News from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. http://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/gsep Read how the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology is making headlines. en-us Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:21:21 -0800 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Drupal Leadership Coach Jonathan Silk to Lead Diversity Lecture https://www.pepperdine.edu/news/2017/11/leadership-coach-jonathan-silk-lead-diversity-lecture/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/university/2017/11/leadership-coach-jonathan-silk-lead-diversity-lecture The lecture will take place at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus on November 16, at 7 PM. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:30:00 PST Organizational leader Jonathan Silk will present “Getting Past the Surface: How Cognitive Diversity Elevates Leadership” as part of the Margaret J. Weber Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. The lecture will take place at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus on Thursday, November 16, at 7 PM.

Cognitive diversity refers to the differences in perceived thinking styles, knowledge, skills, values, and beliefs among teams and members of organizations that can impact how people lead, communicate, negotiate, innovate, and make decisions in their personal and professional lives. Silk, an experienced leader and executive coach with a passion for helping professionals develop leadership skills, will explore how the concept of cognitive diversity can be applied to our everyday roles. A decorated veteran, Silk will bring lessons learned from leading US Army infantry, cavalry, and armor units in a wide range of assignments, including leading soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea.  

For additional information about this free lecture, and to register to attend, visit the Graduate School of Education and Psychology website. For those unable to attend, the lecture will be available via Livestream.

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GSEP Alumnus Dr. Mike Moodian Reappointed by California Governor to State Commission on Judicial Performance https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/news/2017/04/gsep-alumnus-dr-mike-moodian-reappointed-california-governor-state-commission-judicial/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/gsep/2017/04/gsep-alumnus-dr-mike-moodian-reappointed-california-governor-state-commission-judicial Mike Moodian, Pepperdine EdD 2007, has been selected by California Governor Jerry Brown to again serve on the independent commission responsible for investigation of judicial complaints as well as meting out appropriate discipline to those state judges found guilty of misconduct. He was first appointed as one of the 11 commissioners in 2015, and will now serve a new term through 2021. Moodian and the other commissioners are assigned a jurisdiction that includes all of California's superior court judges as well as the justices of the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:00:00 PDT Mike Moodian, Pepperdine EdD 2007, has been selected by California Governor Jerry Brown to again serve on the independent commission responsible for investigation of judicial complaints as well as meting out appropriate discipline to those state judges found guilty of misconduct. He was first appointed as one of the 11 commissioners in 2015, and will now serve a new term through 2021. Moodian and the other commissioners are assigned a jurisdiction that includes all of California's superior court judges as well as the justices of the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. As described by state documents, the position requires Moodian and his colleagues to "protect the public, enforce rigorous standards of judicial conduct and maintain public confidence in the integrity and independence of the judicial system."

In addition to his work with the State of California, Dr. Moodian also serves as a college professor at Chapman University's College of Educational Studies, as a chair of the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Consultative School Board, a founding chair of the United Nations Association of Orange County Advisory Board, a member of the UC Irvine Olive Tree Initiative Advisory Board, and as an executive board member and former chairman of the World Affairs Council of Orange County. In 2009, he edited "Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence", a textbook that examines the application of cultural comprehension to organizations and the measurement of cultural competence. This title was cited by the Association of American Colleges & Universities in establishing national learning standards.

Dr. Moodian is currently a blogger for the online news aggregator Huffington Post, as well as an occasional commentator on several television and radio programs. He has written a short book on the ranch history of South Orange County and North San Diego County, and often speaks to K-12 groups and community organizations about South Orange County's indigenous American activity, the Portola Expedition, Mexican governance of the land, and 20th century ranching activity. In 2012, Moodian was one of 18 Americans and the only Californian to be selected by the European Union to travel to Brussels as a citizen diplomat, discussing educational policy with EU officials.

About his prestigious reappointment to the State Commission, Moodian says: "Serving our state within this capacity has been one of the great honors of my career." He also attributes his role on the commission to the rigorous training he received at Pepperdine within the EdD in Organizational Leadership (EDOL) program, specifically because of its focus on ethics.

Indeed, administrators describe Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology's EDOL program as a place to strengthen and develop leadership skills, as the coursework equips students with the knowledge and the ability to recognize, harness, and channel forces of change in order to transform organizations for optimal success and growth. As an alumnus, Dr. Moodian clearly embodies the values and ultimate mission of the Graduate School.

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Dr. Adel Najdowski writes new book on Practical Interventions for Teaching Executive Functioning Skills https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/news/2017/03/dr-adel-najdowski-writes-new-book-practical-interventions-teaching-executive/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/gsep/2017/03/dr-adel-najdowski-writes-new-book-practical-interventions-teaching-executive With more than two decades of experience working with autistic children using Applied Behavior Analysis, Dr. Adel Najdowski has written a new book for educators, practitioners and parents seeking to develop greater executive functioning skills in their students, clients and loved ones. Flexible and Focused: Teaching Executive Function Skills to Individuals with Autism and Attention Disorders is a how-to manual offering multiple real-life strategies designed to be simple and easy to use in everyday situations. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT With more than two decades of experience working with autistic children using Applied Behavior Analysis, Dr. Adel Najdowski has written a new book for educators, practitioners and parents seeking to develop greater executive functioning skills in their students, clients and loved ones. Flexible and Focused: Teaching Executive Function Skills to Individuals with Autism and Attention Disorders is a how-to manual offering multiple real-life strategies designed to be simple and easy to use in everyday situations.

With lessons, data sheets, worksheets, and other practical tools, the book has sections on teaching self-awareness, inhibition and impulse control, self-management, attention, organization, problem solving, time management, planning, working memory, emotional self-regulation, and more. The manual also provides an overview of what constitutes executive functioning and detailed explanations of how techniques based on ABA principles can be applied to executive skill development.

"This book is the first to provide an ABA-based curriculum specifically tailored for individuals with autism that covers the full-range of executive functioning skills and was purposefully written in everyday language in order to empower individuals of all backgrounds to be able to jump in and start using the procedures right away," said Dr. Najdowski.

Dr. Najdowski brings significant expertise to the book and its subject. Between 2005 and 2010, she supervised the creation and development of the Skills® system, an online curriculum for children diagnosed with autism. In 2014, she co-authored Evidence-Based Treatment for Children with Autism: The CARD Model. With over 40 publications in professional journals, contributions to scientific research papers, popular media interviews and articles, Dr. Najdowski has also served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice, as well as a guest editor for Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Committed to teaching higher-order skills to children with autism as well as assessment and curriculum design, she has spoken on ways treatment providers can help children with autism develop skills in perspective-taking, practice more empathy, and build deeper, more meaningful interpersonal relationships with others.

Currently, she serves as the program director for the Masters in Science in Behavior Psychology at Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP). Recently introduced at GSEP, the program combines rigorous theoretical study with practical experience working directly with clients through behavioral intervention. As a leader at Pepperdine and within the fields of autism research and treatment, Dr. Najdowski provides a new book that promises to be an important resource for those who work with this growing population of learners.

For more information and to order the book:

https://www.elsevier.com/books/flexible-and-focused/najdowski/978-0-12-809833-2

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Pepperdine GSEP Professors and Alumni Recently Featured at Social Business Academia Conference in Paris https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/news/2017/03/pepperdine-gsep-professors-and-alumni-recently-featured-social-business-academia/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/gsep/2017/03/pepperdine-gsep-professors-and-alumni-recently-featured-social-business-academia The November 2016 international conclave of the Social Business Academia Conference included several current Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology (GSEP) professors and recent alumni, where they shared their work in the fields of social innovation and technology. Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:00:00 PDT The November 2016 international conclave of the Social Business Academia Conference included several current Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology (GSEP) professors and recent alumni, where they shared their work in the fields of social innovation and technology.

 

Pepperdine GSEP professors Dr. Lani Fraizer, Dr. Farzin Madjidi, Dr. Gabriella Miramontes, and Dr. June Schmieder-Ramirez, along with GSEP alumni Dr. Cathy Deckers, Dr. Brian Thomas, and Dr. Calvin Bonds, presented an academic paper entitled “The Need to Recharge: Exploring Social Business as a Catalyst for Well-Being and Patient Improvement Outcomes” at the conference.  The paper focused on research conducted in Thailand, where the Yunus Center at the Asian Institute of Technology partnered with the Social Health Enterprise to offer health related remedies to address issues caused by office stress syndrome.

 

Their study reflects the continuing partnership of Drs. Madjidi and Fraizer with the communities of 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and professor Muhammed Yunus, the original architect of the social business concept. The purpose of the conference itself was to connect academics, researchers, practitioners and development activists to discuss their insights on Social Business. As described by the Yunus organization, the social business movement is “unlike a charity…. a social business generates profit and aims to be financially self-sustaining. Removing the need for fundraising allows social businesses to re-invest profits back into generating sustainable social impact. A social business is a company that either creates income for the poor or provides them with essential products and services like healthcare, clean water or clean energy.”

 

A recipient of California’s Diversity First Award, Professor Madjidi is known for being a champion of social justice and cultural competency, encouraging his students at Pepperdine’s GSEP to incorporate consideration of ethnic, generational, and gender backgrounds into their academic and professional perspectives. Professor Fraizer combines change making with expertise in social entrepreneurship and workforce development. A Yunus Center Scholar as well as a Pepperdine professor, Frazier describes herself as “committed to create a world free from poverty by harnessing the power of social business and effective technologies to improve the lives of the marginalized.”

 

Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education & Psychology offers multiple graduate degree programs that include educational leadership, social entrepreneurship, and learning technologies, with research projects and partnerships involving current students and professors all over the world. GSEP’s involvement with the recent Social Business Academia Conference reflects the graduate school’s enduring commitment to training business and academic leaders who will be catalysts for change, both within their communities and across the globe. 

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Pepperdine's Organizational Leadership Program Recognized as #1 Doctoral Program at 2017 Leadership Excellence Awards https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/news/2017/03/pepperdines-organizational-leadership-program-recognized-1-doctoral-program-2017/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/gsep/2017/03/pepperdines-organizational-leadership-program-recognized-1-doctoral-program-2017 Reflecting their successful commitment to values-based leadership and real-world training, the Organizational Leadership doctoral program at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) was designated the top doctoral program at the 2017 Leadership Excellence Awards and within the Leadership Excellence Essentials e-publication. Recognized among numerous programs worldwide by HR.com's expert leadership panel and feedback from program participants, the #1 ranking highlights GSEP's achievements in leadership and organizational development. Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PST Reflecting their successful commitment to values-based leadership and real-world training, the Organizational Leadership doctoral program at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) was designated the top doctoral program at the 2017 Leadership Excellence Awards and within the Leadership Excellence Essentials e-publication. Recognized among numerous programs worldwide by HR.com's expert leadership panel and feedback from program participants, the #1 ranking highlights GSEP's achievements in leadership and organizational development.

The award ceremony was held on February 7 and 8 in Nashville, Tennessee. Sponsored by the Dale Carnegie Institute, IBM, and other international companies and nonprofits, the LEAD awards have been an annual celebration of the best applications and internally designed leadership programs from organizations around the world for the past 34 years.

The GSEP Organizational Leadership program was created to support and develop leadership skills in a wide range of settings. Doctoral students are equipped with both knowledge and the ability to recognize and harness the resources around them in order to transform their own organizations into dynamic agents for change. With two academic formats to accommodate the scheduling needs of their students, many of whom are already working professionals, the school offers a blend of both traditional and online classes. GSEP also integrates national and worldwide travel into the curriculum in order to provide a well-rounded perspective on leadership and policy.

As Dr. Helen Easterling Williams, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology explains regarding the school's mission, "Careers in education and psychology are geared toward helping individuals and communities, both locally and globally, to transform into the best possible expression of themselves. GSEP strives to keep this thought in the forefront of all its initiatives."

This marks the second year in a row that Pepperdine's EdD program in Organizational Leadership (EDOL) has won the #1 ranking designation. Program director Dr. June Schmieder-Ramirez attributes their success to "our excellent EDOL staff and faculty, and the ability to utilize creativity and innovation, as well as attention to the needs of our students and the mission of the University." At the LEAD conclave in Tennessee, Dr. Schmieder-Ramirez participated in multiple leadership forums, with an interview also appearing both in the Leadership Excellence Essentials e-publication and on their website.

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Dr. Helen Easterling Williams Shares Her Leadership Journey on 94.7 The Wave as Part of Community Achievers Recognition Campaign https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/news/2017/02/dr-helen-easterling-williams-shares-her-leadership-journey-947-wave-part-community/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/gsep/2017/02/dr-helen-easterling-williams-shares-her-leadership-journey-947-wave-part-community Popular Los Angeles radio station 94.7 The Wave recently selected Dr. Helen Easterling Williams, Dean of Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), to participate in “Making Waves,” their community achievers recognition campaign. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:00 PST Popular Los Angeles radio station 94.7 The Wave recently selected Dr. Helen Easterling Williams, Dean of Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), to participate in “Making Waves,” their community achievers recognition campaign. This special series of on-air vignettes and other features publicly recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans who have made a difference in their philanthropic projects, corporate accomplishments, community outreach and within the entertainment field. Along with Dr. Williams, the radio series will also feature Faye Washington, President and CEO of the YWCA Greater Los Angeles, entertainer Alicia Keys, and other prominent local and national community leaders.

In her six-part interview with the station, Dr. Williams shares both her recent achievements, as well as details about her early life. The daughter of a sharecropper, Dr. Williams grew up picking cotton, cropping tobacco, digging potatoes and dreaming of the world beyond her home. Through her father’s strength and determination, the family was able to eventually move to Baltimore, Maryland, where Dr. Williams discovered her love for learning, and education. The first in her family to pursue a degree, she ultimately earned a bachelor of science degree in speech correction with a minor in biology from Jersey City State College, a master of science degree in speech and language pathology from Towson State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Williams went on to hold senior administrative roles at multiple prominent academic institutions, including the University of Delaware and Azusa Pacific University, where she successfully led school reaccreditation efforts and initial accreditation for the School Psychology Program, established the Emerging Technology Center, and developed an international visiting scholar program.

In June of 2014, she was appointed Dean of GSEP, where she describes her vision for the school as a focus on five different areas: technology, counseling, accreditation, globalization, and friendraising/fundraising.

“From our face-to-face and online classes, to clinical counseling practicums, internships, and student teaching, to our Distinguished Lecture Series, and numerous service projects such as the Foster Grandparent Program, the psychological wellness programs for the homeless offered in collaboration with the Union Rescue Mission, and the PRYDE Program that partners with the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department, we are daily breaking barriers and inspiring change in every segment of our world.”

The “Making Waves” series will air throughout the month of February featuring multiple interviews with Dr. Williams and the other 2017 honorees. Those interested may access this programming and other related digital features by visiting 947thewave.com

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Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis Discusses Childhood Sexual Abuse and the Response of Faith Communities on NPR’s The Spin https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/news/2017/02/dr-thema-bryant-davis-discusses-childhood-sexual-abuse-and-response-faith-communities/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/gsep/2017/02/dr-thema-bryant-davis-discusses-childhood-sexual-abuse-and-response-faith-communities Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis recently spoke with NPR’s The Spin for their on-air special program entitled #LoveWithAccountability. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:45:00 PST Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis recently spoke with NPR’s The Spin for their on-air special program entitled #LoveWithAccountability. Hosted by Esther Armah, Dr. Bryant-Davis spoke with L. Marquez Benbow on “the script of silence” that child survivors of sexual abuse are asked to follow within their families and larger communities, as well as the important role faith communities play in healing these significant wounds. Having originally aired in both the United States and West Africa, the interview is now available free on SoundCloud.

Themes of recovery from trauma and strategies for doing so are not new to Dr. Bryant-Davis, who says she originally entered the field of psychology to help those in need. "I am primarily committed to uncovering and attending to the role of culture in the trauma recovery process," Bryant-Davis says. "Secondly, I seek to both teach and build on the empirical knowledge base that equips people to move from victims to survivors and from surviving to thriving."

Having received her doctorate at Duke University, Dr. Bryant-Davis is a familiar figure at GSEP, teaching classes at Pepperdine that align with her interests in spiritual growth and emotional wholeness. An experienced dancer, poet and playwright, she says she believes strongly in the healing power of the arts. Her spoken word performances have garnered multiple awards, and in 2015, she was awarded the California Psychological Association Distinguished Scientist Award for her work in addressing trauma and oppression.

Bryant also is the director of GSEP’s prestigious Culture and Trauma Research Lab, a group conducting qualitative and quantitative research for the larger scientific community on the context of interpersonal trauma recovery. Current projects at the GSEP lab include studies on partner abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, genocide, and the societal trauma of racism, as well as the ways in which religion and spirituality play a role in the recovery process. GSEP lab findings have been presented by researchers at the annual conventions of the American Psychological Association, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Association of Women in Psychology, the National Summit on Interpersonal Violence, the National Scientific Meeting on Sexual Assault, and the Multicultural Summit.

Dr. Bryant-Davis and her national stature within the fields of trauma research and recovery reflect GSEP’s commitment to providing innovative academic programs, transforming students into true scholar-practitioners, catalysts for inspiration and change within the community at large. 

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National Science Foundation Global Venture Fund Awards GSEP a Second Year of Funding for Student Research in Namibia https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/news/2017/01/national-science-foundation-global-venture-fund-awards-gsep-second-year-funding-student/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/gsep/2017/01/national-science-foundation-global-venture-fund-awards-gsep-second-year-funding-student For the second consecutive year, Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) has won support from the National Science Foundation’s Global Venture Fund to bring college and graduate students together for research experiences in the Republic of Namibia. The research itself is supervised by GSEP professor Dr. Eric Hamilton. The recipient of a multi-year Fulbright Research Fellowship, Dr. Hamilton is working alongside his students and Namibian teaching professionals to foster technological sophistication within their classrooms, as well as to build a vibrant national learner community of digital media makers. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:45:00 PST For the second consecutive year, Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) has won support from the National Science Foundation’s Global Venture Fund to bring college and graduate students together for research experiences in the Republic of Namibia. The research itself is supervised by GSEP professor Dr. Eric Hamilton. The recipient of a multi-year Fulbright Research Fellowship, Dr. Hamilton is working alongside his students and Namibian teaching professionals to foster technological sophistication within their classrooms, as well as to build a vibrant national learner community of digital media makers.

 

Along with Pepperdine undergraduates and GSEP students, five Seaver College students are also currently assisting with the expansive project, working in four locations around the country. Next year, a student from Tuskegee University and the joint Pepperdine-Tuskegee University engineering education project is slated to join the team in Africa. All the researchers have reported their experiences as “life changing,” while Dr. Hamilton notes the profound professional development they are helping Namibian teachers experience.

 

“The process of connecting real world phenomena unique to their geography is still novel. They are heavily invested in meeting curriculum goals, and are facing many of the same struggles in nurturing deep and effective learning in light of performance demands,” Hamilton says.

 

The National Science Foundation’s Global Ventures Program itself is extremely small, supplementing only a handful of projects with travel support for students. As a result of the award for 2016-2017, GSEP and Pepperdine undergraduates will receive almost $100,000 toward travel expenses.

 

This research project is one of the numerous educational opportunities available to current GSEP students, whether local or remote. With the National Science Foundation’s recognition of Dr. Hamilton’s project, GSEP continues to train leaders in the fields of education and psychology, and its profile continues to broaden.

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2U, Inc. and Pepperdine University Partner to Offer New Online Degree Programs https://www.pepperdine.edu/news/2017/01/2u-inc-and-pepperdine-university-partner-offer-new-online-degree-programs/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/university/2017/01/2u-inc-and-pepperdine-university-partner-offer-new-online-degree-programs International educational technology company 2U, Inc. has partnered with Pepperdine University School of Law and Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology to launch Law@Pepperdine, a new online master of legal studies (MLS) program, and Psychology@Pepperdine, a suite of online degrees in psychology—both expected to launch fall 2017. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:15:00 PST International educational technology company 2U, Inc. has partnered with Pepperdine University School of Law and Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology to launch Law@Pepperdine, a new online master of legal studies (MLS) program, and Psychology@Pepperdine, a suite of online degrees in psychology—both expected to launch fall 2017.

“Pepperdine endeavors to evolve our programs to match a changing world. With these innovative new online programs, we provide access to a Pepperdine education to more people regardless of geography, furthering our university’s mission to be a global, Christian university dedicated to preparing our graduates to be servant-minded leaders throughout the world,” said Rick Marrs, Pepperdine University provost and chief academic officer. “With 2U’s focus on quality and driving positive student outcomes, they are the right partner for Pepperdine."

“Pepperdine’s entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to lead change in offering new forms of education will make this a winning partnership,” said Chip Paucek, 2U cofounder and chief executive officer. “It’s our privilege to partner with Pepperdine and to support their commitment to academic excellence and their mission of transforming student lives through education.”

Law@Pepperdine will be the first MLS program offered by the School of Law, an American Bar Association-approved law school, and is designed for professionals in law-related fields. The program is intended for individuals who are not practicing lawyers but interact with the legal system on a regular basis and would benefit from an in-depth legal education.

Psychology@Pepperdine will offer a suite of degrees designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of psychology and to prepare them for professional endeavors in fields of psychology.

Both Law@Pepperdine and Psychology@Pepperdine will mirror the high quality and rigorous standards of the University’s on-campus programs. The online programs will feature live, face-to-face online classes in an intimate seminar-style setting, as well as engaging, interactive course content created by Pepperdine faculty and delivered through the 2U Platform. Both programs will also incorporate traditional, in-person immersive experiences on Pepperdine’s campus along with applied learning experiences.

2U partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world's best online degree programs for students everywhere. Their Platform, which blends cloud-based software-as-a-service technology and technology-enabled services, provides schools with the comprehensive operating infrastructure required to attract, enroll, educate, support, and graduate students globally. Through a combination of live face-to-face classes, dynamic course content, and real-world learning experiences, 2U's No Back Row® philosophy ensures that all qualified students can experience the highest quality level of university education for the most successful outcome. 

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Pepperdine Receives Large Award from National Science Foundation to Establish International Network of Makerspace Clubs https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/news/2016/12/pepperdine-receives-large-award-national-science-foundation-establish-international/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/gsep/2016/12/pepperdine-receives-large-award-national-science-foundation-establish-international Funding a network of student makerspace groups and concurrently a large educational research project, interim Associate Dean of Education and Pepperdine professor Dr. Eric Hamilton has secured a prestigious 1.72-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Pepperdine University. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:30:00 PST Funding a network of student makerspace groups and concurrently a large educational research project, interim Associate Dean of Education and Pepperdine professor Dr. Eric Hamilton has secured a prestigious 1.72-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Pepperdine University. Awarded by the NSF’s highly competitive Advanced Informal Science Learning (AISL) program, the grant will drive a four-year effort to establish a network of 12 makerspace clubs in the United States, Europe and Africa. In addition to developing the clubs, Dr. Hamilton’s team will also complete several research projects that will test a novel data analysis methodology and create an age-appropriate inventory for intercultural competence.

 

The ambitious plan has already received accolades from grant reviewers for the Foundation and its AISL program, who typically select only 9% of grant applicants for an award, let alone one of this size. “The project brings together several different threads into a tantalizing process,” said one reviewer. Another wrote: “Grounded in a philosophy of engaging students as help-givers, teachers, and story makers, the [clubs] bring a celebratory, open-ended style to STEM communication that also is bounded by clear research goals…this is an intriguing and welcome combination.” 

 

The American maker teams will be based at project sites in California, Nevada, Colorado and New York. These students will be connected with international counterparts within other makerspace groups. For example, a student at the Las Vegas site may be expected to produce a project with a peer in the Lapland, Nairobi, or Long Beach, California group.

All makerspace clubs will be tasked collaboratively with creating digital assets—videos, games, short subject films, and computer programs—designed to help their peers learn science and mathematics.

 

The distinguished New York Hall of Science, one of the nation’s leading science museums and home to the largest Maker Faire in the country, has been named as a formal collaborative partner in working with the groups to suggest and organize different science and mathematics activities. With the makerspace clubs and concurrent educational research, students will have the opportunity for creating activities relevant to their interests and identities, while engaging in meaningful creative play and experimentation cross-culturally.

 

The “maker movement” is one of the fastest growing trends in both formal and informal education, with schools and universities worldwide building “makerspace labs” for their students. Pepperdine’s Dr. Hamilton is known by leading education, mathematics and science professors as a champion of these innovative, transformative forms of learning and for his significant educational research on the subject. “I think combining technology with an astute understanding of how people learn can lead to a new golden age of education,” he says. Clearly, with this new extensive and fully international collaboration, Dr. Hamilton will have an opportunity to implement his significant research findings on a new and global level. 

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Author and Social Activist Dr. Cornel West to Speak at Lecture Series on Faith, Intellect, and Culture https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/news/2016/12/author-and-social-activist-dr-cornel-west-speak-lecture-series-faith-intellect-and/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/gsep/2016/12/author-and-social-activist-dr-cornel-west-speak-lecture-series-faith-intellect-and Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series presents Dr. Cornel West on February 24, 2017 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:15:00 PST [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"3535","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"float: right; width: 480px; height: 240px;"}}]]

As part of his public mission "to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice," noted speaker, professor, author and activist Dr. Cornel West will address the Los Angeles community on February 24th, 2017 at 7PM at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

The event is hosted by Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) as part of the annual Margaret J. Weber Distinguished Lecture Series. The series theme for 2017 is Wholeness: the Intersection of Faith, Intellect, and Culture. The series explores how these values can connect and contribute to a life of wholeness. It is a reflection, as GSEP dean Dr. Helen Easterling Williams explains, of the idea that "We can be intellectuals and have faith as well."

Having devoted much of his professional career to teaching, writing and speaking, Dr. West is arguably one of the nation's most well regarded experts on a variety of social issues. Most recently he served as Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary. He holds emeritus status at Princeton and also taught at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris.

He has published more than 20 books and edited 13. His most recent works are the critically praised "Black Prophetic Fire" and "The Radical King." A spoken word performer, his collaborations with respected musical artists and filmmakers are well known. As a frequent television commentator and guest, Dr. West also is a staunch democrat, an outspoken critic of political corruption and the abuse of power.

"There is a crowning jewel to our Weber Distinguished Lecture Series this coming year, and that jewel comes right at the end of Black History Month," says Dean Williams. "Dr. West will be speaking with us about justice at the intersection of faith, intellect, and culture. We're looking forward to his new book coming out, and being available to us at a time when the ringing pronouncement in the world is Black Lives Matter… It's going to be a grand time!"

Attendance is open to everyone, and the general public is encouraged to attend. With Dr. West's inclusion as a speaker for the series, GSEP continues to push the envelope to create provocative, important and inspiring public discourse on social topics relevant to the challenges of contemporary life. The 2017 series theme also reflects GSEP's emphasis on training not just scholars, but true servant-leaders and agents of change, both in the professional arena and as members of the community at large.

Dr. West's scheduled appearance at GSEP's lecture series is another way by which the school continues to garner national recognition for its professors, students, alumni, and distinguished guests. Offering doctoral and master's degrees in psychology and education, the school also features graduate level programs in learning technologies, leadership, social entrepreneurship and change.

As with all GSEP's Margaret J. Weber Distinguished Lecture Series events, the evening with Dr. West is expected to be extremely well attended. Early registration for tickets is encouraged.

For additional information on the lecture and to register to attend, visit the GSEP event page.

 

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Pepperdine Professor Dr. Eric Hamilton Invited to Teach, Speak at Two Recent National STEM Education Conclaves https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/news/2016/12/pepperdine-professor-dr-eric-hamilton-invited-teach-speak-two-recent-national-stem/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/gsep/2016/12/pepperdine-professor-dr-eric-hamilton-invited-teach-speak-two-recent-national-stem Pepperdine Professor of Education Dr. Eric Hamilton, PhD was recently selected to present a professional development seminar for the 213 recipients of the nation’s prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The seminar was held in the nation’s capital as a part of a weekend celebration for these K-12 teachers recognized for their achievements in the field of STEM education. Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:45:00 PST Pepperdine Professor of Education Dr. Eric Hamilton, PhD was recently selected to present a professional development seminar for the 213 recipients of the nation’s prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The seminar was held in the nation’s capital as a part of a weekend celebration for these K-12 teachers recognized for their achievements in the field of STEM education.

 

In addition to his role as seminar presenter, Hamilton was also a distinguished speaker at a Next Generation STEM Learning for All Forum held on the same weekend as the awards ceremony, also in the capital. At this event, Hamilton spoke about the need to rethink teaching and curriculum, moving towards a creating a “maker” mindset instead among high school students. “It was a fantastic program, with Dr. Hamilton and his peers talking about the need for educators to let go of a ‘just in case learning’ approach in favor of ‘just in time learning’ instead,” said one attendee.

 

Hamilton’s continuing leadership within the field of mathematics and science education comes no surprise to his colleagues at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of  Education & Psychology. Along with his role as an education and mathematics professor at the University, Hamilton also has served in two directorships at the National Science Foundation, supervising $500 million in Foundation funds on relevant research and teaching.

 

Hamilton is regularly consulted by government officials and national experts on mathematics and science education. He also currently leads National Science Foundation research on participatory teaching, media-making, and learner engagement, conducting parallel work in East Africa and Namibia, where he is a 2015-2017 Fulbright Research Fellow.

 

“We’re very proud of Dr. Hamilton here at Pepperdine,” says Dr. Farzin Madjidi, Interim Associate Dean of Education and professor of leadership at Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education & Psychology. “His role as a thought leader is so inspiring to everyone within our community. His achievements and significant body of work continue to amaze!”

 

Hamilton’s presence at both events occurs at a time when the graduate school continues to emerge as a global leader in training scholar-practitioners who will go on to serve at the forefront of their respective fields. It has recently introduced a groundbreaking new doctorate program in Global Leadership and Change, along with offering well respected, rigorous master’s and doctorate programs in education and psychology. It also provides multiple continuing education workshops, and research opportunities for scholars worldwide. Hamilton’s nationwide recognition clearly aligns with a new era of achievement for Pepperdine University, and its Graduate School of Education & Psychology. 

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Pepperdine Mourns the Loss of Professor Emeritus Oliver Jennings Davis, Jr. (MA ’76) https://www.pepperdine.edu/news/2016/12/pepperdine-mourns-loss-professor-emeritus-oliver-jennings-davis-jr-ma-76/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/university/2016/12/pepperdine-mourns-loss-professor-emeritus-oliver-jennings-davis-jr-ma-76 Oliver Jennings Davis, Jr. (MA ’76) served the Pepperdine community for over three decades. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:30:00 PST Oliver Jennings Davis, Jr. (MA ’76), Professor Emeritus at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, passed away on November 30, 2016. He was 89.

Born on July 30, 1927, in Nashville, Tennessee, Davis was a lifelong member of Churches of Christ. After being honorably discharged from the United States Army in November 1946, he enrolled at David Lipscomb College, where he was an outstanding athlete in both basketball and tennis. In 1991 he was inducted into the Lipscomb Hall of Fame for his stellar sports records. 

Upon graduation in 1950, Davis attended Ohio State University where he earned his MEd and then returned home to marry Vera Howard of Sparta, Tennessee, on July 7, 1951. In 1953 the couple moved to New York City where he pursued and earned his EdD from Columbia University, Teachers College. 

After several more years of teaching and preaching in Nashville, and after the birth of daughters, Carol and Elizabeth, Davis moved the family to Los Angeles in 1963 to become the director of student personnel services (later known as dean of students) at George Pepperdine College, where he was a tireless and outspoken advocate for racial and social justice. 

Davis filled many positions at Pepperdine, including teaching religious ethics at the former School of Professional Studies, and teaching liberal studies at the School of Business and Management (now Graziadio School of Business and Management), culminating in full tenure at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. During this time, Davis and his wife welcomed their third daughter, Shirley.

In 2011 Pepperdine University established in his honor the Bowers, Davis, and Todd Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusive Excellence. The award recognizes students who demonstrate an active commitment to advancing institutional diversity and inclusive excellence at Seaver College.

A devoted Christian, Davis spent his entire life serving Christ by helping others—as a minister and elder, dean of students, professor, counselor, and mentor to so many. He lived with an open and generous heart, truly demonstrating the teachings of Christ, which will be his enduring legacy. 

Davis is survived by his wife, Vera; daughters, Carol, Elizabeth, and Shirley; and grandchildren, Cameron, Geoffrey, Olivia, and Harper.

A memorial service will be held at the Conejo Valley Church of Christ at 2 PM on Saturday, December 3, 2016.

To commemorate Jennings’ passion for racial justice and his love for Pepperdine students, the family requests that contributions be made to the Pepperdine University Black Alumni Council Scholarship Fund. Donations can be made online at give.pepperdine.edu/bac/scholarship or by sending a check to The Pepperdine Fund (24255 PCH, Malibu, CA 90263-4579) with “BAC Scholarship” in the memo.

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Distinguished Lecture Series Features Internationally-Acclaimed Author, Psychologist, and Wellness Expert Dr. Zelana Montminy https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/news/2016/11/distinguished-lecture-series-features-internationally-acclaimed-author-psychologist-and/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/gsep/2016/11/distinguished-lecture-series-features-internationally-acclaimed-author-psychologist-and The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) Maragret L. Weber Distinguished Lecture Series continues this academic year with it the second lecture of the series, “Forget Happiness Master Resilience Instead” with guest speaker, Dr. Zelana Montminy. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) Maragret L. Weber Distinguished Lecture Series continues this academic year with it the second lecture of the series, “Forget Happiness Master Resilience Instead” with guest speaker, Dr. Zelana Montminy. The second lecture in the series will be hosted at the West Los Angeles campus today, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. PDT.

Dr. Zelana Montminy is an internationally-acclaimed author, psychologist, and wellness expert. One of Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change, Dr. Z (as she’s known to her clients and fans) translates complicated research from Positive Psychology and the fields of nutrition and neurology, to create a uniquely holistic approach to health. She is the author of 21 Days to Resilience.

Dr. Montminy holds masters and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology with a specialization in health, as well as a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. This multi-faceted background makes her uniquely qualified to explore the psychological aspects of Health & Wellness. In all her endeavors Dr. Montminy seeks to explore the relationship between resilience, happiness, and healthful lifestyle choices. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), an active regional board member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), a consultant for the Institute for Applied Positive Research, and on the Program Advisory Board of the Respect Institute.

For additional information on the lecture, and to register to attend, visit the GSEP event page.

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Pepperdine University Professor and Alumnus Team Up on Police Psychology Book https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/news/2016/11/pepperdine-university-professor-and-alumnus-team-police-psychology-book-0/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/gsep/2016/11/pepperdine-university-professor-and-alumnus-team-police-psychology-book-0 Garnering immediate praise and further attention for the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine professor Dr. Cary L. Mitchell and Pepperdine-educated LAPD psychologist Dr. Edrick H. Dorian, ABPP, are the editors of the new reference book "Police Psychology and Its Growing Impact on Modern Law Enforcement." Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:30:00 PST  

LOS ANGELES, CA - Nov. 28, 2016 - Garnering immediate praise and further attention for the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine professor Dr. Cary L. Mitchell and Pepperdine-educated LAPD psychologist Dr. Edrick H. Dorian, ABPP, are the editors of the new reference book "Police Psychology and Its Growing Impact on Modern Law Enforcement." Published by IGI Global, the book includes chapters by experts in police psychology from across the U.S. and Canada. According to Mitchell, "Police psychology is among the most recently recognized specialty areas within the broader field of psychology. There is a need for resources such as our book that spotlight the exciting developments and cutting-edge practices within the specialty."

Along with in-depth consideration of assessment and evaluation methods for applicants and incumbent officers, the book includes chapters on health and wellness programs, peer support interventions, and strategies for supporting first responders to mass casualty events. The book includes two chapters that address law enforcement encounters with the mentally ill. Among the timeliest components of the book are chapters that focus on integrating returning military personnel into law enforcement departments, and the challenges associated with bringing millennial generation members into law enforcement careers. "The last several years have presented extraordinary difficulties for law enforcement personnel and their agencies. This book allowed us to bring together seasoned police psychologists, academics, researchers, and other subject matter experts who are uniquely qualified to comment on how some of those difficulties can be overcome," notes Dorian.

Designed to be a resource for current police psychologists, graduate students, scholars, and law enforcement executives, the book is available in both hardcover and e-book versions. Mitchell and Dorian write that, "Today, police psychologists face unprecedented opportunities and challenges." In 2015, the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing emphasized the critical importance of trust between law enforcement departments and the communities they serve. Mitchell and Dorian posit that police psychologists are ideally situated to assist police departments in strengthening and building trust with the communities they serve.

 

The editors themselves are noted for their lengthy and impressive resumes. A current Pepperdine psychology professor, Dr. Cary L. Mitchell, Ph.D, has also been responsible for pre-employment psychological screenings and assessments in multiple law enforcement departments across California for more than 25 years. With extensive experience treating veterans, the incarcerated and homeless individuals, Mitchell has also consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice's COPS program. He has served as both the director of clinical training for Pepperdine's Psy.D. program as well as the associate dean for the graduate school of Education and Psychology itself.

His co-editor, Dr. Edrick H. Dorian, Psy.D, ABPP, is a Los Angeles Police Department police psychologist who also maintains a private clinical practice. Educated at Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology, he is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in both Clinical Psychology and Public Safety Psychology, and a diplomate in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Dorian has also served on the adjunct faculty at Pepperdine and several other prestigious universities including the David Geffen School of Medicine at U.C.L.A.

With this new scholarly contribution by distinguished professor Dr. Mitchell and alumnus Dr. Dorian, pundits again describe Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology as national leaders in the training and preparation of professionals within the field. According to experts, the new reference book is expected to become an important and enduring resource for thousands of police professionals, clinicians and graduate students nationwide.

 

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