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Fielding Ranks in Top 20 Most Innovative Degree Programs in 2014

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Oct 10, 2014

Fielding Graduate University's PhD in Clinical Psychology- Neuropsychology Concentration - Ranks in the Top 20 Most Innovative Graduate Psychology

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Degree Programs in 2014

OCTOBER 10, 2014, As competition becomes increasingly intense for jobs in psychology, it is more important than ever for students to choose graduate psychology degree programs that provide an edge in the workforce. Although many practicing psychologists are deciding to put off retirement, and psychology jobs are growing at the rate of just three percent, the Center for Workforce Studies still reports that 5,000 new psychology doctorates are handed out annually. In order to help you get the most out of your training and beat out the competition for a limited number of jobs, we’ve identified a set of highly innovative graduate-level psychology degree programs for you to consider. Most of the programs described below assume that you’ve already earned a psychology master’s degree.

At this time, the three fastest growing areas of the field are thought to be neuropsychology, industrial-organizational psychology, and geropsychology, so we put special emphasis on including programs with offerings in those areas. In addition, our editors also sought to highlight the following types of programs.

1) Those whose faculty is among the most highly cited in the field.

2) Those that have shown exceptional progress in the area of diversity.

3) Those with at least some online offerings.

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Becoming a Leader: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of the Lifeworld of Nelson Mandela

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Oct 07, 2014

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Fielding alumna Shirley Knobel, PhD (HOD '14), was selected as the Overall Award Winner of the Student Research Colloquium as a part of the 2014 Organization Development Network Annual Conference based on her paper titled "Becoming a Leader: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of the Lifeworld of Nelson Mandela"


My research question emerged from my lived experience of Nelson
Mandela. I had the privilege of knowing him personally through the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund – a charity that Mandela established during his term of office as President of South Africa. I selected the lifeworld of Nelson Mandela as the subject of my PhD dissertation research because in my experience he demonstrated an unparalleled ability to lead, reconcile, and transform a broken society.

This dissertation study looks at the lived experience of Nelson Mandela and explores how the structures of his lifeworld shaped his choices and actions and ultimately influenced his destiny as a leader. This approach required a broad lens that encompasses the three main concepts underlying the inquiry: leadership, lifeworld phenomenology, and hermeneutics. While the leadership literature is relevant to this study, so too is lifeworld phenomenology, and in particular Alfred Schutz’s theory regarding the structures of the lifeworld and its significance for social action (Schutz & Luckmann, 1973).

Click here to read Knobel's paper: Becoming a Leader: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of the Lifeworld of Nelson Mandela


Tags: organizational change, Organizational development, fielding graduate university, graduate education