University News & Events

Eugene Taylor, Professor of Psychology, has passed away

01/30/2013
Eugene Taylor

Saybrook University, with deep sadness, is announcing today the death of Dr. Eugene Taylor, a noted scholar and 20-year member of our executive faculty.

"We are sorry to see Eugene go," said Mark Schulman, President of Saybrook University, "He was a scholar and a teacher respected by all with whom he came in contact. He is, truly, irreplacable."

Taylor died on January 30 at 10:30 a.m. EST with his family in attendance.  He was 66.

Taylor was a prominent historian of psychology.  The author of books including Shadow Culture:  Psychology and Spirituality in America;  The Mystery of Personality:  A History of Psychodynamic Theories;  and William James on Consciousness Beyond the Margins, he was a research historian at Harvard Medical School, the curator of Gordon Allport’s papers,  and an internationally renowned scholar on the work of William James.  He was also the founder of the Cambridge Institute of Psychology and Religion, a board member of the Philemon Foundation, a fellow in two APA divisions, and a founding member of The New Existentialists.

He held degrees from Southern Methodist University, Harvard Divinity School (where he was the 1983 William James Lecturer), and a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Psychology from Boston University.

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Saybrook University joins with Chip Conley to reinvent business culture

01/10/2013
Chip Conley

Entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author Chip Conley is on a mission to re-create business culture to make it more psychologically sound. He’s crunched the numbers: there is significant research showing that companies with a sense of mission and purpose beyond the bottom line are actually more profitable in the long-run.

That’s why Saybrook University, the global center for Humanistic scholarship, is pleased to name Conley to a second term as its “Scholar-Practitioner in Residence.”

As the 2013 Scholar-Practitioner in Residence, Conley will work with Saybrook faculty, staff, and students to find new ways to apply and expand his work on the psychology of business and entrepreneurship in the 21st century. Conley’s work is based on the research of Abraham Maslow, one of the founders of the Humanistic movement in psychology, who taught at Saybrook. His first best-selling book was “PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow.”

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Cynthia Fitzgerald takes over as Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services

12/05/2012

Cyndy Fitzgerald, formerly dean of LIOS Graduate College, took over as Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services at the beginning of November. Originally from Sacramento, California, she received her PhD in Applied Behavioral Science/Higher Education Leadership from Azusa Pacific University in 2007. We sat down with Cyndy for a few questions about her new role at Saybrook.

You took over as Dean of Enrollment Management & Student Services at the beginning of November. How is this position different than your previous one?

The scope of this role is extremely broad in terms of serving the students, staff, faculty, and alumni of the University beyond what was involved in my role as Dean of LIOS Graduate College of Saybrook University. With this expansion comes a significantly greater workload that includes far more travel, meeting time, and effort to care for and coordinate resource staff in their efforts to support students and to develop systems with clear policies and procedures in compliance with federal regulations. An additional component and challenge involves striving to assess and develop best practices to improve communication, and where appropriate, cross-train staff, in the midst of the restructuring and multiple adjustments and impact of those changes.

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Saybrook’s Website Has a Facelift - Check It Out

12/02/2012

Want to learn more about the new Saybrook and our new academic model focused on specific areas of study and professional outcomes?

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Saybrook President Contributing to Huffington Post

11/29/2012

Saybrook University President Mark Schulman, PhD, has been invited to join the Pulitzer prize-winning Huffington Post, contributing blog posts to the College News section and sharing Saybrook’s unique perspective on education, science and the politics of higher education.

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Saybrook University introduces classes held entirely on Facebook

11/28/2012

“Project X” reinvents the graduate school experience, using “online education” in new ways.

If you take a class in “Project X” here’s what you won’t have to do:  buy textbooks, drive to class, or sit through a lecture. 

Here’s what you will have to do:  conduct a conversation, over Facebook, with a leading scholar about a subject in his field that’s keeping him up at night, and then work with your fellow students to advance our understanding of the issue.

It’s a whole new approach to graduate education – and all you need to participate is an internet connection.

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Saybrook University Faculty Take Leading Roles in APA

07/02/2012
Steven Pritzker

The American Psychological Association (APA) has elected Saybrook University faculty member Dr. Steven Pritzker president-elect of Division 10: the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts.

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A virtual memorial for Jeanne Achterberg (Jeannie to her friends)

03/13/2012

We mourn the loss of Jeanne Achterberg and celebrate her marvelous life.  We invite you to share on this site your own reflections about Jeannie

All of us at Saybrook are grateful that Jeanne served on the faculty for over 20 years.  We cannot count the number of students and faculty who have learned so much from her.  Jeanne wrote about her time at Saybrook: 

“My expertise in working with students comes from a long love affair with being a researcher in unusual fields of health and healing, and from enjoying the excitement and energy that transpires in learner/mentor activities. I do help students (and faculty) get published, as evidenced by numerous examples in journals that I edit or have edited.”

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A virtual memorial for Arne Collen: celebrate his life with us here

02/13/2012

The Saybrook community is saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Arne Collen.

Saybrook's community, united in scholarship and practice, is spread across the world -- and so Arne's friends and colleagues likewise stretch around the globe, mourning the loss of such a unique man and vital scholar.

Appreciating the difficulties of gathering such a dispersed community together on short notice for a memorial service, his family has asked that a virtual memorial -- a living document testifying to his life, passion, and legacy -- be held online.

We invite you to be part of it: if you have a fond recollection or favorite story about Arne, or just want to say "thank you" or "goodbye," please share it with his community of loved ones in the comments section below.

Arne has been a member of our faculty since 1978 and most recently served as Director of Research. He has deeply touched the lives of so many of our students and colleagues over the years. Willson Williams, co-Chair of the PHS faculty, knew Arne well. “Arne was one of the most gentle and kind people I have ever known. He had a gentle soul. He was thoughtful and caring and thought of others before himself. He had a generous and kind spirit.”

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Natalie Rogers' new book explores expressive arts for social change

02/07/2012

Natalie Rogers“Creativity is like freedom: once you taste it, you cannot life without it. It is a transformational force, enhancing self-esteem and self-empowerment.” -- Natalie Rogers

Natalie Rogers, PhD, founder of the transformational Creative Connection® system of person-centered expressive arts has published an all-in-one guide to group facilitation titled: The Creative Connection for Groups ~ Person-Centered Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change, which, I believe, has the power to impact personal and global transformation and healing.

Every step of her unique, intermodal expressive arts process is explained in a way which allows readers to take part in the exercises as if they were participating in a workshop intensive. The tools, procedures, and resources designed to initiate creative action have all been included, making it a ‘must have’ book for anyone ready to stimulate growth through expressive creative action. This book is a soulful wake-up call for a world in crisis which requires new ways of seeing, acting, and being to begin the journey toward peace through community engagement. Natalie Rogers writes: “Using creative expression to get acquainted with oneself – one’ values, thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams – is imperative in today’s world” (p. 4). The next step – using expressive arts to build community and move in the direction of inner and world peace – is the goal closest to Rogers’ heart. The underlying theme of the book is encouragement of expressive arts being used in groups as a vehicle for personal growth, transpersonal work, and building a sense of belonging and community (Rogers, 2011, p. 208).

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