Highlighting Some of Our Extraordinary Authors
In 2016, the Paradise Valley Community College English Department found themselves in a frustrating situation. The new MLA guidelines had just been released and their current book publisher told the department they had no plans to update the book to reflect the changes in time for the fall semester. Not wanting to teach their students from an outdated book, Marianne Botos, Lynn McClelland, Stephanie Polliard, and Pamela Osback began working at a furious pace to write their own OER book for their ENG 101 classes. When they reached out to Premium Source to get their book published, we were able to help them obtain the rights to several third-party readings to compliment the OER materials they had written. The finished product is nothing short of extraordinary. Now in its second edition, Horse of a Different Color: English Composition and Rhetoric is being used for all ENG 101 classes at Paradise Valley Community College.
These talented ladies did not stop there. Their first book was such a success, they decided to write workbooks for their ENG 102 classes. A Guide to Academic Research: Theories and Practical Rhetoric and A Guide to Academic Research: Research Process to Final Product were released in the Fall 2018 semester and were immediately adopted for all ENG 102 classes at Paradise Valley Community College. Marianne Botos and Lynn McClelland are currently working on the second edition of these workbooks and plan to have them ready for the Fall 2019 semester.
A desert rat, Marianne Botos grew up in the Phoenix area. A community college alum, Botos achieved her BA in Journalism/Public Relations from ASU while working in business communications. Writing professionally for more than 20 years led her to an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry, again from ASU, and she began teaching at Paradise Valley Community College in 1999. She is a recipient of awards including an Arizona Commission on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and a Great River Arts Institute fellowship. Her poetry has been widely published in journals and magazines, art exhibits, and even once in a tree. Botos is currently faculty in English, literature, and creative writing at PVCC and is an advocate for her students and their success, including providing low-cost or no-cost OER learning tools and textbooks. She has co-authored texts and course packs for ENG101 and ENG102.
Pamela Tracy Osback is a USA Today award-winning author who lives with her husband (He claims to be the inspiration for most of her heroes) and son (He claims to be the interference for most of her writing time.) She was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and started writing at a very young age (a series of romances, all with David Cassidy as the hero. Sometimes Bobby Sherman would interfere). Then, while earning a BA in Journalism at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, she picked up the pen again only this time, it was an electric typewriter on which she wrote a very bad science fiction novel.) First published in 1999, she has since published more than thirty books (mostly romance) with Harlequin, Kensington, Guideposts, and Barbour. She also writes devotions and has assisted with English textbooks.
Dr. Stephanie Polliard has embraced the busy life of an educator for more than 25 years. She started teaching at PVCC in 2006, first as an English adjunct and later as residential English faculty teaching all levels of English composition, Introduction to Literature, and Children’s Literature. During that time, she also served as the English division chair from 2017-2019 and coordinator for developmental education from 2016 to the present. She is currently serving the college as the interim dean of instruction. Prior to coming to PVCC, Stephanie spent 15 years teaching English/Language Arts in an inner-city high school and taught graduate courses in education for Northern Arizona University. In 2009, she completed her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from NAU. Her dissertation, "Perceived Effects of AIMS on High School English Curriculum," continues to inspire her work by connecting gaps in high school literacy instruction to the needs of college students across all disciplines. In addition to her teaching assignments, Stephanie has been engaged in other campus projects, initiatives, and leadership. As a former faculty developer, she champions Universal Design for Learning for curriculum planning and instructional delivery. She advocates for the value of learning communities and contextualized courses, and she supports the use of OER materials as part of her commitment to the Equity Now initiatives at the college. But when she is not busy with her PVCC duties, she enjoys time relaxing with her family, friends, and two ornery Schnauzers, chauffeuring her two teen daughters to dance performances, and dining out to avoid cooking as much as possible. When she finds the time, she also enjoys reading (obviously) and playing her flute.
Horse of a Different Color: English Composition and Rhetoric | 2nd Edition
A Guide to Academic Research: Theories and Practical Rhetoric | 2nd Edition
A Guide to Academic Research: Research Process to Final Product | 2nd Edition