SJG’s Summer 2013 Reading List


Here we are again at the start of summer! Although the weather here in New England can’t seem to decide whether it will be a cold and rainy summer or a hot and dry summer, we continue to be optimistic and have started gardening! In that vein we have some very interesting books that have made the reading list this year and hope you enjoy them!

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do
Author: Claude M. Steele
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, 2011

Claude Steele is a social psychologist and currently the I. James Quillen Dean for the School of Education at Stanford University. His book presents a framework for understanding how context matters in explaining “racial achievement gaps” in education as well as with ongoing racial and ethnic segregation.

Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader
Author: Sanford Shugart
Publisher: Florida Hospital Publishing, 2013
**pre-release copies of this book are only available at the Florida Hospital Publishing website:

Currently serving as president of Valencia College, Sandy Shugart’s leadership journey has taken him to presidencies of two large colleges, an active life of speaking on leadership issues in the United States and Europe, a visiting scholar’s chair at Oxford University, and various boards of directors’ appointments. His reflections on the challenges of work and character formation have informed his own leadership roles, his poetry, and his music for many years.

Occupying the Academy: Just How Important Is Diversity Work in Higher Education?
Authors: Christine Clark, Mark Brimhall-Vargas, Kenneth James Fasching-Varner
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012

This book reviews the current work around diversity in higher education through various case studies as told from the perspective of academic leaders specifically in the roles of chief diversity officers, mid-level administrators, and faculty at public institutions of higher education.

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.