PhD 1975, Communication
MA 1971, Northwestern University
BA 1970, Michigan State University
(Retired), Associate Dean, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Cassandra Book retired on March 1, 2012 after 37 years as Professor of Teacher Education and Associate Dean of the College of Education and Adjunct Professor of Communication at Michigan State University (MSU). She specialized in communication education, instructional communication, and teacher education.
In 1974, Book joined the faculty of MSU’s Department of Communication. She served as an American Council on Education Fellow in Academic Administration in the MSU Provost Office in 1980-81 and then was hired as Assistant Dean for Teacher Education and Summer School Programs in the College of Education. Since 1991, she served as the Associate Dean for External Relations and Student Affairs in which capacity she had responsibility for teacher and administrator certification, undergraduate advising for teacher education and kinesiology, alumni relations, production and distribution of College of Education publications and the development and maintenance of the College’s web site. Book collaborated with others to initiate and administer the Urban Education Cohort Program and was responsible for the management of the College’s scholarship process and awards ceremony.
She is the co-author or editor of seven books in communication and author of more than 60 chapters, journal articles and reports in communication and teacher education. Her co-authored high school textbook, Person-to-Person: An Introduction to Speech Communication was extensively used in classrooms for more than thirty years.
Book’s honors include the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award, MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award, Central States Speech Association Outstanding Young Teacher Award, and Speech Communication Association Distinguished Teachers on Teaching.
Cassandra resides in Chicago, IL.