2013 TAA Conference
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— Conference Participant of TAA Conference Workshop: Using a Journal for Research & Writing by Dannelle Stevens and Joanne Cooper

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Tips for Writing Successful Grant Proposals
Claudia Sanchez
Claudia Sanchez

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Presented by Claudia Sanchez

Novice grant writers will learn key strategies for the development of strong grant proposals. Drawing on her experience as a grant writer and reviewer, the presenter will provide a road map to successful grant applications via a checklist that encourages grant applicants’ self-assessment of their projects. She will also share the most common errors to avoid in the design of proposals.

Claudia Sanchez is Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Texas Woman’s University and President of the Text and Academic Authors Foundation. She has written and directed three federal grants totaling over $4 million, which focus on teacher preparation.



The POWER of Writing
Brittany Rosen
Brittany Rosen

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Presented by Brittany Rosen

Learn skills and techniques to improve your writing productivity using the POWER model. The POWER model, based on Peter Elbow's theory of the writing process, focuses on systems, strategies, and support that facilitate writing. The model emphasizes maintaining a regular writing schedule, receiving frequent feedback, and separating generating from editing, among other strategies, that allow academics to create and sustain a stress-free writing habit.

Brittany Rosen is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Health Education Division at Texas A&M University and is working on her dissertation. She has six peer-reviewed publications related to statistics, health education awareness, and human sexuality and 16 national presentations. She is a member of the Texas A&M University TAA Chapter. Brittany has also been awarded the 2011-2012 Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year at Texas A&M University.



Selecting A Successor to Write the Next Editions
Karen Morris
Karen Morris

Robert Christopherson
Robert Christopherson

Michael Sullivan
Michael Sullivan

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Presented by Karen Morris, Robert Christopherson, Michael Sullivan

Learn best practices when choosing an author to continue your textbooks following retirement. The goal is continuation of your brand in a way that protects your books’ market and your anticipated income. The presenters will cover: When to begin the search for a successor; how to find good candidates; the role of the publisher; how to assess the candidate’s work; what contract terms are required/customary/beneficial; and more.

Karen Morris is a Professor of Law at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. She authors two textbooks and a treatise for lawyers, and wrote Law Made Fun through Harry Potter’s Adventures. She has won both a TAA McGuffey and Texty Award, and is a member of TAA’s Council of Fellows. She is also an elected Brighton Town Justice.

Robert W. Christopherson is Professor Emeritus of Geography, American River College (1970-2000). He is the author of the leading physical geography texts in the US and Canada all published by Pearson Prentice Hall: He and his nature photographer wife Bobbe have completed twelve expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic regions since 2003 gathering information and photos for his books, Geosystems, 8/e, Elemental Geosystems, 7/e, Geosystems Canadian Edition, 3/e, and Applied Physical Geography, 8/e. He joined TAA in 1989.

Michael Sullivan is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Chicago State University where he taught for 34 years before retiring a few years ago. Sullivan has been writing math texts for over 30 years. He currently has 15 books in print: three Precalculus series with Prentice-Hall and one Business series with John Wiley.



A Primer on Predatory Open-Access Scholarly Publishers
Jeffrey Beall
Jeffrey Beall

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Presented by Jeffrey Beall

Predatory publishers exploit the gold (author-pays) model of scholarly open-access publishing by running bogus publishing operations geared mainly towards generating author fees. The number of these counterfeit publishers has increased dramatically since 2010, and they are having a detrimental impact on scholarly communication. This presentation will provide attendees with an introduction to the predatory scholarly publishing industry, including how corrupt publishers deceive authors, lack transparency in their operations, and facilitate author misconduct.

Jeffrey Beall is the Scholarly Initiatives Librarian at Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver. Jeffrey is the author of the blog Scholarly Open Access, a website that tracks and critically analyzes questionable, open-access publishers and journals. An academic librarian for over 22 years, Beall's research and writing has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed publications. He holds a master's degree in English from Oklahoma State University and a master's in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



It’s Focus Management, Not Time Management: Strategies and Habits that Lead to Productive Writing
William Weare, Jr.
William Weare

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Presented by William H. Weare, Jr.

Learn how a set of interrelated focus management strategies—such as establishing goals, determining priorities, mapping projects to a calendar, writing daily, monitoring progress, and being accountable—can help cultivate a habit of scholarship and improve your writing productivity.

William H. Weare, Jr. is the Access Services Team Leader at the University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He has written articles on library leadership, policy, services, and technology; conference papers addressing library instruction, peer review of teaching, and focus group research; and a book chapter on time management for academic librarians. He regularly presents his work at conferences. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Affairs with a concentration in nonprofit management.




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