Craig Deininger

Adjunct Faculty


BA in Contemplative Psychology - Adjunct Faculty


PhD in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
MA in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
MFA in English (Poetry), University of Massachusetts Amherst
BA in English, Ball State University

Craig Deininger is a mythologist, poet, Jungian scholar, and construction worker. In addition to Jungian Psychology, he has taught writing, creative writing, and various literature courses at several colleges and universities. He has been a part of the Joseph Campbell Mythological RoundTable Organization since 2011, where he presents primarily on Imagination, Mythology, and Alchemy.

From the Heart

I am deeply impressed by the sensibilities of presence and purpose in the students and faculty. Where academia so often focuses exclusively on book-learning, I see the students of Naropa complementing their study with spiritual practices and with a great enthusiasm to implement positive social and environmental change. I find these aspects to be most encouraging.


Distinguished Faculty Mentor: North Carolina Chi chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.
Oxford Seminar Scholarship, Trinity College, England.
Barry Wright Memorial Scholarship for Poetry

Recent Publications

Deininger, C. (2005). "Title Poem." The Iowa Review, 35.2, 147.

Courses Taught

  • PSYB 330 Introduction to Jungian Psychology

What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?

Ceremony (by Leslie Marmon Silko)

What's next?

"One who knows does not speak; one who speaks does not know" --Lao Tzu. So, I should probably say something.