Fielding Graduate University News

ELC faculty member to receive prestigious honor as distance education practitioner

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, May 16, 2012

Rena Palloff, PhD, ELC faculty member, has been selected to receive the 2012 Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education.  The award will be presented this August at the 28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education was instituted by Professor and Mrs. Wedemeyer to recognize outstanding contributions in the application of important skills, concepts, techniques, meanings and understandings of distance education in North America.  The Wedemeyer family has graciously continued supporting this award in tribute to their parents. 

Professor Wedemeyer (1911-1999) championed diversity in learning options and supported learner access and choice throughout his work as an a author, researcher, instructor, and administrator.  In the mid-twentieth century he outlined a vision for the use of telecommunications and media as instructional tools that would free teaching and learning from the confinements of the classroom and clock.  That vision had global influence and laid the foundation for much of today's distance education theory and practice.


Tags: technology, educational leadership, adult learning, Distributed education, distance education

Media psychology student new CTO at Aegis

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, May 16, 2012

Mike Neal, a doctoral student in Fielding Graduate University's media psychology program, has been hired by Aegis Analytical Corp. as its Chief Technology Officer. The company's announcement can be read at

Tags: Media psychology, technology, graduate education

WNGE posts links to March '12 webinars

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, May 16, 2012

“Differences among Turkish Women Immigrants in Germany”

by Andrea Zielke-Nadkarni 

 TOPIC: This presentation deals with the situation of 2 generations of Turkish women in Germany and their living conditions, which involve social changes from village to city life, from rural networks to urban isolation, and having to live with the ambiguity of traditional and modern expectations all of which show a great impact on their chances of empowerment.

 “Empowerment of Saudi Women in the Healthcare Sector through Education”

 by Elham Al Ateeq

  TOPIC: this presentation provides a brief on the status of Saudi women in the labor force particularly in the healthcare sector; it will provide an example of initiatives to empower women through education, leadership, team building, mentoring and coaching in a newly established nursing college in a rural area in Saudi Arabia.  Different obstacles and challenges which face Saudi women in the health care field are also touched upon with recommendations for supporting women's contribution to the country's health development.

"Empowering Women through Education"

by Joyce Lwande Onek

  TOPIC: The key to community development is the development of women. Any long‐term change in the fortunes of Africans must look at the next generation‐‐ the children‐‐ and it is the women who raise those children. Empowering women means literally to give them power over their own lives; to release them from the dependency on others. One of the most critical ways to empower women is economically, starting with empowering specific, individual women, who then empower their families, then other women in their community, then women in communities and beyond their own and so on.


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Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment. 

or upcoming events.

Tags: social justice, women's issues, adult learning, higher education, human rights

Fielding alumna honored by Girl Scouts of America

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, May 01, 2012

Fielding graduate Thelma Jackson, EdD (ELC ’02), is being honored as a Thurston County Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America. The honor is given to women who have turned their Girl Scout experiences into successful life accomplishments.

Jackson is a highly regarded and sought-after educational consultant and a leading educational transformation theorist. She will receive the honor on May 2, 2012, in Olympia, WA. Also receiving the honor that day will be the Honorable Christine Gregoire, Governor of the State of Washington, and Kaleen Cottingham, Director of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

Tags: creativity, social justice, educational leadership, Transformational learning, Organizational development, women's issues, Advising and Student Development, leadership, development, philanthropy, higher education, graduate education