Suggestions for Summer Reading

As the semester has come or is coming to an end for most of us, it is time to think of the intellectual stimulation we didn’t quite have time to during the year. It is challenge enough trying to balance student needs with our personal life, let alone make committed time for one’s one professional development. There are many self-directed professional development opportunities out there including blog posts, Twitter feeds, and video series such as TED Talks. These may be easier to partake of during the academic year because of the small amount of time needed. However, books provide a more in depth exploration of a particular topic. Here is a list of 15 books to consider placing on your summer reading list from a variety of categories including education, business, leadership, and philosophy.

  1. Tribes by Seth Godin
  2. Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation: Tim Brown:
  3. Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business: Luke Williams:
  4. Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney: Lee Cockerell:
  5. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  6. The Art of Power (9780061242366): Thich Nhat Hanh:
  7. The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations With or Without Slides (Voices That Matter: Garr Reynolds
  8. Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide: Linda Suskie:
  9. Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches to Diverse Populations: Harper and Quaye:
  10. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable: Patrick Lencioni
  11. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die:  Chip Heath, Dan Heath:
  12. Linchpin: Seth Godin:
  13. 15 Minutes Including Q&A: A Plan to Save the World From Lousy Presentations: Joey Asher:
  14. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time: Brian Tracy:
  15. Read this before our next meeting: Al Pittampalli

What would you add to this list? Share your thoughts and keep the list growing.

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