Selection Process

A committee of faculty, staff, and students from across campus participates in the Common Reading book selection process. The committee considers the goals of the program, along with other selection criteria, including literary quality, compatibility with the Integrative Learning Objectives and the potential to stimulate engaging, interactive discussions.

In keeping with the campus-wide focus of the program, the selection committee intentionally seeks out books with themes that will allow students and faculty to have academic discussion from a variety of disciplinary lenses, with particular interest in finding books that speak to social justice themes and/or ideas of difference.

2015 Common Reading Book Selection Committee Members

We are grateful for the time and service the following individuals provided in the selection of our 2015 Common Reading.

Callista Brown, English, FYEP Director

Michelle Ceynar, Psychology

Tom Edgar, Mathematics

Angie Hambrick, Diversity Center

Ufuk Ince, Business

Jan Lewis, Office of the Provost

Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen, Religion

Emily McCann, Office of Admissions

Solveig Robinson, English

Andrea Shea, Academic Advising

Kaitlyn Sill, Political Science

Jessica Sklar, Mathematics

Amy Stewart-Mailhiot, Library, Common Reading co-chair

Tyler Travillian, Languages & Literatures

Laree Winer, Student Life Office, Common Reading co-chair

2016 Common Reading Book Selection Committee Members

Callista Brown, English, FYEP Director

Sara Finley, Psychology

Angie Hambrick, Diversity Center

Rose McKenney, Geosciences

Andrea Shea, Academic Advising

Amy Stewart-Mailhiot, Library, Common Reading co-chair

Tyler Travillian, Languages & Literatures

Melissa Williams, Residential Life

Laree Winer, Student Life Office, Common Reading co-chair

Joel Zylstra,  Center for Community Engagement and Service