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Abigail Lynam, PhD - Fielding Graduate University. Seattle, WA, US

Abigail Lynam, PhD Abigail Lynam, PhD

Doctoral Faculty - School of Leadership Studies | Fielding Graduate University

Seattle, WA, UNITED STATES

Interdisciplinary scholar-practitioner in adult development, transformative learning, and social & ecological change leadership development

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Abigail Lynam, PhD has twenty years of experience in transformative learning and leadership development in higher education. Her scholarship and practice aims to integrate the interior dimensions of human knowledge and experience (culture, worldviews, psychology, wisdom traditions, etc.) with social and ecological change efforts. Towards that end, she works with tools and technologies for transformative change, such as Theory U, integral theory and practice, social change innovations, dialogue and contemplative practices, etc. An area of emphasis is adult developmental psychology applied to adult learning, and social and ecological change leadership development. Dr. Lynam is faculty for Pacific Integral’s Generating Transformative Change personal and professional leadership development program, and has taught internationally in India, Ethiopia, Hong Kong and Mexico.

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Education/Learning Research Environmental Services Program Development Professional Training and Coaching Training and Development Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (8)

Transformative Learning Social and Ecological Sustainability Leadership Development Adult Learning and Development Contemplative Pedagogies Integral Theory and Practice Group Dynamics Collective Change

Education (3)

Prescott College, AZ: PhD, Sustainability Education 2014

Research: Adult Developmental Psychology & Sustainability Leadership Development

Antioch University New England, Keene, NH: MS, Environmental Studies 1998

Thesis: Systems Thinking and Transformative Learning

Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA: BS, Ecology 1994

Event Appearances (8)

Growing up and Waking up: Adult Development for Educators

(2017) 2-Day Workshop, University of Washington, Bothell  Bothell, WA

Teaching in the Age of Climate Consequence: Engaging Diversity – Bridging Divides

(2017) Curriculum for the Bioregion Faculty Learning Community Conference  Whidbey Institute, Langley, WA

Developmentally-Informed Teaching and Learning

(2016) International Transformative Learning Conference  Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

Person/Planet, Mind/Heart, Contemplation/Action: Engaging the Intersections in The Anthropocene

(2016) International Transformative Learning Conference  Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

Being and Becoming: Developmentally-Aware Teaching in Higher Education

(2016) Growth Edge Network Conference  University of San Diego, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

Contemplating Self and Other in Transformative Teaching and Leadership

(2014) Association for Contemplative Practices in Higher Education Conference  University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Integrating Values and Worldviews in Climate Change Education and Leadership Development

(2013) Transformation in a Changing Climate Conference  University of Oslo, Norway

Psychology of Sustainability Education

(2010) Prescott College PhD Colloquium  Prescott, AZ

Articles (7)

Developmentally aware teaching and learning: Does letting go of transformation deepen the overall transformative impact? (2016) Proceedings of the 12th International Transformative Learning Conference, Pacific Lutheran University, WA

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Being and becoming: Developmentally aware teaching and learning (2016) Growth Edge Network Conference Proceedings, University of San Diego, CA

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Person/planet, mind/heart, contemplation/action: Engaging the intersections in the Anthropocene (2016) Proceedings of the 12th International Transformative Learning Conference, Pacific Lutheran University, WA

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Embracing developmental diversity: Developmentally aware teaching, mentoring, and sustainability education (2014) Dissertation, Prescott College

This research examined the personal, professional, and developmental impact of introducing a constructive developmental perspective to faculty and students in a post-secondary program in sustainability education and leadership development. It also explored the relationship between adult development and sustainability education, teaching, and mentorship. There is increasing emphasis on integrating human interiors (values, beliefs, worldviews) in sustainability work. However, little research has examined the relationship between adult development and sustainability education. The purpose of this research was to explore deepening the transformative nature of learning and leadership development in graduate education through the use of a developmental framework and assessment, and to contribute to advancing the application of adult developmental research to adult learning and sustainability education.

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A Developmental Embrace: Integrating Adult Development Theory in Teaching, Mentorship, and Curriculum Design (2013) Leadership in Transformation of Worldview and Higher Education Book Series, Palacky University Press

Book chapter in M. Rich & G. Hampson (Eds.), Leading Transformative Higher Education. The books were funded by the European Union's European Social Funds and the Czech Ministry of Education.
Team members: Abigail Lynam, Matthew Rich-Tolsma, Dr. Gary P. Hampson, Marco Valente, Evelin LindnerPeter, Peter Merry, Jim Garrison, Russ Volckmann, Sue L.T. McGregor, Carlo Ricci, Heather Fester

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Integrating Values and Worldviews in Climate Change Education and Leadership Development (2013) Transformation in a Changing Climate, University of Oslo, Norway

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Navigating a Geography of Sustainability Worldviews: A Developmental Map (2012) Journal of Sustainability Education

The article offers a developmental map of the worldviews of sustainability. It includes an introduction to developmental theory and research, an overview of the diversity of worldviews, how they differ and relate to one another and to sustainability practice and leadership, and how these worldviews develop over time.

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