I started this last thing I have done in a number of categories because it seemed a fun way to help people keep track of typical things I do. It is a way to spark conversation and is great for student scavenger hunts. So, if anyone is looking for gift ideas, below are some ideas.

Last books read:


Fall 2018

General Education Concepts

  • The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to prepare students for a world in flux - Cathy Davidson
  • Assessing Student Learning:  A Common Sense Guide - Linds Suskie
  • The Undergraduate Capstone Courses - Robert Hauhart and Jon E. Grahe
  • Teaching what you don't know - Therese Huston

Collaborative Learning

  • Ditch that Textbook - Matt Miller
  • Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty - Elizabeth Barkley, Claire Major, and Patricia Cross


  • 2018 Horizon Report - Samantha Becker et al
  • Classroom Management in the Digital Age - Effective Practices for Technology-rich Learning Spaces - Heather Dowd and Patrick Green
  • Learning First, Technology Second - Liz Kolb
  • Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies - Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  • What's Worth Teaching? Rethinking curriculum in the age of technology - Allan Collins
  • Technology and the Disruption of Higher Education - Henry Lucas
  • Teaching with the 4Cs with Technology - Smith Dudhai and McLaughlin Taddei
  • Teaching as a Design Science: Building Pedagogical Patterns for Learning and Technology - Diana Laurillard

Curriculum Design

  • Basic Principles of Curriculum and Instruction - Ralph Tyler
  • Instructional Design Theories and Models. Vol IV Historicity - Charles Reigeluth, Rian Beatty, and Rodney Myers (Eds)
  • Understanding by Design - Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe (2nd ed)


  • Uncompromising Honor - David Weber
  • Storm from the Shadows - David Weber
  • Shadow of Freedom - David Weber
  • The Shadow of Sagamami- David Weber
  • The Day after Never Bundle - Russel Blake
  • The Iberian Flame - Julian Stockwin
  • The Baltic Prize - Julian Stockwin
  • Persephone - Julian Stockwin
  • Pasha - Julian Stockwin
  • Inferno - Julian Stockwin
  • Tyger - Julian Stockwin 
  • An Onshore Storm - Dewey Lambdin
  • A Fine Retribution - Dewey Lambdin
  • Ink Mage - Victor Gischler
  • The Tattooed Duchess - Victor Gischler
  • A Painted Goddess - Victor Gischler


Fall 2017


Research Methods

  • Designing and Managing a Research Project: A Business Student's Guide - Michael J. Polonsky and Waller, David S. 
  • Advertising and Public Relations Research - Donald Jugenheimer, Larry Kelley, Jerry Hudson, Samuel Bradley
  • Designing and Conducting Survey Research:  A Comprehensive Guide - Louis Rea and Richard Parker
  • Excel Data Analysis:  Your Visual Blueprint for Analyzing Data, Charts, and PivotTables - Paul McFedries
  • Communication Research Methods - Joanna Keyton
  • Quantitative Research Methods - Allen, Titsworth, Hunt
  • Understanding Quantitative Research Methods - Croucher and Cronn-Mills


  • Google Analytics Demystified:  A hands-on approach - Joel Davis
  • Google Analytics for Beginners - SSRC Solutions

Data Display

  • The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics - Dona M. Wong
  • Visual Insights - Katy Borner and David Polley
  • Slide:ology - Nancy Duarte
  • Cool Infographics:  Effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design - Randy Krum
  • Presenting Data:  How to Communicate Your Message Effectively - Ed Swires-Hennessy
  • Data Visualization for Dummies - Mico Yuk and Sephanie Diamond

Student learning

  • Why Don't Students Like School?  A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions about how the Mind Works and What it Means for the Classroom - Daniel Willingham
  • e-Learning and the Science of Instruction:  Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning - Michael Polonsky and David Waller
  • A Guide to Online Course Design:  Strategies for Student Success - Tina Stavredes and Tiffany Herder
  • Talent is Overrated:  What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else - Geoff Colvin
  • Training and Development - Jason Wrench, Danette Johnson, and Maryalice Citera

ROI Social Media

  • Ask, Measure, Learn:  Using Social Media Analytics to Understand and Influence Custome rBeahvior - Lutz Finger and Scumitra Dutta
  • Social Media ROI:  Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts in YOur own Organization - Oliver Blanchard


  • Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse series by Shawn Chesser
  • The Weak and the Innocent - Ryk Brown
  • Escape to Earth Series by Saxon Andrew
  • Battlecruiser Alamo Series by Richard Tongue
  • Deaths Bright Day - David Drake
  • DNA - Laurence Dahners
  • Fire Touched - Patricia Briggs
  • Kings and Emperors - Dewey Lambdin
  • A Hard Cruel Shore - Dewey Lambdin
  • Tyger - Julian Stockwell
  • Pasha - Julian Stockwell
  • After it Happened Series - Devon C. Ford 

Last CD's/Mixes bought/received:

  • Melodrama - Lorde
  • I'll be your girl - The Decemberists
  • Jesus Christ Superstar - Jon Legend version
  • Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits
  • The People who Grinned - The house Martins
  • Wisdom, Laughter, and lines - Paul Heaton

Last movies:

  • Black Panther
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Star Wars: The Lst Jedi
  • Wonder Woman
  • BladeRunner
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • Jumanji


Trips Scheduled:

  • ?

Trips Taken:

  • New Zealand and Australia (2018)
  • Bahamas (2018)
  • Ireland (2017)
  • Las Vegas (November 2015)
  • Orlando (May 2015)
  • Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (March 2015)
  • Ireland (May 2014)
  • New Zealand and Australia (June 2013)
  • Utah (May 2013)
  • Barbados (May 2013)

Last mugs bought:

  • Capone's Dinner and Show
  • Universal Studios
  • Love:  Beatles Tribute