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2010 - Social and Emotional Competence in Higher Education


Presidential Symposium on Social and Emotional Competence in Higher Education
Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

As part of the “Presidential Inaugural Series” celebrating the beginning of Dr. Pamela Eibeck’s presidency, the Center for Social and Emotional Competence, the Division of Student Life, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, School of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Pacific Alumni Association presented the Presidential Symposium on Social and Emotional Competence in Higher Education at Pacific.

Local and international experts highlighted a daylong symposium showcasing best practices in student competence development.  This symposium is part of Pacific’s culture and commitment to whole-person education and its mission to prepare students for responsible leadership in their careers and communities.

Richard Boyatzis – Keynote 1

Learning Leadership and Professional Excellence

Richard Boyatzis, competence guru and author of “Resonant Leadership”, “Primal Leadership”, and “The Competent Manager” will discuss the development of emotional, social, and cognitive intelligence competencies in our students is part of the purpose of higher education. Using longitudinal studies showing that we can develop these competencies, this session will explore the psycho-physiological processes involved in the learning process. Professor Boyatzis will examine the important role of hope and compassion in helping students open themselves to development and achieve sustainable improvements in these competencies.

Richard E. Boyatzis is Professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University and Human Resources at ESADE. Using his Intentional Change Theory (ICT) and complexity theory, he continues to research sustained, desired change at all levels of human endeavor from individuals, teams, organizations, communities, countries and global change. He is the author of more than 125 articles on leadership, competencies, emotional intelligence, competency development, coaching, and management education. His books include: The Competent Manager; the international best-seller, Primal Leadership with Daniel Goleman and Annie McKee; Resonant Leadership, with Annie McKee; and Becoming a Resonant Leader, with Annie McKee and Fran Johnston. Professor Boyatzis has a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and a MS and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University.  Dr. Boyatzis is the foremost authority on social and emotional competence development.

Learning Leadership and Professional Development

Daniel Goleman - Keynote 2

Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence

Daniel Goleman, a Stockton native, author of “Ecological Intelligence”, “Social Intelligence”, and “Emotional Intelligence” will speak about the fundamentals of emotional intelligence which include a keen social awareness. But our empathy need not end with our relationships. Ecological intelligence expands empathic concern to the planet, and suggests how new developments in information technology can make us each active agents in improving the environmental, health, and social impacts of what we do and buy. Together we can slowing or even reverse deterioration of our ecological niche caused by human activity. 

Daniel Goleman was trained as a psychologist and worked as a science journalist at the New York Times. His 1995 book Emotional Intelligencewas a worldwide best-seller, and his HBR article “What Makes a Leader” was picked by the editors as one of the Review’s ten “must-read” articles. An advocate of empirically grounded theory, Goleman is the co-director of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations. As a co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, Dr. Goleman has been an active advocate of school-based programs that teach emotional intelligence to children.  His latest book, Ecological Intelligence argues that a coming wave of information systems will create marketplace transparency about the true ecological impacts of consumer products. This ecological awareness will create a market-driven mechanism that rewards companies best able to innovate and reinvent, making sustainability central to business strategy. TIME Magazine featured Ecological Intelligence on its cover as one of “Ten Ideas Changing Our World.”

Session 1 – Panel Discussion

Whole Student Learning at Pacific:  Preparing Students for Practice

Dean Nancy DeGuire, Dean Mary McGuire, Dean Joanna Royce-Davis, and Dr. Susan Sample

Moderated by Dr. Craig Seal

Whole Student Learning

Session 2 – Panel Discussion

Social and Emotional Intelligence:  Theories, Outcomes and Development

Dr. Cary Cherniss, Dr. James Parker, and Dr. Scott Taylor

Moderated by Dr. Craig Seal

Social Emotional Intellingence