Milton Lopes, PhD
Doctoral Faculty - School of Human & Organizational Development
Milton Lopes Granted Faculty Emeritus by the Fielding Board of Trustees in April 2014.
Milton Lopes joined Fielding in 2000, bringing his expertise in public administration and public sector policy processes, urban affairs, community development, ethics and morality, citizen discourse, and public philosophy to the School of Human and Organizational Development (HOD). In keeping with Fielding’s underlying value of the scholar-practitioner, Lopes combined his broad scholarship with an extensive experience as a skilled practitioner with over thirty years of government, military, community, and corporate experience. He has been involved in international, national and regional public policy, community and economic development, small business management training and technical assistance. He is a mediator, a public service professional who has contributed much to diverse communities in areas of community development and planning, both nationally and internationally.
As a Fielding faculty member, Lopes’ depth of understanding and knowledge as a scholar practitioner has promoted the learning and development of many HOD doctoral students and contributed to the quality of the dissertations for which he has served as a chair or as a faculty reader. He takes a keen interest in his students, caring deeply for the depth of their thinking, their attention to ethics and moral issues, and their success as doctorally qualified scholar-practitioners.
Lopes is a contributing member of HOD’s first doctoral concentration, ISAKO (Information Society and Knowledge Organizations). He brings a deep questioning to those who promote rapid acquisition of the most recent technological advances, urging us to take the time to reflect on the implications, ethical and practical, of relinquishing the tried and true when adopting the newest technologies.
As a researcher and scholar, Lopes’ interests and publications span many disciplines including group decision support systems, participatory governance, citizen discourse, and economic exclusion. Further broadening his intellectual pursuits, Lopes has studied spirituality and dreams. His academic affiliations and certifications range from executive coaching to spiritual direction and civil mediation. He consults nationally and internationally in areas including strategic planning, organizational ethics, program evaluation, and alternative dispute resolutions. His extensive accomplishments are accompanied by warmth for others, a twinkle in his eye, and a truly outstanding talent as a vocalist. He has inspired us throughout the years with his glorious voice that has graced many concert halls.
Through all of his years at Fielding, Lopes has served our community with the deepest integrity, combining his commitment to quality scholarship with responsible inquiry and, above all, a deep caring for the students, alumni, and faculty members of the Fielding community.
Ronald Lawrence, PhD (HOD 2013) acknowledged in his dissertation, “To my chair Milton Lopes, I offer my deepest respect and appreciation: you are one of the most spiritual men I’ve ever known, and your commitment to helping others grow in every way is a true gift to the world. I could not have done this without your support. “