Point Park Faculty Authors
Faculty members publish books on variety of topics
Point Park University faculty members are known for their real-world experience in their fields of expertise. This page showcases the latest works by our faculty members. Check back periodically for new releases.
Engineering Pittsburgh: A History of Roads, Rails, Canals, Bridges & More
Sixteen civil engineers and professionals collaborated on this publication, which celebrates the centennial anniversary of the American Society of Civil Engineers Pittsburgh Section.
The authors of this book narrate the story of Pittsburgh and the surrounding region’s civil engineering triumphs including the development of bridges, ground transportation systems and airports that linked Pittsburgh to the world.
Published September 2018
The Medicalized Body and Anesthetic Culture
Brent Robbins, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Point Park University, School of Arts and Sciences
For more than a decade, Robbins has studied the way people experience their bodies and emotions. As part of his research, Robbins explored how medical professionals in training come to learn about the body and how it impacts their clinical practices — which inspired him to write this book.
"Doctors learn that medical practice shouldn't talk about the anatomical body as if it were a person. As a result, medicine can often objectify and dehumanize patients by thinking of living people as if they are objects like a cadaver,” Robbins explained.
Published April 2018
Barbara Barrow, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and coordinator of the literature program, Department of Literary Arts and Social Justice, School of Arts and Sciences
Barrow is author The Quelling, a novel about two sisters — Addie and Dorian — who were accused of murder when they were very young and now decide they want to raise a child together. Both diagnosed with a rare psychiatric condition, the sisters are under the care of a doctor who uses them for his strange and transgressive cures.
“The plot hinges on the tension between their wills and the doctor’s. A good friend describes the book as a ‘feminist Clockwork Orange,' and I think this sums up a lot of the novel’s themes and concerns,” Barrow explained.
Published September 2018
Detours and Designs
"We ultimately decided on fiction for a younger audience because we felt that regular kids in realistic situations were not shining through when so many other-worldly themes were dominating. We wanted to connect with young readers about issues and problems they actually face in their everyday lives," explained Fazio.
Published April 2018
Reading in the Dark: Horror in Children's Literature and Culture
Edited by Jessica McCort, Ph.D., assistant professor of composition and rhetoric and coordinator of the University's writing intensive program, Department of Literary Arts and Social Justice, School of Arts and Sciences
McCort’s book explores the intersection between horror, popular culture and children's cultural productions including picture books, fairy tales, young adult literature, television and monster movies. The book also discusses the multitude of benefits horror texts can provide for young readers and viewers.
Published July 2016
The Silent Treatment
By Steven M. Hallock, Ph.D., professor, School of Communication
Hallock’s debut novel is an existential mystery that explores why Grant Baker, a long-time respected newspaper photographer, suddenly stops talking. The route his wife, Pauline, travels to answer this question takes her to a doctor, a priest, a psychiatrist and Grant's boss at the newspaper, prompting theories from simple anger, to God's will, to an inexplicable physiological condition.
Published July 2016
Beating Hollywood: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Screenplays
By Steve Cuden, associate professor of screenwriting in the Conservatory of Performing Arts
Cuden's book analyzes 40 classic movies, packing 150 tangible tips about how to develop character, structure, plot and dialogue.
Published December 2015
Justice Delayed: The Catherine Janet Walsh Story
By Steve Hallock, Ph.D., professor of journalism in the School of Communication
Hallock's book emerged more than 30 years after the murder of 23-year-old Catherine Janet Walsh, thanks to new light shone on long-stored evidence. "Justice Delayed" is a true saga of crime, its investigation and trial, and of the effects of the murder on a small, close-knit community in Monaca, Pa.
Published July 2015
The Science and Pseudoscience of Children's Mental Health
By Sharna Olfman, Ph.D., professor of psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences
Olfman offers the latest science and fresh perspectives on the cause and treatment of children’s psychological disturbances.
Published March 2015
Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That GetStanding Ovations
By Steve Cuden, associate professor of screenwriting in the Conservatory of Performing Arts.
Cuden has developed a construct for storytelling in a musical. He breaks down 40 musicals into their narrative beats and plot points to demonstrate the framework for great broadway composition.
Published April 2013
The Press March to War
By Steven M. Hallock, Ph.D., professor of journalism in the School of Communication.
Hallock provides a comprehensive overview of conflicts from the Korean War to U.S. operations in Libya and outlines how newspapers have set the stage for U.S. military intervention.
Published May 2012
Drugging Our Children: How Profiteers are Pushing Antipsychotics on Our Youngest and What We Can Do to Stop It
Olfman and Robbins examine the reasons behind the dramatic rise in antipsychotic drug prescriptions for children and how historical and cultural factors, as well as the role of the pharmaceutical industry, have influenced this trend.
Published February 2012
Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State and the Culture of Silence
By Bill Moushey, professor of journalism, School of Communication. Moushey co-authored the book with former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Robert Dvorchak.
Moushey and Dvorchak investigate the scandal surrounding former Penn State University assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Published April 2012
Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Rebirth
By Andrew Conte, director of the Center for Media Innovation, School of Communication
Conte details the Pittsburgh Penguins’ journey from bankruptcy and losing seasons to its 2009 Stanley Cup win and the opening of its new arena in the summer of 2010.
By Sarah Perrier, Ph.D., associate professor of English and chair of the Department of Literary Arts, School of Arts and Sciences
Perrier explores questions about our contemporary understanding of dating, relationships, sex and marriage. The 2009 Akron Poetry Prize-winning work for Editor's Choice delivers poems that are clearly in favor of love, while also revealing how, through imprecision of language and desire for romantic gestures, we create a kind of comedy from our courting of one another.
Published October 2010
Auditioning and Acting for the Camera
By John W. Shepard, professor of theatre, Conservatory of Performing Arts
Every camera, including the commercial camera, the industrial camera, the soap opera camera, the sit-com camera, and motion picture camera, presents a unique challenge for an actor during an audition. Shepard shares techniques every actor should master before stepping into an audition.
Recognized by Broadway.com as one of "11 Amazing Books for the On-Camera Actor," April 2015.
Published April 2004
Doing Good Works: Small Acts That Make a Big Difference
By Bryan Douglas with Sean Elliot Martin, assistant professor, School of Arts and Sciences
"Bryan Douglas" is the pen name for a Pittsburgh man who became an Internet sensation after posting a YouTube video of his trip to Chicago to help complete strangers, from taking apart a swing set to delivering a car battery. Martin helped Douglas write the book, which offers straightforward steps for regular people who want to make a big difference in the lives of others.
Published September 2009
Our State Parks, Western Pennsylvania
Photography and text by Christopher Rolinson, professor, School of Communication. Edited by Michael Caggeso
Rolinson's fine arts photography book has 92 photos depicting remote and wild locales within 23 state parks across Western Pennsylvania. The project grew out of photos that Rolinson shot while teaching a Nature Photography class in 2004.
Published November 2009
Reporters Who Made History
By Steven M. Hallock, professor, School of Communication
Hallock looks back at the last half of the 20th century through the work and reminiscences of 10 of the era's preeminent journalists including Helen Thomas, Anthony Lewis, Morley Safer, Earl Caldwell, Ben Bradlee, Georgie Anne Geyer, Ellen Goodman, Juan Williams, David Broder, and Judy Woodruff.
Published November 2009