Fielding Graduate University News

Fielding faculty Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu authors book When Half is Whole

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Aug 31, 2012

sms coverStephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Fielding Graduate University faculty in the School of Human & Organizational Development (HOD), has authored a new book When Half is Whole published by Stanford University Press.

Publishers Weekly says "When Half is Whole succeeds both as a comprehensive ethnic studies volume and an enlightening memoir of pushing back against categorizing humans with singular, rather than multiple identities.” Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, acclaims it as “a moving and thought-provoking book! Brilliantly nuanced, searingly honest, and beautifully written, When Half is Whole raises profound, often uncomfortable questions about race, identity, and the search for human connection.”

Stephan explains:"I listen and gather people's stories. Then I write them dStephan Murphy-Shigematsuown in a way that I hope will communicate something to others, so that seeing these stories will give readers something of value. I tell myself that this isn't going to be done unless I do it, just because of who I am. It's a way of making my mark, leaving something behind . . . not that I'm planning on going anywhere right now."

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu is a Japanese/American multicultural psychologist and author specializing in understanding and illuminating issues of diversity and identity in nations, organizations, families, and individuals. He is on the faculties of the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity, University of Tokyo, and Fielding Graduate University.

For more information about Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu and his work, click here.

When Half is Whole is available on Amazon.

Tags: diversity, sociology, international, human development, learning

Fielding faculty member Jeff Leinaweaver to present at the first Symposium for the Study of Myth

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Aug 30, 2012

Jeff LeinaweaverJeff Leinaweaver, Fielding Graduate University faculty member, ISI fellow and alumni will be presenting on the eco-psychology of living myth and its role in sustainable living at the first Symposium for the Study of Myth co-sponsored by the Joseph Campbell Foundation, Opus Archives and Research Center, and Pacifica Graduate Institute.

This is the first conference of its kind to discuss the exploration of myth and its intersection in culture, theory and practice. Symposium themes are organized around three broad areas of inquiry and action: Myth in Culture, Myth in Theory, and Myth in Practice, and will include a blend of self-selecting energies and traditional formats. There will be round table discussion sessions, paper panels, keynote lectures by luminaries in the field of myth studies, and special events that include media presentations and performances. The Symposium runs Aug 31st to Sept 2nd in Santa Barbara.

For more information about the symposium, click here.

Tags: creativity, sustainability, higher education

Fielding faculty Four Arrows recognized with Midday Star Award

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Aug 30, 2012
Four Arrows

Fielding Graduate University-School of Educational Leadership & Change (ELC) faculty member Don Trent (Four Arrows) Jacobs, PhD was the fifth person to receive the Midday Star Award since its inception in 2004.

Four Arrows recently returned from presenting at the Ontario Institute for the Study of Education at the University of Toronto, where he joined six other indigenous elders from around the world to lead the fourth Spirit Matters conference and was presented with the Midday Star Award. The award was presented in memory of George Charles, Ojibway elder and Korean War veteran, whose native name was GAZH GAD NANG, meaning Midday Star. George Charles was recognized in 2005 as one of Canada's top 14 aboriginal heroes for uniting people of all colors in peace as brothers and sisters of the global human family.

The award announcement reads:

"To Four Arrows, Wahinkpe Topa, aka Don Trent Jacobs, in recognition of his service to aboriginal communities in a variety of forms that stress inclusiveness, respect for the traditional teachings of wisdom, love, respect, courage, honesty, humility and truth, working to undo stereotypes and to walk the Good Red Road. Presented on August 26, 2012, at the Spirit Matters Conference at the Ontario Institute for the Study of Education, this plaque will be mounted for display at the Harvey Anderson Memorial Library Resource Center in Rama, Ontario, within the boundaries of the Mjikaning First Nation. Four Arrows' books are also among the first to be housed at the center."

Four Arrows with flute at ns06 resized 600Four Arrows commented: "I humbly share this to let my ELC colleagues know that indigenizing mainstream education is more and more being called into being. Edgar Mitchell, former astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Science, has written, 'Only a handful of visionaries recognize the importance of Indigenous worldviews in solving the problems facing our world today'. I hope this perspective becomes a part of ELC's reputation as a result of this award."

For more information about the Spirit Matters Gathering click here.


Tags: globalization, educational leadership, conference, human rights

Next MA Ed information session scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4th

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Aug 29, 2012

Do you know someone who may be interested in the Fielding Graduate University Master of Arts in Education (MA-Ed) program? 

Here is the information to pass on!

The next information session for the MA-Ed program is scheduled on Tuesday, September 4th at 4:00 p.m. 

Click here for more information:
Register for the webinar at

MA postcard


Tags: educational leadership, adult learning, Distributed education, higher education, graduate education, distance education

Chapter in AACRAOs first comprehensive SEM publication since 2001 authored by Fielding associate provost Dr. Monique Snowden

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Aug 29, 2012

monique resized 600The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) announces new publication, Strategic Enrollment Management: Transforming Higher Education featuring a chapter authored by Dr. Monique L. Snowden, Associate Provost for Academic and Enrollment Services at Fielding Graduate University.

Nineteen chapter contributors share their wealth of expertise on topics ranging from student success, financial aid, the use of data and metrics, Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) in the post baccalaureate context, international initiatives within SEM, constructive conflict, SEM as community, the role of executive leadership in SEM, personnel training, and SEM planning.

Monique holds an adjunct faculty appointment in Fielding’s School of Human and Organizational Development (HOD). Her current research interests include examining the communicative role and impact of professional associations on profession identity, knowledge and practice. She is an engaged scholar-practitioner leader in AACRAO, currently chairing the AACRAO Graduate and Professionals Schools Committee and serving on the Public Policy Advisory Committee.

AACRAO is a nonprofit, voluntary, professional association of more than 11,000 higher education admissions and registration professionals who represent more than 2,600 institutions and agencies in the United States and in over 40 countries around the world.

To order: Call (301) 490-7651




Tags: organizational change, Enrollment Technology, management education, higher education, graduate education

Fielding alumni publish book on the theory of Coordinated Management of Meaning

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Aug 29, 2012

CMMThe Reflective, Facilitative and Interpretive Practices of the Coordinated Management of Meaning: Making Lives, Making Meaning, showcases practical applications of the theory of Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM). In the facilitation section, CMM creates dynamics within groups leading toward improved ways of working together; in the interpretation section CMM offers alternative frames to interpret interactions with one another; and in the reflection section CMM is a means to reflect on experiences and interactions to deeper levels of understanding and learning. CMM is grounded in social constructionism, takes a communication perspective and provides concepts and tools for making better social worlds.

“To be at home in the universe is to know the universe as well as we can, to know our place in the universe as well as we can, as fully as we can, what we are—the seventh miracle; the makers of better social worlds through the coordinated enactment of compassion, empathy and mindfulness.” —Barnett Pearce, 2011

Fielding Graduate University alumni contributors include:

Beth Fisher-Yoshida (Editor), Catherine Creede (Editor), Placida Gallegos (Editor), Karen Bentley (Contributor), Linda Blong (Contributor), Lydia Forsythe (Contributor), Jeff Hutcheson (Contributor), Jeff Leinaweaver (Contributor), Paige Marrs (Contributor), Darrin S. Murray (Contributor), Adair Linn Nagata (Contributor), Kim Pearce (Contributor), W Barnett Pearce (Contributor), Jane Peterson (Contributor), Irene Stein (Contributor), Ilene Wasserman (Contributor)

ISBN-10: 1611475139 | ISBN-13: 978-1611475135

To purchase the book on Amazon, please click here.

Tags: educational leadership, management education, distance education

Fielding alumna Audrey Cuff, EdD book titled City of Thieves releases today

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Aug 28, 2012

City of ThievesFielding Graduate University is pleased to announce alumna Audrey Cuff, EdD, school of ELC published her book titled City of Thieves.

"When Ashley Brown was five years old, her parents left her in the care of her grandma, though her mother promised to return for her. At fourteen, Ashley is still living with her grandmother in Highland, a city on the outskirts of Maryville, a place known as the "ghetto."

Ashley has shadowy memories of her mother taking her to her favorite place, the library. Reading a good book allows Ashley to escape her poverty and crime infested community. One afternoon after listening to the Mayor's press conference, Ashley discovers that the Mayor is taking away the community library. In spite of being put on punishment for a week by her grandma for defending herself from the school bullies, Ashley feels it is worth the risk to sneak out of her apartment to mail a letter she has written to the Mayor about keeping the library open.

Every day homeless people approach her and beg for something to eat or for money. The most frequent requests come from two disheveled individuals Ashley has nicknamed "Orphan Annie" and the "business-man bum." As if escaping the homeless people isn't enough, there are a bunch of bullies who harass Ashley. One day, the bullies chase her into an alley. They force her to the ground and Ashley is afraid of what could have happened next. This is one time Ashley wished she listen to her grandma." (

Tags: social justice

The Burbank International Film Festival honors Fielding alumna Mary Shuttleworth

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Aug 28, 2012

Mary Shuttleworth

In addition to honoring outstanding independent filmmakers in a variety of categories, The Burbank International Film Festival is also proud to honor industry icons, innovators and pioneers in the world of Art, Music and Film.

Mary Shuttleworth is the Founder and President for Youth for Human Rights International. Born and raised in South Africa, she saw first-hand the devastating effects of the lack of basic human rights, and realized that education was the long-term solution to improving conditions. She earned her Doctorate in Education from Fielding Graduate University, and in 2001 started the non-profit corporation Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI). She is the Executive Producer of the multiple award-winning music video, “United”, a series of PSA’s on human rights, and award-winning short films including “The Story of Human Rights”. Her films and PSA’s are being shown around the world on TV, Cable, and DVD, and “The Story of Human Rights” will be screening in the festival documentary shorts program. Her organization now has groups and chapters in more than 100 countries around the world. She has visited over 80 countries to promote her Human Rights Education, meeting with Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and United Nations officials. The mayor of Los Angeles proclaimed “Youth for Human Rights Day” for the City of Los Angels, and the mayor of Burbank officially acknowledged her in both 2010 and 2011. Through her efforts, she has reached millions of people around the world by inspiring leadership through education. The Burbank International Film Festival is honored to present this year’s festival “Awareness Award” to Mary Shuttleworth and her son, Taron Lexton. (

Tags: globalization, social justice, educational leadership, international, human rights

Alumnus Cliff Hurst accepted a position at Gore School of Business

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Aug 27, 2012

Fielding Graduate University is please to announce alumnus Cliff Hurst, school of HOD, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Management at Gore School of Business at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. He teaches management and entrepreneurship at the MBA and undergraduate level. This assignment began in August of 2012.


Tags: management education, higher education, graduate education

Save Wednesdays in October!

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Aug 27, 2012

WNGEFieldingLogoIn October, the Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE) will once again sponsor a series of free webinars open to all. Starting on October 3rd and held live at 1 PM, Pacific, we will hear from colleagues working around the world.  Confirmed thusfar are: Dr. Ruthellen Josselson, Dr. Ani Kalayjian, and Melanie St. James.  Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!

Event Details:
Time: October 3, 2012 at 1pm to October 24, 2012 at 1pm
Location: WebEx
Organized By: Anna DiStefano

For more information: WNGE Events


Tags: gender empowerment, educational leadership, women's issues, leadership, higher education

Fielding faculty member Michele Harway and alumna Carolyn Steigmeier each write a chapter in a series published by Routledge

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Aug 27, 2012

Gender in the Therapy Hour

Fielding Graduate University faculty member in the School of Psychology Michele Harway, PhD, ABPP, and alumna Carolyn Steigmeier, PhD, HOS ’98 were each asked to contribute a chapter in Gender in the Therapy Hour:  Voices of Female Clinicians Working with Men, (Holly Barlow Sweet, Ed.), Routledge, 2012 in their series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys & Men.  The author of each chapter discussed how she came to understand men and the treatment modalities she has found successful.  All are members of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity:  Division 51 of the American Psychological Association.

michele h resized 600Michele authored the chapter:  Understanding men’s issues:  Assessing and treating men who are abusive.  Michele also recently published two books:  Engaging men in couples therapy (with David Shepard, Eds.), Routledge, 2011 and Navigating multiple identities:  Race, gender, culture, nationality and roles, (with Ruthellen Josselson, Eds.), Oxford University Press, 2012.

Carolyn SteigmeierCarolyn wrote the chapter Coaching Men, which focused on coaching as an alternative therapeutic modality for working with men as opposed to traditional psychotherapy.  In her dissertation, "Men in a Cultural Vise:  Foucauldian genealogical analysis of the social construction of men as resistant," (Fielding Graduate University, 1998) Carolyn examined cultural views of men through the social construction of masculinity.  Based on her research and years of working with men she developed the Men in Action™ Coaching Process, a positive approach with action-oriented tools to tackle real issues in real time by following a plan.

Gender in the Therapy Hour:  Voices of Female Clinicians Working with Men, (Holly Barlow Sweet, Ed.), Routledge, 2012 can be ordered on

Michele can be contacted at

Carolyn can be contact at

Tags: psychology, women's issues, higher education, clinical psychology, graduate education, research

World Café signature learning program to begin September 30th

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Aug 23, 2012

world cafe online courseProviding a fundamental understanding of The World Café theory and method, the course titled Hosting World Cafés: The Fundamentals  applies the World Café design principles to bring forth the creative power of conversation and engage questions that matter. Participants will develop the capacity to use the World Café in their own lives and work, and gain a basic understanding of World Café hosting practices.

Offered in a three-day face-to-face format, and online in a seven-week distance-learning format with weekly webinars - in collaboration with the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University. Some degree of familiarity with The World Café is recommended. Understand and apply the seven design principles and fundamental assumptions of the World Café:

  • Learn to generate powerful questions that matter
  • Develop the skills and capacity to design, convene and host a World Café conversation
  • Understand and experience the processes, principles and "ways of being" that can call forth collective intelligence
  • Become familiar with the intellectual foundations of the World Café
  • Explore how the World Café can be applied in creative ways across different sectors, cultures, demographics and contexts

This academically rigorous, highly interactive online course is designed for serious students who would like a solid understanding of the World Café method and philosophy and want to work with senior practitioners in a peer-to-peer environment to learn how to host powerful and effective World Cafes.  

The course is being hosted by Fielding Adjunct Faculty member Bo Gyllenpalm and Amy Lenzo, Managing Director of the World Cafe Community Foundation's Signature Learning Programs. Both individuals are well known for their pioneering work in bringing the World Cafe process and principles into online learning and engagement.

Participants completing this course will be awarded 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by Fielding Graduate University, and will be eligible to apply to the International Coach Federation (ICF) for 19 Continuing Coaching Education Units (CCEUs).

Program Dates
September 30 - November 17, 2012
Required Synchronous Sessions: September 30 and November 11
Optional Weekly Synchronous Clinics, dates to be determined
To download course curriculum, click here: Course Curriculum
For more information about World Café programs, click here: World Cafe Signature Learning Programs
To register, please click here: World Cafe Signature Learning Registration Page

Tags: technology, educational leadership, digital learning, international, adult learning, learning

Master of arts in education informational webinars begin next week

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Aug 17, 2012

Do you know someone who may be interested in the Fielding Graduate University master of arts in education program?  Informational webinars begin next week!

Learn more about Fielding Graduate University and about:
- Interactive Learning Online
- Emerging Technology in the K-12 Classroom
- Social Media and Education
First webinar is Wednesday, August 22, 2012 4 p.m. pst
The Future of Online Teaching and Learning
Apply Now!

First cohort starts in January 2013*

Register for the webinar at
Contact Chrystie Lewis | | 805.898.4039

MaEd Webinar

Tags: adult learning, Distributed education, higher education, graduate education, distance education

Dr. Don Bushnell, HOD Faculty Emeritus at Fielding, presenting at the World Universities Forum

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Aug 16, 2012
Don Bushnell

Fielding Graduate University is pleased to announce that Dr. Don Bushnell will be presenting at the World Universities Forum, Twelfth Annual Conference, in Vancouver in January, 2013.  

Along with colleague Chuck Champlin, Don will present “Open Courseware Dreams . . . and a Catch-22: Free classes for all but who’s to say what’s been learned?”

The worldwide explosion of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Courseware (OCW) is a “revolution in opportunity” for every person on the planet.  The chance to learn – virtually – any subject via a relatively inexpensive mobile phone or lap top (assuming that the student has the discipline to do so) far exceeds the scope and power of books. The idea that a farmer in Africa may have the same access to top lectures in computer skills and engineering as a privileged young student at Stanford suggests a tremendous potential for growth in the intellectual well-being of our world.  However the OER phenomenon faces a Catch-22 that threatens to invalidate this global-scale, readily accessible knowledge base.  There is a lack of certification and degrees granted by most sponsoring institutions for free online courses that have been successfully completed. Ambitious, capable students everywhere may not be able to capitalize on their newly acquired knowledge.  Will they be admitted to a university, or secure a job without documented credentials?  A survey of the relatively slow growth in potential solutions to this problem will be explored, and there will be a call for urgent new means to address it.  

Don Bushnell, Ph.D. is the past president of the Association for Educational Data Processing and a founding dean at the Fielding Graduate University.

Chuck Champlin is the communications manager for the Office of Admissions at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which received 68,000 applications for Fall 2013.  He has also worked as a journalist; as a communications director at The Walt Disney Company; and managed communications for Pasadena Unified School District and Pasadena Community College, both in California.

Tags: international, adult learning, graduate education, distance education

Fielding adjunct faculty Kerul Kassel, PhD presents on sustainability at the Academy of Management All-Academy Theme Symposium

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Aug 16, 2012
Kerul Kassel, PhD

Kerul Kassel, PhD, participated in a panel presentation at Academy of Management All-Academy Theme Symposium with a focus on the "Informal Economy” (IE). 

The presentation was reviewed by author Joseph Sarkis in the Academy's blog Organizations and the Natural Environment on Monday August 6th, 2012 in his article titled “Sustainability and the Informal Economy.” Skaris writes, “Kerul Kassel, sought out the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) performance factors in her talk on the impact of sustainability reporting in on the formal economy.  She pointed out the irony of how a formal standard can be used to understand IE.  But there is some logic to this application.  She essentially made two points, IE needs to be evaluated from a more systemic (rather than binary) view; and sustainability reporting is a research lens that can tell us a lot about IE.” For the full article click here.

For more information:

Kerul Kassel, Ph.D. Adjunct Faculty, Sustainability Leadership Certificate Program, Fielding Graduate University

Tags: sustainability

Fielding alumna Dr. Kathy Cowan Sahadath presented at the Academy of Management

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Aug 14, 2012

Image KCS resized 600On Saturday August 4, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Academy of Management Conference, Fielding Graduate University alumna Dr. Kathy Cowan Sahadath, school of HOD, presented a professional development workshop along with Dr. Dawn-Marie Turner and Dr. Lysbeth van Silfhout. The workshop was titled "Less Communication and More Conversation: Using Conversation to Facilitate Organizational Change." The workshop focused on conversation as the most natural and powerful ways of communicating during change with the goal of teaching how to use conversation as the primary means of communication for enabling intentional change.

The workshop focused on three areas:
1.         The role communication plays in affecting the outcome of an organizational change initiative. 
2.         The natural rhythm of conversation that occurs during change.
3.         The use of the guided conversation technique as a practical and effective tool for facilitating change in an organization change.

Click here for copy of a new e-zine Dr. Kathy Cowan Sahadath, Dr. Dawn-Marie Turner and Dr. Lysbeth van Silfhout produced through the International Council on Organizational Change-The Change Leader

Dr. Kathy Cowan Sahadath can be contacted at

Tags: organizational change, Organizational development, intentional change, conversation

Fielding Faculty David Antonuccio, PhD, publishes article in Scientifica

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Aug 13, 2012

Fielding Faculty David Antonuccio, Ph.D. coauthored with David Healy, publishes article titled "Relabeling the Medications We Call Antidepressants" in Scientifica.

David summarizes the article: "The article raises the question about whether the data on medications we call antidepressants warrant the label of antidepressant. This is a real question because many of the "side effects" have larger effects sizes than those for the antidepressant effect.  For example, the negative effects on sexual functioning are larger than those for the antidepressant effect.  Consumers ought to be aware that calling these medications antidepressants is a business decision that may not be adequately supported by the data. They might just as well be called anti-aphrodisiacs but that would obviously have a negative marketing impact."  
Provisional pdf of the article available at: 

David Antonuccio, Ph.D.
Faculty, Fielding Graduate University
Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, ABPP
Professor Emeritus U. of Nevada School of Medicine

Scientifica, Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 965908,

Tags: antidepressant

Fielding alumnus Dr. Marion Smith, Jr. appointed Principal of Lowell Elementary School

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Aug 10, 2012

Fielding alumnus Dr. Marion Smith, Jr. appointed Principal of Lowell Elementary School in Seattle, WA

Superintendent Jose Banda writes, "Starting his career in education, he was a lead pre-kindergarten teacher. Dr. Smith’s educational preparation includes an earned Doctorate of Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, a Masters of Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix-Las Vegas campus, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He holds a Washington State Administrative Certificate.

He is committed to inclusive practices and will be a great fit for the Lowell Elementary School community. He has identified cultivating positive, constructive relationships with the community, supporting a foundation for continuous school improvement based on Lowell Elementary’s strengths and growth areas, and creating a shared vision for the future as beginning priorities as principal."

Click here to view the full announcement from Jose Banda, Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools.

Tags: educational leadership

Fielding Faculty Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt receive 2012 Wedemeyer Award

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Aug 10, 2012

Fielding Faculty Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt receive the 2012 Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education.

The award is presented each August at the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning in Madison, Wisconsin.

Wedemeyer AwardProfessor and Mrs. Wedemeyer established this biennial award to recognize outstanding contributions in the application of important skills, concepts, techniques, meanings and understandings of distance education in North America. The award honors leadership that has provided a model of practice benefiting present and future distance education programs, instructors, students, researchers, and practitioners. Contributions may include: distance teaching and learning projects, innovative distance education methods, activities that enhance the field of practice, or a body of work demonstrating exceptional contributions and/or advancements to the field.

Rena Palloff and Keith PrattRena Palloff and Keith Pratt are the managing partners of Crossroads Consulting Group, working with academic institutions and business and professional organizations in the development and delivery of effective online education and training programs. Rena and Keith are program directors and faculty in the Teaching in the Virtual Classroom program at Fielding Graduate University.  They are the authors of the 1999 Frandson Award winning book Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace: Effective Strategies for the Online Classroom (Jossey-Bass, 1999), Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom (Jossey-Bass, 2001), The Virtual Student (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community (Jossey-Bass, 2005), and Assessing the Online Learner (Jossey-Bass, 2009). The second edition of Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace, now titled, Building Virtual Learning Communities was published in July 2007.

Palloff and Pratt receive 2012 Wedemeyer AwardThe books are comprehensive guides to the development of an online environment that helps promote successful learning outcomes while fostering collaboration and building a sense of community among the learners. Drs. Palloff and Pratt have been presenting this work across the United States and internationally since 1994. Their most recent title, The Excellent Online Instructor, published in spring 2011.

Tags: wedemeyer, educational leadership, adult learning, graduate education, distance education

Fielding faculty Ruthellen Josselson, PhD, presents at Womanspace

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Aug 09, 2012

ruthellen resized 600Find Your Space: Womanspace explores friendship and bullying

Fielding Graduate University faculty and author Ruthellen Josselson, PhD , is an international expert on female friendship and teaches at Fielding Graduate University in Baltimore. She presents a community workshop for counseling professionals, women, and girls age 12 and older at Womanspace September 22, 2012. The Pleasures & Perils of Girls’ & Women’s Friendships is sponsored by David Boccignone-Ameriprise Financial, and is based on Josselson’s intensive interview study of girls’ and women’s friendships throughout life. The presentation and small-group discussions will focus on the ways we need friends, what the dilemmas of friendship are, what we learn, and how we grow in friendship.


Tags: psychology, women's issues, clinical psychology

Fielding faculty member and alumni Jeff Leinaweaver selected as finalist for annual excellence award

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Aug 09, 2012
The Coordinated Management of a Culturally Diffused Identity: Internationally Adopted People and the Narrative Burden of Self.

BrownWalker Press and the editors of selected Fielding Graduate University faculty member and alumni Jeff Leinaweaver as one of three finalists for the annual excellence award for the book version of his dissertation The Coordinated Management of a Culturally Diffused Identity: Internationally Adopted People and the Narrative Burden of Self.


Internationally adopted persons confront multiple challenges in constructing their identities. This study of the narrative burden of self looks at and interprets the dynamic process in which internationally adopted people develop, coordinate and manage their sense of self, identity and cultural/racial personhood. Drawing on the theory of the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM), the study focuses on their use of orphaning and adoption stories to most skillfully position and tell one's origin story in concert with one's internal sense of self, and the pressures and forces found in interpersonal and intercultural dialogue. The research reveals how internationally adopted people develop and demonstrate varying levels of game mastery in managing societal scripts and oppressive frames of stigma. Through this game mastery, the research brings to view how the participants have reflexively learned to claim ownership of their stories and develop a sense of agency while fashioning self-empowering narratives out of the resources of their personal root journeys to better manage, frame and coordinate the meaning of their stories across cultural and interpersonal boundaries.

About The Author

Jeff Leinaweaver, Ph.D., is a social researcher, narrative genealogist and fellow at the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University where he studies topics related to the intersection of narrative, complexity and global identity development. He represents a first generation of internationally adopted scholars studying and re-framing the conversation on international adoption and human development.

Institution: Fielding Graduate University (Santa Barbara, CA, USA)

Advisor(s): W. Barnett Pearce

Degree: Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems

Year: 2008


ISBN-10: 1612337619

ISBN-13: 9781612337616

Category: Sociology

Tags: adoption, sociology, development, international, graduate education, research

Fielding Doctoral Student publishes book: Designing Ecological Habitats

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Aug 07, 2012
Designing Ecological Habitats

Designing Ecological Habitats – Creating a Sense of Place

Editors: E. Christopher Mare and Max Lindegger

Permanent Publications & Gaia Education, 2011

277pages; £ 14.95

Review by Daniel C. Wahl, Ph.D.

This book is a truly remarkable compendium of collective wisdom. The book brings together a wide diversity of perspectives and it does so in true ecovillage fashion, by honoring the wisdom of many voices. The book brings the subject alive through contributions from the global North and South, by men and women, old and young, offering indigenous, professional, scientific, grassroots, and deeply personal points of view.  Perspectives based on experience, on direct action, on daring to try, fail, and try again.

I can only offer you a few tasters of the morsels hidden between the pages of the Ecological Key the third of four books in this series by Gaia Education and Permanent Publication. Albert Bates from the Farm in Tennessee gives us his vision of civilization 2.0. Declan Kennedy from Lebensgarten in Germany reviews his own list of design criteria for ecological settlements. Liz Walker shares some of the lessons from the community supported agriculture business that helps to feed the ecovillage at Ithaca. Michael Shaw from Findhorn, summarizes his decades of experience in the design of wetlands. Jeff Clearwater, who has lived in a number of ecovillages in the US, offers a useful synthesis of 32 years of experience in designing renewable energy systems at a village scale. Marti Muller from Auroville tells their remarkable story of environmental restoration. 

The book also includes practical and often transferable advice from such diverse places as Honduras, Nepal, Japan, Nigeria, and the Philippines.  It takes you on a tour of projects of hope around the globe. Other gems include: a new take on permaculture ethics and principles by Maddy Harland, a concise piece by Patrick Whitefield explaining why permaculture is such an effective design framework, and Blue Economy guru Gunter Pauli offers a vision of designing with the flow of air, light, sound, energy, matter, and people.  I also loved the piece by Sean Esbjörn-Hargens and Michael Zimmerman applying the four quadrant map developed by Ken Wilber to ‘Integral Ecology’ and the design of human habitats. I am humbled to find my essay on Transformative Resilience among such a deeply informative and useful set of contributions.

Chris Mare did a fantastic job in collating and editing this compendium with Max Lindegger and the help of Maddy Harland. Both Chris and Max also contribute excellent articles of their own. Chris points out that each one of the 42 short articles (yes, 42!) you can easily read over breakfast. Do that every morning for a month and a half and you will have read the book!  While Chris’s suggestion puts a spin on the New Years resolution of mindful eating, at least you would start the day a little more hopeful that people all over the world are doing their bit to co-design ecological habitats. We are co-creating a new sense of place, where human beings are a symbiotic keystone species and not a destructive force of biocide. Humans thrive where life thrives!

 Designing Ecological Habitats - Creating a Sense of Place e-book may be downloaded for free at: (Designing Ecological Habitats.pdf)

Designing Ecological Habitats - Creating a Sense of Place may be purchased at:

In the midst of a spiritual awakening, E. Christopher Mare discovered a Permaculture Design Course in 1993 and has been a full time student ever since. He is currently preparing for his doctoral dissertation through Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara.

E. Christopher Mare can be contact at

Tags: sustainability, habitat, ecological, environmental justice