Members of the Saybrook community:
There’s no question that the period of my Saybrook presidency was marked by a number of changes. It was a period of transition.
There was a time when that was unusual. In the 21st century, that’s business as usual. While many of the changes we made together were deliberate and, I believe, wise, there’s no question that organizations like ours are now constantly changing because we live in a constantly changing world.
For this, my last missive to you as Saybrook’s president, I would like to offer a few thoughts about what this means for our intellectual tradition and our mission as an educational institution.
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.
Saybrook’s incoming president Nathan Long has worn a number of academic hats in his career: as both President and Chief Academic Officer of The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences (where he emphasized a humanities based curriculum); as a professor of liberal arts; and an adjunct faculty member. While in graduate school he was a residence coordinator, and the president of the Graduate Student Governance Association at the University of Cincinnati.
His academic work has focused on the history and sociology of education, with a particular emphasis on peace and urban education. Prior to those studies, he was a music major and trained trombonist.
Dr. Long officially begins his tenure on Sept. 1. He sat down with The Saybrook Forum to discuss his passion for Saybrook, humanistic education, and his vision for our future. Follow him on Twitter @PresidentLong
SAYBROOK FORUM (SF): What were your first impressions of the Saybrook Community?
Saybrook University is proud to announce that it has moved across the San Francisco Bay, establishing its new headquarters in Oakland, Caifornia, a city of art, activism, and abiding concern for social justice.
While long headquartered in San Francisco, and identifying itself with the city’s counter-culture, the tech boom of the last few years has significantly changed both San Francisco’s economy and culture. Saybrook officials determined, during review of the University’s lease, that significant funding could be saved by moving into what they saw as a superior space in Oakland – while Oakland’s culture was in many ways more in tune with a university that believes that developing and investing in people is more vital than pursuing the next technology.
Members of the Saybrook faculty have had an incredibly busy semester, making scholarly contributions around the world. Here’s a partial list of their activities.
In a major publication, Saybrook psychology alumnus and faculty member Kirk Schneider co-edited The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology: Theory, research, and practice (Sage Publicasions). Even more impressive, over half the chapters are written by Saybrook faculty or alums. These include:
- Louis Hoffman et. all: Humanistic psychology and multiculturalism: History, current status, and advancements
- Louis Hoffman et. all: Toward a sustainable myth of self: An existential response to the postmodern condition.
- Amedeo Giorgi: The search for psyche: A human science perspective.
- Tom Greening: Becoming authentic: An existenital-‐humanistic approach to reading literature.
- Ed Mendelowitz: Imagology and the postmodern world.
- Scott Churchill: An introduction to phenomenological research in psychology: Historical, conceptual, and methodologcial foundations
… and more.
Schneider has additionally been named the President Elect of Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. Saybrook faculty member Nathaniel Granger was elected as the Division’s secretary.