An Author’s Perspective: New Editions

Join author Dr. Paul Sisson as he discusses the creation process and his perspective on the need for new editions of textbooks.
Learn why his titles follow a 5-7 year edition cycle, instead of the typical 2-3 years of a traditional publisher. Hear about the complete reimagining of content covered and how years of user feedback was incorporated in the editorial process to improve on the previous editions of his College Algebra and Precalculus titles.

Paul D. Sisson, Ph.D., is Professor of Mathematics Emeritus and Provost Emeritus and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Louisiana State University Shreveport. In addition to continuing to teach undergraduate and graduate mathematics throughout his career, he served in numerous administrative capacities including Department Chair, College Dean, Graduate Studies Dean, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Interim Chancellor. Dr. Sisson published his first math textbook, College Algebra, in 2003, followed by Precalculus in 2006 and College Algebra: A Concise Approach in 2011. He is the co-author of Calculus with Early Transcendentals (2016) and most recently completed work on the 3rd editions of College Algebra and Precalculus. Sisson’s teaching experience is reflected in his textbook writing, which emphasizes the historical and human aspects of math, calls upon the intuition of the reader, and uses modern technology to enable students to explore mathematics and develop mathematical confidence.