Mary m. Gergen, Ph. D. Curriculum Vitae Abridged Present Position

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Curriculum Vitae Abridged
Present Position:

Professor Emerita

Department of Psychology & The Women’s Studies Program;

Graduate Faculty

Penn State University, Brandywine (Formerly Delaware County)

(610) 566-1825 email: GV4

Address: 331 Rogers Lane, Wallingford, PA 19086

Past Positions:

1984-2006 Professor of Psychology & Women’s Studies

1998-2002 Division Head, Social Sciences & Education,

Commonwealth College

Teaching Experience:

Introductory Psychology Statistical Methods in Psychology

Social Psychology Psychology of Gender

Research Methodology Psychology of Adjustment

Group Dynamics Personality Psychology

Abnormal Psychology Leadership in Work Settings

Feminist Theory Intro. to Women’s Studies

Theoretical Psychology

Contributor to online course on discursive therapies, Univ. of Massey, NZ

PhD advisor, Social Sciences (Taos/Tilburg University program)

Honorary Societies, Grants and Awards:

George W. Atherton Teaching Award for Penn State, 1996

Fellow, American Psychology Association, Div. 35: The

Society for the Psychology of Women

Division 24: Theoretical Psychology

Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Wassenaar, NL, fellow 1988-1989

Penn State University Research Grants

PHENN service learning grant

2011 Florence L. Denmark Aware for Contributions to Women and Aging, awarded by the Society for the Psychology of Women, American Psychological Association

Association Memberships :

American Psychological Association (Divs. 5, 8, 9, 24, 35, 48)

International Society for Theoretical Psychology

Co-founder, Board Member & Treasurer, The Taos Institute

( a non-profit educational organization dedicated to integrating social constructionist ideas into professional practices )

Consulting and Scholarly Service since 2009:

Promoter/Advisor for Ph.D Dissertations: Lesley Lahaye, Larry Espe, 2009; Ginny Belden Charles, 2010; Cara Weston, 2011; Lisa Sydow, 2013.

Outside Examiner for Ph.D. Thesis, University of Cape Town, ZA, 2011

External Examine for Ph.D. Thesis, Bournemouth University, UK, 2012

Outside Examiner for Ph.D. Thesis, University of Pretoria, ZA, 2009

Outside Examiner for Ph.D. Thesis, Fielding University, U.S., 2009

Outside Examiner for Ph.D Thesis, Macquarie Univ., Australia, 2011, 2012

Ph.D. Comm. member, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2009; 2011

Ph.D. Comm. member, Tilburg University, 2006- present

Ph.D. External Examiner, University of Bedfordshire, UK 2011

Ph.D. External Examiner, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia, 2012

Feminism & Psychology (Editorial Board) 1990-

Guest lecturer, Ritsumeiken University, Kyoto, Japan, October, 2009.

Editorial Board of Narrative Works: Issues, Investigations, & Interventions.

Evaluator, National Science Foundation of South Africa, 2010

Guest lecturer, Dept. of Education; Women’s Studies, Nanjing Normal University, October, 2012

Presentations since 2009

Plenary: Meaningful Research, Aging, and Positive Transformation. (with K. J. Gergen, Carolyn Ellis, Laurel Richardson, Art Bochner. & Norman Denzin. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. University of Illinois, May 22, 2009.

Social constructionism and relational theory. University of Victoria, BC, Canada, July 21, 2009.

Workshop “Relational Performance: From the Degenerative to the Generative”. August 22, 2009 (With K. Gergen, Sally St. George, Dan Wulff). Also commentator with John Shotter, plenary speaker, and with Carsten Hornstrup. Constructing Worlds, Copenhagen, Denmark. (Co-sponsored by The Taos Institute and McMann Berg Consulting).

Introduction to Social Constructionism, a workshop; Tilburg University. The Netherlands, Sept. 24-25. 2009. (with J. Rijsman & K. Gergen).

Course Presentations, Social construction and relational theory. Dept. of Psychology, Ritsemeikan University, Kyoto, Japan , Oct. 5-15, 2009. (with K. Gergen)

Social construction, performative psychology and more. Invited presentation. University of Delhi, Dept. of Psychology, Dec. 9, 2009. (with K. Gergen).

Social constructionism and aging: New possibilities. Benares Hindu University, Dept. of Psychology, Varansi, India, Dec. 16, 2009. (with K. Gergen).

Presentation on social construction and relational theory. University of South Florida, Tampa, January 25, 2010. (with K. J. Gergen).

Presentation on social construction and relational theory, Family therapy conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, February 5, 2010. (with K. J. Gergen).

Dialogic presentation, “After You: The Ethics of Pastoral Counseling” University of Leuven, Belgium, Feb. 10-13, 2010. (with K. J. Gergen).

Presentation, The Conference on the New OD; Washington, DC, March 18-21, 2010. (with K. J. Gergen)

Invited presentation “Voicing the Feminine: A Relational Construction of Meaning-Making.” Reading Absence Symposium, Center for the Humanities, Temple University, April 15, 2010.

Plenary talk, Conference, with Taos Institute, Kanankil and Campos Elisios, Cancun, Mexico, April 23-25, 2010.

Invited Address, Narrative Conference, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, May 13-16, 2010.

Retiring, but not shy, Presentation, APA, San Diego, August, 2010.

Transformational dialogue, presentation and workshop, Lebenswandel als Dialog, Marburg, Germany, September 3, 2010.

Taos Conference: Play with Purpose: Relational and Performative Practices in Everyday Life; Relationships as Improvisation (with K. Gergen); Plenary Talk: “The Hidden Fact: How playing with metaphors reframes our world.” (with E. Morales) on board Carnival Ecstasy February 5-10, 2011; workshop at the Technical University, Progresso, Mexico.

Presentation: Relational Turn Conference, Los Angeles, March 17-20, 2011.

Presenter: Professional development course. Internet conference; University of Bedfordshire, April, 2011.

Social constructionist workshop; Wallingford, PA. June 5-7, 2011

Visiting professor, Bournemouth Univ. Dept. of Health Sciences, June 12-17, 2011

Taos Institute/Attractor conference, workshop: (July 4-8, 2011) Copenhagen, .

Webinair “Building Collaborative Spaces: A Relational Process” Sponsored by Bolling Green Univ. Center for Communication. (With Madelyn Blair) Sept. 22, 2011.

Social construction and relational theory. Presentations with K. J. Gergen, Los Andes Univ.; Univ. Central; Systemas Humanos, Bogota, Co,, October, 12-15, 2011.

Symposium: “How to communicate Truth” Villanova University, Oct. 22, 2011.

Gender and Positive Aging Workshop. Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA. March 7, 2012. (with K. J. Gergen)

Panel member, “Creating Women’s Theology: A Movement Engaging Process Thought” Claremont Theological School. Claremont, CA, March 7, 2012.

Workshop, Meaning in Movement, Enriching Collaborative Practices across Cultural Boarders, Kanankil Institute, Merida, Mexico, March 20-24, 2012.

A Day in the Life of Qualitative Psychology, Invited address, International Conference on Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, May 16, 2012.

“Playing with Purpose: Performative Social Science”, “Narrative Matters” International Conference on Qualitative Inquiry, May 20, 2012 (with K. Gergen, et al.)

Performing Organizational Life: Expanding the Repertoire of Relating. Invited Presentation, Summer Institute, 2012, Ramboll, Attractor, Taos Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 3.

Positive Aging: Reconstructing the Life Course. Workshop. Summer Institute, 2012, Rambol, Attractor, Taos Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 3. (with Kenneth J. Gergen)

Action assignments: Opportunities to Embody Classroom Concepts, Symposium: Advances in Teaching the Psychology of Women, APA, Orlando, August 5, 2012

Spice and Dice: Profusions of Gender in a Postmodern World. Invited Plenary Speech, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Charlotte, NC, September 14, 2012.

Positive Aging, Psychology of Gender, Social construction, Qualitative Inquiry, invited lectures, Nanjing Normal University, October, 2012.

Plenary talk, Peacebuilding conf., Taos Institute, San Diego, CA, November, 2012.

Workshop on Social Construction, Relational theory and Practice (with K. Gergen), Taos, NM, April 9-11, 2013.

Taos 20: Taos Institute conference, Taos, NM. Plenary talk, dialogue sessions, theme groups, April 11-14, 2013.

Webinair, University of New Bedfordshire, UK. April 26, 2013.

“Metaphors of the Organization: Meaning, Morphing and Mystifying” Invited presentation,

“Multi-Being: Enriching Everyday Organizational Practice” (with K. J. Gergen)

Attractor Summer Institute, Berlin, Germany, July 2,3, 2013.

Selected Books

Feminist Thought and the Structure of Knowledge (Ed.).(1988). New York:NYU Press. Translated into Portuguese, O pensamento feminista e a estrutura do conhecimento. Rio de Janiero: Editora Rosa dos Tempos, 1993.

Toward a New Psychology of Gender: A Reader , 1997, New York: Routledge. (Edited with Sara N. Davis).

Feminist Reconstructions in Psychology. Narrative, Gender & Performance, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. ( 2001).

Social Constructionism: A Reader. London: Sage, (2003) (Edited with K. J. Gergen).

Social Constructionism: Entering the Dialogue (2004) Chagrin Falls, OH: Taos Institute Publications (With K. J. Gergen) Translated in Italian: La Costruzione Sociale come Dialogogo by Sadi Marhaba (2005). Padova: Logos Edizioni; Translated in French: Le Constructionism Social: Un Guide Pour Dialoguer by Alain Robiolio (2006). Brussels: SATAS;Translated into Danish;Translated into German, Einfuhrung in den sozialen Konstruktionismus. Heidenberg: Carl-Auer; Translated into Spanish Reflexiones sobre la construccion social, Barcelona:Paidos.

Playing with Purpose: Adventures in Performative Social Science. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. (With K. J. Gergen, 2nd author) 2012.

Retiring, but not shy: Feminist psychologists create their post-careers. Chagrin Falls, OH: Taos Institute Publications. (with Ellen Cole, coeditor). (2012).

Articles in Refereed Journals since 2009

Framing lives: Therapy with women of a “certain age”, Women & Therapy, 2009 32, 252-266. Reprinted in V. Mitchell (Ed.) Women and therapy in the last third of life. 2010, (pp. 95-109). New York: Routledge.

Teaching psychology of gender from a social constructionist standpoint. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 2010, 34, 261-264.

Scanning the landscape of narrative inquiry. Social and Personality Psychology Compass ,2010, 4, 726-735. (with K. J. Gergen, 1st author )

From the machine to the dialogue: Organizational vitality in the contemporary world. Practicing Social Change, NTL Institute. October, 2010.

Performative social science and psychology, Historical Social Research, 2011, 36, 291-300. (with K. J. Gergen, 2nd author)

Narrative tensions: Perilous and productive, Narrative Inquiry, 2011, 21, 374-381. (with K. J. Gergen, first author).

Where has all the gender gone? Family Therapy Magazine, May-June, 2012, pg. 14-16.

Mischief, mystery, and moments that matter; vistas of performative inquiry. (with K. J. Gergen, first author) in press.

Manuscripts and Publications : Chapters in Books since 2010

Qualitative inquiry in gender studies. (2010). In J. Chrisler & D. McCreary (Eds.) Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology, vol 1,. (pp. 103-131). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Positive Aging: Resilience and reconstruction. In P. S. Frye & C. L. M. Keyes (Eds.) Frontiers of resilient aging. 2010 (pp.340-356) Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. ( with K. J. Gergen, 1st author).

Working with Elders: Inspiring the Young. Afterwords (2009). In G. Fredman, E. Anderson, & J. Stott (Eds.) Being with Older People: A Systemic Approach. 2010 (pp. 257-262) London: Karnac Books. (With K. J. Gergen, first author)

Polyvocal organizing: An exploration. In C. Steyeart & B. Van Looy (Eds.) Relational practices, Participative organizing.2010 (261-273). London: Emerald. (with K. J. Gergen, 1st author).

Stories of aging, age, and positive transformation by Mary Gergen, Coda: Meaningful research, aging, and positive transformation. (with Carolyn Ellis, Laurel Richardson, Kenneth Gergen, Norman Denzin & Art Bochner). In N. Denzin & Michael D. Giardina (Eds.) Qualitative inquiry and human rights. 2010, (pp. 247-274). Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Narrative inquiry: Breaking the disciplinary barriers. (with K. J. Gergen, 1st author). Thalia Dragonis (Ed.). (In press, Nov. 2010).

Therapeutic communication from a constructionist standpoint. In A. Lock & T. Strong (Eds.) Discursive perspective in therapeutic practice. (2012 ) (pp.). New York: Oxford University Press. (with K. J. Gergen, 1st author).

Performative Sozilwissenschaft (trans. into German). In G. Meyer & K. Mruck (Eds.) Handbuch Qualitative Forschung in der Psychologie. (pp. 358-366). Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. 2010, with K. Gergen (2nd author). (trans. Into English), Performative Social Science, Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(1), Art. 11, 2010. (with K. J. Gergen, 2nd author).

Mary Gergen –Revisions and Visions of Retirement: My Story. In E. Cole & M. Gergen (Eds.) Retiring but not Shy: Feminist Psychologists Create Their Post-Careers. Chagrin Falls, OH: Taos Institute Publications.2012, pp. 290-309.

Steps toward a Performative Social Science. (2012) in press.

Relational ethics and missing voices. In A, Liegeois, R. Burggraeve, M. Riemslagh, & J. Corveleyn (Eds.), After You: Dialogical Ethics and the Pastoral Counseling Process. Leuven, Belgium: Peeters, 2013, (pp. 269-280). (With K.J. Gergen, 1st author).

Selected Performative Psychology Pieces:

“Relationalia: A Hyperlogue” Co-presentation with K.J. Gergen.

*First International Convention on Family Therapy. University of Athens, Athens, Greece, July 3-7, 1996

*Western Speech Communications Association Meetings, Monterey, CA Feb.15-19, 1997.

Symbollic Interationist conference, St. Petersburg, FL, Jan. 1999

“Corpo-(un)reality; Embodied Specie-ous”, Presentation at Performative Psychology I, Symposium at the American Psychological Association Meetings, New York City, August, 1995.

“Woman as Spectacle,” Invited speaker

Arts Bank Theater on South Street, Philadelphia, PA March 1998.

Faculty Forum, Penn State University, Delaware County, Oct. 1998

International Conference for Constructivist Psychology, Victoria, Canada, 2002

"All the Gold in Fort Knox," Symposium: Perforative Psychology V. American Psychological Association, Boston, MA, Aug. 16-20, 1999.

Selected Video Tape Presentations: Produced by Master’s Work Video Production , Andrews & Clark Explorations, Inc. & Walden University

Social Constructionism and Research Methods,

Performance in Psychology: Embodiment of Emotions (with K. J. Gergen),

Positive Aging (with K. J. Gergen)

Alternative Contexts for Appreciative Inquiry

Feminist Psychology, (lecture prepared for a course at Walden University)

Constructivist conference, University of Victoria, Canada, June, 2008.

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