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Fielding's Media Psychology Program Leaves an Impression on Digital Hollywood

Posted by Hilary Molina on Wed, Nov 04, 2015
 by Tunisha Singleton, MA - Current PhD Student | Fielding Graduate University | Co-Chair - APA Div 46 Student Committee |  Member - APA Div 46, 47 | http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tunisha-singleton/85/43a/a82

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Fielding Graduate University made their presence felt at Digital Hollywood in Marina Del Rey, California. Digital Hollywood is a reputable conference in the convergence of entertainment and technology, bringing together the field’s top executives and developers. As a sponsor of the four-day summit, Fielding Graduate University’s Media Psychology program supportively added to the event by bringing fresh perspectives and specialists in cutting-edge fields.

digital_hollywood_hogg_and_rutledge.jpgDigital Hollywood is among the world’s best venues combining technology research and design. The setting became a perfect fit for media psychology’s scholar-practitioner model that aims to understand the psychological impact of media use and creation. Over 25 members of Fielding's media psychology community were present, including prospective and current students, alumni, and faculty.

Director of the Media Psychology PhD Program Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD, was in attendance and noted that the overall experience was beneficial for both parties. “Patterns in media and new technology emerged in many of the panel discussions,” said Dr. Hogg. “While industry experts work to figure out how to use content and make new platforms, researchers from our program can provide this type of information by explaining the psychology behind it. So it was very energizing to connect industry developers with researchers.”

Digital Hollywood is broken up into multiple tracks emphasizing a particular area within entertainment and technology. A few tracks, for example, include: “Immersive Entertainment: From Movie Theatres to Interactive Surfaces," “The Women’s Summit & Festival: Content, Discussion, & Recognition,” and “Virtual and Augmented Reality: From Sense of Presence to Full Embodiment.” Panels are designed to focus on a specific topic under each theme with speakers who have exceled in that particular field. And representatives from Media Psychology were not only in attendance, but were also called to lead as pioneering examples.

Director of the Media Psychology Masters and Certificate Program, Garry Hare, PhD, moderated a panel titled “AR – VR and the Human Brain: The Impact of Neuromarketing on the Real-Time Design of Immersive Entertainment and Advertising Productions.” Exploring the cognitive science behind the visualization of complex data offered opportunities to showcase the innovative work of Media Psychology graduates.

“Students and faculty experience first hand innovations in immersive media, augmented reality and the future of both mass market and targeted productions,” said Dr. Hare. “Presentations by faculty on media neuroscience and the creation of AR applications were extremely well received, opening the door for future featured panels, presentations, Dr._Christophe_Morin.jpgreal-time research and collaborative product development.”

Leading the way on marketing neuroscience is Fielidng media psychology faculty member Christophe Morin, PhD, whose presentation was filled with stimulating and cutting-edge information that rang new to Digital Hollywood. As CEO of neuromarking agency SalesBrain, Dr. Morin believes that the psychology of neuromarketing is indispensable to the Digital Hollywood community. “The field of neuromarketing offers research methods that measure and predict the effect of media on our nervous system” said Dr. Morin. “I was pleased to see that content producers and marketers are very interested in the field of media neuroscience because our research can explain and predict the effect of advertising, games, and even movies on the brain.”

Interest in neuromarketing and other critical areas were expressed through the consistent flow of attention received at Fielding’s interactive information booth. Maintained over the course of the entire conference, faculty and alumni were able to showcase Fielding’s Media Psychology’s new certificate program with two new specialized concentrations - Media Neuroscience or Brand Psychology and Audience Engagement. Under each specialized focus, the three-course certificate allows industry professionals to gain an understanding of the "why" and "how" behind their work by applying psychological theory.

Fielding media psychology faculty member and Director of the Media Psychology Research Center Pamela Rutledge, PhD, spent several hours interacting with Digital Hollywood’s advertising and creative professionals about the new emphasis of Brand Psychology. “This certificate is designed to help you connect with the consumer and take advantage of the socially-connected, 24/7 world we live in,” said Dr. Rutledge. “Entertainment and technology is not just about the tools...it’s about human behavior. Media environments change. New technologies emerge. But human needs and goals do not. So here you’ll learn to apply psychology to develop and deliver a brand identity and core story that captures your audience’s wants.”

For the Fielding to sponsor Digital Hollywood, several positive outcomes can arise including careers for alumni, research projects for faculty and internships for current students. Third year media psychology doctorl student Matthew Price remarked on how significant it is for Fielding to be present at these events and how valuable it was to be in attendance, “Digital Hollywood was a terrific opportunity for me to network with industry luminaries and examine my place academically and professionally in a real world setting. I think this is one of the truest benefits of an education from Fielding; exposure to the industry and an opportunity to apply our education in a constructive environment."

The Fielding community received an overall enthusiastic reception from Digital Hollywood participants with high anticipation for returning to the next seasonal event. Taking advantage of the high profile opportunity provided by Digital Hollywood’s setting, faculty and alum showcased their unique approach to methodology, production research, and content creation. Doctoral, masters, and certificate programs alike - the Media Psychology program represented Fielding Graduate University well as a formidable leader in higher education, research, and applied innovation.

 

 

 

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Fielding's New Media Psychology Program Director Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD On Media Psychology and Technology for Good

Posted by Hilary Molina on Wed, Oct 14, 2015

As president of the American Psychological Association’s Division 46-Society for Media Psychology and Technology, Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD, now takes on the role as program director of media psychology at Fielding Graduate University.

Jerri Lynn HoggDr. Hogg stepped right into her new role with ease. Coming from years of grounded experience in both academic and professional settings, her teaching experience at a variety of post-secondary organizations, along with her numerous years of involvement in the media psychology program at Fielding, Dr. Hogg is poised and ready to drive media psychology further into the educational forefront of the 21st century. Dr. Hogg's vision of the future of media psychology as a disciple was clearly outlined during her interview for the position of director:

The future of media psychology is impacted by the psychological foundations which form the building blocks of this discipline. These building blocks are what separate us from big media studies departments and other educational areas that hover in the same research space as media psychology. Media psychology is a broad umbrella-based psychology that is grounded in psychology, and also engages theories and research from a variety of other fields that study media and technology.

At Fielding, I believe that we are at a place where we have the opportunity to do something special, to influence peoples’ lives in important and meaningful ways. From understanding how mobile applications can best be used to encourage fitness, or stimulate happiness and mental well-being to create powerful advocacy campaigns and disaster relief efforts, such as the one most recently implemented by the Red Cross app that facilitated donations for the relief efforts in Nepal; we can learn about, demonstrate and research, how emergent technologies are enhancing our lives in powerful ways. By studying the psychological components engaged when we connect with media and technology we can inform better design and application.

For example, we can apply theory to emergent technologies to create and further define dynamic learning environments, use augmented and virtual reality to find new ways to understand and view the world, create delivery models that are media rich in presence, yet can cross geographical and time boundaries, and we can construct media that facilitates socially responsible advocacy for the betterment of humanity. With the ability to connect in more meaningful ways, collaborate cross-boundaries and cultures, share knowledge by making information more readily available and understandable, media psychology is a force for motivation, well-being, and good.

In her newest role as program director, Dr. Hogg continues to affirm the direction she sees the program going and why Fielding is the place for this vision. "It is my goal to continue to foster an energetic research center in media psychology which includes a collaborative learning space and a think-tank environment that provides businesses, organizations, nonprofits, and foundations a place to seek advice, consult, and research the intersection of human behavior and media and technology," stated Dr. Hogg. "My vision for the media psychology program within Fielding is to continue to establish the culture and identity of the program with administration, admissions and marketing, and the university in general, so we can best advertise, promote and attract students who are interested in media psychology...We are best aligned for positive outcomes, and impact, that includes strong student learning and ground breaking research, when there is a good fit. It is the story, the vision, and the cohesive message that allows not only the potential to understand who we are, but creates the vision of what we commit to as a program, a program that embraces the breadth of the field of media psychology in a foundational manner and offers specializations as our core niche. Current proposed certificates in neuroscience, brand psychology, and immersive media are a good start in this direction."

One of Dr. Hogg's areas of interest as a media psychologist is to look at virtual and augmented environments to see how people can bring a sense of presence to these environments - to make it feel as real as when we share physical presence. She frequently speaks on psychological components and influences of media and technology on human behavior and she continues to uncover new areas for research and understanding.

Dr. Hogg began her career studying engineering and then made the unusual jump to journalism and communications. While it might not have made sense at the time to make this transition, it fueled her interest in the science and the technology behind how people are driven to connect and communicate. To this day, she continues to examine a variety of interests, which are primarily based around how media influences people's lives, relationships, and humans make meaning out of life in a highly digitized world. Her passion continues to remain in the ways people connect and make meaning in digital environments. As Dr. Hogg continues her studies as a researcher and as a graduate of the media psychology program at Fielding, she would like to give back to her university and the field she proudly represents.

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Fielding Signs Partnership Agreement With the University of the Virgin Islands

Posted by Hilary Molina on Wed, Aug 19, 2015

Fielding Graduate University is partnering with the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) who also reached agreements with the University of St. Maarten, Philipsburg, St. Maarten; the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica; Nantong University, China; Yangzhou University, China; and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Photo courtesy of University of the Virgin Islands

Back row left to right: Dr. Orlando Taylor, Fielding VP of Strategic Initiatives; Dr. Linda Thomas, UVI Dean, School of Education; Dr. James S. Maddirala, UVI Associate Provost for Graduate, Global and Academic Affairs; Dr. Stephen Reames, UVI Dean, School of Business; Dr. Dorothy Agger-Gupta, Program Director, Fielding School of Human & Organizational Development ; Dr. Habtes Yegin, UVI Professor of Education. Front row left to right: Dr. Camille McKayle, UVI Provost; Dr. David Hall, UVI President ; Dr. Katrina Rogers, Fielding President; Dr. Linda Honold, Chair, Fielding Board of Trustees.

Each of the agreements, known as memoranda of understanding (MOU), are unique and share a spirit of cooperation and understanding. UVI’s MOU with Fielding is intended to establish mutually beneficial collaborations in academic programs, research, the pursuit of grants, continuing education, and certificate programs. “The common goal of the MOUs is to enhance the UVI experience, either by having students from other parts of the world in the classroom here at UVI or by having UVI students sit in the classrooms around the world,” said UVI Provost Dr. Camille McKayle, “A 21st Century education needs to be a global education. UVI graduates will find themselves in work environments with people from around the world, actually and virtually. UVI aims to prepare them for that environment by giving them opportunities to see that world so that it is a less daunting place.”

The general objective of the agreement with Fielding is to engage in long-term collaboration in fields that are compatible with the orientation and expertise of each institution. The MOU provides for possible collaborations involving a PhD collaborative program in leadership with agreed upon credits transferable from one institution to the other. This collaboration will target, though not exclusively, Fielding’s Schools of Human and Organizational Development and School of Education Leadership for Change. Students will be able to study several concentrations including, academic leadership, political leadership, ecological justice leadership and health leadership.

According to the MOU other possible collaborations include:

  • Joint courtesy/adjunct faculty appointments to support PhD degree programs at each institution
  • Faculty exchanges
  • Continuing education opportunities on selected topics
  • Faculty development in competency based education and/or prior learning assessments
  • Faculty development and technical support in instructional design
  • Joint research activity in areas of mutual interest and expertise
  • Joint applications for external grants in areas of mutual interest and expertise
  • Possible establishment of a formal center or institute on leadership and diversity to house Fielding/UVI activity possibly in conjunction with Fielding’s Institute for Social Innovation or Fielding’s new Marie Fielder Center on Democracy, Leadership and Education.
  • Joint marketing and student recruitment domestically and internationally
  • Periodic Fielding residencies in the Virgin Islands; UVI residencies in Santa Barbara, CA

The MOU is for three years with an automatic renewal unless terminated.

Fielding Graduate University President Katrina Rogers, PhD stated, “We are honored to be working with the University of Virgin Islands to support our mutual goals to develop leadership across the globe for the complex, often difficult conditions, our graduates will face over the course of their careers.  We look forward to many years of a partnership to create effective educational offerings for students that assist them in attaining their professional goals and provide skills and knowledge for their lifetime.”

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Steven A. Schapiro, EdD, Named Interim Dean

Posted by Hilary Molina on Fri, Aug 07, 2015

Steve_Schapiro5479Fielding Graduate University is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven A. Schapiro, EdD, as the interim dean of academic affairs. This position will play an important role in developing and implementing a new Fielding vision as well as insuring the integrity of its academic programs as the university undergoes significant re-structuring. “I am excited to take on this new position in order to help Fielding maintain and strengthen our leadership role in providing a progressive and truly student-centered approach to graduate education,” Schapiro stated. “In the challenging and competitive educational landscape in which we find ourselves, we have much to teach the higher education community about how to implement individualized, experiential, and competency-based learning. Our approach is not tied to “seat time” or an overly standardized curriculum, but to inquiry and authentic learning in response to individual and societal needs. At the same time, I believe that we can learn from other progressive and learner-centered institutions about doing critical and emancipatory teaching, creating collaborative learning communities in cyber-space, and responding to the needs of the tech savvy and increasingly diverse students of today.”

The new dean will eventually assume the role of accreditation liaison officer (ALO) and guide the faculty in the program review process among many other essential responsibilities. “As our new ALO,” Schapiro reflected, “I will be drawing on my experience in this role at one of our sister institutions, Goddard College. I see my role of ALO as serving as a bridge and translator between us and our accrediting agency, WASC; helping WASC to understand and appreciate the unique dimensions of our learning model and forms of authentic and performance based assessment, and helping us to understand and respond to WASC’s call for clarity about what outcomes we expect from our students’ learning experiences, how we assess that learning, and how we use that knowledge to improve our practices.”

Dr. Schapiro has enjoyed a distinguished career in higher education. He received his EdD in psychological education from the University of Massachusetts, an MAT in social studies from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, and a BA Magna Cum Laude in American studies from Yale University. His preparation for administration was strengthened by attendance at Harvard’s Institute for Educational Management. He has authored books, book chapters, and journal articles, and given over 50 scholarly presentations. Dr. Schapiro has served as a faculty member in Fielding’s School of Human & Organizational Development since 2000, and as the Malcolm Knowles Chair in Adult Learning since 2013. He has most recently served as senior co-chair of the Academic Senate Leadership Committee. His previous administrative work included dean for academic affairs at Goddard College where he also served as director of teacher education and special assistant to the president for Institutional Research and Planning. Dr. Schapiro will serve in the role of interim dean for the next two years before a national search is conducted.

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Fourth Fielding Monograph Published: Leadership Studies in Healthcare

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, May 14, 2015

New research on leadership in healthcare is the focus of the latest edition of the ongoing monograph research series. 

Fielding monograph number 4 resized 600Titled “Leadership Studies in Healthcare,” this monograph is edited by Fielding Professor Marie Farrell, EdD, former visiting Professor at Harvard School of Public Health, who also served as program manager for nursing, midwifery, and social work for the World Health Organization (WHO).

This publication includes seven recent researches from outstanding Fielding’s School of Human Organizational Development (HOD) graduates. Paula Rowland, PhD, addresses hospital safety, a perennial concern, in her analysis of patient safety discourses in a Canadian hospital. Cheryl Nance, PhD, examines the impact of a year-long intervention program among hospital leadership, using Action Learning. Ellen Raboin, PhD, investigates phenomena of collaborative practice within a hospital’s healthcare team. Beth Houskamp examines certain transformational leadership practices of Clinical Nurse Leaders, based on her research in five inpatient units. 

Additionally, Maureen Gormley, PhD, chief operating officer of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, addresses the ways in which attitudes towards individuals with intellectual disability (ID) were changed through an innovative program, Project Search. Cheryl Mitchell, PhD, studies the dynamics of blame in the highly charged environment of the healthcare workplace—a subject about which a clear lacuna exists in the literature. Stephen Redmon, PhD, concludes this monograph with an incisive inquiry into the experiences and effects on service-disabled veterans and their family members.

This Fielding monograph is now available worldwide on all of Amazon’s distribution channels here. An electronic version of the book, to be distributed by Apple iBooks, is in preparation. 

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Introduction to Leadership Studies in Healthcare:

Effective leadership is a vital component of any organization, and nowhere more so than in the healthcare sector. Increasingly, researchers and practitioners have begun to treat healthcare
organizations as uniquely complex systems, made up of diverse human constituencies and resources that rely on innovative leadership to not only function properly but also produce the best possible clinical care for patients and their families. This monograph explores some of the challenges of healthcare leadership in a time of ongoing reorganization and consolidation in the healthcare industry and the transformative changes in the wake of government-mandated health insurance.

Dr. Paula Rowland addresses hospital safety, a perennial concern, in her analysis of patient safety discourses in a Canadian hospital. She argues that, whereas traditionally patient safety has been seen at the intersection between complicated systems and fallible human agents, it might be reframed as a multi-dimensional issue drawing from sociological and organizational studies.

Dr. Cheryl Nance presents an approach to changing an organized delivery system’s culture. She examines the impact of a year-long intervention program among hospital leadership, using Action Learning, to manage the cultural transformation involved with opening of a new facility while remaining financially viable. Her research identifies significant differences among leaders across all departments in current and preferred culture types, and relates them to the factors deemed essential to the success of the system’s change.

Dr. Ellen Raboin’s research focuses on the phenomena of collaborative practice within a hospital’s healthcare team. She examines the factors considered as legitimate and important enablers of a successful working relationship within an interprofessional team, and shows the ways in which the team’s collaborative practices change over time in light of the presence of the patient and his or her family. Dr. Raboin uses methods from a communications perspective as well as from relational social constructionism.

Beth Houskamp turns our attention to the transformational leadership practices of Clinical Nurse Leaders, based on her research in five inpatient units. Her research indicates that, as a group, licensed personnel and those with advanced educational preparation perceived the transformational leadership practices of Clinical Nurse Leaders to be higher than did a group of unlicensed personnel and those with less education.

Dr. Maureen Gormley, the Chief Operating Officer of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, addresses the ways in which attitudes towards individuals with intellectual disability (ID) were changed through an innovative program, Project Search, and how workplace stigma was experienced from the perspective of co-workers. Her findings suggest that participants who initially held negative perceptions related to the youths’ anticipated capabilities and behaviors overcame those perceptions by identifying the positive contributions that youth with ID made to the workplace.

Dr. Cheryl Mitchell studied the dynamics of blame in a highly charged environment of the healthcare workplace—a subject about which a clear lacuna exists in the literature. Her study of 17 senior healthcare leaders exposes the often corrosive effects of the “blame game” when “things go bad,” and how a positive, reinforcing, feedback loop can help counteract the damage of trying to allocate blame.

Dr. Stephen Redmon concludes this monograph with an incisive inquiry into the experiences and effects on service-disabled veterans and their family members of a unique Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans Family Program (EBV-F). This program was designed to support veterans experiencing discontinuous life transitions while strengthening their entrepreneurial skills. The data suggested that participants experienced the program as being truly transformative, by strengthening their self-perceptions and their situations, and by engaging them in new roles and relationships.

We would like to thank each of the authors for their important contributions to this monograph, while also expressing great appreciation to the members of our editorial board, who thoughtfully joined us in the peer review of this edition, including Drs. David Willis, Miguel Guilarte, Barbara Mink, and Stephen Murphy- Shigematsu. Great appreciation also goes to our wonderfully diligent editorial coordinator, Gwen DuBois-Wing, and our copy editor, Margaret Bonanno.
Our hope is that this edition of the Fielding monograph series will support a growing recognition of the preeminent role of leadership in healthcare systems, not only in American and international academia, but also as an extension of our pursuit of human wellbeing and the key role that the public and private sectors play therein.

MARIE FARRELL, HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP EDITOR
JEAN-PIERRE ISBOUTS, MONOGRAPH SERIES EDITOR

 

 

 

 

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Charles McClintock Appointed President of the Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Jun 02, 2014

From the Office of President Katrina Rogers, PhD

Charles McClintockOne of our senior academic leaders, Charles McClintock, PhD, is leaving Fielding’s administration to become president of the Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, a well-known law school here on the Central Coast. He will begin his appointment in mid-June on a part-time basis and assume the role full time in September.

Fielding has been fortunate to have the benefit of Charles’s leadership for these last thirteen years. As dean of the School of Human and Organizational Development (HOD) for eleven years from 2001 to 2012, McClintock guided the doctoral and masters programs to steady enrollments and curricular improvement, while recruiting fully half of HOD's diverse and academically strong doctoral faculty. HOD became a model for student-centered policies, faculty productivity and clear workload norms, scholarship, entrepreneurship, and alumni engagement.

While serving as dean, McClintock created the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) in 2002 through the first grant in Fielding's history obtained from the Irvine Foundation. Through ISI, McClintock supported development of the accredited Evidence Based Coaching program (one of our most profitable CE programs), the first endowed scholarship (Don Bushnell Scholarship for Organizational and Social Change), and the first endowed Chair for faculty research (the Malcolm Knowles Chair). In addition, through ISI Fielding has obtained grants and contracts from the McCune, Kellogg, and Kettering foundations among others, and many local and national organizations and philanthropies, including most recently the Foundation Center which supports nonprofits around the nation. These accomplishments and many other ISI projects over the years have provided much needed support for students, opportunities for alumni engagement, and have given Fielding the extra leverage needed to obtain the Carnegie Foundation national designation for Fielding as a Community Engaged University. I urge to you look at the ISI webpage (www.fielding.edu/isi) to see the breadth of effort and documentation of research, continuing education, and consulting projects that simply did not exist at Fielding before the creation of ISI.

In addition to these significant contributions, McClintock applied his many years of experience at Cornell University to improve the rigor of our organizational processes, both within the School of HOD when he was Dean, and to the university as a whole. For all these reasons, McClintock leaves Fielding a much stronger institution than it would have been without his presence.

Finally, McClintock and his wife, Carol Wilburn, have made a leadership gift to support an archiving and history project that will chronicle Fielding's reputation as a pioneer in graduate education for working professionals founded on competency assessment and faculty mentoring. This gift, along with others we are exploring, will give us the means to create an archive of oral history and written materials that document Fielding's innovative role in the evolution of American graduate education. We are grateful to McClintock for his thirteen years of outstanding leadership and this generous parting gift.

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HOD Faculty Member Barclay Hudson Granted Faculty Emeritus

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Jun 02, 2014

Barclay Hudson, EdD

Master's Faculty Member - School of Human & Organizational Development

Hudson Granted Faculty Emeritus by the Fielding Board of Trustees in April 2014.

Barclay HusdonBarclay Hudson is a consulting economist, educator, and environmental policy analyst with wide-ranging experience in organizational development and academic research. He received his EdD in educational planning and organizational development from Harvard University, where he also did undergraduate work in economics, including forecasting studies under Nobel Prize-winner Wassily Leontief. His doctoral studies led to several years of overseas work in technical assistance programs promoting educational and economic development in Chile, Costa Rica, Bangladesh, and Tunisia, under the sponsorship of the Ford Foundation, Harvard University, the United Nations, and other agencies.

Hudson has been a founding faculty member of three innovative graduate programs: Fielding's online Masters Program in Organizational Management; the Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Studies at the Catholic University of Chile; and the UCLA Graduate Program in Urban Planning.

During most of the 1980s, he worked full-time as project manager, economist, and industrial process analyst with a Los Angeles-based engineering firm specializing in economic and technical assessment of emerging technology, including business development based on commercialization of technologies developed in aerospace. He has also taught professional business workshops and seminars with numerous clients including Price Waterhouse and Gulf Oil.

Hudson has a long-standing professional involvement in environmental programs. In the early 1990s he served as Acting Director for the nonprofit organization, EcoSource International, designated by the U.S. EPA, Region 9 as its West Coast Institute for Cooperative Environmental Management, to promote public-private partnerships for the adaptation of emerging technology on pollution prevention. Since 1992, he is (part-time) Special Projects Coordinator for environmental programs (research, teaching, public outreach) at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, at the university's Center for Regenerative Studies and LandLab. His current work focuses on urban forests, their public benefits, and private sector returns on investment.

Hudson's recent publications on distance learning include book chapters on concepts of "candlepower," "the jungle syndrome,"and complexity theory applied to online learning; an article for the Sage Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning; and a research paper on "The 80/20 Principle Applied to Redesign of Faculty Roles Online." Work continuing on development of short "academic toolkits" for collaborative work online (several dozen so far, most in support of masters thesis research projects); and investigation of the "dialectics of critical appreciation," looking for ways to achieve better balance (or creative tension) between appreciative inquiry and critical thinking.

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HOD Faculty Member Milton Lopes Granted Faculty Emeritus

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Jun 02, 2014

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

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. “


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HOD Faculty Member Jeremy Shapiro Granted Faculty Emeritus

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Jun 02, 2014

Jeremy Shapiro, PhD

Doctoral Faculty - School of Human & Organizational Development

Jeremy Shapiro Granted Faculty Emeritus by the Fielding Board of Trustees in April 2014.

Jeremy ShapiroJeremy Shapiro joined the university in 1977 (then Fielding Institute), as one of the founding faculty members of the School of Human and Organizational Development (HOD). During his 37 years with the university, Shapiro has served as a faculty member, HOD program director, associate dean, network and communications director, and Chair of Fielding’s Task Force on Electronic Communication, responsible for the development of the Fielding Electronic Network (FEN) and Fielding’s initial online network developed in the early 1990’s. His service has extended to many university-wide committees including the Academic Policy Committee and the Research Ethics Committee.

Throughout his multiple careers with the university, Shapiro’s brilliance, curiosity, and technical expertise has influenced the development of Fielding. His focus on the social, cultural, and psychological impacts of information technology and information systems provided the foundation of HOD’s first doctoral concentration, Information Society and Knowledge Organizations (ISAKO). Shapiro’s passionate interests extend far beyond this focus, as he is a leading scholar in critical social theory and a visionary who enlightens all that he does with a profound understanding of the aesthetics of music. As a gifted pianist, Schapiro has often woven the emotional richness of his music into the depths of his theoretical and philosophical thinking.

Shapiro has served as mentor and guide to many students, serving as dissertation C=chair or dissertation reader of over 50 students. When he engages in conversation, his full attention is given to the other and he listens with respect and appreciation for the person with whom he is conversing. His appreciation for his colleagues runs deep, and he has often been called upon to introduce his colleagues, as he is known for a keen understanding and a repository of countless, fascinating stories. He often meets with students, faculty, and alumni in coffee shops or in one of his salons, where people join with him for conversation, deep learnings, community…and espresso or tea. 

In addition to his major contributions as a faculty member, Shapiro is internationally renowned for his extensive publications, research, and scholarship. He is co-author (with HOD faculty member Dr. Valerie Bentz) of Mindful Inquiry in Social Research, which has been a foundational text for HOD students since first published by SAGE in 1998.

As a multi-lingual scholar and philosopher, Shapiro has translated many publications of international philosophers, including Herbert Marcuse and Pierre Bourdieu. He was the original translator of Jürgen Habermas’s, Knowledge and Human Interests and Toward a Rational Society. Even as he prepares to retire from the role as a core faculty member, he is forging new ways of continue to engage in conversation, projects, and writings with Fielding colleagues. His interests keep expanding, combining the richness of his past with keen insight into the most significant issues of today and tomorrow, including issues of privacy in an interconnected world. 

Shapiro is respected and loved by faculty, student, and alumni colleagues. Loni Davis, PhD (HOD 2013) acknowledged in her dissertation: “Jeremy Shapiro, my Committee Chair and mentor, who is the rarest combination of intellectual curiosity, mindfulness and intuition I’ve yet to experience and who embodies the notion that “nothing makes a student more able and capable than being helped to believe she is able and capable.” 


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