Common Read

Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work presents the stories of people discovering their passion and doing what they love. In some cases, the path to this discovery was quick, easy, and happened while they were very young. In many more cases, the journey was more circuitous and required sacrifice.  For some, their calling fits well with their profession, and in other situations, individuals learned that a profession and a calling do not have to be the same.  No matter the path or the calling, these memorable stories provide a thought-provoking look at the nature of work, why we work, and the commitments we make that bring meaning to our lives.

During their time at NSU, students explore and discover new intellectual, cultural, and social opportunities that can help them find their callings.  It is our hope that this book contributes to that search!

Faculty Resources

What is a Common Read?

A common read helps to create connections among students, faculty, and staff.  Having a common topic of discussion can frequently start conversations, expand viewpoints on complex issues, or introduce new ideas.  Students learn and universities thrive through discussion, research, and critical thinking. 

NSU started its Common Read experience in 2016 to promote a shared experience in learning and literacy for the NSU community and its stakeholders.  All first year freshmen participate in Common Read activities and assignments during UNIV 1003 University Strategies, and all interested faculty are encouraged to incorporate the text into their curriculum as appropriate.

How are books selected for the Common Read?

The Common Read committee, which includes faculty, librarians, staff, and students, identifies potential books for the next year. 

These books are read by committee members and others, and the list is narrowed to three to four finalists.  Selection criteria include appeal and relevance to students; cross-disciplinary content; accessibility, reading level, and length, as well as reviews and supplemental materials. The finalist list is shared with the entire campus who can vote and provide feedback through a survey.  The final selection is made in December.  During the spring semester, the committee works to identify course and campus activities that support the use of the Common Read in the curriculum.