The Ohio State University Alumni Association

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Jo McCulty

This one’s dedicated …

For 16 years, Ohio State has invited each newly tenured and promoted professor to add a book to University Libraries’ collection.

If you could add a book to Ohio State’s library, what would you choose? That’s a question pondered by dozens of freshly tenured and promoted professors each year thanks to the Faculty Recognition Program, a joint venture of the Office of Academic Affairs, University Libraries and the Faculty Club. Honorees have added The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics and a 19th century Martin Luther Bible, and Toni Morrison’s Beloved is the most-requested book in the program. The 2018 honorees’ choices, and their dedications, affixed to the interior covers of the books, were no less eclectic.

Book cover of Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Scott Levi
Professor, Department of History


By Rudyard Kipling

I first read this book while on a study abroad program in Lahore, and I credit it with stoking my interest in Central Asia. To those OSU students fortunate enough to pick up this volume: Be bold, be strong, never be afraid of the unknown, and never shy away from a chance to explore the far and away “back of beyond,” in whatever ways it manifests in your life.

Book cover of The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Mindi Rhoades ’08 PhD
Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning

The Arrival

By Shaun Tan

With this wordless graphic novel about language, communication, identity and community, Shaun Tan demonstrates the power of images to convey complex, multifaceted, multi-character narratives and the power of readers of almost any ability level to comprehend them. ... He proves we know more than we can say.

Book cover of Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Dr. Eric D. Gordon ’97 DVM
Professor-Clinical, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Ohio State Large Animal Services

Goodnight Moon

By Margaret Wise Brown

I selected this book because my wife and children are the reason I have worked to do the best I can do and to be the best person I can be. Without them, success isn’t possible or worth achieving. This book has been a favorite in our home at bedtime. It reminds me about what is important in my life.

Book cover of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Dr. Demicha Rankin ’00, ’06 MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History 

By Vashti Harrison

I selected this book as a tribute to my daughters Chayla and Chloe and other young girls so that they can see the achievements of other women who resemble their heritage who are smart, talented, impactful and courageous. I want my children to dream big, work smart and do well.

Book cover of Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves

Jill Clark ’95, ’09 PhD
Associate Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Travel as a Political Act

By Rick Steves

I have to agree with Rick Steves that travel is a political act. And my politics are about understanding, tolerance and sharing. This book helped me make these connections between travel and being a world citizen.

Check them out

To read more inscriptions from Faculty Recognition Program books going back several years, visit University Libraries’ Knowledge Bank.