Fielding Graduate University News

Program for '11 Positive Aging Conference Now Available

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Oct 24, 2011

Fielding Graduate University has finalized the program for the Fifth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging, December 6-9, 2011, it was announced today by the planning committee led by Katrina Rogers, Fielding’s newly appointed provost and senior vice president. The schedule of events being held in Los Angeles, CA, and the line-up of leading experts who will speak, lead workshops and seminars, and be panel discussants is available at

 Hotel information and registration forms - Early bird registration ends on November 15, 2011 – can be found at

Harry R. Moody will be the conference master of ceremonies. Moody is the director of academic affairs for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), which is one of the conference sponsors.

Keynote speaker will be writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson. She will speak about the contributions and improvisations of engaged older adults which she explores in her recent book Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom.

Innovation in Positive Aging, the theme of this year’s conference, is an opportunity to explore the ways in which people are creating new and more effective answers to one of the biggest challenges of our times: what does it mean to age well?  This small question has big implications for how we build community spaces, how we take care of our physical health, how we express ourselves through creative processes, and how we tackle life’s often complicated transitions.  In workshops and table presentations, conference participants take up new ideas to forward our understanding of these questions by tackling the conference themes of community, wellness, creativity, and life transitions.  Presentations range across these themes as well as across cultures as we consider how other societies are addressing the challenges and opportunities of aging. 

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New dean for Fielding's School of Educational Leadership & Change

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Oct 17, 2011

Mario R. Borunda, EdD, will assume the position of dean of the School of Educational MB smallLeadership & Change at Fielding Graduate University as of January 1, 2012.

In announcing Borunda’s appointment, Fielding President Richard Meyers, PhD, wrote “We are honored that Dr. Borunda has accepted our invitation to assume this vital leadership role in our university. In the relatively short period since it was founded, ELC has established a well-earned reputation as a quality leader in higher education. It is highly regarded for its relevant community-based curriculum for creative change in our nation’s schools. We are certain Dr. Borunda will honor what the school has accomplished and take it to an even greater influential role in educational leadership.”

 Borunda comes to Fielding from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where he was dean of the School of Education and led a significant expansion of its programs and enrollment. Prior positions included vice president at the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller and dean of the graduate school at Wheelock College in Boston.

Borunda is a native of southern California where he started his career as an elementary school teacher. He earned a master’s degree in childhood development from Boston University and then a doctoral degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. During his time there he served as the chair of the Harvard Educational Review and co-founder of the Center for Urban and Minority Education.

He is known throughout the country, and especially in the northeast, as a leading expert in early childhood education and in the K-12 arena, having been active in numerous school reform organizations and private and public boards including the Massachusetts Early Education and Care Council and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Assessment and Accountability Committee.

Borunda has a track record for collaborative leadership and working with people and organizations to help them achieve their aspirations. He sees in Fielding a shared passion for using transformative education to achieve the goals of social justice and diversity in our society.


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Katrina Rogers Appointed Provost at Fielding Graduate University

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Oct 14, 2011

Katrina Rogers, PhD, will assume the position of provost at Fielding Graduate University as of November 1, 2011 it was announced today by Richard S. Meyers, PhD, president.

Since 2005, Rogers has been an associate dean in organizational development at Fielding and its director of the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI), a university-wide academic center that supports research, leadership, and community engagement. She helped to initiate the first endowed scholarship at Fielding for dissertation research in social change; the first award-winning certificate in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement; and the ISI Fellows program whereby alumni can pursue research and practice in social change. In December ISI will host for the second year in a row the International Conference on Positive Aging.

In the educational and nonprofit sectors, Rogers has held key positions including executive, board member, staff, teacher, and volunteer.  She led the European campus for Thunderbird School of Global Management in Geneva, Switzerland for a decade, working with international organizations such as the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization, and the European Union. 

Rogers has also been a leader in the field of conservation, most notably with the Grand Canyon Trust and the Arboretum in Flagstaff, AZ.  She led conservation projects in rural communities, lobbied Congress for stronger environmental legislation, and participated in restoration work in the US, China, and Costa Rica.

In announcing the appointment, President Meyers said, “Dr. Rogers’ academic experience and work in social change embodies the Fielding vision to serve scholar-practitioners committed to transformational learning and social justice.  I am delighted she has accepted this role as we seek to set the standard of excellence as a global network of lifelong learners engaged in innovative scholarly practice and research.”

She has doctoral degrees in political science and history.  In addition to many articles, her book, Towards a Postpositivist World, articulated a model for understanding international environmental frameworks.  Rogers has served as Board President for the Environmental Fund of Arizona and Vice-President of the Museum of Northern Arizona.  She received a post-doctoral fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and was a Fulbright scholar to Germany, studying history and German literature at the University of Tubingen. She currently serves as a board member for the Public Dialogue Consortium.