Fielding Graduate University News

Media Psychology Founder Honored by APA

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Aug 29, 2011

Dr. Bernard Luskin, the founder of Fielding’s doctoral media psychology program, has been honored by the American Psychological Association with a lifetime achievement award from its Media Psychology Division. Luskin was recognized for his pioneering work that largely defined the field of media psychology. His distinguished career includes posts in higher education, media, business, and psychology.

 When in 2003 he created Fielding’s doctoral media psychology program, the first of its kind, he said “The study of media effects and understanding the psychology of media are fundamental to emerging social, commercial, and educational trends.” Luskin is now chief executive officer and senior provost of Touro University Worldwide. He is pictured with former students who have gone on to leadership roles in journalism, entertainment, publishing, telecommunications, government, public policy, and other fields related to media and psychology.

Tags: Media psychology, APA, educational leadership, leadership

Associate Provost Snowden appointed chair of AACRAO committee

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Aug 26, 2011

MoniqueMonique Snowden, PhD, Fielding’s associate provost for enrollment management, has been appointed co-chair (2011-12) and subsequently chair (2013-2015) of the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Graduate and Professional Schools Issues Committee.


The committee will be advisory in those areas that are not normally addressed by a specific committee or task force of AACRAO. It will address concerns that pertain specifically to graduate and professional schools and act as a medium for relevant discourse and projects.


AACRAO is the leading national organization for professionals in the field of enrollment management in higher education.


Tags: educational leadership, Advising and Student Development, leadership, development, Distributed education, higher education

Three new members to join Fielding board of trustees

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Aug 19, 2011

Fielding’s Board of Trustees will welcome these new members at their Fall Meeting on November 3-5, 2011.

Otto Lee portrait 1941

Otto Lee, EdD (’09, ELC), is vice chancellor for instructional services and planning for the San Diego (CA) Community College District. As such, he provides leadership and planning for instructional programs, workforce and economic development, and military educational programs for 100,000 students. 

Lee holds a BS in aerospace engineering (NYU), an MS in astronautics (MIT), an MBA (Pepperdine), and an EdD (Fielding). He is engaged with numerous community and professional organizations.


Edward G. Viltz lives in Bradenton, FL, and is president and founder of the Internet Collaboration Coalition (InternetCC). He has over 25 years of international executive management, consulting, and entrepreneurial experience in the information technology marketplace. Viltz was the founding president of the Public Interest Registry (PIR) and manager of the .ORG top level Internet domain, serving from 2002 through 2006.


Manuela Waddell of Lee’s Summit, MO, is a doctoral student in Fielding’s clinical psychology program. She is active in student governance and currently working on her dissertation. Waddell’s areas of interest include chemical and process addictions, child and midlife development, psychology of women, and psychoanalytic/psychodynamic theory and practice.


Tags: leadership, higher education

Fielding alumnus is recent contributor

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Thu, Aug 18, 2011

Donald Delves, EdD (’11 ELC), is a recent contributor to His article, “What About Workers' Compensation?“  explores reasons for the widening gap between executive and workers’ compensation. Delves’ dissertation examined the principles of compensation that guide such decision-making.

Tags: social justice, workers rights

Recent commentary on media effects on human behavior from Fielding researchers

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, Aug 16, 2011

Fielding is proud to have been recently represented in the press by two illustrious examples of the type of important, high-quality research being carried out by scholars of our Media Psychology Program, the first doctoral program of its kind in the country.

Media psychology student Judith Manassen Ramon is an Israeli documentary film maker. When she wanted to tell a story about the struggles of the Israeli middle class and their demonstrations and the lack of coverage by the media, she wrote an article that faculty member Karen Dill, PhD, published via her Psychology Today blog. It is a beautiful piece that you will want to read.

Pamela Rutledge, PhD, (’08 PSY) was quoted by the New York Times on 08.13.11 in “After British Riots, Conflicting Answers as to ‘Why.’” In a comment to the paper, Interim Dean Gerardo Rodriguez-Menendez stated “Increasingly, psychologists and other professionals are realizing the massive impact of social media in our global community, as recently seen in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Libya.”

Tags: social justice, social media

Fielding stands out among Diverse's Top 100 degree producers

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Sat, Aug 06, 2011

Top 100 Degree ProducersDiverse Issues in Higher Education publishes an annual “Top 100 Degree Producers,” rankings of the institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. The magazine analyzes data submitted by institutions to the U.S. Department of Education and ranks the top degree producers by minority categories, by gender, by disciplines, and across disciplines. In July 2011, they published the Top 100 based on the 2009-10 academic year.

Fielding Graduate University is consistently prominent in the Top 100 lists and this year was proud to have been ranked in ten categories. Among them:

  • Fielding ranked #16 among the top 100 U.S. universities in Hispanic Doctorates in Education.
  • #15 for Asian American Master’s in Human Resources Management.

Other categories in which Fielding was among the top producers of doctoral graduates included:

  • Total Minority, Business, Management, and Related
  • Total Minority, Psychology
  • African American, Education
  • Total Minority, All Disciplines Combined

Tags: social justice, diversity

William H. Maehl, former Fielding president, dies in Santa Fe, NM

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Aug 03, 2011

William H. Maehl, PhD, who served as Fielding’s second president, 1986-93, died on July 26, 2011, in Santa Fe, NM, after an extended illness. Committed to liberal education, lifelong learning, and social justice throughout his life, Maehl made significant contributions to the organizations, communities and institutions where he lived and worked, culminating with his retirement from Fielding, then known as The Fielding Institute. He and his wife Audrey married in 1962; their daughter, Christine, was born in 1965.

Fielding constituents can read more about Maehl’s distinguished career and contributions to higher education in the online community-wide forum. He will be honored in the upcoming issue of Fielding Focus magazine.

A memorial service is planned for early next year. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the
William H. Maehl and Audrey Maehl Endowment for Faculty Research
Fielding Graduate University
2112 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara CA 93105

Tags: educational leadership, diversity, development, adult learning, Fulbright, ACE