Genesee Community College Professor Pens Textbook on Marriage

Pearson Education Publishers has just released Marriages, Families and Intimate Relationships (ISBN 0-205-36674-0), a new textbook co-authored by Carl M. Wahlstrom, Professor of Sociology and Intermediate Studies at Genesee Community College.

The 536-page text will be used in sociology courses covering marriage and family life in colleges and universities across the United States. The text is a study of the historical role of marriage, gender development, the development of relationships, historical and contemporary family dynamics, parenting, and other subjects relating to family life in today's world. Professor Wahlstrom co-authored the text with Brian K. Williams and Stacey C. Sawyer.

"While most of my students won't be sociologists, they will engage in long-term intimate relationships," Professor Wahlstrom said. "Our modern society doesn't do enough to help prepare people for long-term relationships. This book, which impacts the reader on both emotional and intellectual levels, addresses the complexities and challenges of relationships in today's changing world."

Over the last decade, Professor Wahlstrom has gained a reputation across the United States as an author and expert on the "first year [college] experience" movement. With Brian Williams, Professor Wahlstrom co-authored Learning Success, The Practical Student, The Urban Student, The Commuter Student, The Successful Distance Learning Student, and College to Career. These texts focus on college success techniques, and they are typically used in "college success" courses taught in hundreds of colleges. The first year experience movement emphasizes student participation in an intensive, practical course that teaches study techniques, goal setting, time management, and many other skills critical to success in college and the workplace.

Genesee Community College has offered first year experience courses for more than 20 years. A growing body of educational research suggests that these courses strongly influence student success in college.

Professor Wahlstrom has become one of the nation's leading authorities on college success. Over the last decade he has been a much sought after keynote speaker and seminar leader at dozens of educational conferences, and he has addressed thousands of college faculty members and administrators about practical steps they can take to ensure student success inside and outside the classroom.

His new text is Professor Wahlstrom's first major writing project outside of the college success field. Like Professor Wahlstrom's earlier books, Marriages, Families and Intimate Relationships covers both theory and practice. The book is filled with exercises students can use to relate sociological theory to their own lives and experiences. Unlike most textbooks, Marriages, Families and Intimate Relationships boldfaces the names of key theorists, and uses self-assessments and organizational aids to assist students in mastering the material. The book also refers students to a companion Web site, where additional learning and research resources are available. The text is supplemented by an instructor's manual, test bank, and other resources for students and faculty members who use the book.

Carl Wahlstrom has been a member of Genesee's faculty since 1975. He is a graduate of Batavia High School, holds B.S. and M.S.Ed. degrees from SUNY College at Brockport, and a M.A. degree from the University of Bridgeport. He is a recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the National Freshman Advocate Award, and numerous other teaching honors. Two years ago, he was honored by the SUNY Chancellor with one of the first SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Scholarship. He has been active in many professional and academic organizations dedicated to student success, and is a past president of the New York College Learning Skills Association. He was most recently honored by the New York College Learning Skills Association at its recent symposium in Cooperstown.

Brian K. Williams has been a longtime textbook author and editor, and served as the Publications and Communications Manager for the University of California. His wife, Stacey C. Sawyer, has served as a member of the faculty of Ohio State University. They live in Nevada.

Professor Wahlstrom's new book is a source of pride to Genesee Community College, and will deepen Professor Wahlstrom's and Genesee's reputation across the United States, President Stuart Steiner said. "Carl's greatest love is working with students, and over the last 30 years he has done an extraordinary job helping students achieve their maximum success in college," Dr. Steiner said. "We are very proud that Carl has given his skills and knowledge to students and faculty members at other colleges through his writing and speaking. With the publication of his newest textbook, tens of thousands of students across the nation will become more successful students of sociology and family life."

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