Naropa University Announces Core Faculty and Senior Staff Appointments


Continued Upward Trajectory at Naropa Enabled by Strategic Hires


May 29, 2014 (Boulder, CO): Naropa University today announced a series of faculty hires that will bring additional depth to its core faculty pool. Since announcing in 2012 its intention to substantially increase undergraduate and graduate enrollment by the year 2020, Naropa has accelerated efforts to attract and retain distinguished faculty and administrators who will play significant roles in enhancing the student experience. The new core faculty includes a Fulbright scholar, an internationally recognized musician, a published poet, and two assistant professors who will strengthen Naropa's unique Somatic Counseling program. In addition, Naropa announced the creation and appointment of the Office of the Director of Diversity, a Cabinet-level post. Biographies for the new hires are listed below.

"In order for Naropa to maintain its place as a leader in contemplative education, it is critical to recruit the best professors--those with strong academic experience as well as a passion for our unique educational model," said President Charles G. Lief. "Naropa's mission calls for us to educate the whole person, and we do this by cultivating academic excellence and contemplative insight, while embracing the richness of human diversity with the aim of fostering a more equitable society. I am pleased to welcome these new faculty and staff members to Naropa University."


J'Lyn Chapman, PhD, Creative Writing and Poetics. Chapman most recently served as a visiting instructor and program coordinator at Naropa's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Chapman earned her doctorate in English from University of Denver. She has published reviews, poems and poetry collections, and two chapbooks.

Laura DeLuca, PhD, Environmental Studies and Peace Studies. DeLuca earned her doctorate in Environmental Anthropology and Human Ecology from University of Colorado-Boulder. A Fulbright scholar and research fellow with the Africa Institute for South Africa, DeLuca has taught for the past seven years at University of Colorado-Boulder in Anthropology and Global Studies.

Paul Fowler, MM, Music. With a master's in Music Composition from University of Michigan, Fowler brings experience in teaching, composition, performance, theater, and recording to Naropa. Since 2009, he has taught as an adjunct faculty member, and he maintains a private teaching studio where he offers lessons in voice, composition, piano, improvisation, and computer production. Currently composing an opera, Fowler is recognized internationally for his musical compositions.

Michael A. Lythgoe, MA, Somatic Counseling. Prior to spending the past three semesters as a visiting instructor, Lythgoe worked for the Colorado Department of Public Safety's School Safety Resource Center as a school outreach consultant. Currently a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech, he holds a MA in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University.

Carla Sherrell, EdD, Somatic Counseling. Sherrell earned her Doctor of Education in Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. At Naropa, Sherrell has worked with the Paramita Communities of Color group, and recently led a diversity in-service for core faculty at their annual retreat. Sherrell was awarded the Graduate Faculty of Excellence Award at Naropa's Spring 2014 Commencement ceremony.

Tommy Lee Woon, MS, Director of Diversity and Inclusion. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be housed in the President's Office, and will be a member of Naropa's team of senior administrators. Woon's mandate will be to work across the spectrum with students, faculty, and staff, and to advise in all areas where diversity and inclusion are of concern, including enrollment, recruitment of staff and faculty, on-campus cultural issues, and Naropa's connection to the greater Boulder-Denver community. Previously, Woon served in senior positions directing diversity, student life, multicultural education, and opportunity at Oberlin College, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Macalester College, and most recently, at Stanford University. He holds an MS in Counseling, SEP (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner), and CCT (Compassion Cultivation Teacher, pending).

About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2014-15, Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies with traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.