Books for Break

By Ted Cockle

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    The end of the semester is within reach and with the end of classes comes ample space and time to accomplish any number of neglected “to-do’s." Perhaps you’ll connect with colleagues. Perhaps you’ll use the time to catch up on email. Or perhaps you’ll use the time to plan for Spring semester.

    Completing these things alone is likely enough to fill your time, but I would encourage you, as I have before, to consider scheduling some time for professional development. Setting aside time for professional development can help promote imaginative and effective student affairs practice.

    To help you get a jumpstart, we’ve compiled a short list of helpful books on various topics related to Christian higher education. Happy reading!

    Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data

    Julie J. Park

     

    This book does just as the title suggests, debunks myths about race on campus with data.  Park writes in a conversational tone and offers practical insights for those who work on campus.

     

    If you are looking for an evidence-based way to engage diversity on your campus, consider picking up this book.  

     

    Restoring the Soul of the University: Unifying Christian Higher Education in a Fragmented Age
     
    Perry L. Glanzer, Nathan F. Alleman, and Todd C. Ream

     

    If you’re curious why colleges and universities seem to lack a unified purpose, consider picking up this book.

     

    A larger book, the authors trace the role of theology in higher education throughout history before analyzing current practice. The book concludes with a vision for integrating theology into every aspect of the university.

     

    The State of the Evangelical Mind: Reflections on the Past, Prospects for the Future

    Edited by Todd C. Ream and Jerry A. Pattengale

     

    This book was just released this week. I’ve only had the opportunity to flip through it, but it comes highly recommended and features chapters written by authors we reference often in Christian student affairs.

     

    Many of us work on Evangelical campuses and would, therefore, benefit from a closer look at the current state of the evangelical mind.

     

    Student Affairs by the Numbers: Quantitative Research and Statistics for Professionals
    Rishi Sriram

     

    Research isn’t just for professors.  This book makes quantitative research accessible while arguing for evidence-based student affairs practice. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If these books spark your imagination or cultivate ideas for greater effectiveness, I hope you’ll consider writing a short post for ACSD Ideas. More on the vision for ACSD Ideas and how to submit a piece here.

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