Fielding Graduate University News

Sylvia Williams

Recent Posts

ELC faculty member to receive prestigious honor as distance education practitioner

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, May 16, 2012

Rena Palloff, PhD, ELC faculty member, has been selected to receive the 2012 Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education.  The award will be presented this August at the 28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education was instituted by Professor and Mrs. Wedemeyer to recognize outstanding contributions in the application of important skills, concepts, techniques, meanings and understandings of distance education in North America.  The Wedemeyer family has graciously continued supporting this award in tribute to their parents. 

Professor Wedemeyer (1911-1999) championed diversity in learning options and supported learner access and choice throughout his work as an a author, researcher, instructor, and administrator.  In the mid-twentieth century he outlined a vision for the use of telecommunications and media as instructional tools that would free teaching and learning from the confinements of the classroom and clock.  That vision had global influence and laid the foundation for much of today's distance education theory and practice.


Tags: technology, educational leadership, adult learning, Distributed education, distance education

Media psychology student new CTO at Aegis

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, May 16, 2012

Mike Neal, a doctoral student in Fielding Graduate University's media psychology program, has been hired by Aegis Analytical Corp. as its Chief Technology Officer. The company's announcement can be read at

Tags: Media psychology, technology, graduate education

WNGE posts links to March '12 webinars

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, May 16, 2012

“Differences among Turkish Women Immigrants in Germany”

by Andrea Zielke-Nadkarni 

 TOPIC: This presentation deals with the situation of 2 generations of Turkish women in Germany and their living conditions, which involve social changes from village to city life, from rural networks to urban isolation, and having to live with the ambiguity of traditional and modern expectations all of which show a great impact on their chances of empowerment.

 “Empowerment of Saudi Women in the Healthcare Sector through Education”

 by Elham Al Ateeq

  TOPIC: this presentation provides a brief on the status of Saudi women in the labor force particularly in the healthcare sector; it will provide an example of initiatives to empower women through education, leadership, team building, mentoring and coaching in a newly established nursing college in a rural area in Saudi Arabia.  Different obstacles and challenges which face Saudi women in the health care field are also touched upon with recommendations for supporting women's contribution to the country's health development.

"Empowering Women through Education"

by Joyce Lwande Onek

  TOPIC: The key to community development is the development of women. Any long‐term change in the fortunes of Africans must look at the next generation‐‐ the children‐‐ and it is the women who raise those children. Empowering women means literally to give them power over their own lives; to release them from the dependency on others. One of the most critical ways to empower women is economically, starting with empowering specific, individual women, who then empower their families, then other women in their community, then women in communities and beyond their own and so on.


Visit us online at for more information about 

Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment. 

or upcoming events.

Tags: social justice, women's issues, adult learning, higher education, human rights

Fielding alumna honored by Girl Scouts of America

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, May 01, 2012

Fielding graduate Thelma Jackson, EdD (ELC ’02), is being honored as a Thurston County Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America. The honor is given to women who have turned their Girl Scout experiences into successful life accomplishments.

Jackson is a highly regarded and sought-after educational consultant and a leading educational transformation theorist. She will receive the honor on May 2, 2012, in Olympia, WA. Also receiving the honor that day will be the Honorable Christine Gregoire, Governor of the State of Washington, and Kaleen Cottingham, Director of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

Tags: creativity, social justice, educational leadership, Transformational learning, Organizational development, women's issues, Advising and Student Development, leadership, development, philanthropy, higher education, graduate education

Alumnus is recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

At its recent annual conference, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) recognized the 2012 recipients of its awards of excellence.

Fielding alumnus Ted Takamura, PhD (HOD ’97), assistant professor at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon, was selected as the 2012 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes outstanding faculty members from the IACBE community who are accomplished educators and have made meaningful and significant contributions to student learning in a way that advances academic quality in business education.

 Takamura’s work in enhancing student retention by integrating the accounting curricula of community colleges and a four-year university has resulted in an increase in the accounting student bases for both entities of over 80%. He initiated and implemented campus-wide curricular overhaul and assessment for all disciplines, including the development of an Accounting Certificate program that qualifies accounting candidates to sit for the standard exams of CPA, CMA, CFE, and CIA, within an 18 month period. Takamura shares his auditing and accounting expertise with transnational nonprofit, private, corporate, and educational organizations and institutions.

The IACBE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs.


Tags: educational leadership, Transformational learning, Organizational development, Advising and Student Development, community college, leadership, adult learning, higher education

Alumna promotes importance of long-term care insurance for seniors

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

Marion Somers, PhD (HOD ’88), aka Dr. Marion, is the spokesperson for the “3 in 4 Need More” campaign, which spreads the message that health insurance isn’t enough. About three in four of us will need some form of long-term care insurance or planning to cover longer-lasting illnesses and disabilities not covered by regular insurance or Medicare. 

 Dr. Marion travels in her souped-up, 50s-era Greyhound bus. “Long-term care needs can sneak up on us as quickly as the senior tsunami that is heading our way, which is why it’s so important for Americans to plan ahead.”

1 DrMarion BusTo help Americans plan ahead, Dr. Marion's bus will crisscross the country this summer to talk with seniors and caregivers. Her advice: it's never too soon to start planning for long-term care needs and costs. As part of the campaign, Dr. Marion, 3in4 Need More, and Emeritus are launching a nationwide "Bring Your Talent" contest. The search is for seniors or their caregivers in the U.S. who want to showcase their talent – from singing and dancing to juggling, acrobatics, and more! “Bring Your Talent” will help families alleviate the costs of long-term care by offering free stays at any Emeritus Senior Living Community, with a grand prize of free rent for one year.

You are invited to follow the tour on and


Tags: gerontology, adult learning, healthcare, aging

Media psychology faculty member to publish sequel to acclaimed "The Biblical World"

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, Apr 24, 2012
Jesus Footsteps Cover

Jean-Pierre Isbouts, D.Litt, a faculty member in Fielding Graduate University’s doctoral media psychology program, has completed the manuscript for the upcoming National Geographic publication In the Footsteps of Jesus. This 368-page hardcover book is richly illustrated with location photography, archaeological objects, art, and maps. In it Dr. Isbouts reconstructs the historical, social, and cultural environment in which the life of Jesus and the rise of early Christianity took place. The book is divided into three main segments:

 • Part 1 offers an overview of the Roman Empire before the birth of Jesus and the socio-economic changes wrought by Herod the Great in Palestine, followed by an intimate recreation of everyday life in a small Galilean village such as Nazareth.

• Part 2 follows closely in Jesus’ footsteps by recreating the journeys of his ministry, beginning within the immediate vicinity of Capernaum, followed by travels throughout Galilee, and culminating in the journeys to Tyre, Sidon and the Decapolis before the fateful journey to Jerusalem. Here, the narrative offers a detailed, hour-by-hour reconstruction of the Passion events, based on the latest scholarly and archaeological findings.

• Part 3 traces the gradual emergence of Christian communities in the decades after the Easter events, not only among the core of Jewish Christians in Jerusalem and Judea, but also among Jewish and Gentile communities in Syria, Asia Minor and Greece, in addition to many other Christian communities seeded by the rapidly modernizing land and sea routes in the Early Roman Empire.jean pierre Isbouts 1

• Lastly, the book traces the growing popularity of pilgrimage routes to the Holy Land, which enabled thousands of pilgrims from the 4th century onwards to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. 

In the Footsteps of Jesus is deeply respectful of Christian traditions of all denominations, but does not hesitate to tackle some of the urgent questions raised by modern biblical scholarship and archaeological discovery. Among others, the book examines the insights offered by recent excavations at Sepphoris and Jerusalem, which shed new light on Jesus’ adolescence and the Passion. It also offers a fresh interpretation of Jesus’ Kingdom of God philosophy, while vividly illustrating the social and economic impact of Herod’s rapacious tax regimes as very few books have done before. Lastly, the book proposes a comprehensive chronological timeline of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee and beyond, based on the sometimes conflicting details reported in the Gospels.

The manuscript has been reviewed by a panel of distinguished scholars, including Craig Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia; Donald Senior, C.P., a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and General Editor of The Catholic Study Bible; Shaye J. D. Cohen, Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy at Harvard University; and Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

The book will also include a number of photographs shot by Dr. Isbouts in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey.

 In the Footsteps of Jesus is scheduled for release in November of 2012 as part of a nationwide promotional campaign. For more information, please contact Lisa Thomas at

Tags: globalization, Media psychology, social justice, educational leadership, diversity, religion, leadership, human rights, graduate education

McCall joins Fielding Graduate University's core faculty

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Thu, Apr 19, 2012
Mary McCall

Mary E. McCall, PhD, joins the School of Human & Organizational Development as a core faculty member, having served previously as a research faculty member. McCall will continue her work in the area of methods and also add to the doctoral curriculum in adult development, social change, and the concentration in Aging, Culture, and Society. Fielding looks forward to her taking a leadership role for the university as it prepares to host for the third time the International Conference on Positive Aging

For over 20 years, McCall has been a professor and consultant in the areas of aging and social policy, communication, collaborative problem-solving, mediating conflict, and applied research methods. She holds a PhD in human development and aging and is a tenured full professor at Saint Mary's College of California. She has extensive experience in designing, implementing, collecting, and analyzing data for research that includes quantitative, qualitative, laboratory, community-based, and multi-method approaches to investigation.

McCall's research in aging focusses on cross-cultural comparisons of values in the formulation of social policies for older persons. She has worked in the area of service-enriched subsidized housing for low-income elders and families and has published in the area of community empowerment, social interaction and longevity, cultural differences in elder abuse, and empowerment of older persons. She has considerable experience designing and delivering diversity training to deal with issues of difference and community building in higher education (with students, faculty and staff). She is a certified trainer for the Campus of Difference workshop from the Anti-Defamation League and a certified Values Coach through Values Technology, Inc.


Tags: gerontology, aging

WNGE affiliates with UN Dept. of Public Information

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Thu, Apr 12, 2012

Fielding’s Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE) has been accepted to be part of the Non-Governmental Organizations of the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the United Nations.

This association indicates that WNGE is committed to disseminating information and raising public awareness about the purposes and activities of the United Nations and issues of global concern. Associated NGOs are expected to include information about the work of the United Nations in their own promotional materials.

Click me

Tags: globalization, social justice, women's issues

Fielding alumnus becomes chair-elect of CASAP

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Thu, Mar 22, 2012

At the winter meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA), Eric Willmarth , PhD, of Kentwood, MI, was voted chair-elect of the Coalition for Academic, Scientific, and Applied Research Psychology (CASAP). This group serves as a forum for issues coming before the APA Council of Representatives and helps to formulate positions on issues which further the interests of research in psychology.

Dr. Willmarth is a 1999 graduate of Fielding’s School of Psychology.                                                                                                                     

Congratulations, Eric.

Tags: APA, Organizational development, research, aging