Robert Perrin is chair of the department of English at Indiana State University, where he previously served as director of writing programs for 17 years. He has won the university's Caleb Mills Award for distinguished teaching and the Theodore Dreiser Award for distinguished research, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Professor award. Most recently, he won the President's Medal, the university's highest honor. In addition to numerous articles on composition and teaching, Dr. Perrin has authored seven textbooks and research guides, including THE BEACON HANDBOOK (six editions), HANDBOOK FOR COLLEGE RESEARCH (four editions) and, of course, POCKET GUIDE TO APA STYLE (seven editions). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.