Office: Building 20
Robin Gordon - PhD
Director of Secondary Education, Education
PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute
PhD Claremont Graduate University
MA California St University, Los Angeles
BS California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Director, Secondary Teacher Preparation Program
Robin Gordon began her career as a secondary science teacher in both public and private schools in Southern California. She also worked as an administrator and program specialist for an experimental preschool program in Pasadena Unified. Her BS was in Animal Science from Cal Poly University, Pomona. She completed a Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education at Cal State University, Los Angeles in 1985. She worked under the guidance of Dr. Barbara Clark, a noted authority in that field. Dr. Gordon’s thesis was titled "A Study on the Use of Intuition" in which she examined the implementation of classroom lessons that focused on developing students’ intuitive thinking skills.
Dr. Gordon completed a PhD in Education at the Claremont Graduate University in 1989. Her doctoral dissertation, "Learning to Teach: A Descriptive Study," was a qualitative research project that focused on uncovering how teachers learn their craft. In 2004, Dr. Gordon completed a second PhD in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate University. Her dissertation which was titled "The Murder of Spinoza and Other 17th Century Alchemists: A Modern Look at a Long Ago Mortificatio Tale," focused on the nexus of depth psychology and alchemy using the work of Carl Jung.
Dr. Gordon’s area of research is multi-disciplinary. Recent publications include: “Finding the philosopher’s stone: An essay on teaching.” In D. Slattery & J. Selig (Eds.) Ensouling Education. New Orleans, LA: Spring Journal Books, 2009; “My encounter with the women alchemists.” Alchemy Journal, 10(2), pp. 26-33; “Making use of story to teach science and mathematics. “Ladder, 10-13, 2007; and Dupuis, A.D. & Gordon, R.L. (2010). Philosophy of education in historical perspective (3rd ed). Lanham, Mass: University Press of America.
Dr. Gordon has also completed a book on women alchemists that crosses the fields of women’s studies, history of science, and depth psychology - Searching for the Soror Mystica: The Lives and Science of Women Alchemists. Lanham, Mass: University Press of America, 2013. She is currently researching assisting K-12 teachers to see their students more holistically, women alchemists in China and challenges for women in science.