Fielding Graduate University News

Fielding faculty, alumni, and students who coach writers will present 18 seminars that will help communicate scholarly ideas

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Sep 21, 2012

Rocky Mtn Fall 2012 Retreat Save the Date resized 600This month’s Fielding Graduate University's Rocky Mountain Virtual Retreat is all about communicating academically

Fielding faculty, alumni, and students who coach writers will present 18 seminars that will help you communicate your scholarly ideas effectively through academic papers, presentations, and other digital platforms. Attend as many of the two-hour sessions as you would like on WebEx via your computer using a headset (free) or phone (toll call). Discussion forums for each session are set up on FELIX. Presenters will post handouts there prior to the event. All workshops will be recorded and posted on FELIX following the event. View full schedule here.

How to sign up…

If you are already logged into FELIX, this link will take you to the Rocky Mountain Virtual Learning and Writing Retreat September 29 and 30, 2012 folder. If that doesn’t work, go to the FELIX Summit, click on School of ELC and then EdD Home. Once there, look for the link to EdD Community. Click on it and you will find the folder called Rocky Mountain Virtual Learning and Writing Retreat September 29 and 30, 2012. There you will find folders for each time slot and within those are folders for the individual sessions. Choose a seminar and look for the “Sign Up to Attend” discussion thread. Click “Reply” and add yourself to the list of attendees.

How to attend…

A few minutes before your seminar begins, go to and select the seminar you signed up to attend. Note: if this is your first time using WebEx, allow at least five minutes to download the software. The set up is automatic on your computer.

What do I need?

WebEx allows meeting participants to connect to the presentation audio for free using a computer headset.* The other option for audio is to call in via telephone. Note: the second option is not free and, unless you have unlimited long distance, you will see a toll charge for the call on your phone bill. *Headsets are small, but good investment for Fielding students to use with both WebEx and Skype. Prices vary. Search for “computer headsets and microphones” to find one that works with your computer.

Why isn’t there a toll-free number to call?

In order to record both the audio and visual portions of each presentation, we have to use the audio services WebEx provides.* These services enable participants to ask questions and engage in dialogue that will be valuable at the time of the presentation and later when the recordings are archived in FELIX.


For more information about the event contact Dr. Jenny Edwards, Rocky Mountain Cluster faculty leader Rocky Mountain Cluster student co-leads, Nova Martinez (ELC) and Kerry Mitchell (HOD) for more information.

Tags: technology, Advising and Student Development, digital learning, graduate education, distance education

Francine Campone, Director of the Evidence Based Coaching Program at Fielding presented at the Academy of Management Conference

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Sep 14, 2012

Francine CamponeFrancine Campone, Director of the Evidence-Based Coaching (EBC) Program at Fielding Graduate University, co-presented on graduate coach education at the 2012 Academy of Management Conference in Boston, MA

Francine presented with with colleagues from the Graduate School Alliance of Executive Coaching Programs and the session was co-sponsored by the MED, MD, and ODC divisions of the Academy of Management.

From the presentation titled From Wild West to Established Territory, Francine discussed the following points:

  • Coach education must respond to the diversity of coach backgrounds and the differing requirements of diverse sectors of the marketplace
  • Coach identity requires further clarification, definition and boundaries
  • Graduate education for coaches ensures alignment with standards of education for professional practitioners

Francine has also been keeping very busy as EBC Director in The Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) at Fielding Graduate University. ISI encompasses three main project areas, currently defined as research, professional development, and organization consulting projects. One of the major initiatives of ISI in the area of professional development in the EBC program. This graduate level program is an accredited coach training program that meets all training requirements of the International Coach Federation (ICF). 

Through the efforts of Charles McClintock, Director of ISI, James A. Kyriaco, ISI Project manager, and Francine, the EBC program is approved for the Board Certified Coach certificate offered by the Center for Credentialing & Education.  In addition, the program is aligned with the academic standards of the Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching (GSAEC).

Next week, Francine will be addressing the newest graduating students in the EBC program in California on Saturday, September 22nd at the Santa Barbara Hyatt.

For more information about the Institute for Social Innovation, click here

Tags: educational leadership, higher education, graduate education

Fielding faculty Dr. Karen Dill keeping busy in media psychology news

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Sep 14, 2012

describe the imageFielding Graduate University media psychology faculty member Karen Dill, PhD, is making the news.

Karen recently completed an interview with Time magazine covering her research on race in video games. The article reviews the research for the game Assassin’s Creed III based on the concept for a half-Mohawk, half-British assassin.

Read the Time article here: 

Regarding the her research and analysis of the Mohawk culture, Karen writes about what the game developers did right:

“This game might teach some realistic aspects of Mohawk culture, and the game developersMohawk iron worker strove to be realistic and accurate about Mohawk culture. What would be positive is if the game caused players to learn more about the Mohawk culture, specifically aspects that do not involve aggression. For example, game players might find out that Mohawks were key ironworkers that helped build the city of New York.

What makes a character a stereotype or not, for me, depends on several things, all of which have to do with good narrative and character development in general. Of course, game developers should stay away from stereotypes, negative or positive. Characters should be complicated and nuanced. The fact of their race should inform who they are and yet they should still be allowed to be a unique individual."

Along with this article, Karen also recently published an article in Sage titled: Simulation & Gaming: An International Journal  demonstrating how minorities are presented in the media makes a difference in how others feel about and react to other members of that minority.  For more than four decades, Simulation & Gaming: An International Journal of Theory, Practice and Research has served as a leading international forum for the exploration and development of simulation/gaming methodologies used in education, training, consultation, and research. It appraises academic and applied issues in the expanding fields of simulation, computer- and internet-mediated simulation, virtual reality, educational games, video games, industrial simulators, active and experiential learning, case studies, and related methodologies.

Not slowing down, Karen recently worked with the International Society for Research on Aggression to complete a statement regarding media violence intended for general audiences to summarize what experts believe about media violence effects. The International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA) is a society of scholars and scientists interested in the scientific study of aggression and violence. The Society is both international and interdisciplinary and meets every other year on alternating continents. There are over 250 members from several dozen countries with specialties in psychology, psychiatry, physiology, sociology, anthropology, animal behavior, criminology, political science, pharmacology, and education. For more information on the ISRA media violence statement, click here:

Based on her expertise, Karen was also recently invited by the chair of the division on information systems of the ICA (International Communication Association), to be part of a panel promoting promote the upcoming Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology, of which she is the editor, next summer at their London conference.

Last but not least, Fielding Graduate University is pleased to announce the Media & Social Psychology course that Karen teaches draws praise in this article posted recently for being on the forefront of thought in its field, and is among other courses offered by top Universities including Harvard.

Click here for the article 10 College Courses That Didn’t Exist 20 Years  Ago:

To keep up with Karen and her work:

Psychology Today Blog:

Tags: Media psychology, diversity, research

Last call for fellows program sponsored by Fielding Graduate University, The CMM Institute, & The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication & Society at Villanova University

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Sep 13, 2012

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Applications for the 2012-2013 CMM Institute Fellows Program are due by September 30, 2012.

The CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution, Fielding Graduate University's Institute for Social Innovation, & The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication & Society at Villanova University are proud to announce the second annual Fellows Program for 2012-2013.

The focus for the 2012/2013 Fellows program is “Transforming Communication.”

As we all know, social worlds are not all alike.  Some support lives of compassion, love, dignity and joy better than others.  Several taxonomies for naming these distinctions have been developed by theorist such as Robert Kegan and Ken Wilbur.

Communication is the generative force in the production of social worlds.  The “communication perspective” directs attention to those patterns of communication.  Once we look “at” communication, then we can ask the follow-up question:  How can we change patterns of communication that produce less desirable social worlds in our families, schools, workplaces, and communities into those that produce more desirable social worlds?

Barnett Pearce describes this as an “upward” move (as distinguished from the “backward” and “forward” moves) in the first chapter of Making Social Worlds:  A Communication Perspective (2007, Wiley-Blackwell).

We will be honoring and supporting the work of two Fellows who are engaged in research and/or practice in the broad area of taking the communication perspective. The 2013 Fellows will receive $5,000.00 and have their work featured on the websites and newsletters of the three sponsoring institutions.

Application Process

Your desire to become a Fellow is formalized by submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) form to the CMM Institute by September 30, 2012.  The letter should include a 3-page single spaced description of your proposed project, your rationale for this project, your methodology and the anticipated outcomes. The LOI can bedownloaded here.

If you are invited to become a Fellow we will inform you by January 1, 2013 and ask that your project be completed by July, 2013.  Both Fellows will present their work at a half-day seminar hosted by Fielding Graduate University in July, 2013. 

Each Fellow will receive a cash award of $5,000.00 and have their work featured in the newsletters, websites, and other publications of the collaborating Institutes. 

For more information, contact Kim Pearce at

Tags: fellow program

Fielding HOD alumna Kathleen Long, PhD, is interviewed for article in MITSloan Management Review

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Sep 12, 2012

Kathleen LongFielding Graduate University HOD alumna Kathleen Long, PhD, was interviewed in the business and management communities’ prestigious publication MITSloan Management Review for the article titled: Risky Business: How Data Analytics Can Help

Kathleen focuses an exciting extension of her dissertation research using a combination of behavioral analytics, Bayesian engineering and big data to help companies better determine and mitigate business risk.

The article states:

"A socio-cybernetician and behavioral scientist, Kathleen Long battles operational risk. As CEO of Montage Analytics, a Mountain View, Calif., consultancy offering risk assessment software services and analytic reports, Long has combined her training with the experience of Montage Analytic’s CTO, Doug Campbell, in Bayesian network design. The company helps organizations better understand and mitigate everything from risky business practices and employee fraud to the big, unwieldy, nearly undetectable risks referred to as “black swans.”

This isn’t an easy undertaking. Part of the problem, according to Long, is that not everyone knows how to define operational risk (if you can’t define it, you can’t guard against it). At the same time, the risk landscape is changing so fast that what happened yesterday is no longer a marker for what might happen tomorrow."

To read the full article, click here.

Tags: organizational change, leadership

TONIGHT! Book Launch: Sanford Drob’s “Reading the Red Book: An Interpretive Guide to C. G. Jung’s Liber Novus”

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Sep 12, 2012

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An evening of interpretation and conversation with author Sanford Drob and acting teacher Elizabeth Kemp to celebrate the publication of Dr. Drob’s Reading the Red Book: An Interpretive Guide to C. G. Jung's Liber Novus

Wednesday, September 12

7:00 PM

$15 (includes a special tour of Jung and Mandalas at 6:15)

Rubin Museum of Art

150 West 17th Street

New York NY 10011

Tickets are available at: or go to (go to Programs) or at 212.620.5000 ext. 344. Tickets will also be available at the door. Come early as there is limited seating.

View the flier for the event here.

Reading the Red Book is available from Spring Journal Books

The long-awaited publication of C.G. Jung’s Red Book in October, 2009 was a signal event in the history of analytical psychology. Hailed as the most important work in Jung’s entire corpus, it is as enigmatic as it is profound. Reading The Red Book by Sanford L. Drob provides a clear and comprehensive guide to The Red Book’s narrative and thematic content, and details The Red Book’s significance, not only for psychology but for the history of ideas.


Tags: psychology

Fielding faculty members Rae Newton and Kjell Rudestam publish the second edition of their best-selling book

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Sep 06, 2012

Your Statistical Consultant 2ed  resized 600Fielding Graduate University faculty members Rae Newton and Kjell Rudestam publish the second edition of their bestselling book, Your Statistical Consultant: Answers to Your Data Analysis Questions.

Your Statistical Consultant is an authentic alternative resource for describing, explaining, and making recommendations regarding thorny or confusing statistical issues. Written to be responsive to a wide range of inquiries and levels of expertise, this book is flexibly organized so readers can either read it sequentially or turn directly to the sections that correspond to their concerns and questions. Each chapter opens with a list of questions to be addressed, followed by an overview of the chapter. Key terms are bold-faced within the chapter and key points are italicized. Chapter headings are followed by detailed answers to questions, including conceptual explanations and clarifications of the use and nuances of a particular technique or issue. Examples and opinions of contemporary statistical experts are cited throughout the book.

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Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc; Second edition (September 4, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1412997593
ISBN-13: 978-1412997591

About the authors

KjellKjell Erik Rudestam is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California. He was previously Professor of Psychology at York University, Toronto. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Oregon. He is also author of Surviving Your Dissertation, 3rd ed. (also with Rae Newton), Handbook of Online Learning (with Judith Schoenholtz-Read), and seven other books, as well as numerous articles in professional journals on topics including suicide, psychotherapy, and family and organizational systems. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 12), a Diplomate of the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology (Clinical), and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Rae NewtonRae R. Newton is Professor of Sociology Emeritus at California State University Fullerton. He recently joined the faculty of the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University where he serves as a research consultant and statistical advisor to doctoral students and faculty. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed postdoctoral training in mental health measurement at Indiana University. His primary interests include longitudinal modeling of outcomes for high risk youth and foster care populations, family violence and graduate education. He is author, with Kjell Erik Rudestam, of Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process, now in its third edition. In semi-retirement he enjoys traveling with his wife in their RV and surfing throughout Mexico and Central America.

Tags: educational leadership, graduate education, learning

Fielding doctoral student Monique Morris receives Soros Justice Fellowship award

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Sep 06, 2012

Monique MorrisThe Open Society Foundations announced award of $1.5 million to a cohort of emerging and established leaders working to advance fairness and transparency in the U.S. criminal justice system, of which Fielding Graduate University doctoral student Monique Morris, is a recipient. 

The 2012 Soros Justice Fellows include investigative journalists, lawyers, academics, grassroots organizers, policy advocates, and filmmakers working on a range of justice reform issues at the local, state, and national levels.

The 2012 Soros Justice Fellows will tackle issues at the core of the Open Society Foundations’ work, such as addressing barriers that people face upon leaving prison, the harsh treatment of youth in the criminal justice system, and the impact of incarceration on communities of color. They will also be working on cutting edge reform efforts around the country, like projects to trim criminal justice costs in local jurisdictions and the role of architecture in social justice issues.  They join more than 275 other individuals who, since 1997, have received support through the Soros Justice Fellowships; and who are part of a broader Open Society Foundations effort to curb mass incarceration, eliminate harsh punishment, and ensure a fair and equitable system of justice in the United States.

Monique Morris will be researching how education related policies and practices lead to the overrepresentation of black girls in the juvenile justice system.

monique morris resized 600Monique is the CEO of the MWM Consulting Group, LLC, which advances concepts of fairness, diversity, and inclusion. She is a former Vice President for the NAACP, Director of Research and Senior Research Fellow at UC Berkeley Law School’s Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, and Senior Research Associate at the National Center on Crime and Delinquency. She is the author of Too Beautiful for Words and co‐writer of Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story. She is also a frequent commentator and lecturer on issues pertaining to race, gender, rights, and social justice. Morris has a BA from Columbia University and an MA from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and is a Doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University’s School of Educational Leadership and Change.

For more information about Monique Morris, please visit her website.

Tags: social justice, educational leadership, diversity, leadership, human rights, research funding

Fielding Graduate University alumna Esther S. Birtcher, EdD, published book: Building Bridges with At-Risk Native Youth

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Sep 06, 2012

Building BridgesFielding Graduate University alumna Esther S. Birtcher, EdD, published Building Bridges with At-Risk Native Youth.

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In her book, Esther describes: "education is the road to success in this modern world woven in multicultural society. The Rainbow of success can prevail with students who are struggling in education; they can learn to overcome barriers of life leading to success. Every child is precious; they are our future and can learn the cultural teachings that are valuable concepts to life."

Esther is an educator with a diverse cultural background who has lived both on and off the Navajo reservation. Her late father was from Teec Nos Pos, Arizona, and her late mother was from Red Mesa, Utah. She grew up in both areas, where she began her education at boarding school. Her early school years were a memorable experience, as extracurricular activities including basketball, volleyball, and track enhanced her academic pursuits. After high school in Utah, she attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor's degree. Esther returned to the Navajo Reservation and began her teaching career in Window Rock, Arizona. After some years of teaching, she earned a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Phoenix, followed by EdD in Educational Leadership earned at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. She still enjoys counseling the students in school, while teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Dine College and Northern Arizona University. Her career is painted with various life opportunities of teaching students academic skills and encouraging them to apply cultural skills and concepts to their daily life as they progress in education. 

"You have been given four things: Wisdom, Knowledge, Power, and Gift. These things that I am telling you may take years to digest in your minds before they begin to make sense. You must honor these four blessings by having good thoughts, good words, showing kindness to others. When you do this, you will begin to understand what I am talking about."
Wallace Black Elk, Sicangu Lakota Spiritual Elder

Tags: educational leadership, multicultural, adult learning, higher education, graduate education