Sheila McNamee

Sheila McNamee, Ph.D., Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire.


Sheila McNamee is co-founder, Vice President and Board Member of the Taos Institute (www.taosinstitute.net).  At the University of New Hampshire, she is the 2001 recipient of the Class of 1944 Professorship and the 2007 recipient of the Lindberg Award for Outstanding Scholar/Teacher.  Her work is focused on dialogic transformation within a variety of social and institutional contexts including psychotherapy, organizations, education, healthcare, and local communities.  She is author of Relational Responsibility: Resources for Sustainable Dialogue, with Kenneth Gergen.  Other books include, Therapy as Social Construction, with Kenneth Gergen, Philosophy in Therapy: The Social Poetics of Therapeutic Conversation, with Klaus Deissler, The Appreciative Organization, with her co-founders of the Taos Institute and The Social Construction of Organisation with Dian Marie Hosking.  Professor McNamee has also authored numerous articles and chapters on social constructionist theory and practice.  She actively engages constructionist practices in a variety of contexts, bringing communities of participants with diverse and often opposing viewpoints together to create livable futures.  Professor McNamee lectures and consults regularly, both nationally and internationally, for universities, private institutes, organizations, and communities.  She holds visiting and affiliate faculty positions at Utrecht University, Tilburg University, and the University of Parma.

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