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Adjunct Faculty

ROBERT BLACKBURN is also a member of WISR’s Board.  He earned his PhD in Leadership in Higher Education, at the Union Graduate School (1984), the MA in Intergroup Relations, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1964), and his AB, in Sociology and Education from Oberlin College (1957). He went to High School in Roslyn, New York and at the Texas Military Institute, San Antonio. Bob’s work history has included civil rights, school improvement and citizen action, regional director for the Peace Corps in Somalia, central office leadership in the Philadelphia public schools, Deputy and Superintendent for the Oakland Public Schools, Professor and Chair, and Department of Educational Leadership and Administration, Cal State East Bay. He has held Board memberships in various professional and civic organizations in Philadelphia and Oakland, and has served on the California Attorney General’s Commission on Hate Crimes. Now, he provides extensive mentoring and coaching for Oakland school principals through the Principal Leadership Institute of the University of California at Berkeley and Cal State. robertwblackburn@comcast.net

Steven Fletcher

STEVEN FLETCHER. PhD WISR (2012) Higher Education and Social Change with a focus on active listening and Delta Stories. MA (2007) from Excelsior College in Albany, New York with a specialty in the use of stories for healing and growth and a BA (1976) in Expressive Arts from Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California. He earned two California teaching certificates in 1976.  His background is wide and varied, touching fields as diverse as software development, music (two CD’s), literature (two anthologies of short stories, see http://peacefulpages.com/ and http://gentleplace.com), writing and production of avant-garde plays and productions. Other publications include two recent books published at Guizhou University on poetry and on second language acquisition theory and practice. He is the developer of HILL (Holistic Integrated Language Learning), a program at Guizhou University in China, sponsored by Micro Steps, as well as of the TOE educational model and the concept of Delta Stories. He is the cofounder and current president of Micro Steps, has chaired the Motherlode Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, served on the board of Beyond Limits and the founder of Relief Services. His current focus is on healing and growth through both formal and informal educational processes using music, stories and the creativity found in us all. He resides in Guiyang, China where he is currently investigating the possibility of assisting a small number of Chinese students to study and obtain advanced degrees at WISR while residing in China. You may contact him at srfletcher@gmail.com

BRIAN GERRARD.M.A. Counseling Psychology, University of British Columbia. PhD Counseling Psychology, University of Toronto. PhD Sociology, University of New South Wales, Sydney. Brian is tenured, Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology Department, University of San Francisco. He holds teaching awards from two universities. He has extensive experience teaching a wide variety of Master’s and Doctoral level courses in counselor education. Brian developed USF’s masters MFT program and for 14 years served as MFT Coordinator. His orientation emphasizes an integration of family systems and problem-solving approaches. He is an experienced administrator and has been Chair of the Counseling Psychology Department twice. Currently, he is also Executive Director of the University of San Francisco Center for Child and Family Development. The Center has for 25 years managed the largest longest-running School-Based Family Counseling program of its type in the USA. Its Mission Possible Program has served more than 10,000 children and families in over 100 Bay area schools. Brian is Chair of the Institute for School-Based Family Counseling. The Institute sponsors the International Journal for School-Based Family Counseling and the Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling. He is also Symposium Director for the Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling which is an international association with members in 22 countries and which meets at Brasenose College, Oxford University in even years and other international sites in alternate years. gerrardb@roadrunner.com

JENNIFER GUEDIRI. MA in International Administration and Human Services, School for International Training Graduate Institute, Vermont; BA in Social Anthropology and TESOL, Long Island University Global College, New York. Ms Guediri uses her broad international background and experience as a creative educator to incorporate art into community learning projects and cross-cultural adjustment programs. She has researched behavior, educational processes, and interpersonal communication in the US, the European Community, the Middle East, North Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Her illustrations and writings on the identity of women in society have been showcased in airports, book stores, community and educational centers. She has developed curricula for newcomers, refugees, and for children who learn differently. Ms. Guediri works as a vocational consultant specializing in training and rehabilitation, and is the author-illustrator of the Bea and the Magic Brooch children’s book series. jguediri@gmail.com

DEBORAH PRUITT. BA in Anthropology, University of Maryland, 1985. MA in Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley, 1986. PhD in Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley, 1993. Deborah applies her anthropological perspective to helping community benefit organizations achieve extraordinary impact with greater success and personal fulfillment. To this end, she founded Group Alchemy™ Consulting in 1996. Through more than 20 years of cross-cultural research and consulting with hundreds of nonprofit, education, and community organizations she has developed a model of the distinct patterns of behavior that characterize highly successful groups that she calls the Group Alchemy Formula. This holistic model guides groups through the proven strategies that unify diverse talents and perspectives around a shared vision and develop a sustainable culture of success. This approach to group effectiveness is presented in her forthcoming book, Group Alchemy: The Six Essential Elements of Powerful Groups. Her website: www.groupalchemy.net In addition to consulting, facilitation and workshops in Group Alchemy, Deborah teaches courses in introductory anthropology and religion at the local community college. She has served on the faculty at WISR since 1998. Deborah’s research areas include organizational culture, social inequality, gender, tourism, social change, and social interaction. Her publications include articles on the cultural impact of tourism in Jamaica, women and family law in Jamaica, teaching introductory anthropology–relevance and accessibility, ethics and cultural pluralism. Deborah served on WISR’s core faculty for many years, and for the time being, has scaled back her involvement due to other pressing commitments, but will continue to do occasional work with students as a WISR adjunct faculty member.debpruitt@groupalchemy.net