ERIC LEIGH DODSON


  Personal Information

  Department Address:
  Psychology Dept.
  221 Melson Hall.
  State University of West Georgia
  Carrollton, GA 30118
  Department Phone: (770) 836-4575

  Date of Birth: July 7, 1960

  Birthplace: Schenectady, New York

  Hobbies: Chess,  Physical fitness (weight-training, long-distance running, etc.), Ancient languages & etymology, Music (playing guitar, bass, piano), Computer programming, Poetry, Shakespeare

  Languages: Spanish, Latin, Greek (classical)
 

Education

  1996 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology -- Duquesne University
  Major emphasis: Phenomenological psychology
  Minor emphasis: Psychology of education & teaching
  Collateral area: Existential philosophy
  Dissertation: Being Inspired by a Teacher: An Empirical Phenomenological Study.

  1989 M.A., Clinical Psychology -- Duquesne University
  Major emphasis: Phenomenological psychology

  1988 M.S., Computer Science -- University of Delaware
  Major emphasis: Artificial Intelligence
  Minor emphasis: Data communications

  1983 B.S., Computer Science -- Pennsylvania State University
  Minor: Mathematics
 

Professional Development

  A. Professional Development: Writing & Publication
  In Progress Humanistic Psychology for the 21st Century (Book accepted for publication by AHP Publishing)
  In Progress Toward a Psychology of Decadence (Article accepted for publication in AHP Perspective -- summer 2003)
  2002 Depth, Timelessness, Circularity and Levity (In press: Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice)
  2002 A Legacy Intact at the Carl R. Rogers Symposium 2002 (Conference review published in AHP Perspective -- Aug./Sept. 2002)
  2001 Reinventing Humanistic Psychology: The Postmodern Intersection (In Press: The Journal of Humanistic Psychology).
  2001 Technology, Humanity & Humanistic Psychology (Article published in AHP Perspective -- Dec./Jan. 2001)
  2000 Why I Care about AHP  (Brief tract published in AHP Perspective Jun./July 2000)
  1999 AHP's Vision and Aims Statement  (Mission statement published in AHP Perspective -- Oct./Nov. 1999)
  1999 Reflections on Courage & Change (Article published in AHP Perspective -- June/July 1999)
  1995 Dr. Charles Maes: In Memoriam. (with J. Freedman & G. Garza) (in press), In W. Fischer & E. Murray (Eds.), Duquesne Studies in Phenomenological Psychology: Vol V.
  1992 Knowledge, Communication, Inspiration: Three Spheres of Effective Teaching. In D. Frayer (Ed.). (Fall 1992). Teaching at Duquesne.  (Available from D. Frayer, Center for Teaching Excellence, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA 15282).

  B. Professional Development: Involvement in professional organizations
  2001-Present Serving on Board of Directors -- Association for Humanistic Psychology (position: Director of Center for Technology & the Human Spirit).
  1999-2001 Served on Board of Directors -- Association for Humanistic Psychology (position: Member-at-large).
  2001-Present Serving on Website Development Committee -- Association for Humanistic Psychology
  1999-Present Serving on Resource Development Committee -- Association for Humanistic Psychology.
  2000-Present Serving on Membership Committee -- Association for Humanistic Psychology.
  2000-Present Serving on Business Ventures Committee -- Association for Humanistic Psychology.

  C. Professional Development: Activity in conferences
  2002 Conducted Workshop (with T. Greening & S. Friedman) -- Poetry, Transformation, Peace -- Carl R. Rogers Symposium (July 2002)
  2002 Delivered 2 Presentations -- Poetry and existence -- AHP Midwest Conference (March 2002)
  2002 Attended annual Jim Klee Forum (no presentation) (April 2002)
  2001 Attended conference (no presentation) -- The Gathering of the Clan -- AHP, Seattle, WA (Aug. 2001).
  2001 Attended annual Jim Klee Forum (no presentation) (April 2001)
  1998-2000 Chairman, on-site committee, Old Saybrook II Conference (held 5/2000 at West Georgia -- Approx. $20,000 profit for the university)
  2000 Attended conference (no presentation) -- The Gathering of the Clan -- AHP, Seattle, WA (Aug. 2000).
  2000 Delivered Keynote Address (with D. Elkins) -- The Poetic Courage to Question Life Deeply -- AHP Midwest Conference.
  2000 Conducted all-day Post-conference Institute (with D. Elkins ) --  Sharing from the Heart: An All-Day Group Experience (Part of the OSII Project) -- AHP Midwest Conference.
  2000 Conducted Conference workshop (with M. O-Hara & D. Elkins) -- Passing the Torch: A Generational Dialogue -- AHP Midwest Conference.
  2000 Delivered Conference presentation and demonstration (with M. Arons & D. Elkins) -- Philo-cafe: A Group Experience and Way of Knowing (Part of the OSII Project) -- AHP Midwest Conference.
  1999 Served as Panelist & Respondent to Paper by Wallachs -- Jim Klee Forum, State Univ. of West Georgia
  1999 Attended conference (no presentation) -- The Gathering of the Clan: Living with an Open Heart -- AHP, Seattle, WA.
  1999 Delivered Conference presentation (with M. Arons, A. Warmoth, D. Elkins) - Old Saybrook I: The Beginnings of AHP --  AHP Midwest Conference.
  1999 Delivered Conference presentation (with M. Arons, S. Doherty, A. Warmoth) -- From Old Saybrook I to Old Saybrook II: The Spirit of Humanistic Psychology through Changing Times -- AHP Midwest Conference.
  1999 Delivered Keynote address (with M. Arons, T. Greening, A. Warmoth, D. Elkins) -- Self, Multiple Selves, or Illusion of Separate Selfhood? -- AHP Midwest Conference.
 

Service

  A. Service: To the psychology department
  1996-Present     Technology Liaison, Psychology Dept.,
                                -- designed & implemented department's web-site
                                -- supervised revisions to dept. web-site
                                -- installed department's main computer
   1999-Present    Supervisor of editors of The Crucible departmental newsletter
                              (editors in succession: C. Henry, J. Kerr, A. Bland)
  1998-Present     Scholarship Award Committee Chair for The Humanistic Psychology Award
                                -- Collected application of candidates
                                -- Coordinated appraisal of candidates
                                -- Presented awards to C. Bohnet, J. Kerr, C. Ruth
  1997-Present     Graduate Interview Committee
                               -- Conducted numerous interviews with candidates for psychology department's
                                         Masters program
  1999-Present      Supervisor of Graduate Assistants
                               (in succession: Y. Alemu, C. Henry, J. Kerr, A. Bland)
  1997-Present       Faculty Advisor
                                - provided registration advisement for many undergraduates
                                - wrote numerous letters of recommendation for both undergraduate and
                                           graduate students.
  1998-2000 Conference chair -- Old Saybrook II Conference
                                  -- Conducting numerous planning meetings as conference chair
                                  -- Planning conference structure and thematics
                                  -- Planning conference budget
                                  -- Interfacing with central planning committee
                                  -- Coordinating with Continuing Ed. dept.
                                  -- Writing text for brochures, advertisements, etc.
                                  -- Many other responsibilities, too numerous to list
  1997-2000 Founder and Organizer -- Dionysian Readings Group
                                  -- organized and conducted approx. separate 12 meetings
  2000 Participant in Psychology Department Faculty-search Committee
  1996-1999 Founder and Editor, The Crucible newsletter, Psychology Dept.,
                                  -- edited and produced approx. 15 separate issues
  1999 Chair of Masters Thesis Committee
                                  -- for Y. Alemu -- Defended in Fall 1999.
  1999 Faculty Representative for Derrida Readings Group
                                   -- hosted approx. 6 meetings
  1998-1999 Supervisor of Graduate Assistant (Y. Alemu)
  1997-1998 Faculty Representative -- Heidegger Readings Group
                                   -- participated in approximately 30 separate meetings
  1997 Participant in Psychology Department Faculty-search Committee
  1997 Presenter at psychology department retreat (with K. Puhakka)
                                    -- Topic: Existentialism & Buddhism
  1997 Participant in Psych. Dept. Semester Conversion Committee
                                      -- helped organize & describe graduate curriculum for semester conversion
  1997 M.A. Oral Defense Committee for J. Trabue
  1997 Colloquium Presentation for Psychology Dept.
                                      -- Topic: Humanistic Psychology and Learning
  1996 Presenter at psychology department's retreat
                                      -- Topic: The heart of Existential Psychology

  Other Presentations within the department:
  1999 Carl Rogers and Humanistic Psychology  -- lecture delivered to Chris Aanstoos' graduate class in
Foundations of Humanistic Psychology, Spring 1999.
  1998 Heidegger's 'The Question Concerning Technology,'   -- lecture delivered to Chris Aanstoos' graduate class in Human Growth & Potential, Fall 1998.
  1998 Humanistic Psychology and Postmodernity,  -- lecture delivered to Mike Arons' graduate Seminar on the Self,  Fall 1998.

  B. Service: To the university generally
  1999-Present     Faculty Advisor -- West Georgia Chess Club (Student Organization)
                              -- Inaugurated club with first president A. Aronson -- Fall 1999
                              -- Intercollegiate team placed 2nd in Georgia -- Spring 2000
  2002-Present     Co-founder: Spanish Language Exchange Group
  1999-2000         University Matters Committee
                              -- Participated in review of new traffic & flag policies
  1999-2000         Faculty Representative -- Judicial Committee
                              -- Participated in weekly meetings to adjudicate parking appeals
  1998-1999         Faculty Advisor -- West Georgia Philosophical Society (Student Organization)
                              -- Participated in weekly meetings
  1998-1999         Faculty Advisor -- West Georgia Jugglers (Student Organization)
                              -- Participated in occasional meetings
  1998                 Contributor to The Eclectic -- West Georgia's yearly literary booklet
                              -- contributed one poem
  1996-1997         Student Advisor -- Freshman Center, State University of West Georgia

  C. Service: To the local community
  1997-Present     Co-leader (with M. Arons) -- Carrollton Philo-Cafe Public Discussion Group
                              -- led or co-led over 200 separate weekly public discussion groups (2-hours each)
                              -- Co-writer (with M. Arons) -- Article for Times Georgian
  2002-Present      Copywriter & discussant (under direction of M. Kunkel) -- Un Momento de Reflexión entre Usted y Yo  (Georgia Public Radio Spanish language program -- health)
  2000                     Worker in local and national elections -- Carroll County, GA
  1998-2000             Host or Participant -- Carrollton Ekstaticon Poetry Readings
                                  -- presented original poetry in approx. 6 public readings
                                  -- served as host in 2 public readings
  1998        Participant in local "Radio Poetry" Radio Program
  1998         Participant in local TV Cable Access Program. -- Topic: Poetry
  1998         Participant in local TV Cable Access Program.  -- Topic: The Nature of Love
  1998         Television Program Interviewee -- Coweta Viewpoint. -- Topic: Education: its nature and difficulties.
 

Teaching

1997-2002 Assistant Professor, State Univ. West Georgia
       Undergraduate classes taught
  General Psychology (7 classes -- 6 large enrollment)
  Human Growth & Development (4 classes)
  Humanistic Psychology (7 classes)
  Survey of Philosophy (1 class -- by invitation of the Dean)
  Existential Psychology (3 classes)
  Technology & the Human Spirit (2 classes)  (Horizon Seminar)
 + numerous independent studies
       Graduate classes taught
  Phenomenology (1 class)
  Advanced Existentialism (3 classes)
  Human Growth & Potential (2 classes)
  Technology & the Human Spirit (2 classes)  (Grad. Horizon Seminar)
      Independent Studies and Tutorials taught
  Summer 2002
  Kevin Malone -- Graduate -- Org./Dev. Psychology
  Melody Pogue -- Graduate -- Nietzsche & Psychology
  Fall 2001
  Dennis Cash -- Undergrad. -- Adv. Existential Psych.
  Wesley Ables -- Undergrad.-- Adv. Existential Psych.
  Nur Banu Ibaoglu -- Grad. -- Phenomenology of Attention
  Sara Anderson -- Grad. -- Existentialism & Musicology
  Fall 2000
  Victoria Malone -- Grad. -- Psychology of Technology
  Amy Steiglitz -- Undergrad. -- Psychology of Technology
  J. Micah Davis -- Undergrad. -- Psychology of Technology
  Grant Brim -- Grad. -- Psychology of Technology
  Spring 2000
  Christopher David Henry -- Grad. -- Postmodernism Psych.
  Spring 1999
  Jennifer Flynn -- Undergrad. -- Adv. Humanistic Psych.
  Amy Monger -- Undergrad. -- Adv. Existential Psych.
  Fall 1998
  Rae Dotson -- Undergrad. -- Existential Psychology
  Mary Kohan -- Undergrad. -- Children & Cults

  1996-1997 Temporary Assistant Professor, State Univ. West Georgia
          Undergraduate classes taught
  General Psychology (4 classes -- 1 large enrollment)
  Existential Psychology (2 classes)
          Graduate classes taught
  Phenomenology (1 class)
  Advanced Existentialism (1 class)

  1991-1995 Predoctoral Teaching Fellow, Duquesne University.
 Recipient of 4 successive full-time teaching fellowships. Taught 26 total classes (78 credits total) -- all at the undergraduate level.

  1989-1991 Teaching Assistant, Duquesne University
(taught 16 credits total)
M.A. Group Therapy (2 three-credit graduate classes)
M.A. Individual Therapy (1 three-credit graduate class)
Introductory Psychology (2 three-credit classes)
New Students' Seminar (1 one-credit freshman class)

  1985 Instructor, General Electric Co., Rockville, Md., (1 course)
  Asynchronous Data Communication Techniques
 

Honors and Awards

  2002 Who's Who Among America's Teachers (named by Margret Chang)
  1999 Letter of commendation (Office of Public Relations and Alumni Services) for "Educational Excellence in a Personal Environment"
  1998 SGA's Teacher of the Year for Arts & Sciences -- 1997-1998
  1998 (Fall) Letter of commendation (Office of Public Relations and Alumni Services) for "Educational Excellence in a Personal Environment"
  1998 (Spring) Letter of commendation (Office of Public Relations and Alumni Services) for "Educational Excellence in a Personal Environment"
  1994-1995 Fellowship -- Teaching (full time), Duquesne University.
  1994 Book Grant Award -- psychology dept. nominee, Duquesne University
  1994 Teacher of the Year -- Nominee -- Omicron Delta Kappa Society
  1993-1994 Fellowship -- Teaching (full time), Duquesne University.
  1993 Teaching Assistant Mentor  -- Center for Teaching Excellence, Duquesne University
  1992-1993 Fellowship -- Teaching (full time), Duquesne University.
  1991-1992 Fellowship -- Teaching (full time), Duquesne University.
  1993 Teaching Assistant Mentor  -- Center for Teaching Excellence, Duquesne University
 
 

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