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From the PublisherIf you haven't yet read Deeper Learning in Leadership: HelpingCollege Students Find the Potential Within, a piece of you ismissing. In this inspiring book, Dr. Denny Roberts addresses thequestions and concerns that all educators face when creating aneffective leadership development curriculum and forging a learningculture where academic inquiry influences the hearts and souls ofstudents. I recommend this book for all leadership educators-on- oroff-campus, novice or expert.
For new professionals in education and consulting, one of themost daunting tasks is to learn the history and development of thefield. Dr. Roberts provides an informative and concise history ofhigher education administration and student life that applieswidely to American colleges. His nimble description demystifies thetraditional organizational structure of our higher educationinstitutions and makes clear recommendations for improvement andchange.
Deeper Learning in Leadership also provides extensiveadvice on creating and improving a leadership development programthat begins with the basics (determining values and needs) andprovides guidance through very advanced concepts (changing theculture of a campus to promote effective learning and leadershiplearning). Though the book focuses on leadership developmentprograms, it discusses college campuses holistically and shares avision of a campus that deliberately engages students in academicinquiry and personal, emotional and social development along everystep of the way.
A book of this nature could easily be intimidating. But at onlyabout 200 pages, this work is written in a way that leaves thereader feeling empowered and invigorated. Almost from the moment Istarted reading, I shuttered with joy (truly joy!) at havingstumbled upon such a valuable text. Every page reflects thesophisticated lessons learned over the course of Dr. Roberts? career. Every chapter feels like an intimate discussion with anestablished mentor. The book is at once an inspiration and arelief.
In short, no summary of this book could do it justice. DeeperLearning in Leadership is a worthwhile read for anyoneinterested or employed in higher education and/or leadershipdevelopment. I know that I will reread this book many timesthroughout my career, that I will rely on it as a reference, andthat it has provided me with a sturdy foundation for my own inquiryinto the field of leadership. —Miles Ashlock, associate directorfor leadership development in the Office of Student Life at theUniversity of California, Santa Barbara