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Stanford J. Searl, Jr., PhD, English

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

Stanford J. Searl, Jr., Ph.D., Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

 

 

 

7016 Wrightcrest Drive

Culver City, CA 90232

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

 

Education:

 

1981: M.P.A. (Master’s in Public Administration)

Maxwell School, Syracuse University

1970: Ph.D. (English), Syracuse University

Dissertation: The Symbolic Imagination of American Puritanism

1967: M.A. (English), SUNY at Buffalo

1965: A.B. (Music), Syracuse University

Professional Positions:

 

2010-Present: External Scholar, Intercultural Open University Foundation, NL, and USA.

1987-Present: Core Faculty, Union Institute and University Graduate College, Cincinnati, Ohio.

1999-Present: Instructor in English, Instructional Television Department, Los Angeles Mission College.

1985-1996: Founder and Executive Director, East End Community Services, Inc. A Home Health Care Agency, Southold, New York.

1983-1984: Co-Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Project, Interdisciplinary Research and Writing, Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

1981-1982: Associate Director, Regional Resource Center for Special Education, The Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

1980-1985: Senior Writer and Researcher, The Center on Human Policy, Training, Advocacy and Research in Disability Studies, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

1969-1979: Assistant/Associate Professor English, Department of English, State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.

1966-1969: Instructor in English, Department of English, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

 

Professionals Certifications:

1981: Certificate in Gerontology, All-University Gerontology Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

Professional Associations:

American Academy of Religion (member)

College English Association (member)

Friends Association for Higher Education (member)

Quaker Studies Association (member)

 

Community, Civic, and Professional Services:

2006-2008: Co-Clerk, Santa Monica Monthly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends

2001 to 2006: Faculty Development Committee, Graduate College, Chairperson.

2001 to 2006: Task Force to Respond to OBR/NCA, Graduate College, Member.

2001-2002: East-West Relations Committee, Pacific Yearly Meeting, International Support for Quakers in Russia, Member.

2000 to 2005: Convening Recruitment Briefings, Regionally.

2000 to 2006: Human Rights Committee, The J. Nolan Community Services for People with Autism, Member.

2000-2003: Ministry and Counsel Committee, Southern California Quarterly Meeting, Member.

2000-2003: Ministry and Counsel Committee, Santa Monica Monthly Meeting, Clerk.

2000-2001: Task Force for a Writing Center, Graduate College, Member.

1999-2001: Executive Board, Friends Association for Higher Education, Member.

1999-2001: Quality Assurance Committee, Graduate College, Chairperson.

1998-1999: Quality Assurance Committee, Graduate College, Member.

1996-1998: Graduate College Admissions Committee, Chairperson.

1986-1996: East End Community Services, Inc., a not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) home health care agency, providing in-home care to older people as well as people with disabilities in Suffolk County, New York, Founder and Executive Director.

1980-1985: Citizen Advocacy Program, Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, advocating for community-based services for people labeled Mentally Retarded, Participant.

1980-1985: Community Imperative Campaign, Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, Coordinator.

1978-1979: President of the Board of Directors, The Eire County Association for Retarded Citizens.

1976-1977: West Seneca Developmental Center Chapter of the New York State Association for Retarded Citizens, Founder.

1970-1979: The Sunshine Committee of the Erie County Association for Retarded Citizens, Participant.

1971-Present: The Center for Handicapped Children, Cheektowaga, New York, School for Severely Handicapped and Medically Fragile Children, Co-Founder.

 

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

 

Scholarship of Discovery:

"Embodied Knowing through Silence," Referred Paper at the 8th Biennial International Qualitative Research Conference, Bournemouth University, England, September 6-8, 2010.

Quaker Ministry and the End of Life. Wallingford, Pennsylvania: Pendle Hill Publications. Forthcoming as a Pendel Hill Pamphlet, 2011.

“Caring in Community: Communal Illustrations of an Abundant Life,” Referred Paper at the Friends Association for Higher Education, Guilford College, June 18-21, 2009.

“At the Crossroads of Deep Spiritual Worship and Social Action,” Referred Paper at the Western Religion Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Santa Clara University, March 22-23, 2009.

“Praxis and Pedagogy: From Margins to the Center in Religious Studies,” Referred Paper at the Western Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Pasadena, California, March 29-31, 2008.

Embodied Knowledge: Teaching and Listening as Informed Spiritual Practices,” Referred Paper for the Academic Teaching and the Study of Religion Section, American Academy of Religion’s Annual Meeting, November, 2007, San Diego, California.

“Clearness Committees and Social Change,” Refereed Paper at the Friends Association for Higher Education Annual Meeting, June, 2007, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana.

“William James through Charles Taylor: The Dilemmas of Individualism in Religious Experience,” Referred Paper at the Western Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, March, 2007, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.

“Embodied Knowledge: An Integrative Approach to Research and Social Change,” Referred Paper at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Integrative Studies, October, 2006, Atlanta, Georgia.

Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Silence as Social Action,” Referred Paper at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November, 2006, Washington, DC.

Quaker Epistemology: An Alternative Way of Knowing in the Academy,” Referred Paper at the American Academy of Religion’s Western Region Conference at the Claremont Graduate University, California, March, 2006.

The Meanings of Silence in Quaker Worship. Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.

Quaker Clearness Committees: An Interdisciplinary and Spiritual Process,” Refereed Paper at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November, 2005, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“Post-Modernism in Quaker Thought,” Refereed Paper at the Friends Association for Higher Education Conference, June 24-27, 2004, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon.

Embodied Knowing in the Academy: A Quaker Feminist Critique,” Refereed Paper at the American Academy of Religion/Western Region, March 20-March 22, 2004 at Whittier College.

“Teaching as Listening: Silence and Heart Knowledge,” in Minding The Light, edited by Anne Dalke and Barbara Dixson. Peter Lang. 2004.

“Fatigue Management: A Literature Review.” The Journal of Employee Assistance Research Report. 1 (2nd Quarter): 24-30, 2003 (Co-Author, Denny W. Holland.

“Making a Place for the Soul: The Pedagogy of Silence,” Refereed Paper at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, November, 2003.

“Vermont Baked Beans and Quaker Silence,” Friends Bulletin, Vol. 74, No.4, May, 2003, 14-15.

“Pastoral Care and Friendly Visitation,” Friends Bulletin, Vo. 73 No. 2, March 2002, 10-11.

“Embodying Spirituality as a Quaker Man,” Friends Bulletin, Vol. 73, No. 6, July/August, 2002, 14-15.

“The Dilemmas of Embodied Knowledge in Quaker Worship: A Feminist Perspective,” Refereed Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion/Western Region, Claremont College, March 2001.

“Silent Quaker Worship and the Dilemmas of Community,” Refereed Paper presented at the Friends Association for Higher Education, Guilford College, June 15, 2001.

“Disability In America: History, Policy, and Trends, 1800-1985,” with Steven J. Taylor, in E. Davis Martin, Jr., Ed. Significant Disability from a Historical and Leadership Perspective: Implication for Systems Change. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, 2001.

“Worship Sharing at Yearly Meeting,” Friends Bulletin, Vol. 72, No. 9, November, 2001, 17-18.

“The Hermeneutics of Suspicion and Quaker Women in Worship,” Refereed Paper at the American Academy of Religion/Western Region, Azusa Pacific University, April 18, 2000.

“Haunted by Quaker Voices,” Friends Bulletin, Vol. 71, No. 3, April, 2000, 16.

“Spirituality and Quaker Pedagogy: The Challenge of Silence and Listening,” Refereed Paper at the Friends Association for Higher Education Conference,” Spirituality in Action, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, June 22-25, 2000.

“The Quaker Canon and Feminist Research,” Refereed Paper at the Quaker Studies Research Association, Quaker Spirituality and the Twentieth Century, Woodbrooke College, Birmingham, England, October 21, 2000.

“The Heart and Soul of Quaker Worship,” Friends Bulletin, 1999, 15.

“Quaker Seeking: Do We Ever Find Anything?” Friends Journal, Vol. 45, No. 1,  January, 1999, 6-8.

“Tensions Between the Head and the Heart: Balancing Rigorous Scholarship with Quaker Spiritual Practice,” Refereed Paper at the Friends Association for Higher Education Conference, Whittier College, June18, 1999.

“Coming Out As a Quaker,” Friends Association for Higher Education Newsletter. 1998, 6-8.

“Reflections from an American Quaker,” Woodbrooke News, No. 3, Spring, 1998, 6.

“Research as Religious Leading,” Refereed Paper at the Friends Association for Higher Education Conference, George Fox College, June 1996, Newburg, Oregon.

“The Experience of Silence in the Religious Society of Friends,” The Network, 13, Summer, 1996, 20-21.

“Interdisciplinary Perspectives about Biography,” Refereed Paper at the Southeastern Nineteenth Century Studies Association, April 1994, Lexington, Kentucky.

“The Disabled in America,” with Steven J. Taylor, in Peter Knoblock, ed. A Generic Textbook in Special Education. Boston, MA: Little, Brown &CO., 1988.

Portraits In Black and White: Images of the Institution, with Steven J. Taylor. Syracuse, New York: Human Policy Press, 1985.

“Medicaid Dollars and Community Homes: The Community ICF/MR Controversy,” with Steven J. Taylor and William McCord, The Journal of the Association for the Severely Handicapped, 6 (Fall, 1981), 59-64.

“Competition in America,” Refereed Paper at the 7th Annual Conference on 20th Century Literature, February 1979, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.

The Responsibility of Mind in a Civilization of Machines, edited with John C. Crowell. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1979.

“How I Learned to Stop Hating Freshman Comp,” Refereed Paper at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 1978, Denver, Colorado.

“Perry Miller: History and Dilemmas,” Refereed Paper at the Northeast Modern Language Conference, November 1978, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York

“Perry Miller as Artist: Piety and Imagination in The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century, Early American Literature, 12, No. 3 (Winter, 1977- 78), 221-233.

“Perry Miller’s Vision of History,” Refereed Paper at the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, August 1977, Flagstaff, Arizona.

“Walt Whitman and the Reader,” Calamus, 13 (December, 1976), 37-47.

“Religion and Literature,” A Selected Few, 6 (January, 1975), 19-22.

“A Very Moral Poem,” The Henniker Review, 1 (Fall/Winter, 1971), 41.

 

Interdisciplinary Scholarship:

2005: Voices From the Silence, published by authorhouse.com. Research, write and edit an interdisciplinary manuscript about the importance of listening and silence. This book explores the devotional aspects of interdisciplinary inquiry and experience.

2003: “Spirituality and Silence,” Union Institute and University Doctoral Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio. An interdisciplinary exploration about the theory and practice of silence and spirituality, with attention to current issues in research.

2003: “Interdisciplinary Research and Feminist Scholarship,” Union Institute and University, Paper at a Graduate College Symposium about Research Methods, Cincinnati, Ohio.

1999: “Silent Worship and Issues of Community,” Paper presented at the Santa Monica Monthly Meeting Annual Retreat, Santa Monica, California.

1998-2002: Seminars in Spirituality, Silence and Interdisciplinary Inquiry in Religious Studies. These seminars provided ways to conceptualize spirituality and silence as ways to engage in interdisciplinary scholarship.

1995-1998: Field Research and Interviews. Qualitative Research Project about the spiritual practices of British and American Quakers. Interdisciplinary inquiry into the practices and reflections of Quaker worship.

1997: Feminist Research, Union Institute and University Doctoral Seminar, Durham, New Hampshire. This seminar explored the research approaches and scholarly theories as developed by a variety of feminist researchers (Co-Convener, Dr. Randy Thomas)

1996: “Quaker Worship and Spiritual Seeking,” Paper presented at that Union Institute Trustee Review of Faculty Scholarship, Scholarship That Matters, Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Scholarship of Engagement, Service and Social Action:

 

1998: “Probing the Silence of Quaker Worship.” Faculty Research Award. The Union Institute and University. Research at Woodbrooke College, United Kingdom.

1994-1996: External Review Board member for the scholarly journal, Mental Retardation.

1994: Office of the Aging, Suffolk County, New York. “Innovative Home Health Care.” Directing a special program at East End Community Services, Inc.

1991: Office of the Aging, Suffolk County, New York. “Supporting Innovative Home Health Care on the East End of Long Island.” Directing East End Community Services, Inc., 1991.

1990: United Way of Long Island. Establishing a Home Health Care Project for East End Community Services, Inc.

1990: New York State Legislature Grant from District One. Directing a Home Health Care Project of East End Community Services, Inc.

1983-1984: National Endowment for the Humanities Youth Project, Co-Director, Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University.

1981-1984: Department of Education, Washington, DC, Associate Director and Researcher, Regional Resource Center in Special Education, Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University.

1976: Seminar Participant. The National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar “The Puritan Imagination in English and American Literature, 1590-1776,” Brown University.

1975: Research Fellow “The Sermons of John Cotton” State University of New York Research Foundation.

1974: Research Fellow “Puritan Studies” State University of New York Research Foundation.

 

Scholarship of Teaching and Learner Guidance:

 

1994-2004: Doctoral Dissertation Role as Expert Reader in Religion, Literature and Writing for more than Forty Projects Demonstrating Excellence at the Union Institute and University.

2003: Faculty Advisor for a Dissertation in Religious Studies and History, “A History of the Abbey of the Genesee,” by Timothy J. Davis, Union Institute and University.

2003: Faculty Advisor for a Dissertation in Literature and Psychology, “The Mystery of Forgiveness: Reflections and Stories about Forgiving in the Aftermath of Trauma,” by Ruth Helen Henderson, Union Institute and University.

2003: Faculty Advisor for a Dissertation in Adult and Transformative Learning, “Transformative Learning at L’Abri,” by David Alan Hietala, Union Institute and University.

2003: “Research and Web-Based Technology,” Presentation at the Graduate College Faculty Meeting about how to search the internet, with attention to the importance of Dissertations in Doctoral Literature Reviews.

2001-2006: “Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Colloquia,” Union Institute and University. This is on-going research and pedagogy about how to incorporate more scholarship and interdisciplinary inquiry as part of the Colloquium experience, including working on a draft of a Colloquium Handbook.

2001-Present: “Scholarship on the Internet and the significance of Dissertations,” The Union Institute and University, changing pedagogical practices as a Second Core Reader in the doctoral program. Developed a broad faculty practice as an outside Reader to emphasize current scholarship as connected to research reflected in dissertations.

2001: “Joining the Scholarly and Creative and Socially Relevant Vocations,” the Union Institute and University Graduate College Colloquium, Los Angeles, California. Extended Presentation at a Colloquium about how to join a relevant scholarly/creative/socially active conversation through the internet.

1997: Feminist Research, Union Institute and University Doctoral Seminar, Durham, New Hampshire. This seminar explored the research approaches and scholarly theories as developed by a variety of feminist researchers (Co-Convener, Dr. Randy Thomas).

1996: Non-Fiction Literature, Union Institute and University Doctoral Seminar, Tuskegee University, Alabama. This seminar explored aspects of the theories of literature and scholarship.

 

Professional Development

2003: Seminars in computer-based Instruction for WebCT, Los Angeles City College, Participant.

2002: Workshop in Curriculum Design of Web-Based Seminars, Los Angeles City College, Participant.

2001: Faculty Seminar in Student Assessment, Los Angeles City College, Participant

2000: Winter Term Seminar in the School of Religion, Earlham College, Participant.

1998: Spring Term Seminar at Woodbrooke College, Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, United Kingdom, Participant.

 

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

 

Religious Studies and Spirituality; Quaker Studies; Feminist Studies; Interdisciplinary Scholarship; Qualitative Research; American Studies