Fielding Graduate University News

Fielding faculty, alumni, and students who coach writers will present 18 seminars that will help communicate scholarly ideas

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Sep 21, 2012

Rocky Mtn Fall 2012 Retreat Save the Date resized 600This month’s Fielding Graduate University's Rocky Mountain Virtual Retreat is all about communicating academically

Fielding faculty, alumni, and students who coach writers will present 18 seminars that will help you communicate your scholarly ideas effectively through academic papers, presentations, and other digital platforms. Attend as many of the two-hour sessions as you would like on WebEx via your computer using a headset (free) or phone (toll call). Discussion forums for each session are set up on FELIX. Presenters will post handouts there prior to the event. All workshops will be recorded and posted on FELIX following the event. View full schedule here.

How to sign up…

If you are already logged into FELIX, this link will take you to the Rocky Mountain Virtual Learning and Writing Retreat September 29 and 30, 2012 folder. If that doesn’t work, go to the FELIX Summit, click on School of ELC and then EdD Home. Once there, look for the link to EdD Community. Click on it and you will find the folder called Rocky Mountain Virtual Learning and Writing Retreat September 29 and 30, 2012. There you will find folders for each time slot and within those are folders for the individual sessions. Choose a seminar and look for the “Sign Up to Attend” discussion thread. Click “Reply” and add yourself to the list of attendees.

How to attend…

A few minutes before your seminar begins, go to and select the seminar you signed up to attend. Note: if this is your first time using WebEx, allow at least five minutes to download the software. The set up is automatic on your computer.

What do I need?

WebEx allows meeting participants to connect to the presentation audio for free using a computer headset.* The other option for audio is to call in via telephone. Note: the second option is not free and, unless you have unlimited long distance, you will see a toll charge for the call on your phone bill. *Headsets are small, but good investment for Fielding students to use with both WebEx and Skype. Prices vary. Search for “computer headsets and microphones” to find one that works with your computer.

Why isn’t there a toll-free number to call?

In order to record both the audio and visual portions of each presentation, we have to use the audio services WebEx provides.* These services enable participants to ask questions and engage in dialogue that will be valuable at the time of the presentation and later when the recordings are archived in FELIX.


For more information about the event contact Dr. Jenny Edwards, Rocky Mountain Cluster faculty leader Rocky Mountain Cluster student co-leads, Nova Martinez (ELC) and Kerry Mitchell (HOD) for more information.

Tags: technology, Advising and Student Development, digital learning, graduate education, distance education

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

Fielding announces student research grants

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Feb 10, 2012

Fielding congratulates the following students who have received research grants of amounts up to $1,000 from the university. The awardees were chosen by the research funds granting committee headed by Provost Katrina Rogers, PhD.

School of Psychology:

Jeff Bryson (Rainbow City, AL) - “Toward a synergistic cognitive-behavioral model for concomitant insomnia and pain”

Chuck Cancilla (Buford, GA) - “Mindful versus traditional martial arts towards improved academic grades in children diagnosed with ADHD”

Claude Robinson, PhD (Knoxville, TN) - “A validity study of projective drawings”

 School of Educational Leadership & Change:

Lauri Francis (Peekskill, NY) - “Teacher leadership for the 21st century: Teacher leaders’ experience in supporting the pedagogical practice of academic rigor”

School of Human & Organizational Development:

Kathy Kaya (Carlsbad, CA), “An exploration of Sansei women’s experience of a holistic approach to learning about their own and others’ encounters with oppression and privilege”


In addition, psychology students Salvatore Carbonaro (Fresno, TX) and Heidi Mattila (Washington, DC) earned the award for best research poster at Fielding’s national session in January 2012, “Self-reported alcohol consumption and religiosity among clinicians affects severity ratings of clients’ alcohol consumption”


Tags: APA, psychology, Advising and Student Development, graduate education, research funding

Fielding Supports Goals of Occupy Wall Street

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, Jan 03, 2012

The gap between rich and poor is greater than ever before in our lifetimes, and we need to stand up for those who are trying to improve their circumstances and provide for their families. As a graduate institution serving a community of scholars and practitioners who are devoted to learning and social change, we stand in support of movements like Occupy Wall Street, which attempt to create dialogue and collective engagement of our citizens at such critical social moments.

Students at institutions of higher education are being forced to pay more for tuition and go deeper into debt because of cuts in state funding and federal aid programs. The Social/Ecological Justice and Diversity Commission of the Academic Senate at Fielding Graduate University applauds the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which continues to highlight the inequity and unfairness of the society in which we live. We strongly support the movement and wish it every success. We are in this together and support activities that foster continuing dialogue around these important social issues and strengthen our democratic engagement.

Tags: APA, social justice, educational leadership, Organizational development, Marketing, social media, Advising and Student Development, digital learning, sustainability, development, philanthropy, higher education, human rights, graduate education, environmental justice

Richard Leider to present "The Power of Purpose"

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Dec 19, 2011

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

7-9 pm

Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort – San Rafael Conference Room

633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA

Free and open to the public

Richard Leider is a respected life/work planning specialist and author of The Power of Purpose: Creating Meaning in Your Life and Work. The book serves as a jumping-off point for those who’d truly like to combine their “own unique gifts” with “the needs of the world” to carve out a vocational niche that’s both individualized and highly rewarding. According to Fielding founding president, Frederic M. Hudson, “The Power of Purpose teaches you to embrace the complex questions life is asking you. Find your ‘why’ and your ‘how’ will become clear.”

Leider is founder and chairman of The Inventure Group, a coaching and consulting firm in Minneapolis, MN. He works with national organizations such as Ameriprise, Ericsson, Habitat for Humanity, MetLife, and PricewaterhouseCoopers and is ranked by Forbes as one of the top five most respected executive coaches in the country. He teaches executive education at Duke Corporate Education and is a guest lecturer in the Harvard Business School’s general management program.

Two of Leider’s books, Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are considered classics in the personal development field. Two other books have been referred to as breakthrough books on positive aging.

Tags: creativity, Transformational learning, Advising and Student Development, development, adult learning, aging

Fielding Alumni Among Winners of HASTAC MacArthur Stage One Competition

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Dec 14, 2011

Diana Graber and Cynthia Lieberman, 2010 graduates of Fielding Graduate University’s Media Psychology and Social Change master’s program, recently received the Stage One HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation grant for their proposal in the Badges of Lifelong Learning Competition.  Their proposal, “CyberWise - Digital Literacy for Grownups,” was one of the 60 winners posted at

Adapted from the Digital Media Learning Competition website:

The competition is held in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation and is part of the 4th Digital Media and Learning Competition funded by the MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory). The Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition is designed to encourage the creation of digital badges and badge systems that support, identify, recognize, measure, and account for new skills, competencies, knowledge, and achievements for 21st century learners wherever and whenever learning takes place.

Stage One applicants were asked to submit ideas for compelling learning content, activities, or programs for which a badge or set of badges would be useful for recognizing learning that takes place in a particular area or topic. Winning applications represent a wide array of public and private institutions and organizations from around the world, including museums, nonprofits, after-school programs, research institutions, and for-profit companies.

Stage Two opens on December 12 and seeks badge system design and tech proposals that respond to Stage One winning content or content from one of the Competition’s official Collaborators—including the Department of Education, the Department of Veteran Affairs, Microsoft, Intel, NASA, the American Library Association and more. Full information can be found at

The entire Fielding community extends our congratulations and admiration for this significant accomplishment to our alumni colleagues Diana and Cynthia.


Tags: Media psychology, creativity, educational leadership, Transformational learning, MacArthur Foundation, Advising and Student Development, digital learning, adult learning

Fielding announces return to Alexandria, VA, in summer 2012

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Sep 12, 2011
Fielding is pleased to announce that in 2012 the university will return to Alexandria, VA, for its second “All Schools Summer Session.” This confirms there was a consensus that the first such session, held in July 2011, was a tremendous success. Participants’ evaluations revealed the session exceeded their expectations for a week-long, face-to-face community academic experience that enhanced the interactions and learning that goes on at a distance throughout the year. The university will return to The Mark Center Hilton, with easy access to Washington, D.C., during the week of July 16, 2012. Details about the session schedule and registration information is forthcoming

Tags: Transformational learning, conference, Advising and Student Development, adult learning, Distributed education, graduate education

Associate Provost Snowden appointed chair of AACRAO committee

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Aug 26, 2011

MoniqueMonique Snowden, PhD, Fielding’s associate provost for enrollment management, has been appointed co-chair (2011-12) and subsequently chair (2013-2015) of the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Graduate and Professional Schools Issues Committee.


The committee will be advisory in those areas that are not normally addressed by a specific committee or task force of AACRAO. It will address concerns that pertain specifically to graduate and professional schools and act as a medium for relevant discourse and projects.


AACRAO is the leading national organization for professionals in the field of enrollment management in higher education.


Tags: educational leadership, Advising and Student Development, leadership, development, Distributed education, higher education