Faculty as Authors
Books By Andria Stokes
This book constitutes a comprehensive guide for readers who want a broad strategic view of learning communities, enabling them to identify which type of LC best meets the learning needs of their students, and the context and mission of their institution. It also provides the tools for planning, designing and implementing what the authors define as “powerful” LCs, and for understanding the assessment implications of their decisions.
The potential power of LCs is realized through effective facilitation, appropriate team-building activities, linkages, planning, and active collaboration that promotes learning of the group and the individual group members – all of which topics are covered in this volume.The book is available through Stylus Publishing, LLC or Amazon.
Books by Stanley Banks
Blue Beat Syncopation reveals Stanley E. Banks’ status as a literary child of Langston Hughes. To the rhythm of a “drowsy syncopated tune” Banks tells us exactly “what happens to a dream deferred” in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Written over a span of 25 years, Blue Beat Syncopation chronicles the despair, death, and decay of urban America in a manner reminiscent of Hughes’s poem “Harlem.” Lamenting lost love, lost loved ones, and the loss of hope in a world defined by harsh realities, Banks humanizes people dismissed as “pathological” by social commentators. Capturing the music and the misery of the modal black experience in written form, Blue Beat Syncopation is an extended blues elegy, a counterpoint to the American progress narrative.
-Jeffrey R. Williams
University of Missouri-Columbia
The Book is available from Amazon
Books by Carol Coburn
Made doubly marginal by their gender and by their religion, American nuns have rarely been granted serious scholarly attention. Instead, their lives and achievements have been obscured by myths or distorted by stereotypes. Placing nuns into the mainstream of American religious and women’s history for the first time, Spirited Lives reveals their critical impact on the development of Catholic culture and, ultimately, the building of American society.
Focusing on the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, one of the largest and most diverse American sisterhoods, Carol Coburn and Martha Smith explore how nuns directly influenced the lives of millions of Americans, both Catholic and non-Catholic, through their work in schools, hospitals, orphanages, and other social service institutions. Far from functioning as passive handmaidens for Catholic clergy and parishes, nuns created, financed, and administered these institutions, struggling with, and at times resisting, male secular and clerical authority.
A rich and multifaceted narrative, Spirited Lives illuminates the intersection of gender, religion, and power in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America.