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Images of published books by George Justice, Devoney Looser, and Doris Warriner

Happy ‘pub’ days: Justice, Looser, Warriner


Kristen LaRue-Sandler

Three Department of English faculty members are celebrating the recent and/or imminent release of books. Volumes include a how-to for higher ed admins, a new edition of a timeless classic, and a collection of research reflections.


How to Be a Dean (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019)

George Justice discusses the personal and professional challenges and opportunities a deanship presents in this volume for the Higher Ed Leadership Essentials series. From the publisher:

A deanship in higher education is an exciting but complex job combining technical administration and academic leadership. On one hand, the dean is an institutional leader, standing up for the faculty, staff, and students. On the other, the dean is a middle manager, managing personnel, curriculum, and budgets and trying to live up to the expectations of the governing board, president, and provost. But what is it really like to be a dean?

In How to Be a Dean, George Justice illuminates both of these leadership roles, which interact and even conflict with each other while deans do their best to help faculty members and students. Providing tested advice, Justice takes readers from the job search through the daily work of the dean and, ultimately, to the larger questions of leadership, excellence, and integrity the role provokes. He also explores the roles of "different" deanships in the broader context of academic leadership.

Based on the author's experience as a dean at two large research universities, How to Be a Dean is clear, engaging, and opinionated. Current deans will use this book to reflect on the work they do in productive ways. Faculty members considering administrative work will find in this book some idea about the day-to-day work required of their institutional leaders. And finally, readers who are simply curious about what deans do will find pointed analysis about what works and what doesn't.

Justice is professor of English in literature at ASU. He has served as dean of the humanities at Arizona State University and dean of the graduate school at the University of Missouri.


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Penguin, 2019)

Austen scholar Devoney Looser provides an introduction and new contextual essays for this Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of a “timeless classic.” From the publisher:

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love – and its threatened loss – the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love. This edition includes an introduction, original essays, and suggestions for further exploration by Devoney Looser.

Looser is Foundation Professor of English in literature at Arizona State University and the author of The Making of Jane Austen (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017).


Critical Reflections on Research Methods: Power and Equity in Complex Multilingual Contexts (Multilingual Matters, 2019)

With Martha Bigelow, Doris Warriner edits this Researching Multilingually volume situated around the very human situations one encounters when doing community-based research. From the publisher:

This book explores the challenges and opportunities involved in conducting research with members of immigrant, refugee and other minoritized communities. Through first-hand reflective accounts, contributors explore community-based collaborative work, and suggest important implications for applied linguistics, educational research and anthropological investigations of language, literacy and culture. By critically reflecting on the power and limits of university-based research conducted on behalf of, or in collaboration with, members of local communities and by exploring the complicated relationships, dynamics and understandings that emerge, the chapters collectively demonstrate the value of reflecting on the possibilities and challenges of the research process, including the ethical and emotional dimensions of participating in collaborative research.

Warriner is associate professor of English in writing, rhetorics and literacies at Arizona State University, where she also serves as associate chair of the Department of English.