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Pepperdine Alumnus and Adjunct Faculty Member Leo Mallette Authors Reference for Doctoral Graduates New to Conference Publishing
Leo Mallette, a 2006 graduate of the doctor of education in organizational leadership program at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) and adjunct Graziadio School of Business and Management faculty member, recently coauthored his latest book, Writing for Conferences: A Handbook for Graduate Students and Faculty (Greenwood Press, 2011), with GSEP EdD student Clare Berger. The book is an essential guide for graduate students who want to publish the results of the research projects of their graduate program to maximum effect.
Conferences are often a researcher's first foray into publishing. Each year, about 50,000 new doctoral graduates arrive to the publishing landscape, most with little or no understanding of how the conference publication process works. And until now there have been no publications devoted to this specific subject. Mallette’s book explains the conference publication process step-by-step and answers all of the questions asked by students inexperienced in publishing. The book is also a reference manual for previously published authors, providing insight on ethics in publishing, dress and grooming, presentation tips, and networking techniques to develop further research and career opportunities.
"In grad school for my doctorate in about 2004 I noticed that many students had not published," Mallette says, of the inspiration for the work. "Submitting articles to peer reviewed journals is one basis for judging research productivity and journal articles often start as a conference article. I wanted to share my years of experience about the subject with my fellow students. But there were no books on the subject and precious few articles that talked about it."
After speaking with June Schmieder-Ramirez one day after class, she casually said to Mallette, "Why don't you write a book?"
"I asked Clare to be a co-author because she brought different perspectives to the book," he adds.
Mallette is a senior project engineer at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California. He provides technical and programmatic support for spacecraft programs, following 30 years in project management of satellite systems at the Boeing (formerly Hughes Aircraft) Company. Mallette is nationally known for his expertise in quartz and atomic frequency sources for space systems. He is senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a board member of the Society of Educators and Scholars, a member of the advisory board for the Precise Time and Time Interval Conference, and is the program chairman for their 2010 conference.
Mallette has published over 60 conference and peer-reviewed journal articles on atomic frequency standards, satellite systems, ground stations, optical detectors, root-cause investigation, publishing, organizational leadership, ethics, and genealogy. He received a Best Theoretical Paper award in 2004 for an article co-written with Kent Rhodes, visiting faculty member at GSEP and co-edited The SPELIT Power Matrix (2007) with June Schmieder-Ramirez, professor at GSEP. In addition, he was named a GSEP board of visitors member in 2010.
Mallette, who is active with the alumni chapters in Coachella Valley, received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida and a master of business administration from Pepperdine University.For more information about Writing for Conferences, visit Amazon.com.