The following list of books and multimedia projects appeared in the print issue of the Redbird Scholar. They were released by Illinois State University faculty in 2015.

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The Virtual Enemy: The Intersection Between Intimate Partner Abuse, Technology, and Cybercrime
Co-edited by Shelly Clevenger, assistant professor, Department of Criminal Justice Sciences (Carolina Academic Press, 2015)

Research has shown that partner abuse is a global problem. There is not much information, however, about how perpetrators use technology to terrorize their victims, through revenge porn, cyberstalking, and sextortion. In this book, experts in criminology, psychology, and sociology take an in-depth look at the relationship between intimate partner violence and cybercrime. There are also chapters discussing policing initiatives and legislative reactions to the problem.


Literature for Nonhumans
By Gabriel Gudding, associate professor, Department of English (Ahsahta Press, 2015)

Award-winning writer Gabriel Gudding uses prose poetry in his latest book to focus on the negative environmental impact of animal farming. Whereas Illinois once teemed with indigenous species, there is now, as Gudding writes, a “notable absence of nonhuman animal.” He uses this as a starting place to turn inside-out the language of everyday slaughter. The author illustrates humans’ changed relation to nonhuman animals, returning repeatedly to the legal torture of pigs explained matter-of-factly by slaughterhouse manuals of the present.

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Exceptional Music Pedagogy for Children With Exceptionalities
Co-edited by Kimberly A. McCord, professor, School of Music (Oxford University Press, 2015)

This volume is a globally informed resource for effective music pedagogies. It was written for readers involved in music education, music therapy, and music in special education communities. The editors brought together an international set of teachers and researchers who in each chapter offer their own national perspectives on the implementation of legislative mandates and teacher-led creative strategies, and provide an array of pedagogical suggestions and scenarios that support teachers and communities who work with students with disabilities.

Solar Anvil
Co-created by Melissa Oresky, associate professor, School of Art (Sparrows & Wires, 2015)

Melissa Oresky and her husband, Zak Boerger, produced a multimedia project created during a two-week artist’s residency at Petrified Forest National Park. A DVD, Solar Anvil, features 10 videos of her collage-like, experimental animations. The accompanying music, which was largely improvised by Boerger using the Ace Tone Rhythm Ace drum machine and electric guitars, was taken from the companion CD, And the Rhythm Ace. In the videos, “Oresky uses the plants in the landscape like actors in a shadow play, allowing the wind and the changing angle of light to activate a series of painted backdrops.”

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Here are additional books published by Illinois State faculty and staff in 2015:

Service Industry Databook: Understanding and Analyzing Sector Specific Data Across 15 Nations
By Elango Balasubramanian, professor, Department of Management and Quantitative Methods (Springer, 2015)

Interpreting Engineering Drawings, 8th Edition
By Ted Branoff, chair and professor, Department of Technology (Delmar Cengage Learning, 2015)

Thomas Jefferson and his Decimals 1775-1810: Neglected Years in the History of U.S. School Mathematics
Co-written by Ken Clements, professor, Department of Mathematics; Nerida Ellerton, professor, Department of Mathematics (Springer, 2015)

Literacy Theory as Practice: Connecting Theory and Instruction in K 12-Classrooms
By Lara Handsfield, associate professor, School of Teaching and Learning (Teachers College Press, 2015)

Critical Storytelling in Uncritical Times: Stories Disclosed in a Cultural Foundations of Education Course
Co-edited by Nicholas Hartlep, assistant professor, Department of Educational Administration and Foundations (Sense Publishers: Boston, 2015)

Killing the Model Minority Stereotype: Asian American Counterstories and Complicity
Co-edited by Nicholas Hartlep, assistant professor, Department of Educational Administration and Foundations (Information Age Publishing, 2015)

The Algerian War in French-Language Comics: Postcolonial Memory, History, and Subjectivity
By Jennifer Howell, assistant professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Lexington Books, 2015)

Privacy in the Digital Age: 21st-Century Challenges to the Fourth Amendment
Co-edited by Nancy Lind, professor, Department of Politics and Government; and Erik Rankin, assistant to chair, Department of Politics and Government (Praeger, 2015)

A Nazi Past: Recasting German Identity in Postwar Europe
Co-edited by Katrin Paehler, associate professor, Department of History (The University Press of Kentucky, 2015)

Authorship Contested: Cultural Challenges to the Authentic, Autonomous Author
Co-edited by Amy Robillard, associate professor, Department of English (Routledge, 2015)

By Sue Rovens, stacks maintenance manager, Milner Library (CreateSpace, 2015)

Writing education research: Guidelines for Preparing Publishable Manuscripts
Co-written by Sherry Sanden, assistant professor, School of Teaching and Learning (Routledge, 2015)

Managing Public Relations: Methods and Tools
By Peter Smudde, associate professor, School of Communication (Oxford University Press, 2015)

African Youth Cultures in the Age of Globalization: Challenges, Agency and Resistance
Co-edited by Paul Ugor, assistant professor, Department of English (Ashgate, 2015)

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