Fielding Graduate University News

Alumni Track: Coaching Strategies to Help Women Leaders Thrive

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Apr 23, 2014

describe the imageThe Fielding Alumni Council invites you to attend in the Third Annual Alumni Track offered at the 2014 All Schools National Summer Session.

The Alumni Track aims to bring more alumni to National Session and broaden advanced learning, collaboration, and success, for Fielding alumni scholars and practitioners. This year’s Alumni Track is packed full of intellectually stimulating topics that are relevant across all schools and is designed to build a community of practice through relationships within the Alumni Track.

All sessions are open to all alumni, students, and faculty. Check the schedule for dates and times. Registration is required. (See below for registration information)

The following session is one of eleven sessions being offered at this years All Schools National Session on Friday, July 18, 2014 from 9:30 - 10:45 am.

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Getting Back on Track: Coaching strategies to help women leaders thrive in the face of derailment

by Kevin Nourse, PhD (HOD '09), and Lynn Schmidt (HOD '09)

The primary purpose of this session is to share insights from research we conducted subsequent to our Human and Organizational Development (HOD) experience that extends and integrates our research. In doing so we seek to achieve three key outcomes:

  1. Help Fielding students, alumni, and students who are executive coaches become more effective in their work supporting the success of women leaders
  2. Inspire Fielding students to extend our research with their own dissertations
  3. Demonstrate to existing Fielding students how two HOD alumni have integrated the Fielding experience and partnered to continue learning and advancing the integration of scholarship and practice

There were a number of factors that prompted us to focus on the topic of career derailment, executive coaching and resilience. First, both of us had a compelling need to leverage the time and energy we invested in our dissertations into thought leadership materials that could help a primary focus of our professional practices – women leaders. Since we have interviewed nearly two dozen executive coaches to learn how they worked with women leaders facing derailment to help them thrive, both of us came away with great insights on alternative practices we could use with our own clients.

Second, this research project (and subsequent book we are writing) provided a great way to collaborate post-doc and rekindle the connection we had while at Fielding. In addition, it’s a great way to reconnect with other Fielding colleagues who we have long lost touch – as well as new students and alum who we have yet to meet.

Finally, this effort has prompted us to transition back into a learning mindset as we revisit our original research, review what other scholars have discovered since we completed our dissertations, and integrate new discoveries from our research efforts.

Our real hope is that in offering this session, we can create an on-going network of coaches who have passion and energy for supporting the growth and success of women leaders.

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Kevin Nourse, PhD

Principal, Nourse Leadership Strategies

www.nourseleadership.com

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Lynn Schmidt, PhD

HR Talent Management Leader, Group Health Cooperative

   

 More about Kevin and Lynn:

  • We are both practicing coaches (Lynn is an internal coach and Kevin is an external coach); thus, we can speak to the practical application of our research.
  • The topic represents the integration of our HOD dissertation research (Lynn explored career derailment among senior women leaders and Kevin conducted research on resilience among middle managers who experienced Hurricane Katrina).
  • We are both seasoned presenters/speakers; both of us are skilled at engaging our audiences and using interactivity to enhance participants experiences.
  • An increasing number of coaches focus on building resilience in leaders they coach.
  • Despite all that is known about women in leadership and the challenges they face, relatively few are currently in the senior most positions of organizations; our research specifically focuses on women leaders.
  • Lynn has authored several publications on talent management and leadership.

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We hope you will take the opportunity to meet like-minded colleagues from other disciplines, build your professional network, and enjoy your time on our "virtual campus."

Alumni attend sessions and events at a discounted fee of $150. This allows access to various seminars and events scheduled by any of the three schools along with all alumni events. Registration closes promptly at 9:00 am PDT on Friday, May 2, 2014. After that date a late fee of $50 will apply.

For more information and to register, click here:  http://web.fielding.edu/events/

Tags: women's issues, leadership, adult learning, fielding graduate university, human development

Fielding Graduate University Named Member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Apr 22, 2014

carnegie resized 600Fielding Graduate University President Katrina Rogers is pleased to announce that Fielding’s School of Educational Leadership for Change has been selected for inclusion in the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).

The CPED is a consortium of colleges and schools of education who are working together on a critical examination of the doctorate in education (EdD). Fielding one of 87 institutions working in collaboration to redesign the EdD and will comprise the third cohort to join the Consortium.

In a press release from CPED Executive Director Jill A. Perry, the following was announced:

The Executive Director of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate is pleased to announce the addition of 33 new member institutions and four additional California State System campuses. Of this new cohort, CPED will have its first international membership with two institutions from Canada and one from New Zealand. “The expansion of the Consortium to a third cohort speaks to the credibility of this faculty-led effort and to our dedication to learn from diverse settings around the US and beyond its borders as a means to develop the strongest professional preparation in education,” stated Jill A. Perry, the Executive Director.

The vision of the Consortium is to transform the EdD (referred to as a Professional Practice Doctorate within the Consortium) into the degree of choice for preparing the next generation of practitioner experts and school (K-12) college leaders in Education, especially those who will generate new knowledge and scholarship about educational practice (or related policies) and will have responsibility for stewarding the Education profession.  

This vision aligns with Fielding’s academic quality and innovation strategic objective about aligning existing degree programs with current market trends and demands of the profession and needs of society.

This initiative was led by Mario Borunda, EdD, Fielding's interim provost, along with Fielding faculty members Nicola Smith, MDA, JD, Kathy Tiner, PhD, and Anna DiStefano, EdDPresident Rogers stated, “They are to be commended for achieving this goal, which puts Fielding squarely into a national conversation on the future of education doctorates.”

About the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is a Consortium of colleges and schools of education, which have committed resources to work together to undertake a critical examination of the doctorate in education (EdD) through dialog, experimentation, critical feedback and evaluation.

The vision of the Consortium is to transform the EdD (referred to as a Professional Practice Doctorate within the Consortium) into the degree of choice for preparing the next generation of practitioner experts and school (K-12) college leaders in Education, especially those who will generate new knowledge and scholarship about educational practice (or related policies) and will have responsibility for stewarding the Education profession.

To accomplish this vision, the mission of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is to improve the way in which professional educators are prepared by redesigning all aspects of EdD programs including: curriculum, assessments, admissions, etc. The CPED initiative currently has its headquarters at the School of Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

CONTACT:

Jill A. Perry, PhD, Executive Director   

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate

(c) 301.204.2644 (o) 412.396.4341

jillaperry@cpedinitiative.org    http://CPEDinitiative.org

Tags: EdD, Education Doctorate, educational leadership, fielding graduate university, graduate education, Carnegie Project

5 Reasons Why Fielding Alumni Should Attend National Session 2014

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Get Your Fielding Fix!

Fielding Alumni, are you trying to decide if you should attend National Session this summer? Here are 5 excellent reasons why you should:

#1 Visit with your Fielding classmates and faculty, because they want to see you too!

#2 National Session is at a new location

It is with great excitement and anticipation that we would like to share the good new that summer session 2014 will take place in Rosemont (a community close to Chicago, Illinois) at the Westin O’Hare hotel. This decision based on the following values:

Student Centered Education. Based on longitudinal data, program delivery task force recommendations, and Senate Leadership Committee input about student needs regarding an appropriate site location, Debbie Lemke (Director of Academic Conference and Event Services) found a place for us that allows us to maximize learning opportunities for our students national session, while also accommodating growing needs to include IT, multiple meeting spaces, and special events. We wanted to do this wrapped in a framework of providing an accessible and affordable experience for our students. To us, this selection is consistent with our value of providing a student-centered education.

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Social Justice.For many years, our LGBTQ and their allies have requested that we seek to find session locations in states that extend civil rights for all our community members. Although much progress has been made in the US on this important issue, this still limits the number of states where we could locate a session that was also affordable and accessible to the greatest number of students. Illinois, however, is such a state. In addition, the hotel  is located in a neighborhood with many local restaurants. As an educational institution, we seek to avoid food deserts and support locations that are connected to local resources as much as possible. Finally, we care about the affordability and value of our location choices, and being in the middle of the country, this place is both accessible and affordable for more members of our community.

Ecological Justice/Sustainability. This site location was chosen partially because if offers inexpensive public transit to many destinations, including access to downtown Chicago. It also is near a park/jogging trail, which is another component for a healthy learning environment. The Westin hotel also offers a new program partnering with New Balance running shoes that offers a pair of running shoes, socks (you get to keep the socks), and workout clothes during your stay for $5. The hotel is also working with us on basic sustainable practices, such as reducing waste, recycling, and moving to eco-friendly practices.

#3 Attend the Fielding Alumni Track sessions

thumbs up resized 600This year’s Alumni Track is packed full of intellectually stimulating topics that are relevant across all schools disciplines. The following presentations were carefully selected by the Fielding Alumni Council and are open to all alumni and students. Click here for schedule dates and times. Registration is required.

  • The Altered State of Human Experience: Conflict and communication of global religious/spiritual experiences in the digital techno-machine world with Theresa James (ELC ’13)
  • Comprehensive Evaluations of Brain Function with Ricardo Weinstein, PhD (Neuropsychology Post-Doctoral Certification ‘08)
  • Getting Back on Track: Coaching strategies to help women leaders thrive in the face of derailment with Kevin Nourse, PhD (HOD ’09) and Lynn Schmidt, PhD(HOD ’09)
  • Building Communities for Systemic Change for Authentic Racial Inclusion with Joyce A. Caldwell, PhD, (HOD ’09) and Joan M. Buccigrossi (HOD ’13) 
  • Giving Employees a Choice During a Transformation: The results with Keri Ohlrich, PhD (HOD ’11)
  • The Experience of Being a Social Justice Educator with Cheri Gurse, PhD (HOD ’13)
  • Getting Smarter, Faster with James B. Webber, PhD  (HOD ’03) and John J. Barnett, PhD (HOD ’94)
  • Integrating Three Communities of Practice as Scholar Practitioners with Anne Litwin (HOD’ 08) and Ilene Wasserman (HOD ’04)
  • Rumi’s Poetry: Journey toward meaning and transformation with Fariba Enteshari (ELC ’13)

 ALUMNI TRACK PANEL SESSIONSFielding Class

  • Lessons from Military Psychology: organizational strategy, ethics, and mental health in high-stress environment with PANELISTS: Joseph Troiani, PhD (PSY, ‘92) Stephen Redmon, PhD (HOD ‘13) Barton Buechner, PhD (HOD ‘14)          
  • Coaching Across the Fields: Uses, tips, and collaborative implementations with PANELISTS: Heidi Maston, EdD (ELC ’11,) Howard Fox, MA (HOD ’10), and John Hoover, PhD (HOD ’97)

#4 PSY CE Credits are Available

Thanks to the fine folks in the psychology department, there are TWO continuing education classes being offered at national session (Registration is required):

  • Introduction to Integrated Psychodrama: Working with the Unspoken with Judith Schoenholtz-Read, EdD
  • Writing the Professional Book/Film Review with Sherry Hatcher, PhD

Need more details? Click here.

# 5 Return to the biggest alumni party of the year! 

alumni loungeIt is that time of year where graduates who have completed their academic journey  return to national session and attend the Alumni Reception to connect, collaborate, and celebrate. Registration is required.

We hope you will take the opportunity to meet like-minded colleagues from other disciplines, build your professional network, and enjoy your time on our "virtual campus."

Alumni attend sessions and events at a discounted fee of $150. This allows access to various seminars and events scheduled by any of the three schools along with all alumni events. Registration closes promptly at 9:00 am PDT on Friday, May 2, 2014. After that date a late fee of $50 will apply.

For more information and to register, click here:  http://web.fielding.edu/events/

Tags: national session, fielding graduate university, learning

First Research Monograph Published by Fielding Graduate University

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Apr 04, 2014

Social Change in the Modern Workplace: New Research and Scholarly Reflections

Fieldings first monogram resized 600by Jean-Pierre Isbouts, DLitt (editor and author), Catherine Brooker, PhD (author, HOD '13), Carol Brown, PhD (author, HOD '13), Deborah Burke, PhD (author, HOD '09), Loni Davis, PhD (author, HOD '13), Tiffanie Dillard, PhD (author, HOD '13), Anne Litwin (Author, HOD '08)

Based on dissertation research conducted by six graduates of Fielding’s PhD program in HOD, each article looks at a unique aspect of social change in the modern workplace.

Fielding Graduate University is proud to announce the publication of the first in a series of monographs, featuring original research by Fielding faculty and graduate students in a variety of subjects. The first monograph includes six articles on the subject of Social Change in the Modern Workplace: New Research and Scholarly Reflections.

The purpose of the monograph is to address some of the fundamental changes in our modern workplace, not only due to technological innovations, but also with regards to changing attitudes about gender and equality. According to Jean-Pierre Isbouts, DLitt, faculty member at Fielding Graduate University and editor of the monograph, and Dorothy Agger-Gupta, PhD, School of Human and Organizational Development (HOD) program director, “Mobile platforms, social media, and cloud computing have fundamentally transformed traditional concepts of human productivity and efficiency and the manner in which human relationships develop and function within modern organizations.”

Overview of Social Change in the Modern Workplace: New Research and Scholarly Reflections

Whenever the subject of the modern workplace is raised in academic discourse, the focus usually shifts to disruptive technologies. Indeed, our workplace has experienced some fundamental changes as a result of technological innovation. Mobile platforms, social media, and cloud computing have fundamentally transformed traditional concepts in human productivity and efficiency, and the manner in which human relationships develop and function within modern organizations. There are, however, other prominent currents in our society that continue to affect the modern workplace, specifically related to gender equality, to social justice, and to sustainability. The purpose of this monograph, published by Fielding Graduate University, is to address some of these changes in greater detail, based on dissertation research conducted by six women graduates of Fielding’s PhD program in Human and Organizational Development (HOD). Each of these dissertations looks at a unique aspect of social change in the modern workplace. Tiffanie Dillard’s article addresses the changing role of women in organizations, particularly the factor of empowerment (or disempowerment) when women followers report to women leaders. Anne Litwin’s article wonders whether the unique dynamic of relationships among women in the office can lead to conflict with masculine organizational norms. Carol Brown’s article moves the discussion of gender roles to the boardroom level. Her investigation, using 17 Canadian corporate directors, asks whether a post-heroic feminine style of leadership can emerge as a key contributor to effective board engagement. Loni Davis’ study looks at the impact of mobile practices, and how mobile devices have blurred the traditional boundaries of the modern workplace. Catherine Brooker’s article takes us to another important topic of the modern workplace, the issue of sustainability, particularly as it relates to futures expertise in strategy and organization consulting. Lastly, Deborah Burke looks at the dénouement of corporate America as the quintessential “big business” paradigm of the past century. To what extent, she asks, are the management prescriptions of mid-20th century corporate gurus still relevant to the modern workplaces of today? Fielding Graduate University, headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, was founded in 1974, and is celebrating its fortieth anniversary. Fielding is an accredited, nonprofit leader in blended graduate education, combining face-to-face and online learning. Its curriculum offers quality masters and doctoral degrees for professionals and academics around the world.

The first Fielding University Monograph is now available worldwide via two channels: the printed version is distributed globally by Amazon, while the e-book version is available from the Apple iBookstore for all iOS devices (including iPad, iPhone, iPod etc).

For more information, visit Fielding online at http://www.fielding.edu.

Tags: higher education, fielding graduate university, graduate education