Alec MacLeod Alec MacLeod

Professor
Interdisciplinary Studies
School of Undergraduate Studies

MFA, Stanford University

BA, Hampshire College

Alec MacLeod is a Professor in Undergraduate Studies. He received his undergraduate education at Hampshire College where he studied philosophy and fine arts. Alec also holds a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Stanford University (1983) and has studied information science at the University of California at Berkeley.

His primary areas of preparation are in the studio arts, art theory and information science. He is a practicing visual artist whose work is exhibited nationally. His interdisciplinary creative and scholarly inquires range from explorations of English language colloquialisms to the visual conventions of interfaces and white supremacy.

As an educator, Alec has used participatory collaborative methods of inquiry to explore the ways in which pedagogical approaches can assist learners in examining and changing their assumptions about race and ethnicity. He has trained as a multicultural trainer at Equity Institute and Visions, Inc. A member of a research collective, the European-American Collaborative Challenging Whiteness, he has participated in an inquiry into white identity and ways in which white people can become more aware of their identity and its implications. The group has presented its work at educational conferences and recently authored an article entitled "White on White: Communicating about Race and White Privilege with Critical Humility" in Understanding & Dismantling Privilege: the Journal of the White Privilege Conference.

Alec has over thirty years of experience as a facilitator of learning in higher education as a classroom teacher and as an administrator. He was a member of the design team for the undergraduate cohort based degree completion program and the inaugural director of that program. In addition to his interdisciplinary courses in the Undergraduate program, Alec teaches courses in visual thinking, creativity, and visual culture.

Alec MacLeod's CV.

Alec MacLeod has a long-standing interest in issues of communication about and across differences, especially racial differences. He has trained as a multicultural trainer and consultant at Equity Institute and Visions, Inc. A member of a research collective, the European-American Collaborative Challenging Whiteness (ECCW), he has participated in an inquiry into white identity and ways in which white people can become more aware of their identity and its implications.

The ECCW fosters research and learning to develop their understanding about what it means to be a member of the dominant group in society and to translate their growing understanding and expanded awareness into new behavior and action for social change. They have been meeting together since 1997 because they see learning about being white, and working to address racism in themselves, as an ongoing practice. The use of collective authorship under the name of the Collaborative reflects their understanding of the way in which knowledge is constructed. Members came together originally through their association with a cultural consciousness project at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Members are: Carole Barlas, Elizabeth Kasl, Alec MacLeod, Doug Paxton, Penny Rosenwasser, and Linda Sartor.

The group has presented its work at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, the conference of the National Women's Studies Association, the International Transformative Learning Conference, and annually at the White Privilege Conference. It has authored journal articles and book chapters most notably about its concept of critical humility, a strategy for communicating about race, racism, and privilege among white people.

Publications include:

European-American Collaborative Challenging Whiteness (2012). White on White: Communicating about Race and White Privilege with Critical Humility. Understanding & Dismantling Privilege: the Journal of the White Privilege Conference.

European-American Collaborative Challenging Whiteness (2010) White on white: Communicating about race with critical humility. In V. Sheared, S. Brookfield, S. Colin, J. Johnson-Bailey, & E. Peterson (Eds.). Handbook on Race: A dialogue between adult and higher education scholars.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

European-American Collaborative Challenging Whiteness. (2009). Challenging Racism in Self and Others: Transformative Learning as a Living Practice. In J. Mezirow & E.W. Taylor (Eds.). Transformative Learning in Action. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

European-American Collaborative Challenging Whiteness (2005).  When first-person inquiry is not enough. Action Research 3, (3), pp. 245-261.

Barlas, C., Kasl, E., Kyle, R., MacLeod, A., Paxton, D., Rosenwasser, P. & Sartor, L. (2000).  Cooperative inquiry as a strategy for facilitating perspective transformation.  In C. Weissner, S. Meyer, & D. Fuller (Eds.)  Challenges of practice:  Transformative learning in action. 3rd International Transformative Learning Conference Proceedings. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, October 26-28, pp. 51-56.

Barlas, C., Kasl, E., Kyle, R., MacLeod, A., Paxton, D., Rosenwasser, P., & Sartor, L. (2000). Learning to unlearn White supremacist consciousness. In T. Sork, V. Lee-Chapman, & R. St. Clair (Eds.) Proceedings of the 41st Annual Adult Education Research Conference. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, June 2-4, pp. 26-30.

Learn more about the Collaborative at www.eccw.org

Projects

The Dog Project: Beginning in 2001 Alec MacLeod has been investigating the ways in which dogs are referred to in US English, looking at metaphors, slang, and common idiom. The research is distilled into two products:

A website: The Canine in Conversation: Dogs in Metaphor and Idiom, Illustrated which is an ongoing part of the project.

An essay: Dog as Self and Other: Comparisons to Canines as a Practice of Dehumanization. Language and Ecology 3.1 (2009): 1-15.

 The Orange Cone Project is a collaboration between the artists Alec MacLeod and Beijing Charlie, in which MacLeod -as critic Andrew White- critiques Beijing Charlie's large scale installation piece. The short video, "Chaos and Order in Johnson Vermont," satirizes contemporary art criticism.

Project Renga was Alec MacLeod's own undergraduate capstone project. In collaboration with others he created the evidence that the fictitious country of Renga does indeed exist.

Alec MacLeod Art Work

Bachelor's Degree Completion Program Faculty

Sara Maria Acevedo Sara Maria Acevedo
Adjunct Instructor, School of Undergraduate Studies
MA, Temple University ,
BA, Universidad de Salamanca,
David Belden David Belden
Adjunct Lecturer,
D Phil, University of Oxford ,
BA, Oxford University,
Mordecai Cohen Ettinger Mordecai Cohen Ettinger
Adjunct Lecturer, School of Undergraduate Studies
MA, New College of California ,
BA, McGill University,
Axil Cricchio Axil Cricchio
Adjunct Lecturer,
MA, BA, California State University, Monterey Bay,
Michelle Eng Michelle Eng
Dean,
Dean, Continuing Studies
Monique LeSarre Monique LeSarre
Adjunct Lecturer,
Adjunct Lecturer, Transformative Inquiry Department
PsyD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Isabel Garcia-Gonzales Isabel Garcia-Gonzales
Lecturer,
MFA, Mills College,
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Marisa Handler
Adjunct Lecturer,
MFA, University of Iowa,
BA, University of California, Berkeley,
Yue Ming Huang
Program Coordinator, Bachelor's Degree Completion Program
Kathy Littles Kathy Littles
Dean,
Director,
PhD, University of California, Davis,
Claudia Lodia Claudia Lodia
Adjunct Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Studies
Kai Lundgren-Williams Kai Lundgren-Williams
Adjunct Senior Lecturer ,
Adjunct Senior Lecturer , Interdisciplinary Studies
PhD, Binghamton University ,
Alec MacLeod Alec MacLeod
Professor,
MFA, Stanford University,
BA, Hampshire College,
Charlotte María Sáenz Charlotte María Sáenz
Senior Lecturer, School of Undergraduate Studies
MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
EdM, Harvard University,
Jessa Brie Moreno Jessa Brie Moreno
Adjunct Lecturer,
MFA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Amanda Morrison Amanda Morrison
Adjunct Lecturer, School of Undergraduate Studies
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, San Jose State University,
Sandra M. Pacheco Sandra M. Pacheco
Associate Professor,
PhD, MS, University of California, Santa Cruz,
BA, California State University, Los Angeles,
Brynn Saito Brynn Saito
Director of Center for Writing and Scholarship,
Adjunct Lecturer, Masters of Fine Arts
Sara Salazar Sara Salazar
Lecturer,
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Sonya Shah Sonya Shah
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
MFA, Art Institute of Chicago,
BA, Brown University,
Jesus Solorio Jesus Solorio
Adjunct Lecturer , School of Undergraduate Studies
BA, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Nick Walker Nick Walker
Adjunct Lecturer, School of Undergraduate Studies
BA, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Kerri Welch Kerri Welch
Adjunct Lecturer, Integrative Health Studies
Adjunct Lecturer, Philosophy and Religion Department
PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Zara Zimbardo Zara Zimbardo
Adjunct Lecturer, School of Consciousness and Transformation
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,

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