Sneak peak at Open Book VI

CACUSS reads panelist

The annual CACUSS conference is only a week away and my fellow panelists and I are frantically reading away in preparation for sixth annual installment of the Open Book session. Our complete list of recommended (or not!) recent student affairs titles will be available at the session (Wednesday, June 17, 11 am) but in case you need a bit more enticing to come see us — or you want to read ahead and contribute your own thoughts — here are a few of the books we’re reading:

Margot Bell (UBC) is delving into the 2005 NASPA publication The Seventh Learning College Principle: a framework for transformational change, described as a unique resource for institutions wanting to become a more learner-centred organization. Margot will also follow-up on one of the keynote topics this year by reviewing ) Learning Communities and Student Affairs: Partnering for powerful learning published by the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education.

Our newest member of the panel, Bruce Belbin (NAIT), will take us into the field of management in student affairs with a review of Hiring Right: Conducting successful searches in higher education and then opens a discussion on broader issues in higher education with the provocatively titled Faculty Incivility: The Rise of the academic bully culture and what to do about it.

Tim Rahilly (SFU) – undoubtedly the panelist with the most ambitious reading list – is still narrowing his focus. He’ll likely tackle some student affairs practice literature like Student Conduct Practice: The Complete guide for student affairs professionals or the new Amy Reynolds book Helping College Students: Developing essential support skills for student affairs practice. Tim is also considering adding to Bruce’s management discussion with a review of The No Asshole Rule: Building a civilized workplace and surviving one that isn’t.

In addition to revisiting a few of the titles I’ve discussed here on the CACUSS Reads blog, I’m planning to review a new how-to on assessment by John Schuh called…wait for it… Assessment Methods for Student Affairs. I’m also just finishing up and interesting book on Organizing for Collaboration in Higher Education: a guide for campus leaders.

Our list includes many more titles — but you have to come to the session to get it!

See you there,

— Deanne Fisher.

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