Faculty Authors Publish New Books

Posted: June 19, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Several George Mason faculty members have recently published new books.

50 Content Area Strategies book cover

Bill Brozo, professor in the College of Education and Human Development, wrote a book titled “50 Content Area Strategies for Adolescent Literacy” with Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey of San Diego State University and Gay Ivey of James Madison University. The book was published in May by Merrill/Prentice Hall.

Addressed to middle and high school teachers, this book provides practical information about improving students’ reading, writing and oral language development. Examples come from all subject areas and illustrate instructional strategies to ensure that reading and writing occur in all classes.

Interest Groups book cover

Mark Rozell, professor in the School of Public Policy, published a second edition of “Interest Groups in American Campaigns: The New Face of Electioneering,” co-written with Clyde Wilcox, a professor of political science at Georgetown University, and David Madland, a doctoral student in political science at Georgetown University. The publisher is CQ Press.

The book considers how interest groups now influence elections more than ever before in this country’s history, as witnessed in the 2004 elections. In races for the presidency, Congress, state legislatures and even local school boards, interest groups help elect candidates who support their views, according to the authors. They show how monetary donations to web pages help interest groups leverage political parties, individual candidates and voters. The new version spotlights the major changes in the way interest groups are now active in modern campaigns. The authors draw on interviews with interest group leaders, coverage of campaign finance filings and election surveys.

A Student of Living Things book cover

This spring Susan Richard Shreve, writer in residence in the English Department, published two novels. Her 13th novel, “A Student of Living Things,” published by Viking Adult, takes its inspiration from the sniper attacks that plagued the Washington, D.C., area and is a love story in which a family finds happiness after its worst nightmare has come true. “Kiss Me Tomorrow,” Shreve’s 27th book for children published by Arthur A. Levine Books, is the sequel to one of her earlier novels, “Blister.”

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Jeanne Merkle Sorrell, professor in the College of Nursing and Health Science, edited “Listening to the Whispers: Re-thinking Ethics in Healthcare” along with Christine Sorrell Dinkins, assistant professor of philosophy at Wofford College, as the fifth volume in the series Interpretive Studies in Healthcare and the Human Sciences.

Published this month by University of Wisconsin Press, “Listening to the Whispers” provides a cross-disciplinary look at ethics in today’s health care system. Contributors include scholars from philosophy, medical anthropology, physical therapy and nursing.

(Note: An authors’ reception and book signing will be held on Sunday, June 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Fairfax Campus in Mason Hall Atrium. The book signing will be held in conjunction with the Summer 2006 Institute for Interpretive Phenomenology. To RSVP, call 703-993-1959.)

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