Fielding Graduate University News

Raymond J. Trybus, PhD, Appointed Dean, School of Psychology

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Thu, Mar 27, 2008
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Contact: Sylvia Williams, Director of Communications
Fielding Graduate University
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Santa Barbara, CA, (March 26, 2008) - Raymond J. Trybus, PhD, has assumed the position of dean of the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University it was announced by President Judith L. Kuipers, PhD. In announcing the appointment, Dr. Kuipers stated "we are honored that an individual with his distinguished career in academia as faculty, researcher, and in senior executive positions, has joined our university leadership team. Dr. Trybus' experience and successes will serve us well as we strive for greater advances in adult and distributed higher education."

Dr. Trybus earned his PhD in psychology from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. Among his academic appointments during the past decade are chancellor, California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego; dean of graduate studies, then provost and vice president for academic affairs at National University; and vice president and director of research at San Diego University for Integrative Studies.

Dr. Trybus is a licensed psychologist committed to improving the quality of psychological services. Much of his career has focused on issues of human diversity and underserved populations. He has done extensive work in providing psychological services, research, and educational opportunities for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

In accepting the position, Dr. Trybus stated "I have known of and admired Fielding Graduate University for many years. Our faculty and the graduate education learning model Fielding developed for mid-career professionals are held in high regard by our peers in affiliated academic fields." Dr. Trybus looks forward to contributing to the university's further growth and development.

As dean of the School of Psychology, Dr. Trybus will give leadership to its three degree-granting programs:

• PhD in clinical psychology - the only distributed learning model program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • PhD in media psychology - the first and only doctoral-level program of its kind in the world
• MA in media psychology and social change - a new program offered in affiliation with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

The school also offers postgraduate certificate programs in neuropsychology and a respecialization in clinical psychology.
The school has 35 full-time faculty and 450 students located throughout the United States, and six academic faculty/administrators based in Santa Barbara, CA. The school is renowned for its high academic and research standards as well as for its flexible, student-centered, and collegial learning atmosphere.

Dr. Trybus' vita is available upon request.

Fielding Graduate University is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, where it was founded in 1974. It is a world-recognized leader in graduate education, having created one of the first and most successful distributed learning models for mid-career adults. Fielding is an accredited, nonprofit graduate university offering programs within three schools: Psychology, Human & Organization Development, and Educational Leadership & Change. The Fielding community is dedicated to lifelong learning; social justice and change; and innovation in organizations, communities, and society. For more information, visit

Alumnus book Strategic Citizen released in paperback

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Mar 10, 2008

Alumnus book Strategic Citizen released in paperbackGerry Patnode's (Educational Leadership and Change, '02), book Strategic Citizen: A Citizen's Guide to Playing and Winning the Game of Politics, was recently released in paperback.

The book can be ordered at, which describes the book as a "guide to the game of politics" and the behavior of the players and a practical guide for understanding the process within which politicians make decisions on who and what to support. Patnode "offers a plan and process for individuals and groups in how to influence and control public decisions and public policy."

Fielding represented at Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences conference in Chicago, November 6-8, 2007

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Mar 07, 2008
Fielding represented at Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences conference in ChicagoFielding Graduate University was represented by faculty, alumni, and students at the annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences in Chicago, November 6-8, 2007.

Faculty members David Rehorick and Valerie Bentz presented a paper titled "Transformative Phenomenology: Changing Ourselves, Lifeworlds and Professional Practice." They discussed the content of their forthcoming book by that title, which features the work of nine Fielding alumni and other scholar-practitioners.

Human and Organization Development students Barbara Volger and Lori Schneider presented papers titled respectively "The Power of Shame in Jewish Women: A Phenomenological Exploration of Cultural Messages" and "Dwelling/Working Here: The Local/Global Work Place of the Remote Worker."

The panel of one session titled "Transformative Phenomenology" is pictured below. It was chaired by Bentz (second from right) and included Rehorick (far left), Schneider (far right), and discussant George Psathas (second from left) who is a professor emeritus of Boston University.