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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement WSU Common Reading

Book Nominations

Nominations for the next Common Reading book are open through Nov. 15, 2019.

Submit book nominations* using our online form.

Selection Committee

Members of the 2020-21 Common Reading Selection Committee are:

  • Brett Bell, WSU Tri-Cities
  • Brandon Brackett, Residence Life
  • Brandon Buckingham, WSU Everett
  • Andria Donnenwerth, Global Campus
  • Erica England, Libraries
  • Ken Faunce, Roots of Contemporary Issues
  • Joni Ford, New Student Programs
  • Bree Hubbard, College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM)
  • Morann Johnson, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA)
  • Laura Kuhlman, English 101
  • Annie Lampman, Honors
  • Sam Lohmann, WSU Vancouver
  • Johnny Lupinacci, College of Education
  • Hannah Martian, ASWSU
  • James Mohr, WSU Spokane
  • Chuck Munson, Carson College of Business (CCB)
  • Anthony Pohorilak, Residence Life
  • Ruth Ryan, Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC)
  • Samantha Solomon, First-Year Programs
  • Ellen Taylor, Student Affairs
  • Anna Whitehall, CAHNRS (2019 CR Excellence Awardee)
  • Kara Whitman, School of the Environment (2018 CR Excellence Awardee)
  • Cindy Williams, UNIV 104 Freshman Seminar, First-Year Programs


The two-year theme for common reading books used in 2019-20 and 2020-21 is “global stability, scarcity, and security.”  Every book nominated must align with this theme. Nominators are encouraged to think broadly about topics that could fit this theme; the book chosen for 2019-20 deals with the international refugee crisis, though nominations for that year covered topics such as the environment, climate change, etc.

Everyone is encouraged to consider submitting the name of a good book that fits the theme and reasons why it would be the best choice for freshmen and other students to read and use in classes and beyond.  By providing the Selection Committee with some basic information, as well as your reasons for nominating this book, you will have made a huge impact on thousands of WSU students across many campuses.

*If for any reason you cannot access the online form to submit your nominations, plan to provide the following information and send it to by the deadline:

  • Book title, author
  • Number of pages, year of publication, publisher
  • List price
  • Available in paperback? Available for digital download?
  • What makes the book memorable and worthy of campus engagement?
  • What potential connections might this book provide to a broad range of disciplines?
  • How could this book promote intellectual and community engagement through campus events that exist or could be planned?
  • Does the book connect to or highlight existing university research or activity?
  • How realistic a read is this book for incoming freshmen?
  • What would you hope students take away from reading this book?
  • Your name, relationship to WSU (faculty, staff, student, alum, friend/supporter, unaffiliated), and email.