Fielding Graduate University News

Fielding Psychology Faculty Member Announced New Editor of APA Journal: Qualitative Psychology

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Sep 23, 2013

Qualitative Psychology Makes a Comeback

As published in the Monitor on Psychology, written by Tori DeAngelis, September 2013, Vol 44, No. 8, Print version: page 79.

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Ruthellen Josselson Monitor

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Putting Complexity to Work in Your Management Consulting Practice: Part II

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Sep 16, 2013

Fielding Alumni Track 2013 Recap

By Jim Webber, PhD (HOD '03)

describe the imageThis entry adds to the prior blog posted by my esteemed partner, Alice MacGillivray (HOD '09). We learned a lot in co-designing and co-facilitating this workshop and we learned even more from the Fielding practitioners who participated.

1. Linking complexity and management to enrich a consulting practice is fun, especially if workshop leaders use complexity facilitation rules such as giving ambiguous instructions, encouraging spontaneous contributions, using humor as a mode of learning, and losing control of an exuberant class.

2. The field of complexity thinking has become much more accessible to managers in the last decade. A marker of this trend is the recent publication of The Sage Handbook of Complexity and Management. However, the application of complexity in management lags in business schools, major consulting firms, and organizations across the board. This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Fielding HOD consultants and coaches as well as the institution itself.

3. You can enrich your consulting and coaching practice with complexity concepts, frameworks and/or methods. You can think of the field as a smorgasbord of various approaches ripe for picking or as a fixed menu, full-course dinner from a particular chef. Complexity and management chefs of note are Ralph Stacey, David Snowden, Curt Lindberg, Brenda Zimmerman, Bill McKelvey, and Kurt Richardson. Most of these authors have generous websites and intriguing blog conversations (see below).

4. Whatever enrichment you choose, make sure it fits your style of consulting. For instance, if you love matrices, as I do, pick Snowden. If you love stories, pursue Cynthia Kurtz’s work. If you love conversational consulting, choose Stacey. If you love complexity science read, Richardson. If you want examples of imaginative consulting assignments, see Alice McGillivray’s articles. If you are interested in healthcare, Curt Lindberg, founder of the Plexus Institute, is your man.

5. You can position yourself as the expert/originator of ideas, or as a focused value-added provider of other’s ideas, or as a member of a network of those doing similar work. Jason Hwang & Clayton Christenson provide an excellent example for developing a business model of a complexity/management practice. Another great reference is Snowden’s firm “Cognitive Edge,” who combines all three levels of practice and offers training for potential value-added members of his firm’s network.

References for "Putting Complexity to Work in Your Management Consulting Practice" as recommended by Jim Webber:

Allen, Peter, Steve Maguire, & Bill McKelvey, Editors (2011) The Sage Handbook of Complexity and Management, Los Angeles, Sage.

Stacey, Ralph (2001). Complex Responsive Processes in Organizations: Learning and knowledge creation, London, Routledge.

Snowden, David & Boone, Mary E. (2007) “A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making,” Harvard Business Review November, 2007.

Lindberg, Curt & Schneider, Marguerite (2013) “Combating Infections at Maine Medical Center: Insights from complexity-informed leadership from positive deviance,” Leadership 9(2) 229-253.

Westley, Francis, Zimmerman, Brenda, & Patton, Michael Quinn (2007) Getting to Maybe: How the world is changed, Vintage, Canada.

McKelvey, Bill, (2011) “A Scientific Realist Epistemology for Complexity Science,” in Allen et al, Sage Handbook of Complexity and Management.

Richardson, Kurt (2011) “Complexity and Management: A pluralistic view,” in Allen et al, Sage Handbook of Complexity and Management.

MacGillivray, Alice see:

Kurtz, Cynthia (2013 in progress) Working with Stories in Your Community or Organization: Participatory narrative inquiry.

Hwang, Jason and Christensen, Clayton, (2008) "Disruptive Innovation in Health Care Delivery." Health Affairs. Vol. 27, Number 5.

Snowden, David,

Skarp, Arri-Pecca, Wu Wei Coaching (Social Complexity)

Bernie and JimJim Webber has many years of experience facilitating strategic thinking in groups. He was a colleague of the late Bernie Novokowsky (HOD '99) to whom this workshop was dedicated. He is the ongoing organizer of the Fielding Alumni Cluster of New England and a member of the International Association of Humor Studies. Jim is enamored with the use of complexity in Wu Wei Coaching, an approach created in Finland by Arri-Pecca Skarp. Jim is also is a booster of Cynthia Kurtz’s book-in-progress entitled: Working with Stories in Your Community or Organization: Participatory narrative inquiry. His email is

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Fielding's Media Psychology Program Founder, Bernard Luskin, Named President at Moorpark College

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Sep 04, 2013

describe the image Bernard Luskin, PhD, took over the helm at Moorpark College of the Ventura County Community College District in California as interim president  with the goal of having him serve until the appointment of a permanent president in the summer of 2014.

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Bernard Luskin:

Bernard Luskin, PhD, was selected by University Business Magazine as one who has had exceptional careers in both education and corporate life. He is also a licensed psychotherapist, with degrees in business and a UCLA doctorate in education and technology.

A former college and university president, Luskin has been president of Orange Coast College, founding president of Coastline Community College, including KOCE TV in Orange County, California and founding chancellor of Jones International University, the first accredited, fully web-based university and founding CEO of Touro University Worldwide. He continues as director of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community College Leadership Legacy Project, served as Executive Vice President and COO of the American Association of Community Colleges and received the Bellweather Award for his leadership in community colleges. He has taught at UCLA, USC, Claremont Graduate University, Pepperdine University, Touro University, California State Universities at Fullerton and Los Angeles, and other colleges and universities.

While at Fielding Graduate University he launched the first PhD program in media psychology and with UCLA he launched the MA degree program in Media Psychology and Social Change.

He also served on the Accrediting Commission for Collegiate Schools of Business and as founding chair and board member of HiTechHi, LA, a California Distinguished Charter School.

Luskin has been president and CEO of major divisions of Fortune 50 and 500 companies, including Philips Interactive Media, PolyGram New Media, Philips Education and Reference Publishing and Jones International, including Mind Extension University, Knowledge TV, and Jones Education Networks. He has authored 10 best-selling books on economics, technology and education and produced award-winning television series and CDs. While president of Philips Interactive Media, Luskin partnered Philips with Paramount Studios to produce the first 50 movies in MPEG format CD, leading to DVD. He is credited with spearheading breakthroughs in many areas of interactive technology including the world’s first interactive CD programs such as Sesame Street, Grolier's and Compton's Encyclopedias and the first interactive mystery movie, Voyeur, starring Robert Culp.

Luskin received two Emmys, distinguished leadership and alumni awards from the UCLA Doctoral Alumni Association, California State University at Los Angeles and The University of Florida. He also received lifetime achievement awards from the Irish Government and the European Union for his contributions to education and digital media. Luskin is the recipient of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to Media Psychology from the American Psychological Association and is the President Elect of the The Society of Media Psychology and Technology, the Media Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. He publishes a regular column for Psychology Today Magazine titled, The Media Psychology Effect.

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Exploring the Struggle for Social Justice in Washington DC

Posted by Marianne McCarthy on Tue, Sep 03, 2013

Fielding Graduate University Students, Faculty and Alumni Seeing Social Justice In Action

by Marianne McCarthy

During Fielding Graduate University's All School National Session, in Alexandria, VA, students, alumni, and faculty stepped into tSJ Strugglehe community to see the struggle for social justice first hand.

In a true scholar-practitioner manner, Human & Organizational Development (HOD) faculty members David Willis, PhD, and Richard Appelbaum, PhD, led a group of fifteen students and alumni on a field trip seminar through our nation’s capital to learn about historical and contemporary perspectives from the activists themselves. They visited activists working to secure safety in the workplace, preserve the cultural heritage of community music, and advance our standard of living.

Recent HOD graduate Karen Bogart ('13), PhD who participated in the seminar once before, said she appreciates the opportunity of hearing from individuals who are dealing with social justice from a political, advocacy or lobbying vantage point. “Having Summer Session in Washington provides a unique opportunity to draw on the diverse resources in DC that focus on social justice issues around the globe.”

“I’ve always been a believer in experiential education,” said Willis. “It’s important for me to take people out of the hotels and into the community.”

The first stop in the tour was the offices of the Workers’ Rights Consortium (WRC) where they spoke with Director Scott Nova who has been in the news recently advocating for workers’ safety in places like Bangladesh.

An international advocacy group, the WRC is “an under-resourced, hard-working organization that is making progress relative to regulations and agreements among major brands in terms of the treatment of workers in textile factories,” said Bogart, whose own personal interest lie in corporate governance.

According to Bogart, the WRC has had some success in the European Union. Ground-breaking agreements recently signed by major brands indicate progress toward oversight of safety and a greater investment in local communities.

Next, the group visited Dr. Atesh Sonneborn of the Smithsonian Folkways collection at the National Portrait Gallery which has archived a collection of American musical and cultural heritage that documents the social justice struggle. Willis characterized the Folkways collection as a sort of ministry of culture.

“What they’re doing is culture as ways of knowing and doing,” said Willis emphasizing the need to preserve individual voices which represent the struggle for justice.

“It’s really capturing the local voices and their experiences,” added Bogart.

The group also met separately with Judith Appelbaum, a Georgetown law professor and director of programs for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Appelbaum talked about the Snowden case, the voting rights decision of the Supreme Court, and other current judicial issues.  Sanders added a unique perspective to the day with his efforts to effect change from within our system of laws and government.

“His politics are very clear,” said Willis. “You can almost guess with 100% accuracy where he’s going to be on an issue, but he respects his colleagues and their differences.  I appreciated that because differences and diverse opinions are what this country has been built on, and so there’s a lot of value in that.”

“All our visits had unique qualities and revealed different aspects of the struggle for social justice,” said HOD student Paul Stillman. “Despite frustratingly slow progress, setbacks, and ongoing obstacles, many people are engaged and remain optimistic that change is possible.”

“I would really encourage other students and alums to participate,” said Bogart. “I do think that is one of the benefits of having the Summer Session in Washington, which is so unique and so global in its resource base that it really distinguishes itself from other locations.”

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