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Craig Mealman (CPSA)

Title:

Assistant Professor, College of Professional Studies and Advancement; School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Programs/Classes Taught:

Applied Behavioral Sciences, Bachelor of Arts Degree: LAP 300
Adult Development and Learning Assessment; LAP 340
Effective Interpersonal Relationships; LAS 331
Dynamics of Group Behavior; LAS 309
Critical Thinking and Writing; LAS 407
Applied Communication in Society; INT 430/431
Methods of Inquiry and Independent Inquiry; LAS 406
Leadership in a Changing World; LAS 435
Senior Seminar;
Adult Education Masters and Doctoral Programs: Advanced Adult Development and Learning;
Life History;
Learning in Groups;
Principles and Methods of Group Communication;
Critical Reflection;
Research Design and Methods;
Theses and Dissertation Advisor, Chair and member of committees;
History and Philosophy of Adult Education;

Areas of Expertise:

Adult Learning; Transformational Learning; Cohort-based Learning in Higher Education; Collaborative Learning; Spiritual Growth and Development; Higher Education Degree design, planning, implementation and evaluation; Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and Healing associated with Cranial-sacral therapy; Visioning, personal vocation planning; Yoga Philosophy, Meditative Walking and other Contemplative Practices; Mindfulness and Heart-Centered Teaching Processes; Native American Flute- Vibrational Healing and Journeying

Biography:

For the previous 32 years I have worked for National-Louis University as faculty in the Applied Behavioral Science and Adult and Continuing Education Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, now the College of Professional Studies and Advancement. I earned a Bachelor's Degree as a non-traditional student at Governor's State University (GSU), focusing on adult and alternative education, human services, psychology and sociology.

At GSU I earned the Master of Arts in Interpersonal Communication; Therapeutic Communication, with special concentration in Transpersonal Psychology. I earned the doctorate in Leadership Studies in Adult, Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University, with cognates in adult learning, human inquiry and transpersonal education/psychology.

My journey during the last 30 years has also included an equally important series of non-formal, informal, incidental and self-directed learning projects. I have been learning, experientially, that is, directly from the natural world and all of its elements. In fact, my most important teacher has been and continues to be the dynamic interaction between me and the ecosystems that I find myself living in. Additionally, I have taken a number of classes, seminars, and workshops from Tom Brown's Tracking and Nature School, Teaching Drum Outdoor School, the Shavano Institute, Prescott College, and Northland College. Many authors have spoken to me and engaged me at various levels. The interaction and the relationships (which arise out of the stream of people whose path intersects with mine) provide an amazing connection to the web of life, to my very being.

I am grateful for my interactions with all dimensions of the web of life. Educational Philosophy: I believe in the integrity of the individual learner to participate and be directly involved in ones own learning, whether formal, informal, or incidental in nature. Therefore, I take the role of facilitating learning and growth in formal learning contexts. While I acknowledge my own substantive expertise, I value highly what each learner and a group of learners bring to a given educational context; thereby, I draw on the richness of those experiences in the planning, implementing and evaluating learning processes and strategies. Heron classifies learning or knowledge outcomes as theoretical, practical, and experiential in nature. I value each of these forms of knowledge equally and integrate all into my teaching and personal self-learning process.

I value all dimensions of persons in the learning context: intellectual, affective, spiritual, and physical. Teaching from the heart and honoring each person's completeness and wholeness, I strive to establish and nurture learning contexts/environments which support integrated learning. Teaching is both an art and a science. I have studied education and learning for thirty-five years and draw on my research, the theory available, my practical knowledge base and on my experiences. In my teaching practice, I employ intuition to balance the art and science dimensions of my preparation and implementation of learning experiences. I value all dimensions and phases of the learning process; somewhat like the seasons of a year, where each phase calls for appropriate vision and unique strategies. So too, each time I teach the same course, it is not the same because the learners have changed, the season has changed and hopefully I have grown and learned since and from the previous times that I have facilitated that course. Personal Direction/Vocation: My vision involves working with individuals and groups of people who are in transition and actively engaged in changing and enhancing their lives. My role is to enter their lives gently, offer what I can and allow them to leave in their own way and time, drawing what they will and co-create learning opportunities from our collaborative interaction. I humbly serve for the benefit of all living creatures on this planet and within an ecosystem perspective where all elements and life interact in the great mystery.

Education:

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois Ed.D. in Adult Continuing Education, 1991 Dissertation Title: "Incidental Learning by Adults in a Non-traditional Degree Program: A Case Study" Governor’s State University, University Park, Illinois M.A. in Communication Science, 1981 Major: Interpersonal Communication: Therapeutic communication, Transpersonal Psychology B.A., 1980 Concentrations in Psychology, Sociology, Adult Education, Human Services Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois A. A., 1978, Human Services: Mental Health Northern Prairie School for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Inc. Sycamore, Illinois Diploma, 600 Hours, 1999

Research and Interests:

Collaborative and Adult Learning in Cohorts; Transformational Learning; Intentional Life Change through Higher Education; Mindfulness Learning and Teaching Healing from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome through cranial-sacral and myo-fascial release therapies; Healing of physical and somatic trauma through cranial-sacral therapy; Spiritual Retreats and Labyrinth Walking; Medititive Walking and Mindfulness Practices; Eco-psychology, and Eco-spirituality

Contact Information:

Craig A. Mealman

Office 630-874-4392

cmealman@nl.edu

 

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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