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Current Positions 

Collins Foundation Press: Managing Editor
Collins Educational Foundation: Director of the Science and Humanities Program and the Flourishing Earth Project Director
Cuesta College: Adjunct Professor of Philosophy
California State Polytechnic University Osher Institute: Instructor
Orion Institute: Director
                           Science and Human Spirit Project Manager and Instructor of Life Long Learning Adventu
Orion Web and Design Service: Webmaster -Orion Institute, Orion Observatory, Collins Foundation Press, Collins Educational  
                           Foundation, the Humanity Participants' Conference Series, Alt-Az Initiative, and Mobil Solar Initiative

Teaching Experience

Cuesta College (2007-Present) - Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Philosophy / World Religions
California Polytechnic State University Osher Institute (2004-2006)
                Science and the Human Spirit in Dialogue: Advances in science, spiritual responses, and future dialogue.
                Science and Spirituality in America: Understanding America’s unique science and spirituality dialogue.

Central Arizona Community College (Arizona Social Sciences Teaching Certification 2001)
                U.S. History: Course instruction and development of student experience in preparing and participating in
                a  history symposium and publishing the proceedings. Western Civilization: Course instruction including the student
                preparation of an on-campus symposium with published proceedings. Introduction to Astronomy: Assistant instructor,
                course development and implementation. Faculty advisor to the student-formed Superstition Mountains Observatory.
Beatitudes Elementary School, La Mirada, CA (1978-1987)
Religious Education: Certified Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Instructor – Preschool and Jr. High.
Physical Education Instructor and Sports Program Director: Developed the girl’s physical education. program including
                    course curriculum, skills development, and after-school sports program.
Jeans & Jodhpurs Equestrian School, Santa Fe Springs, CA  (1975-1989)
                 Management, curriculum development, individual instruction, instructor education, and clinic direction.
                 Equestrian skills course development for Brownies, Girl Scouts, and La Mirada Parks and Recreation.
                 Certified Instructor, Regional Occupational Equestrian Program of the La Mirada-Norwalk School District.
                 Regional Occupational Horsecare site management and student horsecare apprentice training.

2007: Doctoral Degree: Interdisciplinary Studies, Science and Theology, Union Institute and University, Cincinnati.  Coursework: history and philosophy of science, theology and doctrinal development, cosmology, process theology, global community, current theories of complex systems dynamics, self-organization, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, and emergent phenomena.  Dissertation: A Model-Based Comparison of Emergent Complexity and Process Thought: Identifying and Assessing Consonance and Conflict. 

2001: Masters Degree: Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Fullerton.
Coursework: anthropology, history, American Studies, philosophy, philosophy of science, and religion. Thesis: Science and Theology Interface: A Comparison of Intelligent Design and Theistic Evolution.

1992: Bachelors Degree: Psychology, California State University, Fullerton.
Coursework: history, philosophy, anthropology, biology, chemistry, math, psychology, and physiology.  Research Project: A Study in Religious Attitudes.


Current Professional Projects 

Collins Foundation Press  (
Management and Promotions
First editor -Science, Wisdom, and the Future: Humanity's Quest for a Flourishing Earth -conference book published 2012
First editor - The Evolutionary Epic: Science's Story and Humanity's Response  - conference book published 2009.
Co-editor - The Evolution of Religion: Studies, Theories, and Critiques - conference book published 2008.

Collins Educational Foundation  (
Directing the foundation's Science and Humanities Program, which includes the Flourishing Earth Project

Orion Institute  (
Directing the Institute’s Science and Spirituality project. The project’s components include courses for life-long learning programs, public presentation, adult education, and regular college curriculum as well as the development of conferences and seminars, edited proceedings, and books for both peer and popular audiences. 

Conference Chair - Science, Wisdom, and the Future: Humanity's Quest for a Flourishing Earth - the third conference in the Humanity Participants' Conference Series.  San Luis Obispo, 2009

Completed Professional Projects

Orion Institute
Conference Convener and Chair of the Science, Wisdom, and the Future Conference - California 2009
Conference Facilitator of Galileo's Legacy Conference - Hawaii 2009
Conference Facilitator of the Evolutionary Epic Conference - Hawaii 2008

Co-chair of the Evolution of Religion Conference – Hawaii 2007
Co-organizer and retreat coordinator: Evolutionary Conference – Evolutionary Directionality, Emergent Complexity, and the Future of Humanity: A Synergistic Salon. The conference was a joint project of the Orion Institute and The Great Story Project.
Conference coordinator: Cosmic Evolution and Big History Conference. 

Raynault Foundation
Human resources coordination for the Student World Assembly (SWA).  SWA is a global democratic forum for students around the globe communicating through Internet, local campus chapters, and a yearly, in-person, international convention.  (

Collins Family Foundation
Conference coordinator and proceedings editor: The Profitable Sustainability Project (developed in cooperation with the Future 500 Foundation).  Proceedings: Profitable Sustainability: Revealing the Hidden Win-Win Potential for the Industry (2003).


Published Papers

  • World Community: Our Search for a Global Cosmology.  Journal of Faith and Science Exchange (2002).
  • Undergraduate Astronomical Research: Adventures in Photometry. Proceedings of the Symposium on Telescope Science (2002).
  • Community College Class Devoted to Astronomical Research. The Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2002).
  • Photoelectric Photometry of the Bright Cepheid U Aqu. The Bulletin of the Astronomical Society (2002).
  • Learner-Centered Introductory Astronomy Community College Course. The Bulletin of the Astronomical Society  (2002).

Books in planned or in progress
Comparative Cosmologies: Maps of Reality
              Historical Interfaces between Evolutionary Scientists and Process Philosophy

Professional Memberships
Center for Theology and Natural Science
Institute for Religion in an Age of Science
The Center for Process Studies

Updated July 1, 2012