changes to the program and schedule as circumstances require.


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