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.
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.”
While studying for his psychology PhD at Saybrook University, New York City accountant Eric Kreuter learned that almost anyone can turn their life around.
Kreuter worked with Rex, a former medical student whose life had taken a turn: at 59, Rex was receiving food stamps and living with his mother. But after only four months of weekly clinical work with Kreuter, Rex was able to turn his life around for the better, and is now employed and helping to support his family.
As we conclude our 40th anniversary year, it’s a good moment to take stock of the state of the University. The significant changes of the last several months allow us to re-evaluate our assumptions from the time the University was founded in 2009 and will reinvigorate our approach to the New Directions of the future.
The changes can, on the one hand, be described simply: we evolved from a University with three Colleges to one with four Schools. But, in terms of the additional structural aspects of our nascent transformation, we have changed more than nomenclature (colleges to schools) and number (3 to 4).
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.
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.
“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.
A new article on the Huffington Post by Saybrook President Mark Schulman looks at new studies showing the efficacy of acupuncture - and asks why there was such hostility among mainstream medicine to even conducting such experiments.
The problem, Schulman says, is that a legitimate demand for rigorous proof is often taken to the next step - hostility towards anything that doesn't fit our dominant paradigm about what is and isn't legitimate, even when experiments are conducted rigorously.
"This is a problem the scholars at Saybrook University know well," Shulman writes:
Many families earn money through businesses and even get rich – but it generally doesn’t last. Only a third of family businesses survive being transferred from one generation to another: less than 10 percent survive a second generational transition.
By contrast, a new report by Saybrook University faculty member Dennis Jaffe indicates that the most successful multi-generational families in the world also follow best practices on wealth management, the maintenance of personal relationships, and the development of a next-generation of leaders.