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Power Publishing Day: Speaker Info 2024


The Scary World of Scholarly Publishing and What We Can Do About It (Keynote, NSU Faculty)

Dr. Ron Chenail

University Provost, Executive VP for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Chenail is Editor-in-Chief of The Qualitative Report and the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. Previously, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT), the flagship research journal of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and Associate Editor with Family Business Review. In addition, he is an editorial board member of Qualitative Research in Psychology; American Journal of Family Therapy, Contemporary Family Therapy, Qualitative Social Work; Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Health; and JMFT; as well as a founding editorial board member of Qualitative Inquiry. Since 1990, he has been part of 14 grants and contracts totally over $6,506,300, published over 130 publications including nine books, and given over 200 formal academic presentations at conferences and meetings. 


The Scholarly Communications Landscape at Nova Southeastern University (NSU Libraries)

Keri Baker

 Scholarly Communications Librarian, NSU

Keri Baker is the Scholarly Communications Librarian for Nova Southeastern University. While this role is new to the NSU community, Keri recently celebrated ten years with Nova Southeastern University. Her tenure started at the Oceanographic Campus library, where she supported faculty, researching staff, and graduate students with their reference needs. She was one of the original repository librarians when NSUWorks launched in early 2014 and, through this, has developed a passion for scholarly communications that has led her to her present position within the Alvin Sherman Library located on NSU’s main campus.  


Driving Real-World Change through Research and Publishing (Emerald)

Terri Teleen
President, Emerald Group Publishing

Terri Teleen is President of Emerald Group Publishing, Inc. She joined Emerald in 2023 with nearly 30 years of experience in scholarly publishing, including 20+ years in content, operations, and commercial strategy roles at John Wiley & Sons and Blackwell Publishing. Emerald is an independent, mission-driven publisher committed to ensuring that academic research drives change in the real world.  The company’s publishing program is focused on core commitments to responsible management, fairer society, healthier lives, quality education for all, and sustainable structures and infrastructures.

Analyze and Visualize the Impact of Your Research (Clarivate)

Deron Morgan

 Customer Success Consultant, Clarivate

Deron Morgan is a Solutions Consultant at Clarivate, working with Academic, Life Sciences, Non-profit and Corporate customers. He has a background in analytical and creative consulting with a focus on literature mining, open science, improved workflows, multi-dimensional researcher profiles, and institutional benchmarking.  He also has a keen curiosity in learning "how things work" to help customers solve their most critical problems. 



How to Publish Your Thesis or Dissertation  (NSU)

Eric Mason, Ph.D.,

Associate Professor, NSU,

Eric Mason, Ph.D., is a Faculty Coordinator at the Nova Southeastern University Writing and Communication Center and associate professor with the NSU Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts. His scholarly work focuses on how the various modalities of composition intersect with cultural practices.      



Writing & Publishing Business Case Studies (HCBE & SAGE)

Art Weinstein, Ph.D.

Professor of Marketing/Project Founder/Leader of the Center for Case Study Excellence, NSU

Art Weinstein, Ph.D., is a Professor of Marketing and the Project Founder/Leader of the Center for Case Study Excellence at the H.Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. He is a recognized expert in business-to-business segmentation and customer value. Art has consulted for leading technology and service companies. His MBA and undergraduate courses emphasize customer value assessments and in-depth marketing plans. Dr. Weinstein has published dozens of cases in leading conferences, journals, and textbooks. Recent cases include Bank of America, Baptist Health, Chewy, Citrix Systems, CVS, Dollar Tree, Royal Caribbean, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart. His work on case analysis was featured by Harvard Business Publishing Education (2020, 2022). For further information, contact Art at:; 954-262-5097.

Rebecca Frankel

 Acquisitions Editor, Sage Publishing   

Rebecca Frankel is an Acquisitions Editor at Sage Publishing, commissioning case studies and other resources that are available to students and professors via their academic library. She joined Sage in 2017 after several years editing facing-page translations of Latin literature through Harvard University Press’s Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library and I Tatti Rennaissance Library Series.She looks forward to working with the team at NSU, and invites prospective authors to reach out at    


How to Write and Structure a Manuscript for an Academic Peer-Reviewed Journal (SAGE)

Jessica Offenberger

 Editor III, Journals STM, Sage Publishing

Jessica Offenberger is a Publishing Editor on the SAGE Journals Editorial team. She manages a range of science and medicine journals, working with editors and societies to develop new strategies as well as problem solve. During her time at SAGE, she has also worked closely with the Author team to create and develop resources to help early career researchers across disciplines better understand the publishing process and publish their research. Jessica has a background in project management, marketing, business development, and self-publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Michigan State University and is based in Los Angeles.  

Leverage the Power of Open Access with CloudSource OA and Course Lists—Now Available at NSU (CloudSource)

Rick Branham

VP, Pre-Sales, Academic & Content Solutions, CloudSource

Rick has more than three decades of experience with SirsiDynix including support, product management, business development, marketing, and sales. Formerly leading the Asia Pacific region, he now drives SirsiDynix’s vision and strategy for Academic libraries. He also leads the Pre-Sales Solutions group, which leverages the BLUEcloud platform’s robust extensibility (through REST web services and JavaScript, primarily) to develop creative and innovative solutions for libraries. Rick also leads our new Content Solutions team, which leverages the vast body of global open access content for the CloudSource platform. The CloudSource OA solution was released in 2021, and in 2024 CloudSource+ will launch to expand the index to include licensed content and related holdings management tools. 


Key Points to Getting Published: Behind the Scenes with IEEE (IEEE)

Ruth Wolfish

IEEE Client Services Manager

Ruth Wolfish, IEEE Client Services Manager, provides training for IEEE online products, distributes informational materials to drive usage, answers all usage questions, and performs both on-site and internet conference training. She works with IEEE's academic, government and corporate accounts in North America. Ms. Wolfish came to IEEE in 2001 from Lucent Technologies. Her 18-year career with Lucent and its predecessor companies included roles as Bell Labs Reference Librarian, management trainer and administrator of education, information specialist for business systems, and electronic content coordinator for Lucent's Digital Library. 

The Changing Landscape of Academic Publishing: Open Access and Cambridge University Press (Cambridge University Press)

Ann H. Avouris

 Executive Publisher and Head of Journals, North America, Cambridge University Press

Ann Avouris has nearly two decades of experience in the academic publishing industry, working with both commercial and not-for-profit publishers. At Cambridge she works across the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STM lists, helping authors and societies navigate the challenges of academic communication in the contemporary publishing landscape. She is passionate about making open access publishing accessible and equitable for authors and readers globally. 

Navigating the AI Era of Research: Ethical AI-Usage in Academic Publishing (IGI)

Lindsay Wertman

President, IGI Global

Ms. Wertman began her career in academic publishing in 2006 overseeing new project commissioning and author and editor relations, while also managing and developing various editorial projects. During her early years in the industry, she enhanced and expanded the content coverage and volume of material being released by IGI Global. Within a five-year timespan, she was promoted to: Assistant Acquisitions Editor, Acquisitions Editor, Assistant Director of Editorial Content, Editorial Director, and then served as the Managing Director of IGI Global for more than 10 years. In 2022 she has been formally appointed as the new President of IGI Global. As President, she focuses much of her attention on the strategic direction and vision of IGI Global in the areas of new product development, content strategy, ethics and inclusivity, as well as image and branding. Prior to beginning her career path with IGI Global more than fifteen years ago, her previous experience included positions and expertise in the areas of public relations, writing/editing, educational marketing, as well as community outreach. She has also served as proceedings coordinator for the Information Resources Management Association (IRMA), contributed as a guest author and column editor for various industry publications (including Against the Grain), and served on the organizing committee for Peer Review Week. During her spare time, she serves as the Editorial Coordinator for the World Forgotten Children Foundation (WFCF) (a private non-profit foundation). 

Melissa Wagner

Vice President of Editorial, IGI Global

Ms. Wagner began her career in academic publishing in 2015. She first began working in the Marketing Department, facilitating communications with editors, authors, librarians, and partners as well as developing promotions and campaigns for IGI Global’s full portfolio of books and journals. Over the next few years, she was promoted to Marketing Manager before then transitioning into the Acquisitions Department as the Managing Editor of Acquisitions due to her expertise and knowledge in content matter and recruitment. She worked as the Editorial Director, directly overseeing the Acquisitions Department while assisting with the development, production, and metadata creation of all books and journals and is now the Vice President of Editorial. Ms. Wagner holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Mary Washington. Prior to joining the publishing industry, her previous experience included acquisitions and collections management, museum education, community outreach, marketing/sales, editing/technical editing, creative and professional writing, and archival work.


Panel Perspectives: Academic Publishing Insights with Nova Southeastern Faculty and Elsevier (Elsevier)

 Christina Mattioli

Customer Consultant with Elsevier,


In this role, Christina focuses on working with her academic and government library contacts in the United States and Canada to optimize their experience with Scopus & ScienceDirect. Prior to joining Elsevier, Christina worked with numerous colleges and universities in the US and Canada in the Advancement and Enrollment management arenas. Christina has a passion for the support and advancement of education and science and has enjoyed taking her experiences further supporting her librarian colleagues to further this mission. 


David Kerstetter, Ph.D,

Associate Professor, Halmos College of Arts and Sciences, 

David Kerstetter, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences and the Director of the Fisheries and Avian Ecology Lab at the NSU Oceanographic Center campus.  He has mentored over 40 Masters students and has 55 peer-reviewed scientific publications, as well as over $5 m in external research funding.  Dr. Kerstetter teaches undergraduate, graduate, and Honors College courses, including Biology of Fishes, Invasive Species Ecology and Management, and Coastal Resource Management. Current Lab research includes fisheries bycatch reduction, life-history parameters of coastal fishes and stingrays, and seabird trophic ecology.


Amanda Furiasse, Ph.D

Associate Professor, NSU

Amanda Furiasse, PhD, is Assistant Professor of digital humanities in the Department of Humanities and Politics at Nova Southeastern University. She is currently the senior producer of Florida 2100: Tales of Tomorrow, a multimedia project that explores pressing ethical challenges from the perspective of the future, and host of the Department of Humanities and Politics' Applied Humanities Podcast. She has published numerous articles, including in the Journals for the American Academy of Religion, Africana Religions, Cultural Analytics, and Museums & Social Issues. She was the co-Director of the Contagion, Religion, and Cities Project at the Center for the Study of Religion and the City at Morgan State University, senior producer and co-host of the Political Theology Network’s Assembly podcast, and public fellow at Sacred Writes: Public Scholarship on Religion.


Robert Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Research Scientist, NSU

After completing his Bachelor's degree in Biology and Biotechnology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Robert worked with Dr. Myron L Smith to study nonself recognition in the model fungus Neurospora crassa. He graduated with a PhD in Biology from Carleton University. During his PhD, he was an Ontario Graduate Scholar, supported by NSERC and was named as a Young Ambassador of Science. Shortly thereafter, he joined a group at Duke University as a post doc, where he used a combination of systems and synthetic biology to study antibiotic resistance and bacterial cooperation. He was also named a Duke Scholar in Infectious Disease in 2011-2012. In 2012, he joined Nova Southeastern University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. In 2022, he joined the Cell Therapy Institute in the Kiran Patel College of Allopathic Medicine at NSU where he continues to perform research. He has worked with numerous undergraduate and graduate students to help them complete research and launch careers both inside and outside of academia. He is proud of the accomplishments of his students; the vast majority have either won awards for their work and/or have published their findings. 


Where to publish? Choosing the right journal for your article (Elsevier)

Kristina Heubish, Ph.D,

Business Analyst, Elsevier 

Dr. Kristina Heubish currently works as a Business Analyst for Elsevier. She received her PhD in Science Education from Columbia University, publishing in natural philosophy and cognitive learning. She is an active member of the Association for Science Teacher Education. Dr Heubish transitioned from academia to publishing about 5 years ago, now focusing on transformative agreements to drive the Open science movement. She is passionate about educating authors on the journals publishing process and how to fruitfully contribute to the scientific record.


Ask the Authors

Dara Levan

Dara is an author, podcaster, and the founder of Every Soul Has a Story. What began as a weekly blog has expanded to include a podcast, an inclusive space in which she interviews inspiring guests from around the globe. Dara believes that we can write and rewrite our own stories. Speaking of which, her first novel, It Could Be Worse, will be published on March 12, 2024 with Regalo Press. Dara is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.A. in English and minor in journalism. She earned her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Nova Southeastern University. Dara stopped practicing speech therapy to return to full-time writing, creating, and connecting. She is very involved in giving back to the community through various boards.


Zain Deane

Zain Deane is an award-winning writer and editor originally from Karachi, Pakistan. He is the author of five nonfiction travel books published by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., and editor of three Michelin guides. Zain’s short fiction has been published in NEWN Magazine, Byline Magazine, and featured in the 2010 Anthology of Pakistani Literature.  His short story, “The Man of Emotions,” won the 2006 Writers’ Journal Fiction contest. Most recently, his story “The Four Deaths of Valerie” was a finalist in the 2021 Royal Palm Literary Awards. 


Mike Greene

For the past forty years, he has owned radio and television production companies. He spent three years as a management consultant to Fortune 1000 companies and has been involved in his community in South Florida and sat on the Boards of agencies and organizations that he thought would improve the lives of his fellow citizens. Mike sees himself as a storyteller. He has been telling stories in electronic media for fifty years and has just started telling stories in book form..”  He has written and published his autobiography, “My Boring Life”.  He has written and published fourteen novels and is currently writing more. 


Cheryl Reibel

Cheryl Reibel published the book, Resilience, a book of illustrated poetry based on the real story of a Jewish child or teenager who lived through the Holocaust. She grew up surrounded by Holocaust survivors, including her own family, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Cheryl studied Journalism and Public Relations at New York University and spent a semester at Tel Aviv University studying History. She received a certificate in Human Behavior from the New School in New York City, and then taught social stuidies from the University of Delaware. She volunteered at an inner-city high school helping young people transition into adult life.


Nathan Elias

Nathan Elias is the author of the novel Coil Quake Rift and the short story collection The Reincarnations. His writing has been named a finalist for the 2022 National Indie Excellence Award, the 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award, and The Saturday Evening Post 2020 Great American Fiction Contest. His books have been highlighted in BuzzFeed and Electric Literature, and his short fiction, poetry, essays, and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications. He serves as Events and Marketing Manager for the Broward Public Library Foundation and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. He can be found online at


Indie Publishing at Your Library: Introducing Pressbooks Public and the Indie Author Project (Lyrasis)

Emily Gooding

Library Relations Coordinator, Lyrasis

Emily Gooding is the Library Relations Coordinator with Lyrasis, a non-profit organization that provides libraries with tools and solutions to help place the library at the center of their creative community.



Literary Hustle: How to Promote and Champion Your Book

Raj Tawney

Raj Tawney is the author of Colorful Palate: A Flavorful Journey Through a Mixed American Experience, released October 3, 2023 from Empire State Editions/Fordham University Press. He is also a freelance publicist in the book industry and has worked with many authors, at both big and small publishing houses, to promote their work. His experience from working on "both sides of the fence" has given him special expertise and insight on how best to get the word out on a new title.


Creating a Polished Submission Packet for Querying Fiction Authors

Amy Nielsen, Associate Literary Agent

The Purcell Agency

Amy Nielsen spent twenty years as a youth librarian sharing her love of literature with young readers. She now is an associate literary agent at The Purcell Agency. Additionally, Amy works with Wild Ink Publishing as a developmental editor and publicist. Amy is the author of Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder and It Takes a Village: How to Build a Support System for Your Exceptional Needs Family. Her young adult debut, Worth It, comes out in May of 2024. 


Success by Association: Creating, Connecting, Promoting, & Publishing with the South Florida Writers Association

Gail Tucker

Gail Tucker earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, her graduate research at Woods Hole’s MBL supported by a grant established by 19th century KU Professor Ida Hyde. Gail has published biographical papers about Dr. Hyde’s research, her election as the first woman member of the American Society of Physiologists and as the first woman admitted to doctoral studies in a German University. Her research on developing and aging retina and degenerative eye diseases were published in major peer-reviewed journals. Gail was a founding science teacher and chairperson of  science at New World School of the Arts. While there, she earned a Tandy Technology Fellowship, Access Excellence Fellowships, was named a Time Magazine Teacher of Excellence, Miami-Dade County Science Teacher of the Year, and achieved National Board Certification. She now enjoys her family and lifelong avocations, writing and nature photography, self-publishing a series of children’s picture books, her photographs being the basis for the artist’s illustrations in these. Her creative non-fiction and short stories have received numerous awards from the South Florida Writers Association, which has provided her with significant direction, encouragement and support.


Maggie Eubanks

Maggie Eubanks is a 20-year veteran of public and independent education and an award-winning teacher and school administrator. Currently pursuing her Doctorate in cognitive diversity in education, she has published in historical journals and been a contributing blogger in the educational field. She has presented on teaching best practice and educating students with learning differences, especially in the area of gifted education, at regional, national and international conferences. Maggie is the Director and co-owner of Palmetto Bay Academy, the premier non-traditional school in Miami, est. in 2000. She has taught in and led schools and programs in Texas, China, and Indonesia in addition to her work in Miami. Maggie is currently writing a book in support of Twice-Exceptional (2e) learners that chronicles her own academic journey while also providing guidance and insight for the adults supporting the lives of these amazing learners.