Susan Wyatt, PhD

Adjunct Faculty
Management Department
(310) 578-1080

PhD in Human Development, The Fielding Institute
MA, The Fielding Institute
MSOD, Pepperdine University
ME, University of Utah
BS, University of San Francisco
Researcher, Three Sigma

Susan Wyatt grew up in the San Fernando Valley and attended Alemany High School in Mission Hills, California, where she graduated as her class valedictorian. She was awarded a scholarship to the University of San Francisco, where she earned a BS in Mathematics.During Susan’s 22 year career in the Air Force, she was involved in all technical and management aspects of space systems from acquisition to operation. She worked closely with civilian contractors as well as providing liaison with the military services and executive and legislative agencies of the federal government. She supervised, trained, and coached project engineers and developed leadership training programs. Her specialty was training and leading teams for high risk operations such as spacecraft launches.

The Air Force sponsored her first postgraduate degree, a ME in Digital Computers from the University of Utah. Following retirement from the Air Force, Susan earned a MS in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, concentrating on the role of experiential learning in organizations. As a result of this research, she has been drawn to further inquiry into the paradoxes in the relationships between individuals, organizations and society. The work for her MA and PhD at the Fielding Graduate Institute explored how research based on Jungian thought can be applied to collective healing and wholeness.

Susan has served for a number of years on the board of directors of the Wheel Council, a Phoenix-based non-profit dedicated to promoting young people learning to make healthy choices. She is married and has eight nieces and nephews. In addition to her professional and research interests, she rides a tandem bicycle with her husband and loves travel, snorkeling, music, reading, and needlework. She practices yoga and tai chi and has an avid interest in Celtic mythology.

Susan Wyatt began teaching in Antioch University’s Organizational Management graduate program in 1997. She is excited by the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for research with Antioch University students. She enjoys the combination of theory and practice, rigor and pragmatism, and creative and critical thinking that are required by the MAOM program, especially in support of the team field studies.

• Management Inquiry
• Systems Thinking
• Research methods
• Imagination
• Experiential learning
• Power and resistance in organizations
• Application of Jungian theory to organizational and social systems

“The Constant Gardener: Cultivating Consciousness.” To be presented at the Contemporary Symbols of Personal, Cultural, and National Identity conference, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland: International Association of Jungian Studies. (July 2008).

“Gazing at Medusa: A Hermeneutic Encounter with a Myth of Violence.” Presented at the Mythology of Violence conference. Santa Barbara, CA: Foundation for Mythological Studies (April, 2008).

“Using Nature as a Model for Inquiry.” Presented at the Nature and Human Nature: Changing Perspectives conference. Santa Barbara, CA: Foundation for Mythological Studies (March, 2007).

“The Scientific Imagination.” Presented at the Psyche and Imagination Conference. Greenwich, UK: International Association of Jungian Studies. (July, 2006).

“Imagining Research.”  Presented at the 2nd Academic Conference on Analytical Psychology. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University. (July, 2005).

“The Hermeneutics of Not-Knowing.”  Presented at the 5th Advances in Qualitative Methods conference. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: International Institute of Qualitative Methodology. (January, 2004).

“Getting Your Hands Dirty: Innovation as Transgression.” Proceedings of the 47th Annual Meeting. Long Beach, CA: Western Academy of Management (March, 2006).

“Reflections of Psyche.” San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal 24:4, 40-50. (November, 2005).

“What is a Sustainable Organization?  Proceedings of the Sustainable Organizations: Creating New Possibilities for Ourselves, Our Clients, and Our World conference . Portland, OR: Organization Development Network with M.J. Shane and B. Cavalier, (2003).

“On Being a Change Agent: A Jungian Perspective.” Organization Development Practitioner (2000)..

“John Dewey Meets the Bottom Line.” Organization Development Practitioner. (1997).

“Dialogue and Community.” Journal of Experiential Education. (August/September 1997).

“Building Bridges between Experiential Learning and Organizational Change.” Organization Development Network National Conference, Orlando, FL. (October, 1996).