Sam M. Crowell, Jr.
University of Virginia, Ed.D. 1992
Sam is professor emeritus from California State University, San Bernardino where he was the recipient of both the Outstanding Teaching Award and the Outstanding Professional Accomplishments Award. He is the founder of the Masters Program in Holistic and Integrative Education and a founding member of the Network in Spirituality and Education. In addition, besides being part of the faculty at SDGI, he is an affiliate faculty of the UNESCO Chair and Center for Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter at the United Nation’s University for Peace. Sam’s books include Mindshifts, The Re-Enchantment of Learning, and a new book with David Reid-Marr entitled Emergent Teaching: A Path for Significance, Transformation, and Creativity.
He describes himself as a “reconceptualist” because his work has focused on reframing educational practice, exploring especially the implications of the “new” sciences of quantum mechanics, adaptive open systems, chaos and complexity sciences, socio-neurobiology, and the overarching concepts of connectedness, wholeness, relatedness, self-organization and emergence. He has authored and co-authored several books on brain-based learning as well as articles and chapters dealing with new paradigms in education, holistic pedagogies, spiritual perspectives, and educational reform. He is currently teaching master classes internationally that explore a values-based approach to incorporating the International Earth Charter into educational cultures, especially promoting Education for Sustainability and Well-Being. His latest book with David Reid-Marr, Emergent Teaching: A Path of Creativity, Significance, and Transformation, is his latest attempt to bring these ideas and interests together
- Radford University, M.S.
- Carson-Newman College, B.A.