Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Professor, Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership Program
Organizational Leadership Department
University of La Verne
1950 3rd Street La Verne, CA 91750, USA
Laura Hyatt is a Professor in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership Program at the University of La Verne. She is also an affiliate faculty of the doctoral program at Pepperdine University where she earned her masters and doctorate degrees. A native of California, her prior experience includes serving as vice president of education for a production company where she was part of a collaborative effort honored by the entertainment industry with the coveted Telly Award. In addition to her current academic position, she accepts a limited number of professional engagements and is often called upon by state and federal administrations as an adviser for policy issues including participation on an Advisory Group to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. and an appointment to a White House Conference by the President of the United States. She has written numerous publications including journal articles, book chapters, and serves on editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. Recently, she authored The Dynamic Narrative Approach, a contemporary research method intended to engage the past and present to inform the future. Via technology, this method incorporates elements of the ancient Asian storytelling traditions and postmodern constructionist theories to advance research and learning in collective. Dr. Hyatt was awarded a grant from the California Endowment to support her research and was honored by the University of La Verne Academy with the Scholars Award for research and publication. Her research is mainly situated in higher education and focuses on the intersections of learning and change, and the powerful climates created by our convergent stories as individuals, organizations, and communities.