Member Spotlight

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Member Spotlight: Jamie Pope

Jamie PopeNutrition for a Changing WorldJamie is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University and is a textbook author in the nutrition writing discipline.

Her most recent publication is the second edition of Nutrition for a Changing World (Scientific American and Macmillan Learning) published January 2019. Earlier in her career, she was author or co-author of several popular press books in the weight management arena. Learn more

Member Spotlight: Joseph Godlewski

Joseph GodlewskiIntroduction to Architecture: Global Disciplinary KnowledgeJoseph is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University and is both a textbook and academic author in the architecture writing discipline.

His most recent publication is Introduction to Architecture: Global Disciplinary Knowledge, published by Cognella in 2019. Learn more


Member Spotlight: Braja Das

Braja DasPrinciples of Foundation Engineering, 9th editionBraja is the Dean Emeritus, College of Engineering & Computer Science, CSU, Sacramento and is both a textbook and academic author in the engineering writing discipline.

He has authored/co-authored 16 text and academic reference books in the area of geotechnical (civil) engineering. His most recent publication is Principles of Foundation Engineering, 9th edition (Cengage), which was released in October 2017 with a 2019 copyright. For the first through eighth editions, he was the only author. The ninth edition has a co-author (N. Sivakugan, James Cook University, Australia). Learn more

Member Spotlight: Katy Peplin

Katy PeplinInstitutionalization of Educational CinemaKaty is the Founder of Thrive PhD and is an academic author in the media studies writing discipline.

Her most recent publication is her second academic publication, Ford Films and Ford Viewers: Examining “Non-Theatrical” Films in the Theaters and Beyond forthcoming (Jan 1, 2020) in the collection The Institutionalization of Educational Cinema: North America and Europe in the 1910s and 1920s (eds. Marina Dahlquist and Joel Frykholm). Learn more

Member Spotlight: Paul M. Insel

Paul IncelCore Concepts in HealthPaul is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University and is both a textbook and academic author in the health sciences writing discipline.

His most recent publication is the 16th edition of his textbook, Core Concepts in Health (2020). Throughout his career, he has published 14 books and 51 papers. Learn more

Member Spotlight: Melissa A. Paquin

Melissa PaquinMelissa is a PhD candidate and is an academic author in the biology, genetics, health sciences, and nursing disciplines.
Her most recent publication is an article titled, “Breast Cancer Risk Prediction Models: Challenges in Clinical Application”. Learn more

Spotlight on: Erin M. McTigue

Erin M. McTigueErin is an academic author in the literacy writing discipline. Her most recent publication is a study about very young writers: Writing in First Grade: The Quantity and Quality of Practices, published with her Norwegian colleagues. They found, unfortunately, that many Norwegian teachers believe that students need to know all their letters and how to spell before composing. Now they are working to challenge that belief and give more opportunities to the very young authors among us. To date, she has published over 50 academic articles and book chapters in the area of education, many co-authored with fellow TAA members (e.g., Tracey Hodges, Katherine Wright, Sharon Matthews). Learn more 

Spotlight on: Micki M. Caskey

Micki M. CaskeyLiterature reviews in support of the middle level education research agendaMicki is an academic author in the education and middle grades education writing disciplines. Her most recent publications include Mertens, S. B, & Caskey, M. M. (Eds.) (2018). Literature reviews in support of the middle level education research agenda (a volume in the series: The handbook of resources in middle level education) Charlotte, NC: Information Age; Carpenter, J., Lutz, A., Samek, L., Caskey, M. M., Greene, W. L., Kim, Y. M., Casbon, J., & Musser, M. (Eds.) (2017); Imagine a place: Stories from middle grades educators (a volume in the series: The handbook of resources in middle level education) Charlotte, NC: Information Age; and Mertens, S. B., Caskey, M. M., & Flowers, N. (Eds.). (2016); and The encyclopedia of middle grades education (2nd ed.) (a volume in the series: The handbook of resources in middle level education) Charlotte, NC: Information Age. In addition to the aforelisted titles, she has published 10 other books (8 academic books and 2 textbooks). Learn more 

Spotlight on: Joan Wink

Joan WinkThe Power of StoryJoan is both a textbook and academic author in the ESL, TESOL, curriculum & instruction, education, literacy, pedagogy, language acquisition, and critical pedagogy writing disciplines. Her most recent publications include The Power of Story (2018) Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO; Critical Pedagogy: Notes from the Real World (2011, 4/e) Pearson; Teaching Passionately: What’s Love Got To Do With It? (2004) AllynBacon/Pearson; A Vision of Vygotsky (2002) AllynBacon/Pearson, and scores of academic refereed publications, years of presentations and keynotes, and her blog, WinkWorld, since 2002. Learn more 

Spotlight on: Susan W. Bontly

Susan W. BontlySusan is an academic author in the curriculum & instruction, education, information technology, library science, educational, and instructional design disciplines and a PhD student at New Mexico State University. Her most recent publication is titled “Impact of Technology on Post-Secondary Classroom Culture: A Critical Literature Review”. Learn more 


Spotlight on: Tracey S. Hodges

Tracey S. HodgesTracey is an academic author in the literacy writing discipline. Her most recent publication is an article entitled “Transacting with characters: Teaching children perspective-taking with authentic literature” which details a study conducted with her co-authors Erin McTigue, Katherine Landau Wright, Amanda Franks, and Sharon Matthews. To date, she has published 13 journal articles. Learn more 


Spotlight on: Margaret Thompson Reece

Margaret Thompson ReeceCraft Your Plan for Learning Physiology, 30-Day Challenge WorkbookMargaret is an academic author in the health sciences, human anatomy & physiology, and neuroscience writing disciplines. Her most recent publication is Craft Your Plan for Learning Physiology, 30-Day Challenge Workbook, 2017. She has 3 published books, 23 original research articles in peer reviewed journals, and is a co-author of chapters in 5 books on medical science. Learn more 


Spotlight on: Judi L. Nath

Judi L. NathProgrammed Learning Approach to Medical TerminologyJudi is a textbook author in the anatomy, anatomy & physiology, and medical terminology writing discipline. Her most recent publications are A Short Course in Medical Terminology and Programmed Learning Approach to Medical Terminology. She is a published author or co-author of 9 different textbooks covering the areas of anatomy, anatomy & physiology, and medical terminology. Here’s an accounting: Human Anatomy (9e), Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology (11e), Visual Anatomy & Physiology (3e), Anatomy & Physiology (2e), Visual Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology (1e), Using Medical Terminology (2e), A Short Course in Medical Terminology (4e), Programmed Learning Approach to Medical Terminology (3e), and Stedman’s Medical Terminology (2e). Learn more 

Spotlight on: Meggin McIntosh

Meggin McIntoshDeveloping an ASAR Mindset Meggin is an industry professional whose current job is “to inspire joyful work”. She does this through her company, Emphasis on Excellence, Inc., and as an author on topics related to productivity and positivityHer most recent publication is Developing an ASAR Mindset (ASAR = As Soon As Reasonable) and it’s part of the Get a Plan! Guide® series. She has published several books, scores of refereed articles, numerous manuals, curriculum material, and at least 1500 online articles. She loves to write! Learn more 

Spotlight on: John W. Budd

John W. BuddLabor Relations: Striking a Balance, 5th edJohn is both a textbook & academic author in the employment relations writing discipline. His most recent publication is Labor Relations: Striking a Balance, 5th ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018). The 1st edition won a “Texty” Textbook Excellence Award in 2005. He has also published three previous university press books on work and employment relations. Learn more  


Spotlight on: Mike Kennamer

Mike KennamerMath for Healthcare ProfessionalsMike is both a textbook & academic author in the education and health sciences writing disciplines and current president of TAA. He has four textbooks currently in print. The most recent revision was the second edition of Math for Healthcare Professionals, published by Cengage. Learn more 


Spotlight on: Stephen E. Gillen

Stephen E. GillenGuide to Rights Clearance & Permissions in scholarly, educational, and trade publishingStephen is an author in the law writing discipline. His most recent publication is Guide to Rights Clearance & Permissions in scholarly, educational, and trade publishing. He is also the author of Guide to Textbook Publishing Contracts and co-author of Writing and Developing Your College Textbook: A Comprehensive Guide, 3rd editionLearn more 


Spotlight on: Noelle Sterne

Noelle SterneChallenges in Writing Your Dissertation: Coping With the Emotional, Interpersonal, and Spiritual Struggles Noelle is an industry professional with experience in the English, education, nursing, faculty development, and social sciences writing disciplines. Her most recent publication is Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation: Coping With the Emotional, Interpersonal, and Spiritual Struggles (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2015). She has also published two other books and over 400 essays, writing craft articles, short stories, poems in print and online publications and blogs. Learn more 


Spotlight on: Kathleen P. King

Dr. Kathleen P. KingTechnology and Innovation in Adult LearningKathleen is both a textbook and academic author in the education, faculty development, and adult learning writing disciplines. Her most recent publication, Technology and Innovation in Adult Learning published by Wiley/Jossey-Bass, is a 2018 Textbook Excellence Award (“Texty”) winner. She has published 32 books – 22 as author/co-author/editor and 10 as series editor. Learn more 


Spotlight on: John Bond

John BondScholarly Publishing: A PrimerJohn is an author in the communication writing discipline and a Publishing Consultant with Riverwinds Consulting. His most recent publication, Scholarly Publishing: A Primer, is his fourth book. Information on this and his other books can be found at www.booksbyjohnbond.comLearn more 



Spotlight on: Michael Greer

Michael GreerThe Little, Brown Compact HandbookMichael is a textbook and academic author in the English writing discipline. His most recent publications include The Little, Brown Handbook, 14th ed. and The Little, Brown Compact Handbook, 10th ed. Michael has published four other books on literacy, technology, and digital publishing. Learn more



Spotlight on: Sasha Vodnik

Sasha VodnikHTML5 and CSS3 Illustrated Complete Sasha is a textbook author in the computer sciences discipline. His most recent publication is HTML5 and CSS3 Illustrated Complete, 2e. He is also an author with Learning. Learn more



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,, 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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