Houston Blue: The Story of the Houston Police Department

Houston Blue - RothCriminal justice professor Mitchel Roth and former Houston Post reporter Tom Kennedy offer the first comprehensive history of one of the nation’s largest police forces, the Houston Police Department, reconstructing the history of an agency that has been both innovative and controversial. Through extensive archival research and more than 100 interviews with prominent Houston police figures, politicians, news reporters, attorneys, and others, the authors chronicle the development of policing in the Bayou City from its days as a grimy trading post in the 1830s to its current status.
University of North Texas Press—496 pages

Geospatial Technologies and Advancing Geographic Decision Making: Issues and Trends

Geospatial Technologies - AlbertThe availability of geographically referenced data, the proliferation of geospatial technologies and advances in spatial analytics have been a boom to applied geographers. Don Albert, professor of geography, provides a resource for private and public sector applied geographers engaged as geospatial technicians, analysts, scientists, and managers. Chapters highlight the use of geospatial technologies to explore applied geographic issues and problems, and studies from economic, urban, population, medical, political and transportation geographies, as well as the geography of education and geography of crime also are considered.
IGI Global—423 pages

Selling Financial Products

Selling Financial Products - BexleyThe textbook used in finance classes, written by Jim Bexley, Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking, is designed to study the process and principles involved in selling financial instruments and services. It emphasizes the special aspects related to selling/marketing in the banking industry. Both financial products and services are addressed, and special attention is given to selling implementation.
Pearson Publishing—162 pages

Technical Communication as Problem Solving

TechnicalCommunications_NardoneCarroll Ferguson Nardone, associate professor of English, helps students master the art of communicating, broadening their concept of writing by introducing the five foundations of technical communication: problem solving, rhetoric, design, style and ethics. This textbook, co-authored with Eastern Washington University professors Molly Kremer Johnson and Teena A.M. Carnegie, introduces professional writing practices to novice writers using a research-based, problem-solving approach to writing, and integrates design and project management throughout the process. The e-book also includes model documents and examples of service-learning projects.
Kendall-Hunt—286 pages

Who Is Phaedrus?: Keys to Plato’s Dyad Masterpiece

Marshell Bradley, associate professor of philosophy, comments on the Greek text of Plato’s dialogue “Phaedrus” that ties a unique presentation of the historical particulars of the complicated dialogue to the philosophical topics at issue in the dialogue itself.
Pickwick Press—183 pages


Before the Line, Vol. 3—
Caddo Indians: The Final Years

Jim Tiller, professor of geography, discusses the location of Caddo villages in northeastern Texas during the Republic period, including the historic villages of Dehahuit and Timber Hill referenced in the 1806 journals of the Freeman-Custis expedition; the removal of the tribe from their ancestral homeland in eastern Harrison County during the spring of 1838; and the beginnings of the re-assembly process in Indian Territory (1840-1850). This large-format work is drawn largely from the archival record and contains extensive endnotes and more than 40 maps, many of them developed by the author.
The START Group—202 pages

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Crime, History, and Hollywood: Learning Criminal Justice History Through Major Motion Pictures

Crime History and Hollywood - OliverWillard Oliver, professor of criminal justice, and Nancy Marion examine 10 films based on actual historical cases, from “Amistad” to “All the President’s Men,” analyzing each film’s representation of the crimes, the investigation and the courtroom outcomes. Each chapter introduces a film, followed by the true historical events that the film was based upon, and a review of the film’s narrative, how Hollywood portrayed the historical event, and the film’s accuracy. Oliver also extends special thanks to his students, who gave him the idea for the book.
Carolina Academic Press—240 pages

Education for the Human Brain: A Road Map to Natural Learning in Schools

Education for the Human Brain _ JonesThe all-inclusive book by Timothy B. Jones, associate professor of educational law and policy, presents a natural and brain-compatible instructional strategy from early childhood to adult learners. He informs the reader on the science behind the strategies, motivates the reader with the evidence, and provides a road map for implementation, making this book unlike any other available. No matter what role or interest a person has in learning, Education for the Human Brain can help students within their reach learn faster and remember more while having fun learning the way that is natural.
R&L Education—190 pages

Langland and the Rokele Family: The Gentry Background to Piers Plowman

Langland and the Rokele Family - AdamsRobert Adams, professor of English, supplies hitherto neglected facts about William Langland’s extended family, the Rokeles, and their prominent public role and its impact on Langland’s writing. The social and political opinions of the Piers Plowman author derive from, and reflect, a personal background significantly different from that of Chaucer, Gower, or the anonymous author of Pearl. Langland and the Pearl-poet resemble each other in seeming more politically and aesthetically old-fashioned ways than their two great London contemporaries. Yet massive evidence exists of a profound social distance that would have separated “William de la Rokele,” at least in his own mind, from the pious author of Patience, no less than from the city poets.
Four Courts—148 pages

Police Crime Control Strategies

Police Crime Control Strategies - HooverLarry Hoover, director of SHSU’s Police Research Center, compiles existing research on policing approaches that measurably reduce crime and disorder and documents the effect of an array of strategies, including crime-specific, community- and problem-oriented, hot spot targeting, concentrated patrol deployment, disorder interventions and intelligence-guided. Chapters chronologically trace the accumulating evidence for the substantial impact upon crime that focused police efforts can have, and the role of investigative units in proactive crime reduction is critically assessed. The book concludes by offering a research agenda to improve crime interdiction effectiveness.
Cengage Learning— 274 pages

Putting Essential Understanding of Fractions into Practice in Grades 3–5

Dustin Jones, associate professor of mathematics education, along with Kathryn Chval and John Lannin, from the University of Missouri, focus on the specialized pedagogical content knowledge needed to effectively teach fractions to third, fourth and fifth graders. The authors demonstrate how to use this multifaceted knowledge to address the big ideas and essential understandings that students must develop for success with fractions—not only in their current work, but also in higher-level mathematics and a myriad of real-world contexts.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics—148 pages

An Introduction to the Geography of Tourism

Geography of Tourism _ NelsonThe textbook by Velvet Nelson, associate professor of geography, examines tourism as an “astonishingly complex phenomenon that is becoming an ever-greater part of life in today’s global world.” The book reinforces the relationship between geography and tourism by using human and physical geography to interpret all facets of tourism—economic, social and environmental—showing how geography provides the tools to consider both the positive and negative factors that affect tourists and destinations, as well as the effects tourism has on both peoples and places. The introduction enhances students’ understanding of geographic concepts and how they can be used as a way of viewing and understanding the world. Her real-world case studies, based both on research and on the experiences of tourists themselves, vividly illustrate key issues.
Rowman & Littlefield—332 pages

School Librarians and the Technology Department: A Practical Guide to Successful Collaboration

Holly Weimar, associate professor and chair of library science; Mary Ann Bell, professor of library science; and James Van Roekel, associate director of the Lowman Student Center, provide a guide to how school librarians may establish a successful working relationship with the technology department. The book describes and addresses specific concerns of both librarians and technology specialists and, most importantly, offers practical suggestions for cooperation between these two groups of educators as they work together to offer the best possible materials and instructions to students.
Linworth—117 pages

Strength Training for Total Health and Wellness

Strength Factor - WagnerAssistant professor of kinesiology Matthew Wagner and kinesiology professor Gary Oden, along with Tim Sebesta and Ronnie Nespeca, detail the implementation of resistance exercise as a part of a healthy lifestyle. The four discuss principles of resistance exercise and important safety information, in addition to outlining proper lifts and lifting technique, providing a textbook that is of benefit to anyone wishing to begin or continue a comprehensive exercise program.
Kendall Hunt—176 pages

The Trust Factor: Strategies for School Leaders

Trust Factor - Combs Edmonson HarrisEducational leadership assistant professor Julie Combs and associate professor Stacey Edmonson, along with Lamar professor Sandra Harris, present, in a hands-on guide, real-world examples and relevant research to help school leaders develop the essential skills needed for building trust with teachers, parents and students. Their 50 strategies are explained with simple, easy-to-implement steps school leaders can apply immediately, and are accompanied by reflection questions and self-assessment tools.
Eye On Education—192 pages

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Vice Presidents, Presidential Elections, and the Media: Second Fiddles in the Spotlight

Vice Presidents, Presidential Elections and the Media - UlbigDo vice presidential candidates play any significant role in presidential elections? Challenging the conventional wisdom, associate professor of political science Stacy Ulbig shows the important ways in which they do, in fact, affect election outcomes. She also assesses the impact of a range of vice presidential candidates and considers how the news media fits in the equation. Analyzing data from 1972 through 2008, Ulbig shows clearly how and why vice presidents matter in presidential campaigns.
FirstForumPress—140 pages

Masks of Anarchy: The History of a Radical Poem, From Percy Shelley to the Triangle Factory Fire

Masks of Anarchy - DemsonMichael Demson, assistant professor of English, presents the graphic history of Shelley’s poem “The Mask of Anarchy,” through illustrations by Summer McClinton, from the poem’s conception in Italy, its suppression in England, and how it became a rallying cry for immigrant workers across the Atlantic a century later. In 1819, British troops attacked a peaceful crowd of demonstrators near Manchester, killing and maiming hundreds. When Shelley heard news of the “Peterloo Massacre,” he sat down and penned one of the greatest political poems in the English language. It would later inspire such figures as Pauline Newman, who worked in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and became one of the leading organizers—and one of the first female organizers—of one of America’s most powerful unions, the International Ladies’ Garments Workers’ Union.
Verso—128 pages

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