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Summer reading is a dedicated market for popular literature, and it’s also an umbrella term for graduate students looking to catch up on disciplinary reading outside of the traditional semester. You may already have an academic reading list for this summer of texts relevant to your research or preparing for exams. So why not add a book or two for your professional development? 

Navigating graduate school is difficult at the best of times, with the expectations of program milestones existing alongside longer-term and less well-defined tasks of developing and perfecting skills like writing and getting mentored. Finally, the question of what comes next and how to prepare (whether it’s in academia, outside of it, or you’re not sure) is one where you may need guidance outside of your traditional network of advisors and mentors.

Here’s a quick list of book recommendations to encourage you to take some time this summer in engaging more deeply in thinking about your graduate school journey, your writing process, your career interests, and other areas of your life.

On academic life:

  • The Professor Is In by Karen Kelsky (and also the blog https://theprofessorisin.com/pearlsofwisdom/)
  • A Field Guide to Graduate School: Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum by Jessica Calarco
  • The Black Academic’s Guide to Getting Tenure Without Losing Your Soul by Kerry Ann Rockquemore
  • The Slow Professor by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber

On career preparation and exploration:

  • So What Are You Going to Do With That? by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius\
  • What Color is your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles
  • Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

On teaching:

  • Grading for Equity. What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms by Joe Feldman
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond
  • Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks
  • Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation by Saundra McGuire

On writing:

  • Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks by Wendy Belcher (2nd edition)
  • How to Write a Thesis by Rowena Murray

On collaborations and mentorship:

  • Getting Mentored in Graduate School by W. Brad Johnson and Jennifer M. Huwe
  • Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen

Happy reading this summer!


About the Author: Alicia Roy holds a Ph.D. in German from UC Berkeley and is a Hitchcock Postdoctoral Fellow in the GradPro office of the Graduate Division.


Categories: May 2021, Professional Development