In 1976, I was hired as a professor in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta after finishing my doctoral work at the
University of Texas. As a graduate student in Texas, I had the good fortune to work with two wonderful academic mentors—Joanne Sweeney and O. L.
Davis—who provided both encouragement and opportunities to write and publish. I was fortunate to begin publishing so early in my academic career.
Over the past 35 years, I have published more than 200 academic books and articles. This paper offers a number of practical tips that reflect my learning over the past 35 years. I trust these tips might help young academics write and publish more fluently. I have included “reading” in the title of the article because I see reading as an integral part of the experience.
Using excerpts from his personal journal, this author shows that effective curriculum should focus on people meeting other people exactly at their point of need. He explores the importance of loving other people actively and with sensitivity to their burdens and heartaches.