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Faculty & Program Directors

Below is a list of faculty at Goddard College. To filter this list by program, check the appropriate box.

Individualized Bachelor of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Annie Abdalla, MFA, MES

I am deeply interested in the experience of cultivating a conversation between the seen and the unseen, of noticing in and noticing out. This integration of the spiritual, the physical, the emotional...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Danielle Abrams

Through the performances of personae, I instigate transformative dialogues between people that might never get to talk.  Performing as my black grandmother from the South, my Jewish grandmother from B...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Kyle Bass, MFA

I am the author (with Ping Chong) of Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo, which had its world premiere at Syracuse Stage and was produced at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York City. I am a two-...

Individualized Master of Arts, MA in Health Arts and Sciences

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Sarah Bobrow-Williams, MA

My broad professional and personal goal is to work with people to create prosperous, vibrant, livable, socially justice communities. I work with residents and public, private and nonprofit agencies an...

Individualized Bachelor of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Pamela S. Booker, MFA, MA

Choreographer Twyla Tharp reminds us that “Gathering chaos into a satisfying order is a daunting challenge. You have to train for this struggle.” I value deeply her observation as an affirming call to...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Ryan Boudinot, MFA (on leave spring 2014)

In many ways, teaching at Goddard represents a return to form for me. During the summers after fourth and fifth grade I attended Young Authors Camp at Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, luxuriating in Nati...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Deborah Brevoort, MFA, MA

My interests as a writer have always had an international focus, and my plays, musicals and screenplays have often used theatrical conventions and forms from around the world to explore contemporary A...

BA in Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Bachelor of Arts, BA in Sustainability

Program Director in Plainfield, VT

Phyllis C. Brown, MMHS, EdD

In addition to my new role as BA in Individualized Studies Program Director at Goddard College, I am an adjunct professor in Curriculum and Instruction and Technology and Education in the School of Ed...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Rebecca Brown, MFA (on leave Fall 2014)

In 2009, City Lights published my twelfth book, American Romances, a collection of gonzo essays that put Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys) and Hawthorne on the same page and reveals the secret sex life...

Individualized Bachelor of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Bob Buchanan, PhD, MA

I’m delighted to support the learning of Goddard’s extraordinary students. The insight, energy and innovation you bring to your lives and communities has remarkable power and brilliance. It is an hono...

Individualized Bachelor of Arts, BFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Wendy Call, MFA

Though both of my parents were teachers, I never imagined that I would become one. After studying biology as an undergraduate, I devoted the decade of the ‘90s to grassroots organizing for social and...

BA in Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Bachelor of Arts, BA in Sustainability, Individualized Master of Arts, MA in Health Arts and Sciences

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Karen Campbell, MA

I started life in a rather tight, island-nation that thought itself “white,” was translated through various cultures (mostly "Eastern"), and languages, and spent twenty-odd years working in another, s...

BA in Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Bachelor of Arts, BA in Sustainability

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Neema Caughran, PhD, MDiv, MA

What I call “radical inclusivity” is my commitment to life.  I seek to break down the walls that separate “us” and “them:” one from another, culture from culture, religion from religion, community fro...

Individualized Bachelor of Arts, Individualized Master of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Francis Xavier Charet, PhD, MA

Like many who grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, I experienced the shift from an understanding of life based on traditional values to one more directly related to personal experience. This shift turned me...

BA/MA Fast Track in Psychology and Counseling, MA in Psychology and Counseling

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Michele Clark, MEd, MA

I have an MEd in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and an MA in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Couns...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Jan Clausen, MA

I was born on the Oregon Coast and raised in the Pacific Northwest. After thirty years in Brooklyn, New York, I still “belong to the lesser coast, the greater ocean” (as a poem of mine puts it). How t...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Darrah Cloud, MFA

I grew up in a post-war housing development in Skokie, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. My parents were card-carrying agnostics living in a neighborhood of Traditional Jews (the synagogue was at the end...

Bachelor of Arts in Education, MA in Education

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Joanne Coakley, EdD, EdM

Gender, race and class differences are central to my educational practice. For the past thirty years, I’ve explored how different school settings can use educational research, policy and practice to r...

Bachelor of Arts in Education, MA in Education

Faculty in Plainfield, VT, Seattle, WA

Sharon Cronin, PhD, MA

Sharon Cronin has over twenty-five years of experience in bilingual and culturally relevant early childhood and elementary education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bilingual Education with...

Bachelor of Arts in Education, MA in Education

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Gail Cueto, PhD, MS

I have been engaged in a rich and exciting career in the field of education for many years. A large part of my professional life was in New York City where I began as a third grade teacher in Spanish...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Erica Eaton, PhD, MFA, MSW

I value art for its ability to create a kind of knowledge. Art allows us to look at something in a new way. I do not set out to represent what is already known, but to look at what is there through di...

Individualized Bachelor of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Marilou Esguerra, MS, BFA

I am a passionate autonomy-seeking womyn-warrior in hot pursuit of her own desire, while fighting against all forms of imperial delirium. I consider myself a collective - a network of support and reso...

Bachelor of Arts in Education, MA in Education

Faculty in Seattle, WA

Cecilia M. Espinosa

I was born in Ecuador, South America and I have worked in the field of bilingual education since 1989. I have worked for many years as an early childhood teacher in multi-age, bilingual kindergarten t...

Individualized Master of Arts, MA in Health Arts and Sciences

Program Director in Plainfield, VT

Ruth Farmer, MS, MFA

In the 21st century, change and the speed of change are constants. The complexities of sociological, ecological, and political shifts require resilience. Growing up in North Carolina during the 50s an...

Bachelor of Arts in Education, MA in Education

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Jacqueline Fischer, MA

As community educators, we stand in the crossroads of education and community. We build individual and collective capacity to deal with complex social issues of justice and equality, and hold the crit...

Bachelor of Arts in Education, MA in Education

Faculty in Plainfield, VT, Seattle, WA

Susan Fleming, EdD, MA, MA

Education, both formal and informal, is at the center of most of our lives. Some of us choose to place it at the center of our work as well, and that is the case in my life. My motivation comes from b...

Individualized Bachelor of Arts, BFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Laurie Foos, BFA

One of the things I find most exciting about teaching—and about writing—is the process of discovery. As a writer, I believe deeply in connecting with the unconscious mind in the drafting process, in g...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Kenny Fries, MFA

My most recent book, The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory, was published by Carroll and Graf and received the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Stud...

Individualized Bachelor of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Maike Garland, EdD, MA

My desire to teach has always been fueled by my passion for social justice, sense of social responsibility, and tacit knowledge of and love for people. Early on, I learned how to reach students and cr...

BA/MA Fast Track in Psychology and Counseling, MA in Psychology and Counseling

Program Director in Plainfield, VT

Tracy O. Garrett, PhD, MA, MA

Interim Program Coordinator. I hold a dual doctorate in Clinical and Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Currently, I am working at a human serv...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Beatrix Gates, MFA

As a teacher, I try and discern where a writer is going, and then guide them towards the best form to carry the story--whether poetry, fiction or non-fiction. Once I have a good sense of the core ambi...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT, Port Townsend, WA

Elena Georgiou, MA

As a teacher of poetry I am most interested in helping students to cultivate the individuality of their voice. Individuality, authenticity, and risk are the three qualities that interest me the most i...

BA in Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Bachelor of Arts, BA in Sustainability

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Newcomb Greenleaf, PhD

After spending much of my life teaching mathematics in mainstream academia, I am utterly delighted to find myself at home at Goddard, where, instead of looking for mistakes to mark wrong, I can focus...

Bachelor of Arts in Education, MA in Education

Alumni in Plainfield, VT , Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Karla Haas Moskowitz, PhD, MA, MA, MFA

I have been a licensed classroom teacher since 1980 with pre-K through university experience. My undergraduate work is in Counseling in Special Education and Social Services. I hold a Professional Col...

BA in Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Bachelor of Arts, BA in Sustainability

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Bethe Hagens, PhD, MA

My best skill is asking questions, both of others and myself. My academic training is cultural anthropology, music, and design. I’m now in just my fifth calendar year at Goddard, but I have wanted to...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Pam Hall, PhD On Leave Spring 2014)

I have been engaged as an artist for more than thirty years in a practice that includes visual art production, installation, writing, sound, book works, film, performance and socially-engaged communit...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Jacqueline Hayes

I have been an artist and educator for over twenty-five years. My artistic communities have been in Northern California, San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis. I am formally educated as an actor, th...

BA/MA Fast Track in Psychology and Counseling, MA in Psychology and Counseling

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Deborah Armstrong Hickey, PhD, LMFT, RPT-S

When I consider what early experiences have informed the work that I do and the person I am, I begin remembering many of what might be called ‘big’ dreams that I had as a child and an adolescent. When...

BA in Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Bachelor of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Celia Hildebrand, MS

I believe that we are all reaching towards health and well being and do the best that we can with what we know.  Sometimes we feel like that is not enough, and feel a passion to widen our lens beyond...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Peter Hocking, MFA

Pete Hocking is an interdisciplinary artist, activist, and teacher based in Providence, Rhode Island & Provincetown, Massachusetts. His studio practice focuses on personal narrative and the constr...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Gale Jackson, PhD, MALS, MLS

I am the first of the first generation of North Americans on my mother's side of a large extended family. I love language, poetry and story, and understand, from my earliest home, the power of narrati...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Seitu Jones, MLS

Going to high school in the 1960’s, it was easy to get caught up in the rich mix of music, politics and art of the times. Those times shaped my world-view. I absorbed the tenets of the Black Panther P...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Bhanu Kapil, MA (on leave Fall 2014)

I was born in England in 1968, to Indian parents, and grew up in a working-class, South-Asian community in Greater London. I came to the U.S. in 1990 and though some of the intervening years were spen...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Susan Kim, BA

Teaching dramatic writing isn’t like instructing someone how to ride a bicycle or mend a broken pipe. Writing is unique and idiosyncratic, a deeply personal form of communication. It’s informed by not...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Michael Klein, MFA

I taught at Goddard in the 1990s, and spent those years teaching poets, fiction writers, memoirists and even playwrights while trying to write poems and finishing a book about life on the racetrack. I...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Petra Kuppers, PhD, MA, MA

I am a performance maker and community artist, a witnessing critic and theorist, an educator and a disability culture activist. My journey as an artist emerges from a passionate exploration of perform...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Laiwan, MFA

I am interested in 'relationships' of things within phenomena or events. In discovering how relationships have brought us to where we are today, in this moment here and now, perceiving and moving in t...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

H. Lan Thao Lam, MFA

As an artist working with conceptualizations of history, I am committed to giving form to alternative histories, whether emerging from North America or Asia. I bring attention to detail, sensitivity t...

Bachelor of Arts in Education, MA in Education

Faculty in Plainfield, VT, Seattle, WA

Theressa Lenear, MA

Theressa Lenear has over 36 years of experience in the early childhood field. In that time, she has worked with many young children in multiple settings in both Alaska and Washington. Her current focu...

BFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Michael Leong, MFA, PhD

I have a background in both creative writing and literary criticism and am particularly interested in how the careful reading and study of literature informs creative writing (and vice versa).  I agre...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT, Port Townsend, WA

Ju-Pong Lin, MFA

If I had to whittle my teaching philosophy down to a kernel, it would say, “my mission is to cultivate cooperative cultures of life-long learning that respects the wholeness and complexity of our diff...

Individualized Master of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Katt Lissard, MFA

I interpret my role at  Goddard as both guide and fellow traveler, an ally in intellectual adventure and active exploration. A crucial part of my job is to facilitate the defeat of the self-censor, to...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Aimee Liu, MFA

Students are often instructed to “write what you know.” I prefer the suggestion, “Write what you deeply and truly want to know.” I write in order to understand. This process began with the diaries I k...

BA in Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Bachelor of Arts, BA in Sustainability

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Catherine Lowther, PhD, MA

I grew up in a family of gardeners and have been growing food organically all my life. In thirty years of off-grid homesteading in Vermont, I learned about living in partnership with nature, producing...

Bachelor of Arts in Education, MA in Education

Faculty in Seattle, WA

Gus Lyn-Piluso

My main interests have to do with helping students rigorously challenge popular assumptions about education by employing thoughtful methods of research and sound reasoning. Politically I am committed...

Bachelor of Arts in Education, MA in Education

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Geraldine Lyn-Piluso

My experiences in teaching span from the early years, elementary, middle, and high schools, to college and university. This includes public and private settings plus a stint as a de-schooling parent....

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Micheline Aharonian Marcom, MFA

There are few things more important to me than writing and literature. I think that the classroom is one of the remaining vibrant spaces, an exciting and often electric place, wherein participants can...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Douglas A. Martin, PhD, MFA

After publishing two collections of poetry with an extremely small press in my twenties, I moved to New York in 1998 to pursue a career in fiction writing, though never completely abandoning my intere...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT, Port Townsend, WA

Rogelio Martinez, MFA

In 1980, I arrived in this country from Cuba. As I was leaving the boat, I was given a can of Coca-Cola. I tried to open it but I couldn’t figure out how to work the tab. Around me, dehydrated Cubans...

BA in Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Bachelor of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Shaka McGlotten, PhD, MA

I am a young scholar and artist with one foot in the academy and one foot hovering over the simultaneously open and dense space that can broadly be called aesthetics (a space whose density and largess...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

John McManus, MFA, MA (on leave Fall 2014)

I was born in Knoxville and grew up in Blount County, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Since then I’ve lived in Baltimore, Roanoke, Austin, San Antonio, New York, and now Norfolk, V...

Individualized Master of Arts, MA in Health Arts and Sciences

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, PhD, MA

All my life, I've been at home most among trees, fields and skies, and I've been in love with the wind. I take my cue from the earth, and specific to where I live, the tall-grass prairies of Kansas (a...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT , Trustee in Plainfield, VT

Nicola Morris, PhD, MFA, MA

Much in the same way that when I look at a piece of student writing I try to discern the emerging story that may not yet be on the page, I begin working with a student by asking what she or he most pa...

BA/MA Fast Track in Psychology and Counseling, MA in Psychology and Counseling

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Jessica F. Morris, PhD

So much of psychology involves thinking on multiple levels, attending to the smallest details while keeping an understanding of the whole. I bring this perspective to working with students, both as a...

Individualized Bachelor of Arts, MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Otto Muller, PhD

I believe that artwork is work and the art-worker a laborer who gives value to substance. The work that the artist does in the world to expand the vocabulary of human expression, to offer access to th...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Victoria Nelson, MA

Teaching writing at the MFA level for me is an empathic act that amounts to entering my students’ imaginations as companion and mentor on their writing journey. My task is to see the project through t...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Devora Neumark, PhD (On Leave Spring 2014)

Born in shadow of the Shoah, the stories about home repeatedly told within the culture of my youth emphasized the losses incurred during the Polish pogroms and the forced displacements of the Soviet G...

BA in Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Bachelor of Arts, BA in Sustainability

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Sara Norton, MA

I love working with Goddard students, for like you, experiential learning has been a life-long passion for me. I enjoy helping students find ways to use the world around them as the classroom. I also...

Individualized Bachelor of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Baco Ohama, MFA

Over and over again I’ve been led to the water’s edge. To thinking about the relationships between history, language and location. To what lies in the space between what is articulated by tongue and m...

BA/MA Fast Track in Psychology and Counseling, MA in Psychology and Counseling

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Kristal C. Owens, DMin, MDiv

In the mid 1980s, I became a student of Dr. Howard Thurman's writings and concepts that, then, influenced my search for personhood and spirituality. The areas of spirituality, meditation, gender and r...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Richard Panek, MFA

When an editor approached me about writing a history of the telescope, I immediately declined. I didn’t have a science background; I’d never written about science. But then the editor said, “Think of...

MA in Health Arts and Sciences

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Bindu Panikkar (On leave Spring 2014)

Bindu Panikkar holds a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Environmental Health and Research Ethics at the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at the Northeastern University...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Andrea Parkins

I am a New York-based composer, sound/installation artist and electro-multi-instrumentalist. My work is deeply rooted in audio/visual and audio/gestural interactivity, and is influenced by post-Cagean...

Individualized Master of Arts, MA in Health Arts and Sciences

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Susan Pearson, PhD, MTS, MA

I treasure the opportunity to be a part of the HAS program at Goddard, where creativity, passions, ways of knowing, and dreams and concerns for our world and ourselves meet in vibrant collaboration. T...

BA/MA Fast Track in Psychology and Counseling, MA in Psychology and Counseling

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Wendy Phillips, PhD, MS, LMFT

Wendy Phillips, PhD, LMFT is a psychologist, psychotherapist, researcher, and a practicing visual artist. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her work is informed by principles of Depth P...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Rachel Pollack, MA (on leave Fall 2014)

My work has been in my writing, with teaching as an outgrowth of my writing concerns. I have written twenty-five books of both fiction and non-fiction. I would characterize most of my fiction, which i...

BA in Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Bachelor of Arts, BA in Sustainability

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Suzanne Richman, MSPH

I work with a range of students focused on creating healthy personal, social and ecological spaces.  I am keen to advise those interested in multiple perspectives-- from sacred ways of knowing to crit...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, BA

My first novel, Why She Left Us, was published in 1999 by HarperCollins and won an American Book Award. The book was inspired by my discovery (at the age of 30) that my Japanese-American mother and he...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT, Port Townsend, WA

Cynthia Ross, MA

For me, art (whether it be the making of objects as in visual art, the shaping of feeling. experience, event into stories or poems, the participation in a musical event and the energy that is created...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Program Director in Port Townsend, WA

Michael Sakamoto, MFA

Whether creating an interdisciplinary performance to challenge stage conventions, photographing and writing about spirit mediums in northern Thailand, or presenting a lecture-demonstration on my combi...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Bonnie Schock (on Leave spring 2014)

  I have been occupied with the creation of images and the birth of performances for the past 20 years. My work can be characterized in a variety of ways - I alternately call myself director, producer...

MFA in Creative Writing

Program Director in Plainfield, VT, Port Townsend, WA

Paul Selig, MFA

I have been affiliated with Goddard for nearly twenty years, first as a faculty member and then as a Program Director.  I continue to find it an enormous privilege to lead such a unique community of w...

BA in Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Bachelor of Arts, BA in Sustainability

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Muriel Shockley, MA

I was born a teacher and a student and have come to know organically that learning is an act of liberation and teaching an act of love. I believe learning is both emancipatory and subversive. Since 19...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Sharon Siskin, MFA, MA

My work comes from a belief that art can be a powerful catalyst for intellectual inquiry and social change. Conceptually, I draw from the personal, with the intention of making the ideas and issues pu...

BA in Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Bachelor of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

S. B. Sowbel, PhD, MS (on Leave of Absence for spring 2014)

Do call me Sowbel (rhymes with global), those who know me well do, and I expect after working together, we will indeed know each other well. If the spelling trips you up a bit, think in terms of “sowi...

Individualized Master of Arts, MA in Health Arts and Sciences

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

James Sparrell, PhD, MA

All my life I have been drawn to books and stories. I see my work in clinical psychology as helping people to tell their stories, and to tell them in new ways, with new metaphors, new words, and somet...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Darcey Steinke, MFA (on leave Fall 2014)

I have just published an erotic novel, Milk, as well as a memoir, Easter Everywhere. These two topics, sex and religion have always fascinated me and continue to be themes in my work. My most recent n...

BA in Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Bachelor of Arts, BA in Sustainability

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Karen Stupski, PhD

I am passionate about creating a sustainable, cooperative culture. To me this means working for social and ecological justice, restoring damaged ecosystems, and creating modes of production and living...

BA in Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Bachelor of Arts, BA in Sustainability

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Eva Swidler, PhD

My 'highest' academic degree, a PhD, is in history. Thinking about the location of the present as part of a continuum between the past and the future best explains for me how this world came to look a...

BFA in Creative Writing

Program Director in Plainfield, VT

Janet Sylvester, PhD, MFA

Like a number of women writers, I haven’t followed a conventional academic path.  For ten years, I worked in New York at AMS Press while I completed my BA and MFA Degrees at Goddard.  Afterwards, I sp...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Rachael Van Fossen, MFA (On Leave Spring 2014)

I am a polite Canadian and an unruly American--or is it the other way around? I live in Quebec and I am sometimes clumsy. I am interested in bringing together diverse ‘truths.’ I am drawn to investiga...

Individualized Master of Arts, MA in Health Arts and Sciences

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Sarah L. Van Hoy, PhD, MA, MA, MTCM

I am here at Goddard because of Love. We might as well start there. There are few places where we can study what we love, where we can share what we love, where we can long for the world to unfold in...

BFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Michael Vizsolyi, MFA

I grew up in a blue collar household in Bucks County, PA, and was the first in my family to finish college.  The opportunity and the gift to study english literature and creative writing is something...

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

Program Director in Plainfield, VT

Ruth Wallen, MFA

My art work centers around story, place and community. I begin by listening carefully and looking closely, distilling my experience into a form that generally includes text, or sound, and image, and i...

Individualized Bachelor of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Diana Waters, EdD

Transformative Education is a tool for social justice and storytelling is a vehicle for social change. These are my two loves. I am the product of a large, east coast, urban school system. By the time...

Individualized Master of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Lise Weil, PhD, MA (On leave Spring 2014)

I used to call myself a “recovering academic” but after twenty years of teaching at Goddard, there is not much of the traditional academic left in me. My formal training is in comparative literature,...

Individualized Bachelor of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Karen Werner, PhD, MEd

I was in a Masters program in Education when I felt a wave of wanting to be in spiritual practice. A gifted professor wove together Toni Morrison, Freud, the myth of Psyche and Cupid, and the professo...

BFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Arisa White, MFA

After completing my graduate study at UMass, Amherst, I moved out West. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, I needed to venture elsewhere to put into practice who I believed I was as a poet. I want...

Individualized Bachelor of Arts

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

H. Sharif Williams, PhD, MEd (Herukhuti)

Dr. Herukhuti [heh-ROO-koo-TEE] is a clinical sociologist, cultural studies scholar, sexologist, cultural worker, and neotraditional African shaman whose work is focused on sexual cultures, Indigenous...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Jane Wohl, PhD, MEd (on leave Fall 2014)

The twin pressures of motherhood and a demanding landscape pushed me into writing 25 years ago, and I haven't stopped since. The Wyoming land continues to sustain my creative work, even though my chil...

Individualized Bachelor of Arts

Faculty in

Mary Sui Yee Wong, MFA

At a moment in time when hope appears but in distant horizons and compassion is held at close watch, it seems tantamount that we nurture a bond between the heart and mind to resist fatigue and pessimi...

MA in Health Arts and Sciences

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Lori Wynters, PhD, MFA, MEd

What is the life giving choice in this moment?  What are the infinite ways we each inhabit our body,  breath, song, radiance, knowing, the deeper wider center /truth of who we really are? I am a theol...

BA/MA Fast Track in Psychology and Counseling, MA in Psychology and Counseling

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Greggus Yahr, PhD, LCPC, NCSP

Hello alI, I am Greggus Yahr, and in the local vernacular I am "from away"(Maine speak for "not native"), though I've been in Maine 25 plus years. Originally from Southern California (Los Angeles, wha...

Bachelor of Arts in Education, MA in Education

Program Director in

Kumari Patricia Younce, JD, MFA, MSW, MAE

I see vivid connections between the artist and the schools. I see creative intelligence as essential for learning across the curriculum. I have been an art teacher, licensed in K-12, for my 32 years n...