Faculty members author, co-author 15 books, including award-winner – Chippewa Herald

Some 14 faculty members at University of Wisconsin-Stout recently have had books published or anticipate releases in the next year, including one who also won an award for his publication.

Five of the books concern social science research, three are associated with teaching and classroom practices and three others are for general audiences. Two more publications are textbooks for students studying art and design.

“These publications illustrate the breadth and depth of faculty expertise in a range of disciplines at UW-Stout,” said UW-Stout Provost Patrick Guilfoile.

“Faculty research greatly enriches the educational environment for our students. When students learn from faculty members who are at the cutting edge of their field, they are ready for career and life when they leave the university,” he said.

The faculty members and their books are:

Alan Block, professor of education, authored “The Classroom: Encounter and Engagement.” The collection of essays, published in 2014, won the book award from the Society of Professional Educators, a professional and academic association for those engaged in teacher preparation or related activities.

In his essays, Block discusses the power of education to shape the conscious and unconscious lives of individuals and addresses the nature of the classroom as a place for teachers and students to engage.

“I assume that my perspectives on education based as they are in a life of intense and never-ending study and 45 years of classroom experience serve as one of the more perceptive accounts of the classroom and its occupants, students and teachers all,” he said.

Greg Bard, associate professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, authored “Sage for Undergraduates” published in 2015 by the American Mathematical Society.

The book is an introduction to Sage, a free computer-algebra system funded in part by the National Science Foundation. “It is intended for college students majoring in engineering, physics, chemistry and finance, or even high school students who have completed AP calculus,” Bard said.

Bard, who recently spent time in Greece, said, “Because of the ongoing fiscal crisis in Greece, and to a lesser extent throughout the southern Mediterranean, the desire for free mathematical software in high schools, colleges and universities is rapidly increasing.”

Markie L. C. Twist (Blumer), associate professor in marriage and family therapy, is a co-author for the second edition of “Focused Genograms” to be released in 2016 by Routledge. A genogram is a pictorial display of a person’s family relationships and medical history.

Multifocused genograms are essential for today’s mental and relational health clinical practitioners because of the complexity that has become an inherent part of their clients’ lives, Twist said. Assessment tools enable clinicians to understand situations early on in therapy to prevent having to undergo further time-consuming assessment, Twist said.

Raghava Gundala, associate professor in marketing, is co-authoring “Marketing Principles: An Interactive Text” to be published by National Science Press in California, in spring of 2016.

“This is an introductory text squarely aimed at students who are just starting out on their studies. It is the product of years of experience in teaching first-year undergraduates and other new students. Explanations are simply phrased and technical terms defined in everyday language — no prior knowledge is assumed,” Gundala said.

Ursula Murray Husted, assistant professor in entertainment design, has written and illustrated the autobiographical comic book, “Things I’ve Learned About Babies,” which is slated to be released in the fall by Winter Prairie Press.

“It’s a humorous, all ages, autobiographical comic book detailing what I’ve learned about babies up to this point,” Husted said.

Comic, in this case, refers to a sequential narrative containing fewer than 40 pages, she said.

Jeanette Kersten, associate professor in operations and management, co-authored “The Human Factor to Profitability, Building a People Centered Culture for Long Term Success,” published by River Grove Books to be released in October 2015. Kersten’s book “explores the unique factors of organizational culture and climate that highlight the role and value of employees in any organization,” the publisher said.

The book is designed for students, business leaders, CEOs, human resources professionals and talent development professionals, Kersten said.

Tina Lee, associate professor in anthropology, is the author of “Catching a Case: Inequality and Fear in New York City’s Child Welfare System” to be published by Rutgers University Press in early 2016 or possibly late 2015.

Lee’s book is based on long-term fieldwork in New York City that outlines daily practices in child welfare, the inner workings of the family courts and the struggles of parents working to regain custody of their children.

“The popular perception of the child welfare system is that it mainly protects children in cases of abuse and willful, severe neglect, but this is incorrect. Instead, the system largely deals with the consequences of poverty, racism and inequality in the lives of children and their parents as it has throughout its history,” Lee said.

Lee offers ideas to improve the system undertaken by child welfare activists, parent advocates and attorneys and a call for comprehensive social services that would allow all children to thrive.

The book is intended for scholars interested in poverty, inequality and public policy in the fields of anthropology, sociology, social work, urban studies, African-American studies and women and gender studies, she said.

It also is important for practitioners in social work and legal services as well as for activists and advocates.

“I also hope it will be valuable to anyone who is interested in issues facing poor families and children in the United States today,” Lee said.

Michael Levy, professor in English and philosophy, is a co-author of “Children’s Fantasy: An Introduction” to be released by Cambridge University Press in February 2016.

The book is a critical history of the development of fantasy literature for children and young adults from the 18th century to the present and is for general readers and academics.

Georgios Loizides, associate professor in social science, authored “Henry Ford’s Project in Human Engineering: The Sociological Department of the Ford Motor Company 1913-1941” published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2014.

The book is a study of the Ford Motor Company’s efforts in the late progressive era to engineer American, working-class family men with a set of norms and values that the company deemed healthy and appropriate.

The book is intended for students of industrial and social history; and individuals interested in immigration history, historical sociology and Americanization.

Elena Marshall, associate professor in English and philosophy, wrote “Age Becomes Us: Bodies and Gender in Time” published by SUNY Press, Feminist Criticism and Theory series, in July 2015.

Marshall’s book “leads readers to appreciate how literature, other cultural texts and their own intersectional identities shape their beliefs about age, aging and old age,” she said.

In addition to nonfiction texts, Marshall explores the poetry and prose of Doris Lessing, Lucille Clifton and Louise Erdrich as they relate to age, aging and old age.

“The literary chapters examine how gifted storytellers create transformative potential through their enactments, portrayals and metaphorical uses of age,” she said.

The book will appeals to those interested in age studies, critical gerontology, cultural studies, literature, women’s and gender studies, race studies, African-American studies, indigenous studies and gerontology.

Kevin Mason, associate professor in science education, authored “Preparing for the Classroom: What Teachers Really Think about Teacher Education.” Released in 2014, it was published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

The text explores and examines topics and issues in teacher education through the eyes of eight practicing teachers. Their voices add a new perspective on the effectiveness and practicality of trends and reforms in teacher education, Mason said.

Maureen Mitton, professor in School of Art and Design, is co-authoring with UW-Stout professor emeritus Courtney Nystuen the third edition of “Residential Interior Design: A Guide to Planning Spaces.” The book is scheduled to be published in early 2016 by Wiley.

The text is the industry-standard reference for all aspects of residential space planning, with a practical focus on human interactions, accessible design, ergonomics and how building systems affect each space, the publisher stated.

The third edition also includes up-to-date code information such as the 2015 International Residential Code and the International Green Construction Code. It contains new content on remodeling.

Mitton is a member of the Interior Design Educators Council, is qualified through the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and is a certified interior designer.

David Seim, associate professor in history, has released the monograph “Rockefeller Philanthropy and Modern Social Science” for its second printing to Routledge/Taylor & Francis, New York. It was published in August 2015.

Seim explores intersections between industrial profits, philanthropic activities and the creation of large communities of financially supported social scientists capable of pursuing scientific objectivity. He also addresses how social scientists established connections between research and teaching. As a result, colleges and universities established social science departments that succeeded in drawing students into the social sciences, Seim said.

The book is intended for scholars of the history of social science, science policy, business history and philanthropy. It also is for “students in contemporary fields of psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, history, political science and the like,” he said.

Seim also has written “Ghosts and Machines: Primary Readings in the History of Social Science,” which will be released by Cognella, in San Diego, December 2015.

The textbook is an edited collection of readings from 70 renowned publications in the history of social science from antiquity to the late 20th century but mostly since the mid-19th century.

The audience is students in courses focusing on history of race and ethnicity; history of social and behavioral science; and history of public policy.

Andrew Williams, assistant professor in art and design history, wrote “History of Digital Game Design: Developments in Art, Design and Interaction” to be published by Focal Press in the fall of 2016.

Williams focuses on three interrelated digital game elements: visual design, gameplay design and the design of input devices. He also seeks to provide a perspective from the maker while addressing the historical, cultural, economic and technological influences on game design.

“This is distinctive from other books dealing with game history, as this is not casual reading or focused on the history of the industry. Instead it presents digital games as designed objects,” Williams said.

The book is intended for university-level students in game design programs and digital media studies.