Dr. Fessenden directs and teaches in the M.S. in Ecological Teaching and Learning program.
Professional Title: Assistant Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Transformative learning and change; action research.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Environmental leadership; teaching for change; action research; urban ecology.
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Action Research Methods for Ecological Teaching and Learning; Action Research Seminar; Classroom and School Inquiry; Cities as Social-Ecological Systems: Urban Environmental Education and Civic Ecology
Education: BA, Bowdoin College; MA, Goddard College; PhD, California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: Dr. Fessenden’s most recent publication was her fictional story Subversion and the Suburban Lawn in the spring 2009 issue of Hawk and Handsaw: Journal of Creative Sustainability. Her most recent presentations were Teaching About Just Sustainability: Experiencing the Urban Environment at the 12th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability (2016) and Teaching Action Research: Best Practices and Challenges and Inquiry into Teaching Action Research: A Collaborative Action Research Project at the 2015 conference of the Action Research Network of the Americas. Read Dr. Fessenden's article in the Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism, and Practice: Toward a Participatory World View: Awakening to Our Interdependent Nature.
Dr. Fessenden teaches in the MS in Ecological Teaching and Learning Program. Her PhD in the Humanities focused on transformative learning and change and her dissertation was a cooperative inquiry exploring the experience of interbeing. Dr. Fessenden has practiced transformative learning and change through homeschooling, teaching conflict management, and by serving on the boards of PeaceAction Maine, the Center for Consensual Democracy and the Maine Earth Institute. She was faculty and Executive Director of the Geocommons College Program, a study abroad experience focused on communities working towards a sustainable future, and also directed the Northeast Initiative, an outreach program of The White Mountain School helping secondary schools integrate sustainability into their school improvement efforts. Her commitment to a just and sustainable future is evident in the courses she teaches and on the farm where she lives.
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