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Academic Advisory Committee

Role of Academic Advisory Committee

As WISR moves toward long-term sustainability, we have formed an Advisory Committee to help us critically assess and creatively formulate where we are, and where we might next head, to build on our 40+ year history as an extremely innovative and vibrant academic institution.  We have chosen people who have extensive experience as leaders in traditional academic institutions, and who also share our commitments to social justice, community involvement, multiculturalism and transformative, personalized learning. The role of the Advisory Committee is primarily one of helping us think of ways to continue to develop our strong academic programs, and further improve them—in ways that will be both true to our mission and values, and also compelling to, and valued by, many leaders in conventional academia. In part, the Advisory Committee members will serve as external reviewers to help us to evaluate our graduate programs, and their insights and wisdom will be helpful and valuable to inform our efforts in the coming months and years.

CARA JUDEA ALHADEFF, PhD.  Ph.D., summa cum laude. European Graduate School (EGS), Europäishe Universität Für Interdisziplinäre Studien, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought, 2012. MA in Media Philosophy, European Graduate School (EGS), Europäishe Universität Für Interdisziplinäre Studien, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, 2009. BA, summa cum laude, Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Corporeal Politics, 1995. Dr. Cara Judea Alhadeff is a scholar/activist/artist/mother whose work engages feminist embodied theory. Since 1991, she has taught Social Ecology courses, while lecturing and collaborating on Sephardic Jewish cultural diversity. Her book, Viscous Expectations: Justice, Vulnerability, The Ob-scene (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014), demonstrates art as social practice by exploring the vulnerability of the body as a strategy for collaborative justice. In addition to Alhadeff’s cross-cultural climate justice book, Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era (Eifrig Publishing, 2017), her current Petroleum-Parenting, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Convenience-Culture: How Marketing Fear and “Fake-Science” Shape Our Cultural Norms, co-authored with Dr. Stephanie Seneff (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018), explores the intersections of environmental racism, racial hygiene, global corporatocracy, and the misogynist pharma-addictive health industry. She has published interdisciplinary essays in eco-literacy, philosophy, art, gender, and ethnic studies’ journals and anthologies, and has been interviewed throughout Europe, Asia, and the US (including Pacifica Radio and Alternative Radio). The subject of several documentaries for international public television, her performative photographs have been publicly defended by Freedom of Speech organizations (Electronic Freedom Foundation, artsave/People for the American Way, and the ACLU), and are in numerous collections including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Jewish Museum in Berlin, Museum of Modern Art in Salzburg, Austria, and Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Executive Director of Jews Of The Earth (JOTE) and former professor of Performance & Pedagogy at UC Santa Cruz and Critical Philosophy at The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS), Alhadeff lives and parents a zero-waste lifestyle. (www.carajudea.com/  www.zazudreams.com)

JOHN BEAR, PhD is widely regarded  as one of the foremost experts on nontraditional higher education and distance learning. His guidebooks on the topic, first published in 1974, have sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide. He is an actively involved critic of diploma mills. He has helped develop and market various distance and online programs, including ten years with the MBA of the Edinburgh Business School, which became the largest MBA in the United States and in the world. He received his BA in Psychology (1959) and his M.J. in  Journalism (1960) from the University of California at Berkeley; his PhD in Communications (1966) is from Michigan State.   He is the author of 35 books with major publishers (Random House, McGraw-Hill, etc.)—on higher education, computers, travel, US history, cooking, publishing and consumerism.  He is especially well known in the higher education community for his numerous guides to nontraditional higher education and distance learning. He was the Head of New Business Development for the Financial Times division of Pearson PLC, which is the world’s largest educational publisher. Years ago, he was a tenured Associate Professor  of Journalism at the University of Iowa and head of the Senior Honors Program there. He has appeared as an on-screen expert on Good Morning America (4 times), CBS 60 Minutes, The Today Show, AM Canada, and many others. Now in his 80’s, he continues to write, research, give interviews, and expert witness testimony in higher education matters.

J.HERMAN BLAKE, PhD.  BA, Sociology, New York University, 1960. MA, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1965. PhD, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1974. Dr. Blake’s current position is Inaugural Executive Director, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. In this capacity, he serves as Principal Administrator/Officer of a Congressionally mandated cultural and linguistic heritage region along the Atlantic Coast of four states, from Wilmington, NC to St. Augustine, FL.  This 12,000 square mile area is home to one of America’s most unique cultures shaped by enslaved Africans brought to the southeastern United States.  Gullah Geechee people are their direct descendants who have created a unique culture embodied in their cuisine, music, crafts, oral traditions, language and spirituality.  He was:  1) Founding Provost, Oakes College at University of California, Santa Cruz, California. 2) President, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi. 3) Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, Indiana University Purdue University  Indianapolis. 4) Director of African American Studies,Iowa State University. 5) Inaugural Humanities Scholar in Residence , Medical University of South Carolina.  He is the author of many scholarly articles and reports, as well as the book, Revolutionary Suicide, New York:  Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1973 (with Huey P. Newton).  He has served on many academic and community boards, including the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 1979-1984.

HARRY BUTLER, PhD, LCSW.  AA College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, 1963. BS, Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 1964. MSW, Social Work, University of Louisville, 1966. PhD, Social Work, Washington University (St. Louis), 1971. Dean of Social Work, San Diego State University, 1975-78. Dr. Butler was the first Dean of the newly formed College of Health and Human Services in 1978, San Diego State University. He is the author of many published articles on social science research methods, social work practice and education. He has spent three decades in private practice as Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, until his recent retirement.

TORRY DICKINSON, PhD. WISR Core Faculty Emeritus. BA, Sociology, Livingston College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1975. MA, Sociology, SUNY-Binghamton, 1977. Graduate Certificate in Women and Public Policy, Rockefeller Institute for Public Affairs, SUNY-Albany, 1983. PhD, SUNY-Binghamton, Sociology 1983. Torry has recently rejoined WISR’s core faculty after having spent about 10 years as a WISR core faculty member in the 1980s and 90s. Torry is Professor Emeritus at Kansas State University (Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Sociology/Nonviolence Studies). She has authored, co-authored, and edited a number of books, including: Transformations: Feminist Pathways to Global Change; Democracy Works;Community and the World; Fast Forward: Work, Gender and Protest in a Changing World; and CommonWealth. In the past, she has taught or done research at a number of universities in California–in addition to WISR, at the University of California at Berkeley (School of Education, National Center for Research on Vocational Education), the University of California at Santa Cruz (Sociology, cross-listed with Women’s Studies), and San Jose State University in San Jose and at the former Salinas Campus (Sociology cross-listed with Women’s Studies). Torry has been a Revson Fellow in Women and Public Policy (1983)and an American Fellow (Susan B. Anthony Award) with the American Association of University Women (1980).

RICH DOUGLAS, PhD, DSocSci. Dr. Douglas holds a Master of Business Administration from National University, a Doctor of Philosophy from Union Institute and University (specializing in Nontraditional Higher Education), and a Doctor of Social Science (in Human Resource Development) from the University of Leicester. He also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) professional designation. Currently, he is the Chief Talent Officer for Service Center Operations, US Immigration and Citizenship Services, supporting more than 4,000 employees assigned around the country. He has extensive public- and private-sector experience in training, management and leadership, and delivering solutions for AT&T, Corrections Corporation of America, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and others.  A retired Air Force officer, Dr. Douglas has also been a faculty member for many universities.  Dr. Douglas resides in Fairfax, Virginia, with his wife, Paula.

STEVE FLETCHER, PhD. Dr. Fletcher is a WISR alumnus with a PhD (Higher Education and Social Change), 2012. MA, Excelsior College, New York, 2007. State of California Teacher’s Credential, 1976. BA, Sonoma State, Exprssive Arts, 1975. Served at Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education, Guizhou University (Associate Professor), Lanzhou University (Associate Professor), University of South-Eastern Norway (Educational Consultant). He has lived and worked in seven countries in North America, Africa and Asia. He is the author of several software programs, has published four books, edited others, and created six CD’s and published a number of papers. He has created several educational models and programs including Nine Way English, DUEM (Deep Understanding and Emotional Memorization), HILL (Holistic Integrated Language Learning), TOE (a multiple intelligence model). Currently serving as an advisor / consultant to WISR and to the University of South-Eastern Norway and serving as the Grant County ARES Emergency Coordinator and is busy researching and writing several books. He currently lives with his wife, Liu Haiping in Eastern Oregon.

DAVID A. HOUGH, PhD. BA, Linguistics, University of Oregon, 1972. MA, Linguistics, University of Oregon, 1973. PhD, Higher Education and Social Change, Western Institute for Social Research, 2001. Dr. Hough has dedicated his academic career to research, teaching and activism in support of linguistic and cultural human rights for indigenous and minority peoples. He has worked extensively in Asia and the Pacific to develop dictionaries and learning materials based on indigenous knowledge systems.  From 2000-2003 he was Chief Scientific Researcher for the Kosrae State Department of Education in Micronesia, a project sponsored by the Japan Ministry of Education. From 2007-2008 he served as Chief Technical Advisor to the Nepal Ministry of Education and Sports, where he oversaw a multilingual education project to enable the more than 130 minority groups in that country to be educated in their mother tongues. He has also worked in Far East Russia with the indigenous Naanai and Udeghe communities, as well as in Japan on issues of Ainu and Uchinaa (Okinawan) linguistic and human rights. From 2013-2017 Dr. Hough served as Senior Advisor for Bilingual Education for the Public School System of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. In 2017 he received and official commendation from the Ambassador of Japan to the Marshall Islands for helping to build goodwill and understanding between the two countries. He is author of numerous books and is currently editing a collection of his papers for publication in a book on indigenous education.

JOYCE E. KING, PhD.  (PhD, Sociology of Education, BA Sociology, Stanford University) holds the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Georgia State University (GSU). She has served as Provost (Spelman College), Associate Provost (Medgar Evers College, CUNY), Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Diversity Programs (University of New Orleans,) Director of Teacher Education (Santa Clara University) and Head of the Ethnic Studies Department (Mills College). She is affiliated faculty in the GSU Department of African American Studies, the Women’s and Gender Studies Institute, the Partnership for Urban Health Research and the Urban Institute. Her publications in the Harvard Educational Review, the Journal of Negro Education, Qualitative Studies in Education, the Journal of African American History focus on a transformative role for culture in curriculum, urban teacher effectiveness, morally engaged, community-mediated inquiry and Black education research and policy. She is an editorial board member for the Urban Education journal, co-edited the Review of Education Research and authored or edited seven books, including Heritage Knowledge in the Curriculum (with E. Swartz). She is past president of the American Educational Research Association and a recipient of the Stanford School of Education Alumni Excellence Award.

CYNTHIA LAWRENCE, PhD. Core WISR Faculty Emeritus. BS in Education, Massachusetts State Teachers College at Boston, 1960. MA in Multicultural Education, Pepperdine College, 1977. PhD, Higher Education and Social Change, Western Institute for Social Research, 1987. Cynthia is a former schoolteacher, and is an expert in the areas of multicultural education, alternative education, and the teaching and learning of language skills. She is a retired faculty member in Teacher Education at the University of California, San Diego. Over the years, she has developed materials and conducted training sessions to heighten teachers’ sensitivity to multicultural issues. She has conducted workshops on interracial issues for such groups as the Family Stress Center and the National Organization for Women (NOW). She was appointed in 1991 to the San Diego Human Relations Commission.

MARCEL SORIANO, PhD. Professor Emeritus in the Division of Special Education and Counseling at California State University, Los Angeles.  Dr. Soriano received his Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Riverside and a Ph.D. Doctorate in Clinical Family Psychology from United States International University (now Alliant/CSPP).  Dr. Soriano is an active member and has received awards from the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. He has over 30 years experience teaching, conducting research and publishing in the areas of child and family development, special needs children and their families and on school reform.  His most recent publication is School-Based Family Counseling:  Transforming Family-School Relationships (2013) co-edited with Dr. Brian Gerrard.  Dr. Soriano has extensive experience in Public Education.  He holds several licenses and has been a practicing School Counselor, School Principal, Assistant Superintendent and is now an active Licensed Psychologist in private practice.  Most recently, he has specialized in serving children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Dr. Soriano is a certified bilingual Spanish, bicultural educator (BCLAD).  Among other leadership posts, Dr. Soriano served on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s Accreditation Teams.  As such, he has experience in the review and accreditation of programs in School Administration and Leadership, School Counseling and Psychology Programs, as well as school reform initiatives.

MONA VAUGHN SCOTT, PhD. BA College of Pacific. MA, Religion, University of Pacific. MA, Sociology, Stanford University, 1976. PhD, Sociology, Stanford University, 1977. During her career, Dr. Scott has taught at George Washington University and University of San Francisco, where she helped to set up their Ethnic Studies curriculum. She has been and a consultant and researcher at the UCSF Dental School, where she also served on the Minority Admissions Committee. She has researched and written on racism and urban schools and minority retention.  She has received many honors, including from the Mayor of Berkeley and Alameda County Women Hall of Fame. She is listed in Who’s Who Among African Americans. For more than 30 years she has been Director of the Berkeley Black Repertory Theater and Group. As the theater group’s executive director, Dr. Scott has mentored actors, developed after-school programs for youth, facilitated self-esteem-building workshops and used performance to reach out to people in communities affected by substance abuse and violence.

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