2018 Summer Reading List

Another summer is here and we hope you enjoy every minute of it! This year’s summer reading list is an eclectic mix and we hope you find these suggestions to be helpful professionally! Each book is available online and through your local independent bookseller or public library.

Learning Everywhere on Campus: Teaching Strategies for Student Affairs Professionals  

Jane Fried and Ruth Harper
Although student affairs practitioners play a key role in student learning, few are familiar with learning theories, the design of experiential education, or pedagogical theory. This edited collection describes programs in which student affairs professionals work independently or in collaboration with academic faculty and community partners to create more intentional and consistent approaches that enhance student learning. Examples, models, and case studies throughout the chapters make the theories and ideas specific and practical. Exploring educational opportunities in and outside the classroom, such as peer education, leadership development, life and career planning, civic engagement, service-learning, and study abroad, this book provides both theories and pedagogical frameworks for organizing and integrating the entire institution to promote and support learning. Drawing on multiple perspectives, Learning Everywhere on Campus shares the interventions and strategies necessary to help students learn new information, acquire skills, and understand the value of this knowledge in constructing their sense of purpose and self in the world.


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Beverly Daniel Tatum 
Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America.


Brain-Based Career Development Theory

Imants Jaunarajs, Jodi Pavol, and Erin Morgenstern
For most, the career development process is overwhelming due to the amount of information and future-based thinking that goes along with making life-altering decisions.

Brain-based career development (BBCD) is based on cutting-edge neuropsychological research. Developed at Ohio University by Imants Jaunarajs, Jodi Pavol, and Erin Morgenstern, BBCD provides practitioners with a firm understanding and insight into the brain’s biological limits and the impact this has on the career development process.

In this monograph, the authors delve into the epistemology of BBCD, the neuropsychological constructs, and a theoretical model, and provide case studies and resources. The monograph also addresses coaching the career coach in BBCD, and provides samples and forms.

The monograph provides a strong foundation for anyone involved in career development, and is a key resource for those involved in career coaching or seeking career coaching certification.


Latinx/a/os in Higher Education: Exploring Identity, Pathways, and Success

Angela E. Batista, Shirley M. Collado, and David Perez II

The Latinx/a/o population is the largest and fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, yet higher education attainment for this community is among the lowest. Latinx/a/os in Higher Education: Exploring Identity, Pathways, and Success addresses topics relevant to the experience of Latinx/a/o students and professionals and illustrates key elements that should be considered in the development of varied pathways to their success. This groundbreaking book combines scholarly chapters with personal perspectives from Latinx/a/o students, administrators, and faculty who have navigated cultural differences and institutional politics to overcome barriers.


The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter

Michael D. Watkins

Transitions are a critical time for leaders. In fact, most agree that moving into a new role is the biggest challenge a manager will face. While transitions offer a chance to start fresh and make needed changes in an organization, they also place leaders in a position of acute vulnerability. Missteps made during the crucial first three months in a new role can jeopardize or even derail your success.

In this updated and expanded version of the international bestseller The First 90 Days, Michael D. Watkins offers proven strategies for conquering the challenges of transitions–no matter where you are in your career. Watkins, a noted expert on leadership transitions and adviser to senior leaders in all types of organizations, also addresses today’s increasingly demanding professional landscape, where managers face not only more frequent transitions but also steeper expectations once they step into their new jobs.


Trans* Policies & Experiences in Housing & Residence Life

Jason C. Garvey, Stephanie H. Chang, Z. Nicolazzo, Rex Jackson and Kathleen G. Kerr

What are the institutional politics associated with fostering trans* inclusive policies?  When formalizing a policy, what unanticipated challenges may emerge? How are students, particularly trans* students, influenced by the implementation of gender-inclusive housing practices and policies? Also, what are campus administrators and practitioners learning from their involvement with the development of trans* work on campus?

Housing and Residence Life (HRL) plays an important role in the safety, well-being, and sense of belonging for college students, but gender-inclusive policies and practices in HRL are largely under-explored in student affairs and higher education publications.

Administrators, educators, and student affairs staff will find this book useful at any stage in the process of creating gender-inclusive housing policies on their campuses.


Ellen Heffernan

President - Spelman Johnson

Ellen Heffernan graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in economics and government. She joined Spelman Johnson in 1996, after a ten-year career in higher education that included positions at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a national speaker and writer on topics related to recruiting and professional development in higher education and serves as faculty for several national higher education association professional development programs. Ellen also currently serves on the executive board of the National Association of Executive Recruiters.