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; Special Topic in Ecology Through Action Research; Ecological Education in Action; Ecological Interactions in the Urban Ecosystem; Teaching for Change: The Ecological Practice of Diversity
Education: Ph.D., California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco; M.A., Goddard College; B.A., Bowdoin College
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 Action Research: Improving Your Practice at the New England Environmental Education Alliance Conference & the Sustainable Schools Summit (2013) and Learning Sustainable Practices through Action Research at the 8th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability (2012).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 M.S. in Ecological Teaching and Learning. Her Ph.D. 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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