We Few, We Academic Sisters: How We Persevered and Excelled in Higher Education

Edited by Betty Houchin Winfield; Written by Lois B. DeFleur, Sandra Ball-Rokeach, and Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman

WSU Press: 2023

Three former WSU sociology faculty members share their stories of becoming full professors during a time when such an accomplishment was exceedingly rare for women. Forty years later, a colleague prompted the “Troika,” as they call themselves, to collaborate on a triple memoir that she then edited. Betty Houchin Winfield was an assistant professor in the Murrow School of Communication when she met the trio. Lois B. DeFleur is a former dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman is a former sociology department chair, and Sandra Ball-Rokeach taught at WSU from 1972 to 1986.

Web exclusive: A talk with the authors of We Few, We Academic Sisters


Architecture, Film, and the In-between: Spatio-Cinematic Betwixt

Edited by Vahid Vahdat and James F. Kerestes

Intellect: 2023

This essay collection explores how films depict architectural in-between spaces, often instilling them with fantasy or horror. Globally known contributors⁠—from scholars and theorists to practitioners⁠—discuss how architects and filmmakers, such as David Lynch, use imagery and infographics to map movie spaces and more. Coeditor Vahid Vahdat is an assistant professor of architecture and interior design at WSU’s School of Design and Construction. James F. Kerestes is an associate professor of architecture at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning.


Wallace Stegner’s Unsettled Country: Ruin, Realism, and Possibility in the American West

Edited by Mark Fiege ’85 MA History, Michael J. Lansing, and Leisl Carr Childers

University of Nebraska Press: 2024

This anthology examines the work, life, legacy, and enduring relevance of “the dean of Western writers” 30 years after his death. Throughout his 60-year career, Wallace Stegner wrote 30 books, started the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University, won a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, and more. Here, his contributions as a prolific writer, historian, environmentalist, and professor are explored through the lens of contemporary crises and concerns. Coeditor Mark Fiege is a professor of history and Wallace Stegner Chair in Western American Studies at Montana State University.


Eyes in the Back of Your Head: A Toolbox of Exceptional Classroom Management Strategies

Larry F. Gregory ’66, ’70 MA History, and Marcie Belgard

Amazon: 2023

Part of the Effective Teacher series, this volume highlights key practices of effective teachers for keeping students focused and engaged. Marcie Belgard is a retired English teacher and former WSU Tri-Cities instructor. Retired principal Larry F. Gregory also taught at WSU Tri-Cities.


Wild Carnivores of New Mexico

Scott Bender ’94 Vet Sci., ’95 DVM, Contributor

University of New Mexico Press: 2024

In this first-ever landmark study of New Mexico’s wild carnivores, editors Jean-Luc E. Cartron and Jennifer K. Frey assembled a team of leading biologists to explore the animals and the major issues that shape their continued presence in the state and region. Scott Bender, a faculty member at Diné College on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, contributed to the work.


Ophelia Starcluck Saves the Galaxy

Kristen Gwen Johnson ’06 English

Squirrel Power Books: 2023

This plucky space adventure, the first in a quirky new series aimed at middle-grade readers, focuses on friendship, overcoming adversity⁠—read: invading space weasels⁠—with knowledge and skill, and saving the galaxy. It’s all up to the young space chicken Ophelia Starcluck and her friend Finn. When Finn admits he’s been keeping a secret, Ophelia is devastated. Their tween relationship and the fate of the galaxy are at risk.