December 18, 2019 — FlatWorld, a digital-first publisher of award-winning college textbooks that are both affordable and high quality, today announced a wide range of accomplishments its authors achieved during 2019. 

“For decades, the college textbook industry has perpetuated the idea that it’s simply impossible to offer peer-reviewed textbooks written by distinguished faculty at affordable prices,” said Alastair Adam, co-CEO of FlatWorld. “We are immensely proud of our authors, not only for their many scholarly and professional achievements, but also for their commitment to providing students with the highest-quality textbooks at reasonable prices. Together, FlatWorld and our authors will continue to demonstrate that you can, in fact, have the best of all worlds in the textbook industry: Without sacrificing one for the other, students can have access to high-quality books at affordable prices, authors can be compensated fairly, and publishers can run viable businesses.”  

FlatWorld is proud to announce several of its authors’ accomplishments in 2019, including:

  • Tayla Bauer, Cameron Professor of Management, and Berrin Erdogan, The Express Personnel Professor of Management, Portland State University, received a 2019 Textbook Excellence Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) for their book, Organizational Behavior: Bridging Science and Practice, v3.0, published by FlatWorld.
  • Steven E. Barkan, Professor and Chair of Sociology at The University of Maine, was appointed Senior Editor for Race, Ethnicity, and Crime for Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Barkan is the author of multiple FlatWorld textbooks, including Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, Comprehensive Edition, v2.0; Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, Brief Edition, v2.0; Social Problems: Continuity and Change, v1.0; and Fundamentals of Criminal Justice, v.3.0.
  • John Gallaugher, Associate Professor, Carroll School of Management, Boston College, received a 2019 Textbook Excellence Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) for Information Systems: A Manager’s Guide to Harnessing Technology, v7.0. Gallaugher is also the author of Learn to Program Using Swift for iOS Development, v3.0. Both books are published by FlatWorld.
  • Steven M. Gillon, Scholar-in-Residence, The History Channel and Professor of History, The University of Oklahoma, published a biography of John F. Kennedy, Jr., America’s Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy, Jr., in July. It debuted as number seven on The New York Times Bestseller List for Non-Fiction Hardcover Titles. Gillon is the author of FlatWorld textbooks Our History: A Survey of United States History, v1.0 (Volumes One and Two) and The American Paradox: A United States History Since 1945, v4.0.
  • Richard G. Jones, Jr., Associate Professor, School of Communication and Journalism, Eastern Illinois University received the Textbook of Distinction Award from the Basic Course Division of the National Communication Association (NCA) for his textbook, Communication in the Real World, v2.0. Jones also writes Our Communication, Our World: An Introduction to Communication Studies, v1.0 with FlatWorld.
  • Stephen M. Kosslyn, President and CEO, Foundry College, welcomed the first three cohorts of students to Foundry College. Foundry College equips working adults with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in jobs that are not being displaced by automation. Kosslyn is coauthor with Robin S. Rosenberg of FlatWorld’s Introducing Psychology: Brain, Person, Group, v5.0.
  • Robin S. Rosenberg, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco, launched Live in Their World, which uses virtual reality to address workplace bias and incivility. Live in Their World teaches skills that help employees interact in more respectful ways with each other. Rosenberg is coauthor with Stephen M. Kosslyn of Introducing Psychology: Brain, Person, Group, v5.0 published by FlatWorld.
  • Terence Lau assumed a new position as Dean, College of Business, California State University, Chico. Terence is coauthor with Lisa Johnson of The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, v4.0 published by FlatWorld.
  • Don Mayer, Professor of the Practice of Business Ethics & Legal Studies, Daniels College of Business, published a paper, “Ethics, Markets, and the Legalization of Insider Trading, 157” in Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 3. Mayer is coauthor with Daniel Warner, George Siedel, and Jethro K. Lieberman of Business Law and the Legal Environment, v2.0 and Essentials of the Legal Environment of Business, v2.0 published by FlatWorld.
  • Diana Owen, Professor of Political Science, Georgetown University, received the Best Conference Paper Award 2019, American Political Science Association, Political Science Education Section, for “Teaching Civics to High-Need Students.” Owen is coauthor with David L. Paletz and the late Timothy E. Cook of FlatWorld’s American Government and Politics in the Information Age, v4.0.
  • Amy Scott, Associate Professor, DeSales University, was named Chair, 2019 Fleming Ethics Bowl for High School students. Scott is coauthor with Bradley C. Barnhorst of FlatWorld’s Managerial Finance, v1.0.
  • Marcus Tye, Dean, School of Health Sciences, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, co-authored a chapter with Michael Haymer, Smitty Buckler-Amabilis, and Katherine Lawrence that appears in The Equal Curriculum published by Springer Publishing Company. Tye is author of FlatWorld’s textbook Sexuality and Our Diversity: Integrating Culture with the Biopsychosocial, v2.0.
  • Mark Ward, Sr., Associate Professor of Communication, University of Houston-Victoria, wrote a chapter titled "From a Christian Perspective: News/Talk in Evangelical Mass Media” in News on the Right: Studying Conservative News Cultures published by Oxford University Press. Ward is coauthor with Jason S. Wrench and Narissra Punyanunt-Carter of Organizational Communication: Theory, Research, and Practice, v1.0 published by FlatWorld.


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