collage of book coversLooking for a good book? Our recently promoted faculty members have recommendations. We list nine educators who were promoted this year and their favorite books. Each book can be found at the Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons, which also played host to a fall reception for the faculty members.

Beth Anne Cooke-Cornell
Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
“Hurston’s training as an anthropologist and her command of regional African American dialects and folklore paint for the reader a rich picture of the American experience.”

Douglas E. Dow
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Play and the Human Condition
by Thomas S. Henricks
“The author’s exploration of play resonated with many observations I have made throughout life, including the experiences of good stress and bad stress.”

Franz Rueckert
Department Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Sciences
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!
by Richard P. Feynman
“This collection of anecdotes shows the personal side of science and underlines the need to approach all aspects of life with curiosity and imagination.”

Kristen Hudak Rosero
Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
by William Kamkwamba; Bryan Mealer
“This is an engaging biographical story, which shows the human significance of technology and engineering.”

Mark Mixer
Interim Department Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
by Dr. Seuss
“I highly recommend the writings of Dr. Seuss to anyone seeking a break from the routines of academic life.”

Ryan Rogers
Associate Professor, Department of Sciences
Rosalind Franklin
by Brenda Maddox
“Learning about her life made me feel like it was acceptable to speak for myself and just go for it—whatever ‘it’ may be.”

Greg Sirokman
Professor, Department of Sciences
by China Miéville
“I found this exploration to be intellectually invigorating. And it’s a really good story to boot.”

Simon Williamson
Professor, Department of Industrial Design
The Little Prince
by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry; Richard Howard (Translator)
“Each day I give my best effort at recognizing and describing an elephant being eaten by a snake, and sometimes I have to box up a sheep.”

Jones Yu
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Computer Networking
The Design of Everyday Things
by Don Norman
“Although it is an easy-to-read book, it contains wisdom and insightful observations in life.”