Looking for a good read that is interesting, fun, but also educational? Here it is. We asked the SMU CCPA professors for their best personal or professional development book suggestions, and they delivered.

Dr. Duhé’s Pick

Dr. Duhé: Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life. The authors teach a design approach to help you create a joyful life.

Dr. Kirk:  The Origins is our Discontents.  A reexamination beyond the surface of ordinary lives of American life. “Illuminating and Highly Discussable”

Dr. Earle: Good Economics for Hard Times. Draws upon recent economic research to find solutions to problems plaguing modern-day society.

Dr. Lynch: The World: A Brief Introduction “Global literacy is important. I believe that you can not be an informed citizen or a global professional if you are ill-informed of the world. Whether you know it or not, the world is interconnected, and it is affecting you and will continue to affect your personal and professional life every day.”

Dr. Dixon’s Pick

Dr. Dixon: Leading with Soul. A contemporary parable teaches that authentic leadership is only found in the heart of a leader.

Dr. Martin: Read a classic, like 1984A Tree Grows in BrooklynThe Catcher in the RyeThe Grapes of WrathA Farewell to Arms. “My best advice to students is this: Be as literate as you can. The most interesting person in most organizations is usually the one who is the best read.”

Professor Hart: Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment. This book offers straightforward guidelines for integrating habits of gratitude and accepting negative emotions into our daily lives.

Professor Commerato: Lend Me Your Ears, Great Speeches in History. Lend Me Your Ears combines 200 great moments of oratory throughout history.

Dustin Grabsch: The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters. In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive and that we focus on the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved.

Dr. Kelly: Gratitude Communication at Work “I recommend this book by my late mentor. Dr. Ross Brinkert was a great writer who lived by what he taught, gratitude communication. The information will be both inspirational and helpful for communication students.”

Professor Lee: Physics of The Future. An interesting and insightful read speculates about technological developments over the next 10, 50, and 100 years.

Gwen Wright’s Pick

Gwen Wright: Never Eat Alone. Keith Ferrazzi provides specific steps on how to better connect and develop deeper relationships.

CCPA Fellow Recommendation: The Defining Decade. Clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay teaches that the twentysomething years do matter and provides tips on making the most out of the decade, even if you are lost.

Head to SMU Libraries to rent or check out these books. https://www.smu.edu/libraries

Which SMU CCPA Professor’s suggestion do you want to read most? Comment below!