Cindy Shearer

Cindy Shearer, DA

Program Director and Professor,
Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts
Writing and Consciousness

5th Floor
CIIS Main Building
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Cindy Shearer, DA, is the director of Writing, Consciousness, and Creative Inquiry. She has began teaching at CIIS in 1994, serving since 1998 as the director of the PhD in Humanities (Individualized Pathway) and as a faculty member in the Schools of Undergraduate Studies, and Consciousness and Transformation. Cindy has also taught at Rollins College (Winter Park, FL), University of Minnesota at Mankato, University of Southern Maine, and Antioch University, among other academic institutions. She practices and teaches writing as art, which she described in a 2003 exhibit as allowing her to “reconfigure the boundaries of writing and visual art,” join “tangible materials with the writing process,” and construct “visual work as I would a written text.”

Cindy Shearer has a D.A. (Doctor of Arts) in English from the State University of New York at Albany and an M.A., concentration in creative writing, from Antioch University (London, England). She has been a teacher of writing, literature, and the humanities for more than 15 years teaching at McGregor School–Antioch University (Yellow Springs, Ohio), Mankato State University, Rollins College, and the University of Southern Maine. She has worked solely with adult learners since 1991. She is a writer and writing consultant and has been a small business owner. Her interests include writing as a fine art, the relationship of writing to the visual arts, contemporary film and popular literature.

In 2001, she created Ten Not-So-Tangible Tools for Writers, a meditation on the writing process in text and image. Cindy has also worked extensively as a workshop leader, freelance editor, consultant, and writing coach. She is rediscovering a love of short story writing and developing one for personal and familiar essays.