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OPRA's Professional Development Book Club

The Office of Planning, Research, & Development staff engages in a book club that offers administrative and student employees opportunities twice a semester to read and discuss texts related to leadership and professional development.


We will post our current book and meeting information for anyone who would like to purchase the book and meet us for discussion.  Happy Reading!

Currently Reading  

 Spring selection has yet to be determined.


Past Readings

Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses

    Discussion by Greg Johnson, Research Associate
Richard Aurm and Josipa Roksa

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    Discussion led by Emily Lynn, Grant Administrator
Rebecca Skloot

Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success

    Discussion led by Jeanne McAlister, Research Coordinator
Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan, & Switzler

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

    Discussion led by Ernest Griffin, Student Research Assistant
Seth Godin

Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

    Discussion led by Laurie Berry, Director of Residence Life

Daniel H. Pink

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High

    Discussion led by Andrew Kern, Student Research Assistant

Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, & Switzler

Strengths Finder 2.0

    Discussion led by Joe Wingo, Senior Research Associate and    Jennifer Briggs, Assistant Registrar

Tom Rath

Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate

    Discussion led by Michelle White, Research Associate

Roger Fisher & Daniel Shapiro

Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method

    Discussion led by Katherine Draughon, Executive Director

Dillman, Smyth, Christian