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Program Director
has worked at the Center since 1983. As librarian, he compiled nearly 200 thematic bibliographies of process books and articles. As Program Director, he facilitates Center seminars and conferences, consults with visiting scholars and graduate students, and co-organizes meetings of the Society for the Study of Process Philosophies (in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association--Pacific Division). John also teaches Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion at Victor Valley College.
Schwartz Managing Director / Editor
Wm. Andrew Schwartz is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University. He received his B.A. in Religion from Northwest Nazarene University (where he studied with Thomas Jay Oord), an M.A. in Theological Studies from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University. Andrew's primary academic interests include Comparative Philosophy/Theology, Pluralism, Truth and Difference, Process Thought, Wesleyan Theology, and Paradox. He is the managing editor of Process Studies journal. As Managing Director of CPS Andrew is responsible for membership/subscriptions, office management, budgeting and accounting, as well as fundraising and development.
Library & Archives Director
is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Philosophy/Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He did his undergraduate work at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS in Geography and Philosophy, where he studied Philosophy under noted Hartshorne expert, Donald Wayne Viney. Steve completed an M.A. in Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University in May 2007. Steve holds a general interest in traditional approaches to process thought broadly understood (both East and West) as well as interests that include aesthetics, philosophy of place, history and philosophy of science, feminism and gender theory, the postmodern condition, and philosophical approaches to psychiatry.
China Project Director
, former member of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, received his Masters Degree in Western Philosophy from Peking University, China, his Ph.D in Philosophy of Religion from Claremont Graduate University, USA, and is a leading figure in constructive postmodern movement in China. He has published numerous books and articles. His recent books include Process and Pluralism: Chinese Thought on the Harmony of Diversity, Second Enlightenment (with Meijun Fan).He also helped establish more than 20 research institutes on process thought and constructive postmodern studies in China. He is director of CPS China Project where his major responsibility is to charge the communication between the Western Process community and Chinese community by organizing international conferences, arranging lectures, translating process books, and Chinese visiting scholar program.
China Project Co-Director
, former Vice-Chair and Professor of the Philosophy Department at Beijing Normal University, China. She completed doctoral studies at Beijing Normal University, specializing in Chinese traditional aesthetics and aesthetical education. She is the author of six books, and a co-author of six books. Her book, Contemporary Interpretation of Chinese Traditional Aesthetic, was granted the "Excellence Award in Philosophy and Social Science" in China in 1998. As Co-Director of the China Project, Meijun is primarily responsible for Cultural Communication, a newspaper of the China Project. She is also responsible for the Chinese visiting scholar program and works on publicity and web development.
richard Information Technology Specialist
is a Ph.D. student at Claremont Graduate University's School of Religion studying in the Philosophy of Religion and Theology program. His responsibilities at CPS include most anything related to information technology--e.g. computers, websites, digitization of library materials, etc. Most broadly construed, his academic interests are located in the spaces of convergence and divergence between metaphysics, theology, philosophy, and science. As such, his research areas include ontology, philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, process-relational thought, and open and relational theologies. He received a Master's Degree in Theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2005, and a Bachelor's Degree in Near Eastern Studies in 2001.
Joe Whitehead Research Project
Joseph Petek studied Philosophy of Religion at the University of Chicago, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology. He is the lead Assistant Editor for the Whitehead Research Project, and has recently begun coordinating WRP’s conferences. He is also a Writing Associate at Claremont School of Theology’s Writing Center and the English Coordinator for the Balkan Journal of Philosophy. His interests include Whiteheadian process thought, pragmatism, post-structuralism, philosophy of language, philosophy of death and personal identity, and the theology of Teilhard.
John Whitehead Research Project
John Becker is currently a Ph. D. student at Claremont School of Theology. His focus revolves around comparative religion and theology, cosmology, mysticism, the apophatic tradition, religious pluralism, and Christian-Buddhist dialogue.
Tyler Whitehead Research Project
Tyler Huson is currently pursuing an M.A. in Theological Discipline with a focus on Biblical Studies at Claremont School of Theology. He graduated from Life Pacific College in 2011 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and a minor in Biblical Languages and Exegesis. Tyler also serves as Children's Ministry Director at the Evangelical Formosan Church of Alhambra.
Process Century Press
Jeanyne B. Slettom is Editor and Publisher of Process Century Press an imprint of the Center for Process Studies, and also Professor in the Practice of Theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She was Director of Process & Faith from 2005-2013, Editor of of Creative Transformation (2001-2013) and Managing Editor of Process Studies (2005-2013). She is the editor of two books with John Cobb, The Process Perspective and The Process Perspective II and an ongoing contributor to the Process & Faith website. Jeanyne completed her Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University in Philosophy of Religion and Theology. She also holds degrees from United Seminary of the Twin Cities (D. Div.) and Macalester College, St.Paul, MN (B.A., Humanities). She welcomes inquiries from authors whose work explores process thought.
Communications Director
Leah K. Laird is a Ph.D. student in Religion, specializing in Hebrew Bible, at Claremont School of Theology. She received an M.A.T. in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature from Fuller Theological Seminary, and holds a B.A. in Bible and a B.S. in Psychology from Howard Payne University. Leah’s primary academic focus is in the study of psychological effects of translation on people of faith. She is the editor of Process Perspectives newsmagazine, the social media correspondent, and in charge of keeping the website current and in order.
Library Assistant
Chase Kirkham is a PhD student in the History of Christianity and Religions of North America program at Claremont Graduate University. He holds an MA in history from Utah State University and a BA in English from the University of Utah. His research interests include antebellum American religions, Christian origins, the Johannine corpus, and religious conceptions of time.