Cindy Shearer Cindy Shearer

Professor
Writing, Consciousness, and Creative Inquiry

Masters of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation

PhD, State University of New York, Albany

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.

MFA Faculty

Randall Babtkis Randall Babtkis
Adjunct Associate Professor, Masters of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation , MFA, Columbia University
Anne Bluethenthal Anne Bluethenthal
Associate Professor, Writing, Consciousness, and Creative Inquiry
Masters of Fine Arts, School of Consciousness and Transformation
MFA, New College of California ,
Carolyn Cooke Carolyn Cooke
Professor and Department Chair , Writing, Consciousness and Creative Inquiry
Masters of Fine Arts, School of Consciousness and Transformation
MFA, Columbia University,
Rob Daniels Rob Daniels
Senior Lecturer in TheatreProgramme Coordinator: MA Performance, Master of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation, MA in Drama by Practice as Research, University of Kent: Canterbury; BA (Hons.) Performance Studies (1st class), University of Northampton
Neil Freese Neil Freese
Adjunct Lecturer, Masters of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation,
Christian L. Frock Christian L. Frock
Adjunct Assistant Professor , Masters of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation , MA, University of London
Mark Jackson Mark Jackson
Assistant Professor, Theater and Performance Making
Masters of Fine Arts, School of Consciousness and Transformation
BA, San Francisco State University,
Stephanie Anne Johnson Stephanie Anne Johnson
Adjunct Professor , Masters of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation ,
Tomiko Jones Tomiko Jones
Visiting Artist and Curator in Residence , Masters of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation , MFA, University of Arizona
Cindy Shearer Cindy Shearer
Professor, Writing, Consciousness, and Creative Inquiry
Masters of Fine Arts, School of Consciousness and Transformation
PhD, State University of New York, Albany,
Erika Chong Shuch Erika Chong Shuch
Associate Professor, Theater and Performance Making
Masters of Fine Arts, School of Consciousness and Transformation
MFA, New College of California ,
Pireeni Sundaralingam Pireeni Sundaralingam
Adjunct Associate Professor , Masters of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation , PhD, University of Oxford
Deirdre Visser Deirdre Visser
Curator of Arts at CIIS, Writing, Consciousness, and Creative Inquiry
Masters of Fine Arts, School of Consciousness and Transformation
MFA, University of California, Irvine,
Zara Zimbardo Zara Zimbardo
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Undergraduate Studies
Masters of Fine Arts Programs, School of Consciousness and Transformation
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,

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