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Fielding alumnus Steve Wallis, PhD, appointed to Fullbright Specialist Program

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Jun 03, 2013

Fielding Graduate University alumnus Steve Wallis, PhD (HOD '06), appointed to the Fulbright Specialist Program

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Steve WallisRegarding his recent appointment, Wallis stated, "My deepest appreciation goes out to all my Fielding family. This honor will help me to help others around the world...And, my invitation goes out to my colleagues outside the United States...Let us create a project where new insights into a science of Conceptual Systems might be used to support your institutional efforts to build interdisciplinary collaboration, teach better theory, focus research more effectively, and create better policy for improved results and reduced cost."

Qualified U.S. scholars and professionals apply throughout the calendar year for candidacy on the Fulbright Specialists Roster. Peer review is conducted eight times each year. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) builds lists of qualified candidates for each eligible discipline and facilitates matching Specialist candidates with project requests. Eligible institutions submit Specialist project requests through the appropriate Fulbright agency in their country. Once approved by the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy, the Specialist project request is forwarded to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for final approval. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 310,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative 2 to 6 week projects at host institutions in over 100 countries worldwide. International travel costs and a stipend are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating host institutions cover grantee in-country expenses or provide in-kind services.

Wallis received his doctoral degree in 2006 from Fielding Graduate University (School of Human and Organizational Development). He has more than a decade of experience as an organizational development consultant in Northern California and a broad range of interdisciplinary interests. Wallis also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Capella University and as Director for the Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory (FAST). At FAST he supports emerging scholars who are working to identify rigorous paths for the validation of theory through a deeper knowledge of critical metatheory and metapolicy analysis. His academic publications cover a range of fields including ethics, management, organizational change, social entrepreneurship, and policy.

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Fielding Graduate University President Richard Meyers announces his retirement

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Nov 06, 2012

Fielding Graduate University President Richard Meyers announces his retirement

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Provost Katrina Rogers to be acting president designee beginning summer 2013

Fielding Graduate University president, Dr. Richard Meyers, announced at the Board of Trustees meeting in Santa Barbara, CA, on Saturday, November 3, 2012, that he will not seek extension of his contract, which ends December 31, 2013. Dr. Meyers stated, “My vision has been to leave the university in a secure financial position with a future plan. My focus has been on increased shared governance, enhanced programs and degrees that prepare students to be more socially responsible, international components that make Fielding of value globally, and increased recognition of Fielding’s unique role in higher education.”

Dr. Meyers has a long and distinguished career in higher education, with over three decades serving as a university president.  He began his journey as a founding dean in Ridgecrest, CA at Cerro Coso Community College, then transitioned to president three years later as one of the youngest college presidents in the nation at that time. His distinguished career continued at Pasadena City College, Western Oregon University, and Webster University in St. Louis, and in all instances Dr. Meyers was responsible for significant increases in each university's endowment, enrollment, and expansion. Fielding Graduate University was Dr. Meyers' fifth presidential appointment in higher education, of which he states “Fielding is so extraordinarily unique.  My service here continues to be a labor of love…I am honored to add my name to the illustrious list of visionary leaders that preceded me.”

Throughout his career, Dr. Meyers received numerous awards and honors and distinguished himself as a champion of gender equity, race relations, shared governance and international education.  He developed international campuses and programs, was a Fulbright scholar in Egypt, received an honorary doctorate from Kansai University in Osaka, Japan for his work in science and culture, helped numerous women break through the “glass ceiling,” and was honored by the NAACP. He holds a music degree from De Paul University as well as masters and doctorates in instructional technology and psychology from University of Southern California. Following his retirement from Fielding, Dr. Meyers and his wife, Yakko, will continue to be an active part of the Santa Barbara community.

The Board accepted Dr. Meyers’ announcement with deep appreciation for his efforts on behalf of Fielding.  Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Michael Goldstein, JD, commented, “Dr. Meyers’ service to the university during a period of great upheaval in global higher education has helped position Fielding Graduate University to continue its pioneering role as the best graduate school for adult learners.” Dr. Meyers will step down as president at the end of the Fielding Graduate University Summer 2013 All-School Session in Washington, DC, July 2013, at which time Provost Katrina Rogers, PhD, will become Acting President Designee. 

Dr. Rogers currently serves as provost and senior vice president at Fielding.  In the educational and nonprofit sectors, Dr. Rogers has held many positions including as executive, consultant, board member, and teacher.  She led the European campus for Thunderbird School of Global Management in Geneva, Switzerland, for a nearly a decade, working with international organizations such as the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization, and the European Union as well as companies such as Renault, Nestlé, Club Med, Levi-Strauss, and Disneyland Paris.

Dr. Rogers is a leader in the field of conservation, most notably with the Grand Canyon Trust and the Arboretum, both located in Arizona.  She led conservation projects in rural communities, lobbied Congress for stronger environmental legislation, and participated in restoration work in the US, China, and Costa Rica.  In the course of her work, Dr. Rogers raised more than $20 million in grants and donations for conservation efforts throughout the country.

Dr. Rogers has served as board president for the Environmental Fund of Arizona and currently serves as a trustee for the Public Dialogue Consortium and the Toda Institute for Global Policy and Peace Research.  She was a student Fulbright scholar for two years in Germany at the University of Tubingen and received the prestigious Bundeskanzler post-doctoral fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  As for her upcoming role at Fielding, Dr. Rogers states, “I am honored that the President and the Board has placed their trust in me and our community as we build a future for Fielding based on our strong learning model for adult learners, informed by the relationships between our faculty and students.”

Mr. Goldstein announced: “The Board will immediately start the process leading to the selection and appointment of the next president of Fielding Graduate University.  As a first step, the Board will seek the input of the Fielding community respecting the characteristics desired of our future president.”

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William H. Maehl, former Fielding president, dies in Santa Fe, NM

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Aug 03, 2011
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William H. Maehl, PhD, who served as Fielding’s second president, 1986-93, died on July 26, 2011, in Santa Fe, NM, after an extended illness. Committed to liberal education, lifelong learning, and social justice throughout his life, Maehl made significant contributions to the organizations, communities and institutions where he lived and worked, culminating with his retirement from Fielding, then known as The Fielding Institute. He and his wife Audrey married in 1962; their daughter, Christine, was born in 1965.

Fielding constituents can read more about Maehl’s distinguished career and contributions to higher education in the online community-wide forum. He will be honored in the upcoming issue of Fielding Focus magazine.

A memorial service is planned for early next year. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the
William H. Maehl and Audrey Maehl Endowment for Faculty Research
Fielding Graduate University
2112 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara CA 93105
805.687.1099

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ELC faculty member selected to be Fulbright peer reviewer

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Jul 22, 2011

Lee Mahon, a faculty member in Fielding's School of Educational Leadership & Change, has been selected as a peer reviewer for the Fulbright Scholars Program. This prestigious award reflects on both Mahon’s distinguished career and on the significant contributions to education scholarship made by Fielding’s faculty.

Fielding colleagues with previous Fulbright affiliations include President Richard Meyers, who served in Egypt in the mid-1970s, and Provost Gloria Willingham, who had a State Department appointment.

Tags: educational leadership, graduate fellows, adult learning, Fulbright