Fielding Faculty and National Geographic Author Jean-Pierre Isbouts Receives Emeritus Appointment and Honored with Endowment

Long-term faculty member, director of Fielding University Press, National Geographic author, historian, film director, and award-winning author Jean-Pierre Isbouts, D.Litt., was named Faculty Emeritus in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University.

Drs. Katrina Rogers, Jean-Pierre Isbouts, and Pauline Albert

Drs. Katrina Rogers, Jean-Pierre Isbouts, and Pauline Albert

The Faculty Emeritus nomination was made by faculty colleagues and the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the resolution to honor Dr. Isbouts for his dedicated service to the University and its students. The appointment was conferred on November 11, 2021. The Faculty Emeritus appointment recognizes many years of Dr. Isbout’s distinguished service to Fielding, the media psychology, and human and organizational doctoral programs.

In his letter of recommendation, Fielding faculty member David Blake Willis, Ph.D., wrote: “He is Fielding’s ambassador.” Board Chair Emerita and alum Linda Honold, Ph.D. ’99, shared in her statement: “Every one of the publications by Dr. Isbouts lists Fielding Graduate University in the first paragraph of his biography. He cares about this University, and he talks about us publicly.”

Inspired by two Fielding experiential learning trips with Dr. Isbouts, Rome to Jerusalem (2019) and Egypt (2021), alum Pauline Albert, Ph.D. ’09, pledged a gift to establish the Jean-Pierre Isbouts Endowed Fund for Lifelong Learning. The vision behind the endowment is twofold. The endowment will serve as a resource for lifelong learning and Fielding’s financial sustainability by offering experiential learning through travel. Another goal of the endowment is to support the publication of alumni research. The endowment’s resources will allow alums to publish their research by offering a matching grant and writing workshops on how to turn a dissertation into a book.

Hear directly from Dr. Albert and the plans for the endowment in the below video.

The Fielding Lifelong Learning Fund

President Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D., shared: “The Faculty Emeritus title reflects and honors Dr. Isbouts substantial expertise as a scholar-practitioner, and it pays tribute to his considerable range and influence over many years of service to Fielding and our students.”

Jean-Pierre Isbouts in National Geographic cap

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Join us today to honor Dr. Isbouts by giving to the Jean-Pierre Isbouts Endowed Fund for Lifelong Learning. Your gift ensures that our alumni and donor community will thrive for many years to come.


Save the date: The Alumni Writer’s Workshop will take place on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Registration will open soon on

The next experiential learning trip, Six Perfect Day in Florence, is scheduled for September 2022. For inquiries or to reserve your spot on the trip, contact Development Associate Mila at

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