SAGE Skills: Student Success — About the Module Editors

Launching August 2022

In developing SAGE Skills: Student Success , SAGE gathered a global team of scholars with extensive experience working with students and with knowledge of the skills they need both in school and out. Our Editors come from a diverse range of institutions and represent a variety of scholarly roles in higher education, including librarians, faculty, and lecturers. These backgrounds provide an inclusive, cross-disciplinary perspective on skill building. We worked with our Editors to define the most essential skills for students and recruit contributors best suited to write them. Each Editor then worked with their team of contributors to fine-tune content and ensure that their module was as comprehensive as possible. 

Meet the Editors-in-Chief behind each of our 10 skill modules.

  • Academic Integrity and Referencing

    Module coming August 2022!

    Dr. Ceceilia Parnther is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Doctoral Program Coordinator in the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership at St. John's University. Her research and practice focus on equity in postsecondary student success, focusing on academic integrity. Parnther serves on the editorial boards for the Ethics and Integrity in Educational Contexts book series and the College Student Affairs Journal . Her most recent work can be found in Teacher's College Record and Innovative Higher Education .

  • Academic Writing *

    Sneak-peek access available for librarians now!
    Dr. Alex Baratta is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, teaching within the Manchester Institute of Education. Here he runs a writing center – Write Away – for the School of Environment, Education and Development. His initial teaching experience was in EFL and academic writing, experiences he has brought to five books he has written which are focused on study skills, such as essay writing and critical thinking. He has taught in Korea, England and his native USA, and also researches language and identity, linguistic rights, and linguistic prejudice. Alex has also been published in prestigious journals, such as World Englishes , and presented his research at international conferences in South Africa, Australia and Singapore.

  • Communications and Interpersonal Skills

    Module coming August 2022!
    Dr. Lucinda Becker is Professor of Pedagogy and award-winning lecturer and tutor at the University of Reading. She has dedicated her professional life to creating independent learners who are confident in themselves intellectually, professionally and personally. 
    Lucinda has written numerous study guides for students and works with undergraduates and postgraduates across the university. She is also a professional trainer and consultant, helping new graduates in engineering, science and law to become successful communicators and leaders.
    Her experience, both in higher education and the professional world, has convinced her that students at university who master some key skills, both in life and study, are better equipped to enjoy their study lives and make the most of their career options. Learning to be an effective and successful student leads you to becoming a graduate who is more likely to face a career with confidence. That, she believes, is the secret to success.

  • Critical Thinking *

    Sneak-peek access available for librarians now!

    Dr. Tom Chatfield is a British author, independent scholar and philosopher of technology. His textbooks for SAGE publishing include Critical Thinking , How To Think and Think Critically . He’s also the author of half a dozen non-fiction books exploring digital culture, published in over thirty territories and languages; of an award-winning thriller, This Is Gomorrah (Hodder); and of books and educational resources for audiences ranging from K12 to graduate and business schools. Tom took his doctorate at St John’s College, Oxford, and is a former Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, guest faculty member at the Said Business School, and senior Associate at the interdisciplinary think tank Perspectiva. A TED Global speaker, Non-Executive Director and Advisor at a number of not-for-profits, he writes and broadcasts internationally on technology, ethics and education. 

  • Data Literacy

    Module coming August 2022!
    Julia Bauder is the Social Studies and Data Services librarian at the Grinnell College Libraries. She is the author of The Reference Guide to Data Sources (2014) and the editor of the books Data Literacy in Academic Libraries: Teaching Critical Thinking with Numbers (2021) and Teaching Research Data Management (2022), all published by ALA Editions. She has also published and presented about information literacy, data literacy, and data visualization in venues including Information Technology and Libraries , College & Undergraduate Libraries , and the LITA National Forum. She holds a BA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and an MLIS from Wayne State University. 

  • Diversity, Bias, and Impacting Change

    Module coming August 2022!
    Dr. Chanelle Wilson is Assistant Professor of Education in the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Colleges Education Program, and Director of Africana Studies at Bryn Mawr College. Chanelle has served as a public school practitioner, teaching secondary education students, in the U.S. and around the world. She enjoys facilitating knowledge in a way that encourages personal connections, promotes critical thinking, highlights contemporary relevance, and necessitates justice. Her current scholarship focuses on race and anti-racism in education, decolonization of schools and the mind, students as teachers and learners, culturally relevant pedagogy in international schooling contexts, and multicultural education in K-12 settings. Chanelle has a passion for using research to improve the educational experiences of marginalized groups, promoting equity and critical race-focused conversations: her life's goal is to rethink, reimagine, and revolutionize education to meet the needs of all children.  

  • Information Literacy

    Module coming August 2022!
    Trudi E. Jacobson is a Distinguished Librarian and was the Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany through 2021. She co-chaired the Association of College & Research Libraries Task Force that created the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. With Professor Thomas P. Mackey, she co-developed the metaliteracy framework. Her most recent work focuses on open pedagogy and how the students’ learning experience can be enhanced in such settings by metaliteracy. She is the co-author or co-editor of fifteen books and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. She is the editor of the Innovations in Information Literacy book series published by Rowman and Littlefield and is also an active Wikipedia author/editor. She holds M.A. and MLS degrees from the University at Albany.

  • Personal Development and Well-Being

    Module coming August 2022!
    Dr. Lucinda Becker is Professor of Pedagogy and award-winning lecturer and tutor at the University of Reading. She has dedicated her professional life to creating independent learners who are confident in themselves intellectually, professionally and personally. 
    Lucinda has written numerous study guides for students and works with undergraduates and postgraduates across the university. She is also a professional trainer and consultant, helping new graduates in engineering, science and law to become successful communicators and leaders.
    Her experience, both in higher education and the professional world, has convinced her that students at university who master some key skills, both in life and study, are better equipped to enjoy their study lives and make the most of their career options. Learning to be an effective and successful student leads you to becoming a graduate who is more likely to face a career with confidence. That, she believes, is the secret to success.

  • Research Skills *

    Sneak-peek access for librarians available now!
    Working across a range of disciplines (psychology, health & social care and pharmacy), Dr. Pam Denicolo , a Professor Emerita from the University of Reading, UK, has wide-ranging experience both of using a range of research approaches and methods and of teaching how to use them well to a broad range of students and professionals worldwide. She has served on executive boards and committees of national and international learned societies and organizations devoted to research and teaching. She continues to publish widely student support materials, books, and journal articles on research because she remains passionately committed to mentoring and coaching newer researchers and academics.

  • Study Strategies and Assignments

    Module coming August 2022!
    Helen Coleman Senior Lecturer of Research Design, Methods and Statistics, based in the Education Department at Glyndwr University in Wrexham, North Wales. There, she teaches research design; methods and statistics; safeguarding; health and safety; and childhood law, policy and practice. Additionally, Helen is an Author with SAGE Publications Ltd., Reviewer for the Journal of Experiential Education , and Academic Advisor to Cornwall College, UK. 
    Helen’s academic interests include social justice and Higher Education; Helen strongly believes being part of a university, whether staff or student, is knowing you are in an inclusive community where you should be free to learn and progress while being challenged and empowered, in a physically and mentally safe and healthy environment.
    In 2018 Helen was awarded the first ever Glyndwr University Vice Chancellor's Award. This award was created and presented to her for 'showing such deep commitment to staff and student welfare, health and safety, contributing to improvements to policies and procedures and courageous and pioneering work in Education'. She holds a Master’s degree in social research methods, and multiple post-graduate certifications in teaching and research methods.

* Are you a librarian? Get exclusive sneak-peek access to the three skill modules available now Academic Writing , Critical Thinking , and Research Skills . Contact us at librarymktg@sagepub.com  for more information.