Katrina S. Rogers, PhD, is the 7th president of Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA, a distinguished graduate school known for adult learners in the fields of clinical psychology, human talent and development, organizational leadership, and education. In the course of her career, she has served the international non-governmental and educational sectors in many roles, including executive, board member, and teacher. She led the European campus for Thunderbird School of Global Management in Geneva, Switzerland for a decade, working with international organizations such as the Red Cross, World Trade Organization, United Nations Development Program, and the European Union. She also developed externships for students at several companies, including Renault, Nestle, and EuroDisney (now Disneyland Paris). She has doctorates in political science and history. In addition to many articles and books focused on organizational leadership in sustainability, Rogers serves on the Boards of the Toda Institute for Global Policy & Peace Research and the Public Dialogue Consortium. She received a Presidential postdoctoral fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation and was a Fulbright scholar to Germany where she taught environmental politics and history.
She is currently studying environmental values among leaders that have responsibility for improving sustainability practices in their organizations. These are leaders from the corporate, governmental, and nonprofit sectors. The purpose is to understand how people’s worldviews are brought to bear on the actualization of sustainability work.
Industry Expertise (5)
Professional Training and Coaching
Areas of Expertise (10)
International Environmental Policy
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (professional)
(2010) Awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Bundeskanzler (German Presidential) Scholar (professional)
(2010) Awarded by the University of Konstantz, Germany
Fulbright Scholar, Tubingen, Germany (professional)
(2010) Conferred by the Fulbright Association
Outstanding Honors Professor (professional)
(1992) Awarded by Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University: PhD, Political Science 1992
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen: MA, History 1990
Albertus Magnus College: BA, History 1985
- Alexander von Humboldt Foundation : Coordinator of Presidential Scholars
- European Union Studies Association : Member
- European Peace Research Association : Member
- Fulbright Association : Member
- International Peace Research Association : Member
- International Studies Association : Member
Media Appearances (9)
Fielding Graduate Community: Deeply Rooted in Our Community
Hope Ranch Living Magazine online
Dr. Katrina Rogers and I first met in a professional setting, and while our conversation was primarily focused on all things professional, there was a strong undercurrent of kindness and authenticity in everything she spoke about. Over the years, I have grown to admire and deeply respect her dedication to social and environmental change and the meaningful and effective ways in which she engages with our community and beyond as President of Fielding Graduate University.
Make Saving the Planet Simple This Earth Day
Common Dreams online
Fielding Graduate University acts to secure the sustainability of our biodiverse ecosystem, health equity, society, and culture. Fielding was founded in Santa Barbara 49 years ago upon the idea that graduate education can be a vehicle for positive social change that leads to social and ecological justice. In 2023, the President's Sustainability Advisory Council designated this year as our Fielding Ecological and Social Justice Service Year.
A New Kind of Education for Urban Leaders in America
The EvoLLLution online
(2023) Urban communities large and small face more new and complex challenges as well as more opportunities than ever before. For example, consider racism, violence, climate change, population mobility enhanced by faster and more economical transportation options and sophisticated technologies that enhance quicker transmission of larger bodies of information, much of which includes disinformation and is leading to greater cultural divisiveness along political, racial and economic lines.
A Letter From the President | Fielding Joins Rowan Global, Inc.
Fielding Graduate University's FOCUS Magazine print
Fielding Graduate University's Focus Magazine January 2023, "Partnerships."
Katrina Rogers: Oil Spill’s Lessons for Education System
The oil spill that occurred 20 miles north of Santa Barbara on Tuesday raises once again the specter of an increasingly polluted world. With all of us so dependent on fossil fuels, there is no one to blame. Our economy is predicated on infinite growth: Growth requires energy. Indeed, the history of modern society is the history of oil. The more we take from the planet, the more consequences there are. Sadly, these consequences are felt not just by human beings, but are borne by other species as well...
Bringing Faculty Onboard With Competency-Based Learning: Five Considerations for the Professoriate
The EvoLLLution online
By now, the surging interest in competency-based learning (CBL) has been clearly documented by publications across the postsecondary industry—from the pages of Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education to this very newspaper. The recent call for experimental sites by the Department of Education is another indication that competency-based learning is likely to be a way of developing academic curricula that endures in the coming decades. A confluence of concerns for affordability, accessibility and relevance, both for employment and for an educated populace, are offering challenges to current models of higher education: challenges in which CBL offers fruitful dialogue for the academy...
Fielding goes to Washington
Pacific Coast BusinessTime online
(September, 2014) "This office will serve as an East Coast brand of the university for hosting academic activities and public events. Washington, D.C., is an excellent location for Fielding given our national reach," Fielding President Katrina Rogers said in a statement...
Fielding Graduate University Offers New Doctoral Program in Infant and Early Childhood Development
University Herald online
(August, 2014) "We are so pleased to partner with ICDL in acquiring this high quality, nationally recognized and unique graduate program. Their areas of expertise are profound in the world of infant and childhood development," Katrina Rogers, president of Fielding Graduate University, said in a statement. "This new degree program will add to our array of offerings as we expand our footprint to serve this special population."...
An Interview With Katrina Rogers, Ph.D., President Fielding Graduate University
(2014) Over the years, I have had the pleasure of serving in the nonprofit sector as staff member, executive leader, volunteer, and board member. The strongest organizations, in my view, invest in leadership development, understand the importance of reflection, and seek to measure collective impact...
Event Appearances (1)
Ecological Security and Multinational Corporations
(1999) Environmental Change and Security Program Washington, D.C.
Ecological Selves and Organizational Leadership Values that MatterSouth Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases
(2014) One striking feature in the sweep of history is the extent to which humans have manipulated the natural environment to serve our needs and our desires. In the early written record, there are tales of deforestation and soil erosion (Plato, 360 BCE). As early as the ...
Soft Power, NGOs, and Climate Change: The Case of The Nature ConservancyClimate Change and Environmental Ethics
(2012) Soft power is a conceptual framework that posits that the ability to inﬂuence others through attraction rather than coercion or payment is an important form of state power in world politics. This chapter presents evidence that the rise of non-governmental organizations ...
Exploring our ecological selves within learning organizationsLearning Organization
(2012) The paper's aim is to explore the connection between individual worldviews, called ecological selves, and organizational change, which allows people to create the conditions to confront the global environmental challenges they face as a species. Design/ ...
Leading SustainabilityAdvances in Global Leadership
(2011) Sustainability refers to an organization's activities that demonstrate the inclusion of social and environmental concerns in operations and in interactions with stakeholders (van Marrewijk, 2003). Presenting a framework for developing sustainability leaders, this ...
Pre-empting violent conflict: Learning from environmental cooperationConflict and the Environment
(1997) Recent scholarship in the field of ecological security has been devoted to linkages between environmental degradation and violent conflict. The emerging focus has been how and why some actors engage in cooperation rather than conflict over environmental ...