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Fielding Introduces New Program at the ICDL Conference in Boston

  
  
  
  
  
  

Fielding Graduate University Introduces New Infant and Early Childhood Development (IECD) PhD program to 200 members of Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL)

President Katrina Rogers, PhD, along with School of Educational Leadership for Change (ELC) Program Director Kathy Tiner, PhD, ELC faculty member Jenny Edwards, PhD, psychology faculty ICDL Conference 2member Debra Bendell, PhD, adjunct faculty and Program Leader, Infant and Early Childhood Development (IECD) Ira Glovinsky, PhD, and Admissions Advisor Bob Harriman attended the (ICDL) Conference in November in Boston, MA. President Rogers introduced Fielding and the new Infant and Early Childhood Development (IECD) PhD program to 200 members of ICDL. ICDL is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to redefining and promoting each child’s development to their fullest potential (www.icdl.com). Fifteen Fielding IECD students were present and the following three students presented their graduate work: Melissa Grosvenor, Carrie Alvarado, and Sara McMahan. IECD ICDL Conference 1faculty Ira Glovinsky opened the session with a keynote presentation entitled "Emotions and Mood Dysregulation in Infants and Toddlers: The Neuroscience of Moods Including the Dyadic Transactions that Lead to Positive and Negative Moods." The conference was a huge success and Fielding’s presence was greatly appreciated.

Pictured in the top left photo:Fielding IECD students Cheryl Rock and Julie Sealy Directors of the Sunshine Stimulation Centre in Barbados
Pictured in the lower right photo: Carrie Alvarado and Melissa Grosvenor
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Fielding Celebrates New Office in Washington, DC

  
  
  
  
  
  

An administrative office for Fielding to connect and remain connected with national societies and federal agencies that support higher education.

DAR 1485 resized 600Fielding Graduate University celebrated the opening of the new office in Washington, DC, by hosting an open house on October 21, 2014. Guests included representatives across sectors of the government, education and philanthropy along with Fielding board members, faculty, and students.

Michael B. Goldstein, JD, former Fielding board chair and Frederick Phillips, PsyD, Fielding alumnus and board member, served as hosts for the event while the office representative Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Director of the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI), Orlando Taylor, PhD, served as emcee.

“The new office is an important place for Fielding,” stated Taylor. “It is located in the same DAR 1516 resized 600neighborhood as many higher education institutions and other national professional societies, not to mention its close proximity to the White House. Fielding now provides an east coast setting for Fielding leaders, faculty and staff to interact as appropriate with members of Congress and the executive branch of the government. The office also provides a place for the many students in the Baltimore/Washington area to meet and engage in academic and research discussions, and serves as a home away from home for Fielding DAR 1412 resized 600administrators and faculty who are in Washington doing business. The office is also an excellent venue for individuals to obtain information about the university through information session and meetings. Fielding is breaking out to play in the big leagues simply by being in our nation’s capital.”

 

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Notes from Liberia: Fielding talks about Ebola

  
  
  
  
  
  

Ebola: What You Need To Know and How You Can Help

Many at Fielding Graduate University have expressed compassion and concern about those suffering with Ebola and for people in the affected countries. In an effort to keep the community informed and healthy, Fielding faculty member in the School of Human & Organizational Development, David Willis, PhD, along with doctoral student and his mentee, Ammu Shittu, recently organized a webinar open to the university. This webinar was recorded and is available by clicking here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79672210/FGU%20Ebola%20Information%20Webinar%2010-25-14%2C%208.59%20AM.mov

ebola quaratine workersConversations between Willis and Shittu over the past several months prompted the two to take action by reaching out to the Fielding community to connect them to the current Ebola crisis. Shittu is currently in the proposal stage of this dissertation research on Ebola, which is fitting considering his knowledge and background: he is a UN worker and served on front line zones of decelerating conflict recently in Kosovo, Afghanistan and currently in East Timor, Liberia. Willis stated, "So far the county Aminu is working in, Grand Gedeh County, is Ebola-free, but they are all taking extreme precautions. What is most worrying is the collapse of the economy...The lockdown on the capital has had many repercussions."

In this first session in a series of webinars for the Fielding community about the Ebola crisis, main topics included the local situation in Liberia, West Africa, perceptions of Ebola including fears and realities, lessons learned and what is needed, followed by questions and answers from the audience.

Further discussion was led by guest speakers Elsie Karmbo, County Health Officer, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia, Emmanuel Bryma Momoh, Human Rights Officer, UN Field Office, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia, and Fielding faculty member Marie Farrell, PhD, Fielding Graduate University.

To listen to the webinar: click here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79672210/FGU%20Ebola%20Information%20Webinar%2010-25-14%2C%208.59%20AM.mov


In a message to the Fielding community from President Katrina Rogers and the Fielding Human Resources Office, following information was provided:

Both the President’s office and human resources have received inquiries about Ebola in the last several days. Many of you have expressed compassion and concern about those suffering with Ebola and for people in the affected countries. Our hearts are with them under what must be very difficult circumstances. We would like to give you some additional information given the extensive media coverage of the Ebola outbreak:

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urges all U.S. residents to avoid nonessential travel to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. The CDC is not currently recommending that travelers avoid visiting other African countries. According to the CDC, Ebola is a very low risk for most travelers, who can protect themselves by avoiding sick people and hospitals in West Africa where patients with Ebola are being treated.
  • Ebola is a viral disease that is spread through direct contact with the blood or other bodily fluids — such as urine, saliva, sweat, or vomit — of an infected person who is showing symptoms of the disease, or from contact with objects like needles that have been contaminated with the virus.
  • Symptoms of Ebola include fever (higher than 101.5°F), severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and bleeding or bruising.
  • In the U.S., those people at the greatest risk of infection from exposure in the workplace are health care workers. For all other American workplaces, travelers returning from one of the affected countries are at greatest risk.
  • The affected countries have been asked to conduct exit medical screenings of all persons at international airports, seaports and major land crossings for illness consistent with potential Ebola infection. Effective October 22, travelers from the three affected West African countries will be permitted to enter the U.S. through only five U.S. airports (Atlanta, Chicago-O’Hare, Newark Liberty, New York JFK, and Washington-Dulles), where incoming passengers from the affected region undergo medical screening.
  •  The symptoms of Ebola are, of course, similar to those of many other illnesses, so as flu season approaches, we’d like to take this opportunity to urge all of you to consider getting a flu shot, and to stay home if you do become ill. If you report to work sick, your supervisor may send you home to rest and recover. Frequent hand-washing and other basic hygiene practices are useful techniques to minimize the threat of transmitting infections.
If you have additional concerns or questions about Ebola, the following websites are available:

FAQ – Ebola, About the Disease - http://www.msf.org/article/faq-ebola-about-disease

CDC – Centers for Disease Control - http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html

WHO – Global Alert and Response - http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/

Liberia: Working with Communities Is the Key to Stopping Ebola  http://www.who.int/features/2014/liberia-stopping-ebola/en/

Stopping Ebola with Public Health Expertise, not Casual Advice http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-p-fried/stopping-ebola-with-publi_b_5989626.html

Major Aid Organizations

http://www.msf.org/search?keyword=ebola

http://www.directrelief.org/emergency/2014-west-africa-ebola-outbreak/

http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6115947/k.8D6E/Official_Site.htm

 

 


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Fielding Ranks in Top 20 Most Innovative Degree Programs in 2014

  
  
  
  
  
  

Fielding Graduate University's PhD in Clinical Psychology- Neuropsychology Concentration - Ranks in the Top 20 Most Innovative Graduate Psychology

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Degree Programs in 2014

OCTOBER 10, 2014, http://www.bestpsychologydegrees.com/top/innovative-graduate-psychology-degree-programs/: As competition becomes increasingly intense for jobs in psychology, it is more important than ever for students to choose graduate psychology degree programs that provide an edge in the workforce. Although many practicing psychologists are deciding to put off retirement, and psychology jobs are growing at the rate of just three percent, the Center for Workforce Studies still reports that 5,000 new psychology doctorates are handed out annually. In order to help you get the most out of your training and beat out the competition for a limited number of jobs, we’ve identified a set of highly innovative graduate-level psychology degree programs for you to consider. Most of the programs described below assume that you’ve already earned a psychology master’s degree.

At this time, the three fastest growing areas of the field are thought to be neuropsychology, industrial-organizational psychology, and geropsychology, so we put special emphasis on including programs with offerings in those areas. In addition, our editors also sought to highlight the following types of programs.

1) Those whose faculty is among the most highly cited in the field.

2) Those that have shown exceptional progress in the area of diversity.

3) Those with at least some online offerings.

Click here for the complete article by http://www.bestpsychologydegrees.com.
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Becoming a Leader: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of the Lifeworld of Nelson Mandela

  
  
  
  
  
  

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Fielding alumna Shirley Knobel, PhD (HOD '14), was selected as the Overall Award Winner of the Student Research Colloquium as a part of the 2014 Organization Development Network Annual Conference based on her paper titled "Becoming a Leader: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of the Lifeworld of Nelson Mandela"

INTRODUCTION

My research question emerged from my lived experience of Nelson
Mandela. I had the privilege of knowing him personally through the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund – a charity that Mandela established during his term of office as President of South Africa. I selected the lifeworld of Nelson Mandela as the subject of my PhD dissertation research because in my experience he demonstrated an unparalleled ability to lead, reconcile, and transform a broken society.

This dissertation study looks at the lived experience of Nelson Mandela and explores how the structures of his lifeworld shaped his choices and actions and ultimately influenced his destiny as a leader. This approach required a broad lens that encompasses the three main concepts underlying the inquiry: leadership, lifeworld phenomenology, and hermeneutics. While the leadership literature is relevant to this study, so too is lifeworld phenomenology, and in particular Alfred Schutz’s theory regarding the structures of the lifeworld and its significance for social action (Schutz & Luckmann, 1973).

Click here to read Knobel's paper: Becoming a Leader: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of the Lifeworld of Nelson Mandela

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Fielding Graduate University Opens Office in Washington, DC

  
  
  
  
  
  
Washington DC
FROM THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT KATRINA ROGERS, PhD:

On behalf of Fielding Graduate University, it is with great pleasure that I announce the addition of a new office location on the east coast. Fielding will now have a presence in our nation’s capital in Washington, DC. This new location will allow Fielding to advance its strategic objectives of enhancing academic quality and innovation, as well as for strengthening its faculty development efforts nationwide.

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New office address:

1101 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 450

Washington, DC 20036

Tel. 202-753-2020

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Director of the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI), Orlando Taylor, PhD, will serve as Fielding’s primary representative in this new location. He will focus on advancing Fielding at the national level, forging extramural partnerships for current programs, new opportunities, and faculty research and practice projects.

The office will also serve as an east coast branch of the university for hosting academic activities, from cluster meetings to final oral reviews, community gatherings and public events. Faculty and students traveling to this area are invited to use the office space for Fielding related meetings and activities. For more information about utilizing the office space, please contact ISI Program Manager Joanna Burns at jrburns@fielding.edu or call 805-898-2906.


 

 

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Fielding Acquires Doctoral Program

  
  
  
  
  
  

Fielding Graduate University Acquires the Doctoral Program in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Developmental Disorders from The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning

IECD Brochure Fielding Graduate University has recently acquired a nationally recognized doctoral program in infant and early childhood development from The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). This graduate program is dedicated to redefining and promoting each child's development to his or her fullest potential. The retitled PhD program, Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis in mental health and developmental disorders, remains a multi-disciplinary doctoral program specializing in conditions such as autism spectrum, sensory integration, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and mood disorders. This program is the only program in the world to award such a combined PhD degree.

Infant mental health, as defined in the World Association for Infant Mental Health Handbook (2000), addresses “the social and emotional well-being of infants and their caregivers and the various contexts within which caregiving takes place” (Fitzgerald & Barton, 2000, p.21). Because infant development is woven into an emergent, active system of relationships, each class in the program emphasizes human relationships as the fulcrum around which all coursework is built.

A unique aspect of this graduate program, which was conceptualized by Stanley Greenspan, PhD, is to link different disciplines within a relationship-based developmental framework. Students study multiple factors affecting an infant’s and family’s wellbeing within a multi-disciplinary framework including mental health, education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language development, and the neurosciences.  The faculty teaches typical and atypical infant and family development using a curriculum that includes physiological, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, social, and cross-cultural perspectives. “ICDL has been proud to offer this program since 2007 and we look forward to the ongoing development of the program at Fielding” says the ICDL CEO, Jeffrey Guenzel. “This is a vital program that will continue to advance the field.”

President Katrina Rogers, PhD, commented, “We are so pleased to partner with ICDL in acquiring this high quality, nationally recognized and unique graduate program. Their areas of expertise are profound in the world of infant and childhood development. This new degree program will add to our array of offerings as we expand our footprint to serve this special population.”

Current students enrolled in the program come from several core disciplines including psychology, social work, counseling, psychiatry, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language, and education. The students are attracted to this program because of the multidisciplinary individualized approach, and a distributed model that allows students to maintain their work life, family, and community responsibilities.

Don Cohon, PhD, president of ICDL Graduate School since 2012, remarked, “The ICDL Graduate School community is thrilled to announce that our program is becoming part of Fielding Graduate University, a WASC accredited institution of higher learning. The joining of our two schools achieves a long term goal of ICDL that will allow students the opportunity to obtain a PhD from an accredited university. ICDL and Fielding share a commitment to excellence in providing an interdisciplinary educational experience that draws upon a collaborative participatory approach to learning, and values the individuality of children, families, and communities. We are excited to be working together to provide our students with the knowledge and skills to make a significant positive impact on the field of infant and early childhood development.”

The PhD Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis in mental health and developmental disorders program at Fielding Graduate University will begin in September 2014 with the existing students, and will enroll new students for the summer term beginning in April 2015.  For information call 805-898-4026 or email iecdadmission@fielding.edu.

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Teach-In for Public Education K-12 and Beyond

  
  
  
  
  
  

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Teach – In for Public Education K-12 and Beyond:

A critical exploration and discussion about the future of public schools in the age of standardized tests, corporate reforms, and neo-liberal economics.

As part of its National Summer Session in Rosemont, IL, Fielding Graduate University invites the extended Chicago community to join the panel discussion titled Teach-In on Public Education—K-12 and Beyond, on July 16, 7-10 pm at The Westin O'Hare, 6100 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018.  This evening program will provide a critical exploration and discussion about the future of public schools in the age of standardized tests, corporate reforms, and neo-liberal economics. This conversation will be led by distinguished scholar-activists Michelle Fine,PhD, and Ira Shor, along with organizers Regina Tuma, PhD (Media Psychology Faculty) and Kathy Tiner-Sewell, PhD (Program Director, Educational Leadership for Change). In the true spirit of a teach-in this event is open and inclusive. Educators, students, activists and anyone interested in participating, sharing and discussing this topic is encouraged to attend. 

Regina TumaThe Teach-In on Public Education—K-12 and Beyond will draw attention to corporate educational and testing reforms which are threatening the very idea of public education across the nation. “Corporate education and testing reforms have long ceased to be about improving the quality of learning in our public schools. There is a need to develop empowering narratives and a counter-critique to corporate testing reforms and their effects,” Tuma stated. 

Fine, Shor and Tuma are among the founding members of Montclair (NJ) Cares About Schools, an activist parent group working in coalition with civil rights groups, NAACP, and teachers to provide alternatives to the logic of corporate test reforms in Montclair. Tuma added: “Montclair is an interesting case.  It is a progressive, mixed, hip suburb near New York City and flanked by Newark to its south. It is known for creative, progressive education and the town fought a hard battle to desegregate its schools, creating a model magnet system and de-tracked classrooms. Ironically, it also happens to be home to a ‘who’s who’ in the national education reform movement. Many of our neighbors in Montclair have been influential in determining the course of national policy in education. That fact alone adds a different tone and dimension to the rhetoric in Montclair. Let’s just say that it makes for awkward glances at the supermarket.”

Tiner-Sewell sees this conversation as a natural extension of Fielding values: "Michelle and Ira bring with them their experience as critical scholars and activists. Their presence at Fielding is appropriate given Fielding’s values of social justice, equity, and diversity as these are embodied through our scholar-practitioner model.”  She further reflected, “Graduate students have been coming to Fielding for 40 years to become agents of change and establish communities of practice in their own locales. In the true spirit of a teach-in, we hope to raise critical awareness of these issues on education.”  Tiner-Sewell emphasized that these reforms have the capacity to redefine learning and redefine the role of public education in a democracy. “Regina and I agree that one outcome of the teach-in is to promote conversations that can help our society think about the role of quality public education in a democracy. We are excited by this collaboration with Ira and Michelle and our extended collaboration with the broader Chicago-area community.”

Michelle FineMICHELLE FINE is Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, Women’s Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY).  A highly influential educator and activist, her work addresses questions of social injustice that sit at the intersection of public policy and social research, particularly with respect to youth in schools and criminal justice.

Michelle has authored, co-authored, or edited more than 20 books, 70 chapters in key national and international volumes, and 80 journal articles. Her most recent book, with Michael Fabricant, is “The Changing Politics of Education: Privatization and the Dispossessed Lives of Those Left Behind.” A recognized pioneer in participatory action research, Michelle’s scholarship and activism address critical issues of what she calls “circuits of dispossession and resistance,” documenting how youth contend with, are affected by, and resist inequities and the rising “punishment paradigm” in prisons, schools, communities, and social movements.

Her activism includes serving often as expert witness in gender, race, and education discrimination cases, including test-based graduation requirements in urban districts. Most recently, Michelle has been intensely involved with MCAS - Montclair (NJ) Cares About Schools - an activist group of parents working with educators, labor and civil rights groups, in a struggle over corporate reform and testing in a racially integrated suburban school district.

Ira ShorIRA SHOR is a Professor of Rhetoric/Composition at the City University of NY’s Graduate Center (PhD Program in English) and in the Dept. of English at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. Shor started the new doctorate in Rhetoric/Composition at the CUNY Grad Center in 1993. There, he directs dissertations and offers seminars in literacy, Paulo Freire and critical pedagogy, whiteness studies, composition theory and practice, and the rhetorics of domination and resistance. At the College of Staten Island/CUNY, he teaches first-year writing, non-fiction, coming-of-age narratives, multicultural literature, and mass media. His 9 published books include a 3-volume set in honor of the late Paulo Freire, the noted Brazilian educator who was his friend and mentor: “Critical Literacy in Action” (college language arts) and “Education is Politics” (Vol 1, k-12, and Vol. 2, Postsecondary Across the Curriculum). Shor’s work with Freire began in the early 1980s and lasted until Freire’s unfortunate passing in 1997. He and Freire co-authored “A Pedagogy for Liberation in 1986”, the first “talking” book Freire published with a collaborator. Shor also authored the widely used “Empowering Education” (1992) and “When Students Have Power”(1996), two foundational texts in critical teaching. His “Critical Teaching and Everyday Life”(1980) was the first book-length treatment of Freire-based critical methods in the North American context. That book grew out of Shor’s teaching for Open Admission students in the City University in the 1970s, where he helped build an experimental writing program recognized as one of three successful efforts in higher education. Coming to the CUNY in 1971 after a PhD at Wisconsin, he experimented with critical literacy, taught Basic Writing for 15 years, and now teaches first-year composition and graduate courses. 

Born in 1945 in the South Bronx of New York City, Shor attended public schools. After graduating from Bronx Science High School, Shor attended the University of Michigan (BA, English, 1966), then the University of Wisconsin (MA, 1968, and PhD, 1971), both sites of student activism in the 1960s. His dissertation was on Kurt Vonnegut whose fiction stood against elitism, war, and cruelty. After finishing his PhD, Shor started teaching comp and basic writing at Staten Island Community College, then a 2-year unit of CUNY. He joined the CUNY faculty when the democratic policies of Open Admissions and free tuition were under attack. 

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Society for Military PSY Established Student Chapter at Fielding

  
  
  
  
  
  

The Society for Military Psychology established a Student Chapter at Fielding Graduate University

div 19 image resized 600The Society for Military Psychology, which is Division 19 of the American Psychological Association (APA), has promoted research and practice in military psychology since its initiation as one of the original APA chapters. Division 19 members are involved in a variety of activities including research, treatment delivery, consultation, teaching, and advising congressional committees. Within Division 19, the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) strives to promote awareness, competence, and scholarship in military psychology among students.

In 2012-2013, the Division 19 Executive Committee recognized an opportunity to incorporate an increasingly large student base. It then made student involvement a top priority of Division 19’s overall agenda.  SAC formed a Student Chapter Network to foster a Division 19 presence on university campuses and connect students at different campuses. The Student Affairs Committee appointed student leaders at several of these universities, including Fielding Graduate University. Along with 35+ other Campus Representatives in universities across the country, Jeremy Jinkerson was appointed a Campus Representative to serve throughout 2014 and 2015. The Student Chapter Network allows Fielding’s Student Chapter access to other campus leaders, professional development opportunities, and inter-school collaboration. For example, Fielding’s Student Chapter is hosting an upcoming military psychology seminar in Memphis, TN on June 21st in coordination with the University of Memphis and APA’s Division 56 (Trauma Psychology).

Since initiating Fielding’s Student Chapter, which is chaired by Dr. Daniel Holland, and presided over by Jeremy Jinkerson, completed initiatives have included holding two meetings, electing officers, developing a programming schedule with notable guest speakers, securing a speaker for the national programming track, and creating a local online portal with calendars and military psy meeting resized 600forums (Moodle). In the creation of our programming schedule, chapter leadership has secured presentations by military leaders in psychology, current military psychology interns, and veteran researchers in related disciplines. Members have provided feedback that Division 19’s organized presence has been beneficial in uniting fragmented military psychology enthusiasts, acknowledging the need for specialized training in this area, and giving military spouses a venue to honor their spouses within psychology.

Fielding’s Division 19 Student Chapter is also actively partnered with Fielding Veterans Connection. Fielding Division 19 officers sit on the Fielding Veterans Connection planning committee, and the Veterans Connection serves in an advisory capacity to the Division 19 Student Chapter. The two groups work closely on most events and initiatives. Future initiatives include service projects related to helping active military, veterans, and military families.

Fielding's model of distributed learning can be particularly appealing to students with military connections. However, student organizations like Division 19 and the Fielding Veterans Connections serve an additional need by expressing value in military psychology, addressing the interests of those with military connections, and supporting individuals wishing to work with military populations.  The Student Chapter’s intention is to not only provide practical advice, beneficial presentations, and a heightened awareness of the importance of military psychology specialization, but to foster a stronger sense of community among Fielding students with military connections.

Division 19 membership is valuable and inexpensive. Benefits include student list-serv and social media access, leading-edge webinars, career support, early information on new training programs, newsletter publication opportunities, and subscriptions to the Military Psychologist newsletter (published three times per year) and Military Psychology journal (published six times per year). Student research and travel awards are also available. Student affiliate members are $10, and more information on benefits can be found at http://www.apa.org/about/division/div19.aspx. More information on Division 19 student programs can be found at http://www.division19students.org.

We encourage all Fielding students with interests in military psychology, regardless of military affiliation, to apply for membership and to attend any of our scheduled meetings. If you have any questions or would like to be added to the Student Chapter Moodle group, please contact one of the Student Chapter officers by email. We look forward to growing the Student Chapter, serving the community, and adding to the field in innovative ways.

Very Respectfully,

Jeremy Jinkerson                                            Tiffany Duffing

Commanding Officer                                        Executive Officer

jjinkerson@email.fielding.edu                             tudding@email.fielding.edu

 

Athena Hubbard

Secretary/Treasurer

ahubbard@email.fielding.edu

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Fielding Graduate University Receives 2014 Best Value School Trophy

  
  
  
  
  
  

Fielding Graduate University Receives 2014 Best Value School Trophy

Non-traditional graduate degree programs appeal to working adults

Boca Raton, Florida – WEBWIRE– Thursday, June 12, 2014
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Mature enough to do graduate coursework without handholding? Take a look at Fielding Graduate University.

While traditional master’s and doctoral degree programs, expensive and only taught on campus, were once the only option, today’s graduate student enjoys many non-traditional choices. Graduate programs, many of them online and reasonably priced, emerged over the last fifteen years. The most recent development, according to Joseph Schmoke, CEO at University Research & Review, LLC, is centered on competency based learning.
 
“The credit hour based system has been supplanted in some institutions of higher learning with a competency based system, where what you learn overshadows how much time you spend attending classes,” said Schmoke, a former university CEO. One such program is offered at Fielding Graduate University, Schmoke noted. “Fielding, in our opinion, is especially attractive to people who must continue with fulltime jobs. Our research shows their master’s and doctoral programs are best for serious, disciplined adults who can do the work without much handholding,” Schmoke remarked.
 
University Research & Review, a relatively new organization led by former college and university presidents, CEOs, provosts and professors, searches for institutions of higher learning that meet stringent criteria. Institutions that meet UR&R’s rigorous requirements, including reasonable cost and student endorsement among other things, are designated Best Value Schools and awarded a crystal trophy. Fielding Graduate University is one such school.
 
“We selected Fielding Graduate University as a 2014 Best Value School after about three months of research during which we evaluated hundreds of schools to come up with 124 nominees. Our process then dug deeper and our Selection Committee awarded sixteen institutions the Best Value School designation, Fielding among them,” said Dr. Denzil Edge, Selection Committee member.
 
“To those who are considering enrolling in a master’s or doctoral degree program, especially if your field of study is organizational behavior or psychology and you can work without too much handholding, we recommend you take a look at Fielding Graduate University,” Schmoke advised.
 
“Every prospective college student, whether recent high schools grads or adults with jobs and families, should take the time to visit our website,” said Paula Orezi, UR&R Nominating Committee member.  She knows prospective college enrollees will find some good schools that won’t burden them with loads of debt after graduation.  “I wish I had access to bestvaluecolleges.org when I was selecting my bachelor’s and master’s programs.  My own student loan debt would be substantially less,” Ms. Orezi stated.   

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