The MSU Authors Collection is an important part of the University Archives' holdings because the works in this collection document the intellectual heritage of the university and the contributions of MSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni to contemporary scholarship.
Beginning in 2008, the University Archives has hosted a biennial reception honoring MSU faculty, staff and emeriti faculty authors who had written and/or edited monographs, musical scores or recordings, films or videos. This digital collection showcases the books, scores, recordings, films or videos created by faculty and staff at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Where appropriate and where copyright allows, full-text versions are made available of certain MSU Authors' works.
For more information about the MSU Authors Collection, visit https://library.mnsu.edu/archives/collections/university-archives/msu-authors/ .
Insatiable: A Nation’s Unappeasable Hunger is a book that dives into the struggle between nutrition and man’s medical, psychological, and spiritual values. The book broadly reviews the obesity epidemic, but it also delves deeply into its origins, empowering the reader with a social, cultural, and spiritual understanding of the true origins of this epidemic, but also defining, in the process, life’s purpose, and its profound meaning. From poor nutrition to weight loss struggles, this book outlines logical explanations that go beyond public health solutions, indicting Western beliefs and media for perverting American culture, and injuring many, leaving them with an insatiable hunger for truth. Each chapter, with its refined build-up, backed with scientific and historical evidence, describes the profound need for nutrition while creating a fascinating metaphor for life itself.
Stephen Michael Croucher and Daniel Cronn-Mills
Using an engaging how-to approach that draws from scholarship, real life, and popular culture, this textbook, now in its third edition, offers students practical reasons why they should care about research methods and offers a practical guide to actually conducting research themselves.
Examining quantitative, qualitative, and critical research methods, this new edition helps undergraduate students better grasp the theoretical and practical uses of method by clearly illustrating practical applications. The book features all the main research traditions within communication including online methods and provides level-appropriate applications of the methods through theoretical and practical examples and exercises, including sample student papers that demonstrate research methods in action. This third edition also includes additional chapters on experimental design and methods of performance, as well as brand new case studies throughout.
This textbook is perfect for students and scholars using critical, cultural, interpretive, qualitative, quantitative, and positivist research methods, as well as students of communication studies more generally.
On Nov. 12, 1961, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Mankato, Minnesota. While here, he gave two sermons at Centenary United Methodist Church and a speech at Mankato High School. To explore this history, the Kessel Peace Institute of Minnesota State University, Mankato and True Façade Pictures collaborated to make a 40-minute documentary. The film explores the history, context and legacy of Dr. King’s visit to Mankato and reflects on where we have been as a community, and where we need to be heading. The video premiered during a live online event on January 17 and included a panel discussion.
- Dr. Timothy Berry, Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Equity Initiatives, Minnesota State Mankato
- Dr. Christopher Brown, Acting Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, Minnesota State Mankato
- Jill Cooley, Associate Professor, History Department, Minnesota State Mankato
- Dr. Henry Morris, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Minnesota State Mankato
- Matt Moore, Social Studies Teacher, Mankato West High School
- Stacy Wells, Director of Communications, Mankato Area Public Schools
Executive Producer Jameel Haque
Produced by Michael Chalhoub and Ryan Sturgis
Edited by Michael Chalhoub and Ryan Sturgis
Written and Directed by Ryan Sturgis
The Social Science of Same-Sex Marriage: LGBT People and Their Relationships in the Era of Marriage Equality
Showcasing research from across the social sciences, this edited volume seeks to provide readers with an empirically grounded sense of how many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people marry in the US and Canada, what their marriages look like, and how LGBT people themselves are impacted by marriage and marriage equality.
Prior to marriage equality, lawmakers and activists across the political spectrum debated whether same-sex couples should have the legal right to marry, and likewise, academic research to date has focused mostly on the politics of same-sex marriage. However, this edited volume focuses on LGBT people themselves and their intimate relationships in the era of marriage equality.
Including both quantitative and qualitative social science research, it features 14 primary chapters that examine a diverse set of topics, including demographic patterns in same-sex marriage and cohabitation, marital aspirations and motivations among LGBT people, arrangements and dynamics within same-sex relationships, and the legal benefits and informal privileges associated with marriage. The edited volume will be of interest to scholars across a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, child and family studies, communications, social work, and economics, while also offering valuable information for laypeople generally interested in families and/or LGBT studies.
René Tanner, Adrian K. Ho, Monika Antonelli, and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
Library workers at all types of organizations, as well as LIS students learning about this newest Core Value of Librarianship, will find this book an easy-to-digest introduction to what staff at a range of libraries have accomplished in incorporating sustainability into their decision making and professional practices. In addition, a discussion about the role of economics and sustainability will challenge readers to stretch in new ways to positively impact their communities.
As a core value of librarianship, sustainability is not an end point but a mindset, a lens through which operational and outreach decisions can be made. And it extends beyond an awareness of the roles that libraries can play in educating and advocating for a sustainable future. As the programs and practices in this resource demonstrate, sustainability can also encompass engaging with communities in discussions about resilience, regeneration, and social justice. Inspiring yet assuredly pragmatic, the many topics explored in this book edited by members of ALA's Sustainability Round Table and ALA’s Special Task Force on Sustainability include
- a discussion of why sustainability matters to libraries and their user communities;
- real-life examples of sustainability programming, transformative community partnerships, collective responses for climate resilience, and green building practices;
- lessons learned and recommendations from library workers who have been active in putting sustainability into practice;
- the intersection of sustainability with the work of equity, diversity, and inclusion;
- suggestions regarding the revision of library and information science curriculum in light of the practical need to build community resilience;
- an examination of how libraries’ efforts to support Doughnut Economics can bolster the United Nations' work on the Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to address the global impacts of climate change; and
- potential collaborators for future sustainability-related initiatives.
Bob Zukis, Paul Ferrillo, and Christophe Veltsos
War, Covid and systemic cyber risk is actively threatening the digital future.
Over 60% of the global economy is already powered by digital systems. However, this reality and the digital future are at risk from the systemic risks facing the complex digital systems powering businesses and world economies.
As with the first edition, the heart of this story remains the complex digital business systems powering much of the global economy. The second edition brings an expanded collection of cases, analyses and interviews to capture the progress being made by the leaders working to address these risks and opportunities. The second edition tells a deeper story of how they are protecting the value being created by their complex digital businesses systems along with how they are responding to the forces of systemic change to safely shape a new digital future.
Kimberly E. Contag
Donde las nubes se unen al mar (2021) es la traducción de la narrativa histórica Where the Clouds Meet the Water (2004), un libro que explica la saga de Ernesto Contag Ziehe y su familia durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Ernesto y su familia fueron deportados de su patria ecuatoriana a la Alemania de los Nazis en 1942. La narrativa histórica que se lee casi como novela se basa en la investigación en bibliotecas, hemerotecas y archivos en tres continentes y en los documentos originales de los sobrevivientes de este canje político internacional de inocentes.
Donde las nubes se unen al mar (2021) is the translation of the narrative history Where the Clouds Meet the Water (2004), a book that follows the saga of Ernesto Contag Ziehe and his family during the Second World War. Ernesto and his family were deported from their Ecuadorian homeland to Nazi Germany in 1942. The historical narrative is similar to a novel but is based on investigation conducted in libraries, newspaper libraries and historical archives on three continents and on original documents retained by survivors of this political international exchange of innocents.
Holly Hassel and Kirsti Cole
As teaching practices adapt to changing technologies, budgetary constraints, new student populations, and changing employment practices, writing programs remain full of people dedicated to helping students improve their writing. This edited volume offers strategies for implementing large- and small-scale changes in writing programs by focusing on transformations—the institutional, programmatic, curricular, and labor practices that work together to shape our teaching and learning experiences of writing and rhetoric in higher education.
The collection includes chapters from multiple award-winning writing programs, including the recipients of the Two-Year College Association’s Outstanding Programs in English Award and the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. These authors offer perspectives that demonstrate the deep work of transformation in writing programs and practices writ large, confirm the ways in which writing programs are connected to and situated within larger institutional and disciplinary contexts, and outline successful methods for navigating these contexts in order to transform the work.
In using the prism of transformation as the organizing principle for the collection, Transformations offers a range of strategies for adapting writing programs so that they meet the needs of students and teachers in service of creating equitable, ethical literacy instruction in a range of postsecondary contexts.
Andrew P. Johnson
This highly practical book helps K–8 teachers implement effective reading interventions that support meaningful comprehension and engage students with interesting, age-appropriate texts. Andrew P. Johnson presents a range of strategies for addressing difficulties in the core areas of word identification, fluency, and comprehension. Packed with illustrative figures, the book provides guidance and tools for assessing reading problems, combining and adapting interventions for particular students, planning writing activities to enhance reading, aligning efforts within a response-to-intervention framework, and designing individualized education programs. Informed by current research, Johnson candidly targets “educational malpractice” and helps readers puzzle through the controversies surrounding dyslexia diagnoses and special education decision making.
Recognizing that peace officers have become this nation’s first responders for calls involving those experiencing mental health crises, Policing and Human Behavior provides readers with information that will help them gain a better understanding of those living with mental illness, and people in general. The textbook uses theoretical concepts in sociology, social psychology, psychology, and criminology to explain the factors that influence human behavior in a variety of situations. It also uses those same concepts to explain how the peace officer personality is developed and how it influences a peace officer’s on-duty and off-duty behaviors. Readers are given in-depth information on the most common mental illnesses encountered in the field, as well as alcohol and other drugs that can negatively impact behavior, to include their history, appearance, and psychological and physiological effects. The textbook thoroughly explores topics such as authoritarianism, cognitive dissonance, and suicide. Providing future peace officers and other criminal justice professionals with vital knowledge, Policing and Human Behavior is an exemplary resource for courses and programs in law enforcement, criminal justice, and the social sciences.
Psychological Myths, Mistruths, and Misconceptions: Curriculum-Based Strategies for Knowledge Change
Karla A. Lassonde and Melissa Birkett
Getting a job done quickly is important, but not as important as getting it done right. Join Emberly and his flurf, Fuzzball, on their quest to save their village. Is Emberly fast enough to make it home before the first frost? Or will his concern for a helpless baby sonde slow him down and seal the fate of his family?
Carrie Lewis Miller and Odbayar Batsaikhan
This book is designed to accompany a graduate-level instructional design course: Game-Based and Adaptive Learning, but could also be used for undergraduate teacher education or instructional design courses.
The original texts and material for this book came from the development of a course for Brandeis University as part of their MS in Learner Experience Design program. This material can be used to teach pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and instructional designers about game-based and adaptive learning. Assessments used in the actual Game-based and Adaptive Learning course are included in the final chapter and serve as recommendations for assessments of the learning outcomes. The material in this book pairs well with Using Game-Based Learning Online – A Cookbook of Recipes by The EGG.
The Faculty Showcase materials were developed by dedicated faculty during the course of a year-long game development workshop in which faculty were introduced to GBL, developed game prototypes, played a variety of games, and finally playtested their designs. The work they continue to do in the area of GBL is part of the inspiration for this book. If you would like to contribute your own case study, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
This is a book about the American Dream: how to understand this central principle of American public philosophy, the ways in which it is threatened by a number of winner-take-all economic trends, and how to make it a reality for workers and their families in the 21st century. Integrating political philosophy and the history of political thought with recent work in economics, political science, and sociology, this book calls for renewed political and policy commitment to “just work.”
Such a commitment is essential to combat the negative moral externalities of an economy where the fruits of growth are increasingly claimed by a relatively small portion of the population: slower growth, rising inequality, declining absolute mobility, dying communities, the erosion of social solidarity, lack of faith in political leaders and institutions, exploding debt, ethnic and nationalist backlash, widespread hopelessness, and the rapid rise in what economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case call deaths of despair.
Covid-19 threatens to pour gasoline on these winner-take-all fires, further concentrating economic and political power in the hands of those best suited to withstand (and even profit from) the pandemic-driven economic crisis. In this book, the author provides a model for understanding the American Dream and making it a reality in a post-Covid-19 economy.
A tour de force, this book is essential reading for scholars and researchers of political philosophy, political economy, political theory, and economics, as well as for the layperson trying to make sense of the post-pandemic world.
For the first time since the Sylph appeared, humanity cautiously shares the skies around Earth with the alien spheres. Cassie and her team have successfully given a rebirth to flight. Now they must reluctantly take on the burden of finding a way to get humanity off the planet before the Sylph finish their slow destruction of the world. An uneasy alliance of nations is supporting their efforts at Starlifter Command, but few of them know what is really at stake. Those that do understand are positioning themselves for the long-term struggle ahead…and they all want Starlifter’s secrets.
Meanwhile, for the Church of the Sylphan Resolution, plans made decades ago are coming to fruition. They believe the Sylph are messengers from God, and they intend to finally communicate with them. Unfortunately, they don’t realize that the message they want to send will just speed up the apocalypse.
The danger and the stakes have never been greater for Cassie and Tish as they set their sights on a new target, the Moon. Fortunately, the way has been prepared for them. Crow’s Reveal is the third book in the Sylphan Revelations trilogy.
Antología de la literatura española del Romanticismo: desde sus precedentes en la poesía trovadoresca provenzal hasta el Posromanticismo
This is a digital interactive anthology of texts devoted to Spanish Romanticism especially designed for university non-Spanish speakers that are enrolled in Spanish majors or minors and are at least in their third year of study. This anthology may be used as textbook for any course by any instructor who might desire to use it without any written permission from the author. It may be used as a whole for a course on Spanish Romanticism or any parts of it may be used in conjunction with other texts to offer a course on a wider period of Spanish literature. The instructor (or reader) is more than welcome to use it as he or she sees fit. However, references to it are expected if the anthology is used for scholarly works.
This Anthology is also published on the WAIS page at http://waisworld.org/en/wais/publications/books towards the bottom of the page.
The book shows how class relations develop and is a consequence of capitalist development of the rural nonagricultural/nonfarm sector (RNFS)---seen as the dialectical relation between the forces and relations of production---as mediated by the state, which produces uneven social and spatial outcomes. Central to the framework for this book are four interrelated conceptual building blocks or themes: social relations of production, productive forces, role of the state and concrete development outcomes of capitalist production in RNFS in the context of class and non-class relations of oppressions. These four conceptual themes follow a logical sequence where each concept evolve in specific contexts within the RNFS; while connected to each other in a dialectical manner; and come together to form the central argument of the book.
Kimberly E. Contag
My purpose in this book is not to assess how well Ecuadorian literature fits into the broad Latin American literary scene or the global scene in particular, but instead to read and analyze how Ecuadorian writers communicate ideas about the world they live in through realism and fantasy. It is the nature of Ecuadorians to express their experience in these terms to portray a unique and multifaceted voice. To that end, I propose a model for analyzing the function of fantasy and realism in literature, principally in the novel, short story, flash fiction, poetry, flash poetry, and theater, and offer examples of analysis by genre in the following chapters. This book is not an exhaustive study of all Ecuadorian literature since 1975, but rather a representative sample of how fantasy and realism have been used to communicate attitudes about human behavior in a specific Ecuadorian context. There are elements of what I will call here an Ecuadorian voice, a unique and multifaceted voice that emerges through the study of 25 years of writing by contemporary Ecuadorians.
Kebba Darboe, Wayne E. Allen, Mary C. Dowd, Hamdi Elnuzahi, Megan R. Heutmaker, Kelly S. Meier, and Lu (Lu Wendy) Yan
A collection of articles that introduces students to the substance, relevance, and practice of contemporary ethnic studies.
Katherine Denniston, Joesph Topping, Danae Quirk Dorr, and Robert Caret
Making the DEC Recommended Practices "Come to Life": Using Case Method of Instruction in Early Childhood Special Education
Aaron R. Deris and Cynthia F. DiCarlo
Presents the use of case method instruction and realistic cases that align with current recommended practices (RP) from the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) for children from birth to age 5. The benefits, debates, usage, barriers, framework, recommended practice, and case study rubrics of Case Method Instruction (CMI) are explored, creating guidelines for analysis and the implementation of plans. An appendix contains research support for the interventions outlined in the case studies.
Don E. Descy
This is not your regular "how to' presentation book. And if you have read some of them or taken a speech class, Don Descy will challenge many of the ideas and concepts you have learned. If you have never read or taken a class, you are in luck. This is your one stop shop. Written by someone who would do whatever he could to avoid talking in front of a group to someone who enjoys presenting. It took Don 18 years to figure all of this out but it will take you just the time it takes to read this book.
There are only two things you really have to remember to be a stress-free power presenter! They are both discussed between these covers!
Don not only tells you how to prepare your presentation and visuals but also what to do before, during and after your presentation, speech or keynote be they in-person on virtual. Just follow the simple steps and principles outlined here and you will produce a great presentation that the audience will love and actually enjoy presenting it with a minimum of stress. By the time you are done reading this book you will really want to try your hand!
You will learn how to create and present great in-person and virtual presentations and you will do this with a minimum of stress and discomfort.
While no book can magically turn a morally bankrupt individual into a paragon of ethical virtue, this text provides the tools to improve decision-making and formulate the best ethical responses to issues that will arise throughout an individual’s career.
The acronym ASPIRE encompasses a step by step guide to ensure a thorough examination of issues. It is impossible to cover every scenario that will arise in the course of a career, but understanding the elements that must be considered when confronted with a problem allows an individual to be ready for any dilemma.
This book will help individuals examine their own beliefs to assist them in self-actualization. Once the method has been explained in depth, numerous scenarios are explored using the ASPIRE method. What is the best ethical response when seeing a friend stepping out on their spouse? Or what are the viable alternatives when offered a high paying job that condones unethical behavior? The method presented will change for the better how people view future dilemmas, both professionally and personally.
Holly Hassel and Kirsti Cole
Academic Labor beyond the College Classroom initiates a scholarly and professional conversation, calling upon faculty to participate in, reimagine, and transform their institutional and professional work to look beyond just teaching and research. Chapters in this contributed volume offer case studies, strategies, and exemplars of how faculty can re-engage in institutional service, mentoring, governance, and administrative duties to advance equity efforts at all levels of the university, calling for what Dr. Nancy Chick names in the Foreword as a "scholarship of influence." This book draws from a diverse range of methodologies and disciplines, issuing an invitation to faculty "across the divide" of their specific college, school, or corner of the university into cross-conversations and partnerships for positive change.
Critical Social Justice Education and the Assault on Truth in White Public Pedagogy: The US-Dakota War Re-Examined
This book explores tensions between critical social justice and what the author terms white justice as fairness in public commemoration of Minnesota’s US-Dakota War of 1862. First, the book examines a regional white public pedagogy demanding “objectivity” and “balance” in teaching-and-learning activities on 1862 with the purpose of promoting fairness toward white settlers and the extermination campaign they once carried out against Dakota people. The book then explores dilemmas this public pedagogy created for a group of majority-white college students co-authoring a traveling museum exhibit on the war during its 2012 sesquicentennial. Through close analyses of interviews, field notes, and course artifacts, this volume unpacks the racial politics that drive white justice as fairness, revealing a myriad of ways this common sense of justice resists critical social justice education, foremost by teaching citizens to suspend moral judgment toward symbolic white ancestors and their role in a history of genocide.