Book Clubs

Faculty and staff book clubs are for academic enrichment and to foster communities of learning. Books are supplied by PACE. PACE organizes one club each academic year, and we also entertain ideas from SHSU faculty/staff-organized clubs.  If you want to propose a club, submit your idea to pace@shsu.edu. Clubs meet every 3-4 weeks over the semester, and focus discussion on a book of their own choosing.  Example books from past clubs include The Eighth Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, and The College Administrator’s Survivor Guide by C. K. Gunsalus.

2021-2022 Book Club

The Faculty & Staff Book Club for the current academic year is Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success, by award-winning author Matthew Syed. An eye-opening look at the power of a positive attitude toward failure and its profound impact on our success in any field. Join us as we discuss how learning works, ways we can enhance our own learning, and practical ways to enhance the learning of others. Join us from 12-1:00 on Fridays beginning August 27. Lunch will be served.

If you want to join us, please sign up by emailing pace@shsu.edu.

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  • Past Book Club Books

    2019-2020 Book Club

    The Faculty & Staff Book Club for the current academic year is How We Learn, by award-winning NYT author and journalist Benedict Carey. Benedict has studied neurology and cognitive science for many years. Join us as we discuss how learning works, ways we can enhance our own learning, and practical ways to enhance the learning of others. 

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    2018-2019 Book Club

    The Faculty & Staff Book Club for 2018-2019 discussed The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow by John C. Maxwell. Maxwell is the author of more than 100 books focusing on how to be a more effective leader and is also a co-founder and former keynote speaker for Leadercast. We discussed ideas presented in the book and considered how to apply them to our personal and professional lives as an interdisciplinary learning community.

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    2017-2018 Book Club

    The Faculty & Staff Book Club for 2017-2018 discussed Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport. Cal is a professor of computer science at Georgetown University, and writes about work efficiency and learning skills, and publishes a blog called Study Hacks. 

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    2016-2017 Book Club

    The Faculty & Staff Book Club for this academic year focused on The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor. The author is a psychology professor at Harvard, and in the book, discusses principles that his research on positive psychology has uncovered that connect attitude, motivation, creativity, and success. You can see his TED talk here.