Fielding Graduate University News

Veteran's Advocate Brockton Hunter to speak in Santa Barbara

Posted by Ari Morguelan on Wed, Oct 31, 2012

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Fielding Graduate University is proud to host Brockton D. Hunter, a nationally recognized expert on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) impacts on combat veterans, as he presents “Echoes of War: The Combat Veteran in the Criminal Justice System” on Thursday, November 15th from 5:00pm-6:30pm at the Santa Barbara Jury Assembly Room in Santa Barbara, 1108 Santa Barbara Street. The public is invited to attend this free presentation, made possible by an Emerging Needs Grant from the Fund for Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara County Superior Court.

Mr. Hunter is an attorney and former Army Scout who is recognized throughout the United States for his work on behalf of veterans in criminal courts. He drafted Minnesota’s landmark Veterans Sentencing legislation and has consulted for the Obama Presidential Transition Team, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

PTSD is recognized as a common side-effect of war: 20% of the 2.6 million Americans returning home from service in Afghanistan and Iraq are expected to suffer from its effects. Mr. Hunter will discuss the history of PTSD including ties to criminal behavior and lessons to be learned by those involved in the administration of criminal justice.  He will also examine how criminal charges serve as an opportunity to identify and assist troubled veterans, enabling them to return to their communities as assets instead of liabilities.

Veterans Treatment Courts are gaining national recognition as a tool to help identify and treat PTSD in combat veterans.  A local effort, led by the Honorable George Eskin, with support from Fielding Graduate University’s Institute for Social Innovation and other community stakeholders, is working to develop and implement the best approach to supporting Santa Barbara County veterans while protecting public safety.

The Institute for Social Innovation partnered with the Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, and the Common Ground Santa Barbara Homeless Advocacy Project to sponsor this event.  1.5 hours of MCLE Substance Abuse credit are available to attendees. Please email for information on MCLE credit.

For more details about the event, please contact:
James Kyriaco Jr, MPA, Project Manager, Institute for Social Innovation
Phone: (805) 898-2906                              

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Open research and education: Fielding alumna Gigi Johnson presents globally

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Oct 29, 2012

The first Open Knowledge Festival was held in in Helsinki from September 17th to 22nd, 2012 with over 800 participants from across the globe. This festival included a week of participatory sessions, keynote lectures, workshops, hackathons and satellite events. This years theme was Open Knowledge in Action: looking at the value that can be generated by opening up knowledge, the ecosystems of organizations that can benefit from such sharing, and the impacts transparency can have in society.

The week was organized through collaborations amongst over 100 guest planners from around the world leading 13 key Topic Streams of whom Fielding Graduate University alumna and current Fielding Alumni Council member, Gigi Johnson, EdD, (ELC '11) presented on Topic Stream 7: Open Research and Education. From her time zone southern California in the middle of the night, Gigi remotely joined team members from Mexico City, Brooklyn, and in Finland at the festival.  Gigi noted, "It went really well. We used Google Hangout to do a four city discussion while showing videos and text from our Peeragogy project. Our cohort on the ground (on-site in Helsinki) worked with our workshop participants, who had contributing new ideas to the research project based on their experiences across several countries."

To view videos of how hundreds of change-makers and experts from private, public and community sectors and helped build an international open knowledge ecosystem in Helsinki:
OK Festival

Tags: technology, educational leadership, sociology, sustainability, leadership, international, adult learning, higher education, human development, learning

Fielding alumna Melle Starsen presents in the US and the UK with research of stereotypes in media

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Oct 26, 2012

Fielding Graduate University alumna (ELC '11) Melle Starsen, EdD, presents her doctoral research across the United States and United Kingdom.

Starsen started off 2012 by traveling to the University of Oregon in Portland, OR, Loughborough University in Loughborough, UK, and John Moores University in Liverpool, UK presenting her research titled: "Cool to be cruel: Mean-spiritedness in 21st century children's TV sitcoms"  Starsen cites, "Much has been written about the proven negative effects viewing television violence has on children and yet there is another kind of violent role-modeling embedded in an unlikely place: children’s television sitcoms. This content analysis investigated live-action children’s half-hour sitcoms and discovered the presence of relational aggression and superiority humor, both of which rely on brutally treating other humans as inferior. The television characters seek revenge on each other, intentionally make others look bad or stupid, humiliate peers and parents, and are rarely punished for their mean-spiritedness and cruelty. The children’s sitcoms are behavioral blueprints of lies and deceit, as the characters unashamedly cheat others, defraud parents and other adults, and attempt to make peers and teachers look stupid and in the vernacular of the culture, “clueless.” Further, stereotypes are not only presented as acceptable, but are reinforced by frequent inclusion into the action. This study discovered myriad examples of mean-spiritedness and cruelty on the part of characters in the programs, ranging in frequency from 7 to 31.25 per half-hour episode, averaging 33.75 per hour for programs viewed. The study includes recommendations for parents and educators to help offset the possible negative effects of these programs."

For the next part of the year, Starsen began presenting her next topic: "Hidden messages: Archetypes in Blaxploitation Films" at the 2012 Film and History Conference-Film and Myth in Milwaukee, WI in September. Starsen states: "Many movie critics and researchers have rebuked Blaxploitation films (1970-1975) as sexist, racist, and, most of all, degrading to black audiences and the black community.  However, this empirical study of blaxploitation films has determined that far from presenting a negative image of the black community, many of the entries in this genre do in fact provide embedded archetypes that present consistent messages for black audiences about the need to eschew exploitation of their own people and communities and instead, support education, crime-reduction programs, and community outreach to improve the communities. The films, though accused of being violent and brutal, actually present messages about the need for black communities to stand together and right the wrongs of the past by supporting an almost sovereign nation-within-a-nation."

Starsen presented this research at the Midwest Popular Culture Association in Columbus, OH in October along with a second presentation titled "The metamorphosis of modern television news into 'entertainment propaganda" which she is scheduled to present at the upcoming Media and Politics Conference at the University on Bedfordshire, Luton, UK on Nov. 1-2, 2012.  

Starsen currently serves as assistant professor of communication at Upper Iowa University  which has an international and online presence; teaching television history, editing, writing for media, television production, media law and ethics, journalistic and online writing, and public speaking. Previously an instructor in communication for 10 years teaching screenwriting and speech. Published author with two novels, short stories in academic journals, and articles in national publications and journals. TV producer-director-writer at university PBS affiliate for nine years, producing documentary programs and PSAs. Researched, wrote and acted as location unit manager for American documentary on Dr Who. Journalist and freelance writer for 20 years, with articles in publications such as The New York Times. Wrote screenplay that is currently in pre-production. Appeared as extra in two films. Ten years’ experience acting and doing technical work in theatre. Ongoing research interests include: 1) using media such as film in successful college teaching; 2) importing real-life experience into university teaching pedagogy; and 3) researching and studying the millennial generation, so-called “echo boomers,” and their visually-oriented learning styles and short attention spans. Hobbies include photography, fossil hunting and collecting sea pottery shards from the UK.

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Fielding alumna Barbara Butts Williams appointed to Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Oct 23, 2012

Minneapolis Mayor appointed Fielding Graduate University alumna Barbara Butts Williams, PhD, (HOD, '02), to the newly-formed Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.

As cited on the Official Website of the City of Minneapolis:

The authority will build, own and operate the new stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

“We now have the opportunity to transform a key district of downtown Minneapolis and build a place that will bring people together for a generation, with the new authority charged with leading Minnesota through this process,” Mayor Rybak said. “Barbara Butts Williams and Bill McCarthy bring strong qualifications and important voices to the table, and will represent Minneapolis residents, taxpayers, workers and visitors very well.”

Since 2009, Barbara has served as dean of the School of Education at Capella University, where she has worked since 2002 in a variety of leadership positions. She has more than 40 years of executive and management experience in the public, private and higher-education sectors. In the private sector, she has worked as a top executive at The St. Paul Companies (now Travelers), Control Data (now Ceridian) and Wilson Learning Corporation. She also founded Growth Partners Consulting, which provides strategic planning, talent assessment and organizational development to small and medium-sized organizations.

In higher education, her experience includes service at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Metropolitan State University, the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Business Administration and Harvard University’s Media and Publishing Group.

In addition, Barbara served on the Metropolitan Council in the 1990s, as Governor Arne Carlson’s appointee to the district that included Downtown Minneapolis, North Minneapolis and parts of South Minneapolis.

Barbara is active in community service. She currently serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association, the Northside Economic Opportunity Network and the Northside Achievement Zone, all in Minneapolis. Her past service has included membership on the boards of the Hennepin County Library Foundation and the Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation.

“We have an awesome opportunity to build a world-class facility for the Vikings and the community at large, and to revitalize the east side of downtown Minneapolis. I am keenly interested in Minneapolis’ continued development  as a  global city with amenities  that delight fans, attract new businesses and bring good, new jobs to Minneapolis,” said Dr. Butts-Williams.

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Fielding alumna Catherine Roberts publishes new children's book

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Oct 22, 2012

Catherine Roberts resized 600Fielding Graduate University alumna, Catherine Roberts, EdD published her new book, "That's the second time this has happened to me, but it was only 57¢."  

Written to children 4-7 years of age, regarding being clumsy, it was design to capture the hearts of children, parents, and grandparents alike. Passionate about teaching the early childhood/elementary school populace, Catherine had begun coursework in 1984, completed her bachelor’s degree in 1988, and then taught fifth grade. Before completing her master’s degree in educational administration in 2006, Catherine began master’s coursework in Early Childhood Special Education in 1994 and taught a few years as a Preschool Special Needs Teacher. Catherine finished her doctoral coursework at Fielding Graduate University in June of 2011 in the Educational Leadership and Change Doctoral Program. Catherine’s area of specialization was effective developmental English instruction for the community college student.

This juvenile nonfiction book is available through, Author House Publishing on the bookstore website:

The book is also available on, and Barnes and Nobles , in store, online, and e-book.

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Fielding alumnus Victor Chears, EdD, receives prestigious Yale Club of Chicago Award

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Oct 19, 2012

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Fielding Graduate University alumnus Victor Chears, EdD, will receive the William McCormick Blair Distinguished Service Award from the Yale Club of Chicago on October 24th, 2012.

The award is presented to a Chicago-area alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions to the welfare of Yale and the Chicago community.

Victor graduated from Yale University in 1974 and for nearly 40 years has served his alma mater with distinction and devotion.  Among his many contributions, Victor spent eight years in volunteer service to the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) as a delegate, an elected member of its Board of Governors, and as an executive officer.  He chaired the board of the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale and was co-chair of its 35th anniversary celebration in 2004.  Victor is a former president of the Yale Club of Chicago.  Currently he serves on the Board of the Yale Club of Chicago Foundation, as a strategic advisor to the Yale Club of Chicago, and as Chair of the National Advisory Council to the Yale Black Alumni Association.  In addition, he has interviewed applicants to Yale for more than 30 years.

After receiving his BA from Yale, Victor earned a doctorate in Education (EdD) from Fielding Graduate University (ELC '09), where he focused on grounded theory, communications and capacity building theories.  His dissertation, “Taking A Stand For Others: A Grounded Theory,” focused on strategies related to investing in and empowering others.  These insights were formed over a long and successful career as a strategist and management consultant.  In the past three decades since starting his consultancy, Chears & Associates, Victor has assisted a wide-range of organizations, focusing on leadership; capacity-building and vision; organizational analysis and development; program analysis; strategic planning; team building; executive transition management, succession and search; and human capital development.  His clients have ranged from small nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies.  Because of his established track record, he is a sought out coach, trainer, mentor, consultant, confidant, and advisor to the leaders of complex organizations and participates in a variety of boards, committees, and initiatives. 

In recognition of his efforts, Victor received the Yale Medal in 2007.  Inaugurated in 1952, the Yale Medal is the highest award presented by the AYA and is conferred solely to recognize and honor outstanding individual service to the University.  Since its inception, the Yale Medal has been presented to fewer than 300 individuals, all of whom not only showed extraordinary devotion to the ideals of the University, but also were conspicuous in demonstrating their support of Yale through extensive, exemplary voluntary service on behalf of Yale as a whole or one of its many schools, institutes, or programs.

Victor currently serves on the Fielding Alumni Council and is an active volunteer and strong believer in being involved in one’s communities.  He has five children, three grandchildren, and lives in Chicago with his wife and supporter, Kevin. 

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The Promise of Educational Opportunity

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Oct 17, 2012

Fielding Graduate University presents

"The Promise of Educational Opportunity" featuring Laurie OlsenLaurie Olsen, PhD, author of Reparable Harm: Fulfilling the Unkept Promise of Educational Opportunity

Saturday, October 20, 2012 in Riverside, California

Dr. Laurie Olsen will address the topic of equal education in our schools. Immigration reform expert Sofia Campos will discuss the implications of deferred action for California students and educators. 

About the Author

Laurie Olsen, PhD, has worked with hundreds of teams of district and school leadership and county offices of education across California to design and implement powerful English Learner programs and services and to support effective school change strategies. Her career spans four decades as a researcher, writer, and provider of leadership development and technical assistance on educational equity for immigrant students, language minority students, and English Learners. She currently directs the SEAL Initiative, a preschool-third grade demonstration project for Spanish- speaking English Learners in Silicon Valley. She served as chief consultant to The PROMISE Initiative (a six-county, six-district collaborative focused on transformative education for English Learners in southern California), and was for many years the Executive Director of California Tomorrow. Dr. Olsen has published dozens of books, videos, and articles on English Learner education, including the award winning Made in America: Immigrants in U.S. Schools. She holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education from U.C. Berkeley and serves on the Executive Board of Californians Together.

Dr. Teresa Marquez-Lopez, Dr. Teresa Marquez-Lopez, associate dean and program director for master’s and continuing education in the School of Educational Leadership & Change, will recognize Fielding alumni for their work in San Bernardino schools.

Fielding alumni, students, faculty, and staff will be available to share information about the university’s program offerings.

DATE: Saturday, October 20, 2012

TIME: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

LOCATION: Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, 3649 Mission Avenue, Riverside, California 92501


You are invited to join us! Space is limited. Please register today.


California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) 

Inland Empire Scholarship Fund

Norton Space and Aeronautics Academy

Riverside Chapter of CABE

Schools First Federal Credit Union

Southern California Edison

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Sustainability across the world: Fielding Graduate University Provost Katrina Rogers is busy raising awareness

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Oct 11, 2012

describe the imageFrom the United Nations Office at Geneva to the AARP Headquarters in Washington, DC, Provost Katrina Rogers is keeping busy building sustainability consciousness all over the world. Next stop: New York.

Fielding Graduate University Provost Katrina Rogers, PhD, keeps her passport handy as she travels the world presenting her latest research on sustainability. Her most recent visit was to the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).  Housed at the Palais des Nations, the UNOG is the second largest United Nations center after the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all UN agencies, funds and programs to become climate neutral and 'go green' after recognizing that they can take measures in their daily operations to reduce their environmental impact. UNOG, maintains more than 1,600 staff and services more than 8,000 meetings every year, making it one of the busiest conference centers in the world. On World Environment Day in 2007, Secretary Ki-moon made public his ambition to make the United Nations more efficient in its operations: “I would like to see our renovated Headquarters complex eventually become a globally acclaimed model of efficient use of energy and resources. Beyond New York, the initiative should include the other United Nations headquarters and offices around the globe.”(

Rogers’ engagement with UNOG began when Fielding Graduate University alumna Katrina Burrs, PhD, (HOD '97) introduced a colleague of hers from the UNOG. Rogers met Marie-Jose Astre, Senior Director of Training and Development of the UNOG, and during their conversation, Marie-Astre became enthusiastic about Rogers’ research on sustainability. Rogers was asked to participate as an outside consultant on a team called The Sustainable United Nations Unit (SUN), which houses a number of initiatives that influence the UN system and beyond. Rogers has spent the last few years working on this team as a to raise awareness of how to improve the sustainability performance of the UN system, and provide support to public sector organizations embarking on their own sustainability journeys. Based in part on work of the SUN unit along with several environmental and sustainable groups , Greening the Blue ( was launched in 2010 to communicate with all UN staff as well as external stakeholders. The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of sustainability throughout the UN system and highlight what’s been achieved, what’s happening next, and how staff can get involved.

Katrina UNOG resized 600In September of this year, Rogers addressed administrators and senior leaders who manage facilities, conferences, cafeterias, and information technology departments within the UNOG. Her primary focus was educating them about building internal personnel workshops based on the organizations’ set of initiatives and values.  She discussed techniques to become more effective and efficient in their processes and how to build sustainability awareness within their departments. In her presentation entitled “Building a Sustainable Organization: Tips, Tools and Trends,” Rogers stated: “An organization needs to follow a person through all of the cycles of sustainability. An organization usually starts the first step of building awareness, but it usually drops off with the final stage of providing feedback and support through positive reinforcement. Human beings tend to be more environmentally friendly in their home lives but not in their work lives. Why? The system of support at work. We need to think about how to link human sustainability to the workplace.” 

Rogers’ sustainability presentation continues this month when she will address Fielding Graduate University constituents and guests in New York City on Saturday, October 13th. On Monday, October 15th, at the AARP Headquarters in Washington, DC, Rogers will speak to AARP staff, guests and Fielding constituents about building sustainability awareness.

For more information about upcoming events, please contact


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Fielding alumnus Dr. Eli Sopow publishes in peer-reviewed book "Leading in Complex Worlds"

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Oct 10, 2012

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Employees value fairness over experience

University of Canada management professor Dr. Eli Sopow published in the peer-reviewed book Leading in Complex Worlds by the International Leadership Association published by Jossey-Bass.

As reported from the University Canada West: A new study shows that in today’s rapidly changing world, employees want a boss who’s fair and has great communication skills much more than someone with a lot of experience. The results can have a direct impact on corporate hiring and promotion practices.

Sopow asked 620 employees in a large Canadian organization how important 21 different workplace behaviors were to them and how good a job was being done on each. A statistical analysis of the data then compared the results to how the employees rated their immediate supervisor.

At the top of the list of what’s important to employees is a boss who treats all employees fairly, has good communication skills, is trustworthy, is ethical, sets clear expectations, and holds all employees quickly accountable for actions. At the bottom of the importance list is a boss who has a long work history.

Sopow says that while having a boss with a long work history and experience is still important to employees, it is nowhere near as important as fairness, communication skills, trust and ethical behavior. For example, while 93 percent of employees agreed fair treatment is very important to them and 80 percent agreed having a boss with great communication skills is very important, only 33 percent agreed having an immediate boss with a long history of experience was very important.

“This study scientifically confirms what a lot of especially younger employees see everyday. They see managers and supervisors who’ve been around for sometimes 30 years but they haven’t advanced their skill sets or attitudes. Employees want leaders who are great communicators, who they can trust, who listen well, and who are adaptive to rapidly changing times,” said Sopow.

Sopow’s study also showed through statistical modeling which workplace factors were most strongly correlated to the top skills of fairness, being trustworthy, and being a good communicator.

The results show treating others fairly has a strong correlation to being willing to admit and correct mistakes, being trustworthy, making your expectations very clear, being a good communicator, and providing employees with positive recognition when a job is well done.

Sopow ('02) holds a doctorate in Human and Organization Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.

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Dr. Eli Sopow

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School of HOD faculty member, Dr. Placida Gallegos, plays crucial role in implementing project to boost Latino/Latina student success in New Mexico

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Oct 09, 2012

Picture of  Placida Velasquez GallegosFielding Graduate University faculty Placida Gallegos, PhD, in the Human & Organizational Development (HOD) program, was an integal part of the core-planning team and a coach in the latino/latina student success project for the state of New Mexico, which was among similar projects across the country for which the Lumina Foundation provided significant funding.

The Lumina Foundation required all participating sites to undergo a rigorous reflection and planning period during the first year. The process was designed to ensuring the strategy generated by each city was sustainable and would result in the collective impact of closing the achievement gap for latino/latina students in higher education.  

The Lumnia Foundation announced the following in a press release October 3rd, 2012:

Lumina is pleased to acknowledge the great work and leadership of local champions all across the country. Over the past six months, Lumina has provided technical assistance and support to these 13 communities as they have refined and developed Latino student success projects. The cohort is now ready for implementation, and the projects proposed seek to increase the educational attainment for more than 200,000 students touched by this effort over the next four years. This investment in Latino student success is designed to strengthen local collaborative ventures that promise to improve the postsecondary attainment of Latino students.

Through this grant investment, Lumina is providing a total of $11.5 million over a four year period to 13 different partnerships. The partnerships will leverage community leaders across key policy, education, business and nonprofit sectors to build, implement and sustain college preparation, access and success strategies for Latino students.

“Lumina’s Latino Student Success effort is grounded in two concepts: a commitment to Latino student success for reasons of equity, economic stability and national competitiveness, and the power of local partnerships as framed by the Collective Impact Model,” said Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis. “This effort is an integral part of our commitment to Goal 2025.”

At more than 50 million, by 2025, half of the nation’s workers will be of Latino descent. At that time, 63 percent of all jobs in the United States will require some form of postsecondary education or training, according to labor economist Anthony Carnevale of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

“Lumina’s Latino Student Success effort enables us to focus on a task that is at once a serious challenge and a priceless opportunity: increasing college attainment for more Latino students,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education. “This effort will not only enhance the lives of Latino students but will help to ensure a bright future for all Americans.”

The success of this effort is a key driver on the road to reach all national college attainment goals. (


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Denise M. Frank, PhD, alumna and ISI Research Fellow from Fielding, publishes research focused on the meaning of self-esteem for individuals with psychotic disorders

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Oct 08, 2012

journ of human behv resized 600Alumna Dr. Denise M. Frank (MA, PSY '05) and research fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) at Fielding Graduate University, recently co-authored an article published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology with Dr. Larry Davidson of Yale University entitled Experiences of Self-Esteem in Outpatients Diagnosed with Psychosis-A Phenomenological Study

Sage Journals abstract:

Denise M. Frank, Larry Davidson
Journal of Humanistic Psychology July 2012 vol. 52 no. 3 304-320

The aim of the article is explore the meaning of self-esteem for individuals with psychotic disorders. To understand how individuals with psychosis experience self-esteem, eight participants (four females and four males) were interviewed using a semistructured open-ended format with scripted questions. Individuals with psychotic disorders maintained a sense of self by pursuing social and interpersonal activities that sustained and enhanced their self-esteem. Neither the positive symptoms nor the negative symptoms commonly associated with psychotic disorders appeared to diminish self-esteem. Also, participants did not describe their sense of self-esteem as being contingent on, or as a direct function of, having a psychotic disorder. For the individuals in this pilot study, self-esteem did not appear to be affected by having a psychotic disorder or by the stigma associated with having been given such a diagnosis. Individuals were able to engage in and maintain social and interpersonal relationships that contributed to their having a positive sense of self-worth. Further study is required to confirm and elaborate on this surprising set of findings.

Denise's publication, Experiences of Self-Esteem in Outpatients Diagnosed With Psychosis - A Phenomenological Study, has has been identified by Psychology Progress as "a journal article considered to represent the best in Psychology research."

For further information:;52/3/304

denise frank resized 600With over 21 years of teaching experience, theoretical psychologist Denise M. Frank currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York.  She earned her Ph.D. in 2009 from Capella University and her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University in 2005. Denise is a Research Fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) at Fielding Graduate University. Her research interests focus on understanding the issues of self-esteem in individuals with schizophrenia. Denise has written a text for those students interested in getting into a doctoral program entitled “Frank’s Handbook for Prospective Ph.D. Students: How to Maximize Your Chances of Getting In and Staying In. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendal/Hunt Publishing Company”.


Tags: psychology, self-esteem, qualitative research, human development, research

Fielding Graduate University is the only MA-ED program with a concentration in social media and education

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Oct 03, 2012

describe the imageFielding Graduate University is the only program in the US that offers a Master of Arts in Education (MA-ED) program with a concentration focused on the integration of social media and education. 

There are many programs that look at how social media can be used for marketing purposes, but none that explore the important topic of how it can be effectively used in education. 

The dramatic growth of online courses, the use of mobile technologies, and the impact of social networking in education is undeniable. Increasingly, educators in schools, colleges, and workplaces are being called upon to merge technology and teaching. With this comes a demand for high quality instructors who can provide effective, technology-driven education to a growing number of students at all levels.

Fielding faculty are all well published and recognized in the field of education and particularly in the integration of technology in education, and in online teaching and learning.  Fielding faculty are not only scholars in the area, but they practice what they preach.  Rena M Palloff, PhD, expalins: “We all teach online and take great joy in helping others become highly effective online teachers as well as effective users of cutting edge technology. Our graduates are uniquely situated to address technology in education in many ways and at many levels. “

Fielding MA-ED graduate Jessica Ward states “Fielding completely prepared me for the fast-paced and adult-centered world of online learning and teaching. The skills I have gained have provided me with the confidence I needed to go out and teach in the digital world.”

At Fielding, students focus in high-demand areas: online teaching and learning, emerging technologies, and the impact of social media on education. Graduates leave with advanced knowledge and specialized skills including: effective instruction either online or through the use of technology in the classroom; course and curriculum design; assessment; and the effective use of social media and social networking.

Interested in learning more about the program or know of someone who is?

Information session dates and times are listed below:

General MA-ED Webinar Information Session Schedule

Thursday, October 11 4PM PST
Thursday, October 18 4PM PST
Saturday, October 27 10:00AM PST
Wednesday, October 31 4PM PST
Thursday, November 8 4PM PST
Thursday, November 15 4PM PST
Tuesday, December 4 4PM PST
Tuesday, December 18 4PM PST

General MA-ED Lunchtime Informational Webinars

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 9:00-9:45AM, 10:00-10:45AM
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 11:00-11:45AM, 12:00-12:45PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 9:00-9:45AM, 10:00-10:45AM
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 11:00-11:45AM, 12:00-12:45PM

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To view the program brochure: MA-ED Brochure

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