Erin A. Hopkins, PhD, serves as an Associate Professor of Property Management within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, where she teaches courses in property management operations and sustainability in the built environment. She has been awarded Virginia Tech’s Teacher of the Week and has received recognition in Virginia Tech’s “Thank a Teacher” program multiple times. She has twenty-three published journal articles and has served as an associate editor for the textbook Practical Apartment Management (7th ed.), Journal of Green Building, Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education. She also serves on the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Foundation’s Board of Directors and IREM’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Advisory Council.
Kindred Grey is the OER and Graphic Design Specialist at the University Libraries at Virginia Tech. She is a Virginia Tech graduate with majors in statistics and psychology. Kindred’s creative abilities are demonstrated in the visual elements of the book: cover design, interior color palette selection, and creation of new figures. She designed with color contrast and accessibility in mind. Her contributions have resulted in a text that is accessible to a wider range of readers, that uses visual content to illustrate and more clearly convey conceptual information, and that is lucid and visually cohesive. Kindred transferred newly drafted text into the Pressbooks publishing software and followed through with the detailed work of formatting, editing, and proofreading.
Anita Walz is Associate Professor, and Assistant Director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian in the University Libraries at Virginia Tech. She received her MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has worked in university, government, school, and international libraries for over twenty years. She is the founder of the Open Education Initiative at Virginia Tech and the managing editor of over twenty open textbooks adapted or created at Virginia Tech, many of which can be found here: https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/70959. For this textbook she collaborated on the project grant proposal, developed project workflows, provided day-to-day developmental oversight, coordinated external peer review, oversaw student review processes, and handled overall project management.