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 http://amzn.to/ISlqbX
  2. Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation: Tim Brown: http://amzn.to/ISl7hr
  3. Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business: Luke Williams: http://amzn.to/ISkYKG
  4. Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney: Lee Cockerell: http://amzn.to/ISl9pz
  5. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard: Chip Heath, Dan Heath http://amzn.to/ISlCIb
  6. The Art of Power (9780061242366): Thich Nhat Hanh: http://amzn.to/ISlwAr
  7. The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations With or Without Slides (Voices That Matter: Garr Reynolds http://amzn.to/ISlXKX
  8. Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide: Linda Suskie: http://amzn.to/ISmUD9
  9. Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches to Diverse Populations: Harper and Quaye:  http://amzn.to/ISm35s
  10. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable: Patrick Lencioni http://amzn.to/ISlLeJ
  11. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die:  Chip Heath, Dan Heath:  http://amzn.to/ISlzfr
  12. Linchpin: Seth Godin: http://amzn.to/ISlhoP
  13. 15 Minutes Including Q&A: A Plan to Save the World From Lousy Presentations: Joey Asher: http://amzn.to/ISl2u2
  14. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time: Brian Tracy: http://amzn.to/ISlf0c
  15. Read this before our next meeting: Al Pittampalli http://amzn.to/ISlVTl

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

About Gavin Henning

Gavin is a college student educator with a reputation as an organizer, collaborator, and catalyst for educational change. His professional mission is to generate applied scholarship, bridge theory to practice, create systems and processes, and edify higher education professionals to foster college student learning, development, and success. Gavin has advanced this mission during his 20+ years in higher education in positions including professor, assessment practitioner, and student affairs educator. In his current position as Master of Higher Education Administration and Doctorate of Education Program Director at New England College, Gavin helps prepare the next generation of professionals to improve educational organizations. As president of ACPA – College Student Educators International he leads the premiere higher education association centered on fostering college student learning and development. As founder of Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) and member of the executive committee of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Gavin helps further a national agenda of accountability and continuous improvement of higher education programs and services. Gavin has been recognized by for his contributions to student affairs and higher education by receiving ACPA’s Annuit Coeptis award and Diamond Honoree awards. Gavin holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology both from the University of New Hampshire as well as a Master of Arts degree in College and University Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology from Michigan State University. In his free time Gavin enjoys reading, biking, kayaking, and losing to Facebook Friends in Scrabble.
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