Scot Ober has taught business education for more than 20 years, most recently as a professor of business at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Ohio State University in 1974. In addition to his high school and university teaching experience, he has served as director of research for the Gregg Division of McGraw-Hill Book Company in New York City and served as a military secretary in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He received the 1993 Distinguished Alumnus award from East Carolina University.
Scot is a past national president of Delta Pi Epsilon and a past national chair of the Policies Commission for Business and Economic Education. He also served a three-year term as editor of the Business Communication Quarterly and was named a Distinguished Member of the Association for Business Communication in 1997. He has chaired or served as a member of more than 100 ACICS accreditation teams and won the organization's Distinguished Public Evaluator Award in 2002.
Scot has published more than 60 journal articles in every major business communication and business education journal and is the author or coauthor of nine textbooks in the areas of business communication, keyboarding, shorthand, and software applications. In addition, he has spoken or presented papers at hundreds of conferences and training sessions in 43 states as well as Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, England, and Greece. Several of his presentations have won the "Best-Paper Award" at professional conferences.
Scot and his wife and five sons live in Tucson.
Jack E. Johnson
Jack E. Johnson is Dean Emeritus and Distance Learning Professor in the Department of Marketing and Real Estate at the University of West Georgia where he teaches primarily keyboarding courses. In 1999 he was selected as Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the National Business Education Association, and he has also received this award from the Southern Business Education Association and the Georgia Business Education Association. He also holds a Distinguished Professorship from Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas.
He has authored textbooks for McGraw-Hill since 1977 and has traveled to 47 states and Canada speaking at various national, regional, and state associations. He has also authored over 35 articles in professional journals.
Johnson was born and raised in North Dakota. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and has taught in the states of Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Texas, and Georgia and has been a visiting professor at several universities. He currently resides in Douglasville, Georgia, with his wife, Diane, but spends his summer months at their log home in Wisconsin.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Johnson was assigned as a Captain in the United State Air Force; served as advisor to several student business organizations; worked as Webmaster for the Southern Business Education Association and the Carrollton, Georgia, Rotary club; and earned his 1st degree black belt in American Free Style Karate.
Arlene Zimmerly, professor emerita at Los Angeles City College, has coauthored Gregg College Keyboarding and Document Processing since the 8th Edition. Arlene is also lead author on Glencoe Keyboarding Connections, a middle-school textbook for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill that covers computer basics, keyboarding, word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheet, database, and communications.
In addition to teaching keyboarding online, Web page design, and word processing at LACC in the Computer Applications and Office Technologies Department, your author pioneered the curricula for many of the most innovative courses taught in her department, including several online courses. She served as the Web administrator and computer lab coordinator for her department and maintained several departmental Web sites, which were granted the LACCD Excellence in Workforce Development Award for 2005 for Creative Use of Instructional Technology. During her tenure as vice chairperson, she staffed over thirty courses each semester. Her past teaching experience includes positions at several community colleges, California State University at Los Angeles, Sawyer College of Business, Moon Valley High School, and Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute.
Arlene earned her M.A. in Business Education at CSULA where she was selected Outstanding Graduate Student in Business/Office Education. She is a noted speaker on the topics of distance education, keyboarding, and office systems and technology.