Professor McKee’s Things and Stuff

The Latest Stuff…

The case readers for my Procedural Law course are hot off the presses and are available in HTML (web pages on this site), Kindle eBook, and Print.  The actual text is still a work in progress, but I hope to release a “working draft” for comment in the OER section of this site soon.


I finally got a print version of Fundamentals of Finance ready to go.  You can now get it in a Kindle version, a paper version, or still get it free from this site as OER.


I’ve decided to work on my ongoing OER projects as online “working drafts,” which means you can watch them develop, and hopefully comment as to the content, organization, errors, omissions, and so forth.  So far, criminal law (with Dr. Jack Brown), criminal procedure, criminology (with Dr. Scott Bransford),  and research methods have been posted in draft form.


Finance

My Ph.D. isn’t in economics, business, or finance, but I like to dabble in this fun and fascinating field.  My criminal justice students will likely wind up in public service fields that, unfortunately, don’t pay very well.  I try to help them overcome that obstacle by understanding money and investing.

I am developing three sets of resources in this area:

Fundamentals of Finance for Helping Professionals.  This text assumes little knowledge of finance and money management and provides strategies for maximizing income, minimizing spending, and controlling debt.  It also provides an introduction to investing for retirement and related concepts.

Fundamentals of Market Investing.  This text provides an overview of long-term investing and deals primarily with investing within the context of a tax-sheltered retirement account.  The basic idea of this text is to provide a clear and concise treatment of a complex topic in plain English.

Fundamentals of Market Income.  This (forthcoming) text explores the feasibility of the idea and spends considerable time on high probability options trading and the most likely candidate.  I also evaluate the familiar thesis that options investing is something akin to casino gambling.

I will also post ample blogs in this area, especially in these shifting economic times.


Criminal Justice

The major thrust of my work is criminal justice, with an emphasis on policing and research.   I teach the following courses and have developed OER textbooks for:

I’m also collaborating with colleagues on some things that I do not teach on a regular basis:


Open Educational Resources (OER)

Higher education costs have gotten out of hand, and students often struggle to make ends meet and take on mountains of debt.  A major component of that is the astronomical cost of textbooks.  OER materials seek to provide students with high-quality texts at no (or very little) cost.

Part of my OER efforts will be “teaching the teacher” in the use of technology to develop resources and deliver them to the masses.

What's Up, Doc?
Check out the Whats Up page for a log of what I have been working on. The idea is to see if a resource that you use has been updated without having to do a lot of digging around.

DIY

This has nothing to do with my professional work, but I am convinced that most of us work too hard and we don’t have enough forms of creative expression. The Do-It-Yourself movement can improve your finances by saving loads of money, and it can give you a much-needed break from the daily grind.


Those interested in recent changes in the Arkansas gun laws concerning “guns on campus” may be interested in my Citizen’s Guide:


Print versions and Kindle versions available on Amazon.  If you find my materials useful, please leave a kind word in an Amazon review.