Fielding Graduate University News

HOD faculty-authored article in OD Practitioner

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Sep 30, 2011
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Two faculty members from Fielding’s School of Human & Organizational Development have authored the lead article in the Fall 2011 issue of OD Practitioner, the journal of the Organization Development Network. Katrina Rogers and Barclay Hudson’s article is titled “The Triple Bottom Line: The Synergies of Transformative Perceptions and Practices for Sustainability.”

What makes sustainability different from many other organizational challenges and opportunities is that it calls for changes in thinking and practices at every level, building on initiatives from every individual in an organization.

Tags: social justice, sustainability, higher education, environmental justice

Psychology student accepts award for aging prisoners program

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Thu, Sep 29, 2011

Mary Harrison, a doctoral student in Fielding Graduate University’s clinical psychology program, will accept the first Dr. Mary Ann Quaranta Elder Justice Award for “True Grit,” a program she administers to serve the needs of elderly prisoners in Carson City, NV.

Housed at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center, True Grit addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the aging prison population. The program is staffed by volunteers, and no additional cost is passed on to taxpayers. The program began in 2004; over 265 prisoners have participated prior to their deaths or discharge.

Tags: social justice, diversity, clinical psychology, human rights, aging, criminal justice

ELC faculty member's paper receives prestigious award

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Sep 28, 2011
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Fielding Graduate University’s Yolanda Gayol, EdD, received the Best Paper award at the Fourteen Cambridge International Conference on Open, Distance, and E-learning 2011. The conference is a collaborative effort between the Von Hugel Institute, Saint Edmunds College, Cambridge, the Open University and the Commonwealth of Learning. Gayol is on the faculty of Fielding’s School of Educational Leadership & Change.

Her paper that received the award was "International collaboration for social justice through immersive worlds: The US-Mexico program Letras para Volar.” The paper was supported in part by Fielding Graduate University. Co-authors were Dr. Patricia Rosas and Alejandro Uribe. 

Tags: globalization, social justice, diversity, conference, adult learning, Distributed education, higher education, human rights

Isbouts to write new book for National Geographic

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Sep 23, 2011

National Geographic Books, a unit of National Geographic Society, has retained Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts, author of National Geographic’s bestseller The Biblical World, for a new book titled In the Footsteps of Jesus. The new book will place the life of Jesus within the geography, history, and culture of first century Roman Palestine using the latest insights from modern archaeology, literary research, and forensic studies.

The Biblical World, written by Isbouts and published by National Geographic in 2007, explored the geographical, cultural, and literary context of the Judeo-Christian Bible, including narratives from both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. As was the case with The Biblical World, the new book will deploy a strictly non-denominational approach. A television series based on the book is under consideration.

 “We hope that In the Footsteps of Jesus will help modern audiences to better understand Jesus in the context of his time, both as a historical figure and as the founder of Christianity,” said Lisa Thomas, senior editor at National Geographic Books.

A humanities scholar, Isbouts is a faculty member in the doctoral media psychology program at Fielding Graduate University. His most recent books include Young Jesus (2008) and From Moses to Muhammad (2010). For more information, visit

National Geographic Society, founded in 1888 and based in Washington, D.C., is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. For more information, visit


Tags: globalization, social justice, diversity, psychology, Transformational learning, religion, human rights

Fielding announces return to Alexandria, VA, in summer 2012

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Sep 12, 2011
Fielding is pleased to announce that in 2012 the university will return to Alexandria, VA, for its second “All Schools Summer Session.” This confirms there was a consensus that the first such session, held in July 2011, was a tremendous success. Participants’ evaluations revealed the session exceeded their expectations for a week-long, face-to-face community academic experience that enhanced the interactions and learning that goes on at a distance throughout the year. The university will return to The Mark Center Hilton, with easy access to Washington, D.C., during the week of July 16, 2012. Details about the session schedule and registration information is forthcoming

Tags: Transformational learning, conference, Advising and Student Development, adult learning, Distributed education, graduate education