SJG’s Summer 2012 Reading List

As the academic year seemingly flew by and we all find ourselves stretched and pulled in multiple directions—this year’s summer reading spans a mix of topics from suggestions to unplug to the consideration of leadership in higher education!

-Sleeping With Your Smartphone:  How To Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work
Author: Leslie A. Perlow
Publisher: Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation, 2012
In Sleeping with Your Smartphone, Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow reveals how you can disconnect and become more productive in the process. In fact, she shows that you can devote more time to your personal life and accomplish more at work.

-On Being Presidential:  A Guide for College and University Leaders
Co-authors: Susan R. Pierce and Judith Block McLaughlin
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, 2011
On campuses and among trustees there is often a lack of understanding of what the president does (and should do), the larger issues facing the institution, and issues that the president grapples with on a daily basis. As a result, the faculty, administration, and the board can find themselves at odds over governance, which can paralyze institutions and lead to failed presidencies. This book provides presidents, senior administrators, faculty leaders, and trustees with a guide to fulfilling their responsibilities and recommendations to aspiring presidents about how they can best prepare for a successful presidency.

-Game Changers:  Education and Information Technologies
Editor: Diana G. Oblinger
Publisher: EDUCAUSE, 2012
This book is dedicated to education. We need more education, deeper education, more effective education, more access to education, and more affordable education. While education works well for millions of learners, it doesn’t work for everyone. This book is also dedicated to finding the game changers that will help us move education to the next level, whether those game changers are information technology, new models, or institutional vision.

We hope you enjoy these selections – they are available online and through your local independent bookseller or public library.  As always, best wishes for a wonderful summer!

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.