2012 - 2013 Fellows

2012 - 2013 Fellows


On behalf of Fielding Graduate University, Villanova University, and the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution we want to congratulate the two CMM Institute Fellows for 2012-2013.

The Fellows are:

  • Barton D. Buechner.  Contextual Mentoring of student veterans from a communication perspective.
  • Kazuma Matoba.  Global Integral Competence for Cosmopolitan Communication

On July 18, 2013 at Fielding Graduate University’s Summer Session in Alexandria, VA Bart and Kazuma presented their fascinating work inspired by the lens of “taking a communication perspective”.
We proudly share the final presentations and papers from the second CMM Institute Fellows for 2012-2013:

Kazuma Matoba just completed his presidency of SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) Berlin.  During his tenure as president, Kazuma organized the 2012 SIETAR Berlin conference around the theme of intercultural communication competence drawing on CMM’s  cosmopolitan communication and Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory.    Kazuma has continued this work as a 2013 CMM Fellow.   He is committed to developing long-term international curricula that would provide intercultural practitioners with a grounded theory/practice in global integral competence as it applies to cosmopolitan communication.  His Fellows Presentation was an articulation for the importance of bringing together the work of CMM and Integral Theory to create a new way of understanding and teaching intercultural communication competence.   This work will continue far beyond his Fellows tenure and the CMM Institute looks forward to working with Kazuma on this important endeavor

Click here to read his paper


Bart Buechner has long been interested in Veteran’s issues.  A Naval Academy graduate and a retired Captain in the Navy, Bart has devoted his doctoral work to researching the transition of veteran’s from service in the military to civilian life.  Specifically, Bart’s focus has been from military service to higher education; what this transition has been like for veterans and ways of making the transition more useful.  He has used CMM as a research methodology to understand how veterans are making meaning of their past experiences and how they might reconstruct future social worlds in conversation with various advisors and mentors as they navigate their way back to an educational context.  In the process of conducting this research, Bart has been in conversation with military officials who are fascinated by his work and wish to incorporate it into the military’s lexicon for helping veteran’s adjust to life as a civilian.    Stay tuned…for Bart’s work will have a wide-ranging impact on possible next steps for the military and educational contexts.aper

Click here to read his paper

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