Volume four of the fac­ulty reading list includes an array of schol­arly works penned by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors, such as assis­tant pro­fessor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies Craig Robertson’s his­tor­ical look into why the U.S. pass­port has become an indis­pens­able doc­u­ment, and Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Psy­chology Harlan Lane’s inter­dis­ci­pli­nary explo­ration into the traits that define deaf ethnicity.

Title: “Water Infra­struc­ture for Sus­tain­able Communities”

Author: Vladimir Novotny, Pro­fessor Emer­itus, Director Emer­itus, Center for Urban Envi­ron­mental Studies, Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, Xiaodi Hao and Valerie Nelson

Descrip­tion: This book, designed for uni­ver­sity fac­ulty and stu­dents, sci­en­tists in research insti­tutes, water pro­fes­sionals, gov­ern­mental orga­ni­za­tions, NGOs, urban land­scape archi­tects and plan­ners, high­lights inno­v­a­tive projects being designed in China and around the world in response to water short­ages, pol­luted water­ways, cli­mate change, and loss of bio­di­ver­sity, allowing cities, towns, and vil­lages and their water resources to become eco­log­i­cally sus­tain­able and pro­vide clean water.


Title: “The Lead­erful Field­book: Strate­gies and Activ­i­ties for Devel­oping Lead­er­ship in Everyone”

Author: Joseph A. Raelin, Pro­fessor of Man­age­ment and Orga­ni­za­tional Devel­op­ment and Asa S. Knowles Chair of Practice-​​Oriented Education

Descrip­tion: Being “lead­erful” refers to lead­er­ship prac­tices that are col­lec­tive and con­cur­rent — people can serve as leaders all together and at the same time. Through exer­cises and case studies this field­book enables change agents – coaches, facil­i­ta­tors, prac­ticing exec­u­tives and man­agers – to take a lead­erful role with their clients and adopt a style of col­lec­tive engagement.


Title: “Get­ting Started as a Phar­macy Fac­ulty Member”

Author: David P. Zgar­rick, pro­fessor and chair of phar­macy practice

Descrip­tion: Written with a con­ver­sa­tional style, this con­cise ref­er­ence informs readers about pharmacy-​​related oppor­tu­ni­ties in acad­emia, how col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties operate, how to go obtain a posi­tion, and how to suc­ceed in acad­emia. This book is appro­priate for a variety of audi­ence including phar­macy stu­dents, phar­macy res­i­dents, research fel­lows and post-​​docs, prac­ticing phar­ma­cists con­sid­ering a career in acad­emia, and new fac­ulty members.



Title: “People of the Eye: Deaf Eth­nicity and Ancestry”

Author: Harlan Lane, Matthews Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor of pyschology, Richard C. Pil­lard and Ulf Hedberg

Descrip­tion: This book is an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary explo­ration in Deaf studies, his­tory, cul­tural anthro­pology, genetics, soci­ology and dis­ability. The author iden­ti­fies a dis­tinct lan­guage, and shared values, cus­toms, social orga­ni­za­tion and sense of ethnic iden­tity in the deaf world by tracing the genealogy of the founding fam­i­lies of the Deaf world in the United States, and chal­lenging the common rep­re­sen­ta­tion of ASL users as a dis­ability group.



Title: “The Pass­port in America: The His­tory of a Document”

Author: Craig Robertson, assis­tant pro­fessor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies

Descrip­tion: In this age of height­ened secu­rity, espe­cially at inter­na­tional bor­ders, this book pro­vides a richly detailed, and often sur­prising, his­tory of the U.S. pass­port. It explains how this unique doc­u­ment played and plays a crit­ical role in indi­vidual and national iden­tity in modern U.S. his­tory, and why the pass­port, above all doc­u­ments, came to be con­sid­ered a reli­able answer to the ques­tion, “Who are you?”