Jocelyn Chapman, Director of Transformative Studies and Transformative Leadership online MA and PhD at CIIS Jocelyn Chapman

Transformative Inquiry
School of Consciousness and Transformation (SCT)

PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies

BA, BS, Sonoma State University

“Knowing itself remains partial and deformed if we do not develop and practice an epistemology of love instead of an epistemology of separation” – Arthur Zajonc

 Jocelyn Chapman, PhD was appointed Director of the Transformative Inquiry Department in June 2019. Her leadership philosophy is founded on the belief that leadership is a process, not a role, involving interaction and communication, reflection, and authentic presence.

 Jocelyn is a transdisciplinarian whose diverse background includes many years following the Grateful Dead while earning a BA in Environmental Studies and later earning a BS in Computer Science, both from Sonoma State University. She graduated with CIIS’s first Transformative Leadership cohort in 2006, then went on to earn her PhD in Transformative Studies. Her research on best practices for transformative learning in online education led her to a core faculty position in the online doctoral program Creative, Systemic Studies at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. There she taught a variety of courses in creative, systemic change and in qualitative research methods.

 Jocelyn, a California native, has been an educator, consultant, and researcher for nearly three decades. She has taught in undergraduate and graduate programs, middle school, and vocational school. She is an online education consultant, specializing in converting courses or programs to the online environment, emphasizing the capacity of asynchronous conversation for deepening student learning. Her research interests include systems thinking as a catalyst for personal and social change, conversation-based online education, and education reform, including reform of teacher thinking. She has presented and published on a variety of topics including transformative learning; best practices in online education; systems thinking and cybernetics; transdisciplinarity; and transformative leadership. Her first published work is a poem titled “Redwoods” in Interdisciplinary Humanities.



Chapman, J., & Herr, C. M., (2021). Global conversations on cybernetics. Technoetic Arts 19 (1):3-6.

Chapman, J. (2021). Reflections on the Design and Practice of a Cybernetic(s) Conference. Cybernetics & Human Knowing, 28(1-2), 111-117.

Chapman, J. (Ed.). (2020). For the Love of Cybernetics: Personal Narratives by Cyberneticians. Routledge.

Chapman, J., Herr, C. M., & Sweeting, B. (2020). Guest editorial: Cybernetic frameworks for a shared world. Kybernetes.

Chapman, J. (2019). Transformative Leadership and the Unapologetic Leader. The Journal of Values-Based Leadership, 12(2), 18.

Chapman, J. (2019). Living and Loving Cybernetics. World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, 75(1-2), 92-100.

Chapman, J. (2019). Why Cybernetics? Why Love?. World Futures, 75,(1-2), 1-4.

Chapman, J., & McClendon, K. (2018). What's love got to do with higher education? How teaching into the heart of knowing can foster compassionate action. Human Science Perspectives, 2(1), 9-17.

Chapman, J. (2017). Journeys in complexity: Autobiographical accounts by leading systems and complexity thinkers, Book Review. World Futures, 1-6.

Chapman, J. & R. Guerra (2016). Exploiting opportunities for transformative learning in remedial math education. In Nicolaides, A. & Holt, D. (Ed.), Proceedings of Engaging at the Intersections: XII International Transformative Learning Conference (pp. 695-700). Tacoma, Washington: Pacific Lutheran University.

Chapman, J. (2014). New thinking in complexity for the social sciences and humanities: A generative, transdisciplinary approach, Book Review. World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research, 70:7, 464-467.

Chapman, J. (2014). The enneagram of society: Healing the soul to heal the world, Book Review. World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research, 70:2, 157-160.

Chapman, J. (2013). The pragmatics and aesthetics of knowing: Implications for education, Kybernetes, 42(8), 1166-1180

Chapman, J. (2013). A brief overview of entailment meshes and thoughts on their service to ThSh. A white paper for General Cybernetics, Inc., a software protocol company in New York, NY.

Chapman, J. & L. Ehmann (2012). "Becoming ‘We' with Brad Keeney. Trojan horses: A rattle bag from the "Cybernetics: Art, Design, Mathematics-A Meta-Disciplinary Conversation" post-conference workshop. R. Glanville, et al. Vienna, Wien.

Chapman, J. (2010). Redwoods. Interdisciplinary Humanities, 27(1), 118.


“Assessment in Distance Learning: Challenges and Effective Practices,” Nitsch, Wanda, McClendon, Karen, and Chapman, Jocelyn. WSCUC ARC 2022 Conference: Equity & Excellence in Action, San Francisco April 20-22, 2022.

“How Online Education Provides Unique Opportunities to Transform Student Thinking and the System That Shapes Student Thinking,” Instructional Technology Council 2020 eLearning Conference, Charleston, SC, February 9-12, 2020.

“Putting Students’ Wellness at the Center of Student-Centered Learning: A Systemic View,” Ninth International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society, Berkeley, CA, September 19-20, 2019.

"Feeding the Ouroboros: Gregory Bateson's Food for Thought and Thoughtfulness," Human Science Institute Conference, A Difference That Makes a Difference: Systemic Change for Social and Environmental Justice, Salt Lake City, September 27-30, 2017.

"Exploiting Opportunities for Transformative Learning in Remedial Math Education," International Transformative Learning Conference, Engaging at the Intersections, Tacoma, WA, October 20-23, 2016.

"What's Love Got to Do with Higher Education? How Teaching into the Heart of Knowing Can Foster Compassionate Action," Human Science Institute Conference, Compassion, Connection and Response-Ability, Salt Lake City, UT, September 8-10, 2016.

"How Transdisciplinary Education Prepares Students for Today's Rapid Change and Complexity," 21st Century Academic Forum, Embracing Change: Innovative Approaches to 21st Century Teaching and Learning, Berkeley, CA, August 22-24, 2016.

"How Teaching Cybernetics, in Any Discipline, Can Bring Forth Systemic Change," International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), Realizing Sustainable Futures in Socio-Ecological Systems, Boulder, CO, July 24-30, 2016.

"How Math Instruction Can Be a Catalyst for Personal Transformation," Humanities Education and Research Association Conference, The Nature of Our Humanity, New Orleans, LA, March 23-26, 2016.

"Creative Systemic Studies: A Pioneering Online Doctoral Program for Transformative Change in the 21st Century," Eighth International Conference on e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies, University of California at Santa Cruz, November 2-3, 2015.

"The Impact of Image Posting in Online Education: Provocation and Communication," Sixth International Conference on the Image, Media Materiality: Towards Critical Economies of ‘New' Media, University of California at Berkeley, October 29-30, 2015.

"Reimagining Creativity: A Systemic View of the Creative/Not Creative Dichotomy" Humanities Education and Research Association Conference, Beyond the Binary, San Francisco, CA, April 8-11, 2015.

Conference Organizing 

American Society for Cybernetics conference ASC 2020 Global Conversation, September 12-13, 2020, co-organized by Chapman, J., & Herr, C.

Human Science Institute Conference, A Difference That Makes a Difference: Systemic Change for Environmental and Social Justice, Salt Lake City, UT, September 27-30, 2017, co-organized by Chapman, J., McAllister, J., McClendon, K., and Smith, J.

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