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Influential Books Selected by Tenure, Promotion or PIR Awardees


University Libraries Congratulates Wichita State University’s
Tenure, Promotion, and Professor Incentive Review Awardees

To honor the occasion of receiving tenure and/or promotion or successful completion of the Professor Incentive Review, awardees were asked to name a book that had influenced their lives or careers. This webpage and annual book exhibit celebrates the honorees along with their selections and reflections. Commemorative bookplates have been placed in each selected book.

Book List

Influential Book Recommended by Faculty Member Department
Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo William Flynn Music
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox Deepak Gupta Industrial, Systems and Manufacturing
Great Singers on Great Singing by Jerome Hines Alan Held School of Music
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl Jason Li Counseling, Educational Leadership, Educational and School Psychology
Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences by Philip R. Bevington Mat Muether Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
Selected poems by Bertolt Brecht Enrique Navarro Modern and Classical Languages and Literature
Experience and Education by John Dewey Aaron Rife School of Education
Random Symmetries: The Collected Poems of Tom Andrews by Tom Andrews Dean Roush Music
Differential Ion Mobility Spectrometry: Nonlinear Ion Transport and Fundamentals of FAIMS by Alexandre A. Shvartsburg Alex Shvartsburg Chemistry
Influential Book Recommended by Faculty Member Department
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg Sue Abdinnour FREDS
The Location of Culture by Homi K. Bhabha Mara Alagic Education
Shahnameh: The Epic of the Kings: The National Epic of Persia by Ferdowsi Davood Askari ME
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand Rajiv Bagai EECS
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins James Beck Biological Sciences
The Ages of the Flash edited by Joseph J. Darowski Daniel Bergman Education
The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture by Wendell Berry Fred Besthorn Social Work
The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy by William Julius Wilson Chase Billingham Sociology
Race Matters by Cornel West Michael Birzer Criminal Justice
Foundations of Classical Ballet: New, complete and unabridged translation of the 3rd edition by Agrippina Vaganova Denise Celestin PA
Quantum Mechanics by Eugen Merzbacher Hussein Hamdeh Physics
Caring and Gender by Francesca M. Cancian and Stacey J. Oliker Twyla Hill Sociology
Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse Nicholas Johnson PA
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World-and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Dr. Hans Rosling Bobbie Knoblauch Management
Drops Like Stars by Rob Bell Bryan Lehecka PT
Isokinetics in Clinical Usage by George Davies Robert Manske PT
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott Katie Mitchell-Koch Chemistry
Metal Cutting Principles by Milton C. Shaw Wilfredo Moscoso ISME
Laser Material Processing by William M. Steen and Jyotirmoy Mazumder Rajeev Nair ME
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow Vinod Namboodiri EECS
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Catherine Searle MSP
Research on Particle Imaging Detectors by Georges Charpak Nick Solomey Physics
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Jennifer Stone Education
House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Film by Kier-La Janisse Lizzy Walker University Libraries
How Al-Anon Works for Families and Friends of Alcoholics by Al-Anon Family Groups Rhonda Williams Nursing
Way Over in Beulah Lan': Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual by Andre Thomas Thomas Wine Music
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom Laura Zellers Accounting
Influential Book Recommended by Faculty Member Department
Dinorah Azpuru Political Science
Elaine Bernstorf School of Music
Susan Bray Counseling, Educational Leadership, Educational and School Psychology
Susan Castro Department of Philosophy
Contact by Carl Sagan Amy Chesser Department of Public Health Services
The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Makingby Adrian Johns Fran Connor Department of English
Heartbreak: The Political Memoir of a Feminist Militantby Andrea Dworkin Karen Countryman-Roswurm School of Social Work
Maojun Gong Department of Chemistry
Evoking Sound: Fundamentals of Choral Conducting, 2nd Edition by James Jordan & Morten Lauridsen Michael Hanawalt School of Music
Master Singers: Advice from the Stage by Donald George & Lucy Mauro Alan Held School of Music
Brian Hepburn Department of Philosophy
Mont Saint-Michel by Geoffrey Robbins J. David Hunsicker School of Music
1491 by Charles C. Mann Michael Imhof School of Accountancy
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Creaves Wonyoung Kim Department of Sport Management
Globalization and its Discontents by Joseph Stiglitz William Miles Department of Economics
Nicole Rogers Department of Public Health Services
Mark Schneegurt Department of Biological Sciences
On Equality of Educational Opportunity by Frederick Mosteller & Moynihan, Daniel P. (Editors) Martha Smith Criminal Justice
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera Kelly St. Pierre School of Music
Handbook of Clinical Audiology by Katz, J. et al. Xiao-Ming Sun Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Yumi Suzuki Criminal Justice 
The Return of Astraea: an Astral-Imperial Myth in Calderón by Frederick A. de Armas Kerry Wilks Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Influential Book Recommended by Faculty Member Department
The Warren Court and American Politics by Lucas A. Powe Neal Allen Political Science
Reliability of Power Systems by Roy Billington and Ron N. Allan Visvakumar Aravinthan Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Green Photo-Active Nanomaterials: Sustainable Energy and Environmental Remediation by Nuraje, N., Asmatulu, R. and Mul, G. Ramazan Asmatulu Department of Mechanical Engineering
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Moriah R. Beck Department of Chemistry
Socrates in the City by Eric Metaxas Gina Brown Department of Physician Assistant
Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching-third edition by Ivan Galamian Catherine Consiglio School of Music
Lessons of Loss: A Guide to Coping by Robert A. Neimeyer Anthony Dilollo Communication Sciences and Disorders
Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner Mark Foley School of Music
The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen Suzanne Hawley Department of Public Health Sciences
Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology by Donald L. Fisher, Matthew Rizzo, Jeffrey Caird, John D. Lee Jibo He Department of Psychology
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Alicia Huckstadt School of Nursing
The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership by John Wooden and Steve Jamison Jeff Noble Department of Sport Management
An Introduction to Compact Transformation Groups by Glen Bredon Catherine Searle Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
Science and Human Behavior by B.F. Skinner Nikki Keene Woods Public Health Sciences
Influential Book Recommended by Faculty Member Department
CUDA by Example – An Introduction to General-Purpose GPU Programming by Jason Sanders & Edward Kandrot Abu Asaduzzaman Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Mind, Value, & Reality by John McDowell Noell Birondo Department of Philosophy
Human Computer Interaction Handbook: Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies, and Emerging Applications, Third Edition (Human Factors and Ergonomics) by Julie A. Jacko Barbara Chaparro Department of Psychology
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie Gayla Lohfink Curriculum & Instruction
Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection by Deborah Blum Louis Medvene Department of Psychology
Hypatia's Daughters: Fifteen Hundred Years of Women Philosophers by Linda L. McAlister Chinyere Okafor Women’s Studies & Religion
A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745-1815 by Gregory Evans Dowd Robert M. Owens Department of History
What Would Florence Do? A Guide for New Nurse Managers by Sue Johnson Debra Pile
School of Nursing
The Disability Studies Reader (4th ed.) by Lennard J. Davis Donna Sayman Curriculum & Instruction
Gray’s Anatomy by Henry Gray Barb Smith Physical Therapy
Airplane Flight Dynamics and Automatic Flight Controls Pt. 1 by Jan Roskam James Steck Aerospace Engineering
Martyrs Mirror: The Story of Seventeen Centuries of Christian Martyrdom From the Time of Christ to A.D. 1660 by Thieleman Van Bragt & Joseph F. Sohm Susan Unruh Counseling, Educational Leadership, Educational and School Psychology
A People's History of the World by Chris Harman Mark Walsh Mathematics, Statistics, & Physics
Li Tianming’s Art of Reasoning by Ziyou Rong Jingjun David Xu Finance, Real Estate, & Decision Sciences
Influential Book Recommended by Faculty Member Department
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig Brien Bolin School of Social Work
Rights of Man by Thomas Paine Masud Chand Department of Management
The Naked Voice: a Wholistic Approach to Singing by Stephen W. Smith Pina Mozzani School of Music
The Meaning of The Holy Qur'an by Abdullah Yusuf Ali Khawaja Saeed Finance, Real Estate, and Decisions Sciences
Empire of Illusion, The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle by Chris Hedges Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn School of music
A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing by Burton Gordon Malkiel Semih Tartaroglu Finance, Real Estate, and Decisions Sciences
Influential Book Recommended by Faculty Member Department
Restoration Ecology: A Synthetic Approach to Ecological Research by W. R. Jordan, M. E. Gilpin, J. D. Aber (eds.) Gregory Houseman Department of Biological Sciences
Animal Biology by Robert H. Wolcott Mary Liz Jameson Department of Biological Sciences
On Acting by Sanford Meisner Bret Jones School of Performing Arts
The Miseducation of Cameron Post  by Emily Danforth Katherine Mason Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlman Holger Meyer Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen Vinood Namboodiri Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Food is Love: Advertising and Gender Roles in Modern America by Katherine J. Parkin Lisa Parcell Elliott School of Communication
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn Douglas Parham Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers Susan Parsons School of Nursing
Sexual Conduct: The Social Sources of Human Sexuality by John H. Gagnon and William Simon Jenny Pearson Department of Sociology
American Wood Type 1828-1900 by Rob Roy Kelly Jeff Pulaski School of Art and Design
Tapworks: A Tap Dictionary and Reference Manual by Beverly Fletcher Amy Baker Schwiethale School of Performing Arts
Small Change by Harriet Guest Mary Waters Department of English
Influential Book Recommended by Faculty Member Department
The Game of Science Education by Jeffrey Weld Daniel Bergman Department of Curriculum and Instruction
The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton Fred Besthorn School of Social Work
There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz Catherine Bohn-Gettler Department of Counseling, Educational and School Psychology
Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health by Laurie Garrett Ngoyi Bukonda Department of Public Health Sciences
Cosmos by Carl Sagan Jason Ferguson Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
Local Knowledge: Further Essays on Interpretive Anthropology by Clifford Geertz Lorraine Madway University Libraries
Orthopedic Physical Assessment, 5th Ed. by David Magee Robert Manske Department of Physical Therapy
Physical Dimensions of Aging by Waneen W. Spirduso, Karen L. Francis and Priscilla G. MacRae Nicole Rogers Department of Public Health Sciences
Why Peacekeeping Fails by Dennis C. Jett Carolyn Shaw Department of Political Science
The Politics of Aesthetics by Jacques Ranciere Levente Sulyok School of Art and Design
The Quickening of America: Rebuilding Our Nation, Remaking Our Lives by Frances Moore Lappe and Paul Martin Du Bois Mary Walker University Libraries
Influential Book Recommended by Faculty Member Department
The Scent of Apples by Robert Frost Kimberly Engber Department of English
Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture ,and the Making of the Gay Male World by George Chauncey Robin Henry Department of History
Numerical Methods for Conservation Laws by Randall J. LeVaque Tianshi Lu Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Li Ta-chao and the Origins of Chinese Marxism by Maurice Meisner Xiufen Lu Department of Philosophy
Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope by Margaret Wheatley Victoria Mosack

School of Nursing

The Social Psychology of Organizing by Karl E. Weick Jean Patterson Department of Educational Leadership
Origin of Species by Charles Darwin Chris Rogers Department of Biological Sciences
Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein Mark Schneegurt Department of Biological Sciences
The Best of James H. Schmitz by James H. Schmitz Ginger Williams University Libraries
Influential Book Recommended by Faculty Member Department

El Señor Presidente by Miguel Angel Asturias

Dinorah Azpuru Political Science
Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health by Laurie Garrett Ngoyi Bukonda Public Health Sciences
Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 by Alfred W. Crosby George Dehner Department of History
Collected Essays of James Baldwin by James Baldwin Jean Griffith Department of English
Reading Statistics and Research by Schuyler Huck Fuchang Liu Curriculum and Instruction
The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker Palmer Trisha Self Communication Sciences and Disorders
26a Bienal de São Paulo by Alfons Hug and published by Fundaçao Bienal de São Paulo Royce Smith School of Art and Design
Influential Book Recommended by Faculty Member Department
Annapurna by Maurice Herzog James Bann Department of Chemistry
The Chemistry Maths Book by Erich Steiner Doug English Department of Chemistry
The Place of Value in a World of Facts by Wolfgang Kohler Charles Fox College of Health Professions
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss Judith Hayes Curriculum and Instruction
World Atlas, 5th Edition published by Hammond Thalia Jeffres  Department of Mathematics 
Theory of Elasticity by S.P. Timoshenko & J.N. Goodier Suresh Keshavanarayana Department of Aerospace Engineering
The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 by Richard White Robert Owens Department of History
Consumption: How to Prevent It and How to Live With It by N.S. Davis, Jr. Jeremy Patterson Department of Human Performance Studies
Economics: An Introductory Analysis by Paul Samuelson Atul Rai School of Accountancy
Experiments in Hearing by George von Békésy Xiao-Ming Sun Communication Sciences and Disorders
A Soprano on Her Head: Right-Side-Up Reflections on Life and Other Performances by Eloise Ristad Suzanne Tirk

School of Music

The Return of Astraea: An Astral-Imperial Myth in Calderón by Frederick A. DeArmas Kerry Wilks

Modern and Classical Languages and Literature

Influential Book Recommended by Faculty Member Department
Rossiia: kritika istoricheskogo opyta: (Sotsiokul'turnaia dinamika Rossii) by Aleksandr Samoilovich Akhiezer Susan Matveyeva University Libraries
Taiwan: A Political History by Denny Roy Doris T. Chang Center for Women’s Studies
The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman Barbara Chaparro Psychology
Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait: Stories of an Icon by Linda Seidel Annette LeZotte Renaissance, Baroque and Decorative Art History
Sex is not a Natural Act & Other Essays by Leonore Tiefer Jodie Hertzog Sociology
The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an by Abdullah Yusuf Ali Khawaja Asjad Saeed Department of Finance, Real Estate and Decision Sciences
A Theory of Personality: The Psychology of Personal Constructs by George A. Kelly Anthony DiLollo Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Selected Stories by Andre Dubus Darren DeFrain Department of English
Molecular Pathology: The Molecular Basis of Human Disease
by William B. Coleman (Author, Editor), Gregory J. Tsongalis (Editor)
Betty L. Elder School of Nursing
Influential Book Recommended by Faculty Member Department
Do No Harm: How Aid Can Support Peace – Or War by Mary B. Anderson Carolyn Shaw Department of Political Science
Anthony Adverse by Hervey Allen Gwendolyn Alexander University Libraries
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume William L. Vanderburgh Department of Philosophy
Incompressible Flow by Ronald L. Panton Ikram Ahmed Department of Mechanical Engineering
Proofs from The Book by Martin Aigner, Günter M. Ziegler Christian Wolf Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Orthopedic Physical Assessment by David J. Magee Robert Manske Department of Physical Therapy
Evaluating and Enhancing Children’s Phonological Systems by Barbara Williams Hodson Cathy Strattman Department of Communication Science and Disorders
Musical Notes by Carol Lucha-Burns Linda Starkey School of Music
Bound For Glory by Woody Guthrie Rachel Crane University Libraries
Hustlers, Beats and Others by Ned Polsky Michael L. Birzer School of Community Affairs
Women Imagine Change by Eugenia Delamotte, Natania Meeker, and Jean O’Barr Chinyere Okafor Department of Women’s Studies
Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace: Low Back and Upper Extremeties by National Research Council, Institute of Medicine Michael J. Jorgensen Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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