Sheila McNamee, Ph.D.

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Sheila McNamee, Ph.D.

Sheila McNamee,  Ph.D., is Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire. She is a founder, board member and vice president of the Taos Institute. Sheila is Professor in the School of Humanities at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. She is the 2001 recipient of the Class of 1944 Professorship and the 2007/2008 recipient of the Lindberg Award for outstanding Scholar/Teacher (both at the University of New Hampshire ).  Her work is focused on dialogic transformation within a variety of social and institutional contexts including psychotherapy, organizations, education, health care, and communities. She is author of Relational Responsibility: Resources for Sustainable Dialogue, with Kenneth Gergen (Sage, 1999). Other books include, Therapy as Social Construction, with Kenneth Gergen (Sage, 1992), Philosophy in Therapy: The Social Poetics of Therapeutic Conversation, with Klaus Deissler (Carl Auer Systeme Verlag, 2000), The Appreciative Organization, with her co-founders of the Taos Institute (Taos Institute, 2001) and The Social Construction of Organization with Dian Marie Hosking (Liber and Copenhagen Business School Press, 2006). Professor McNamee has also authored numerous articles and chapters on social constructionist theory and practice. She actively engages constructionist practices in a variety of contexts to bring communities of participants with diametrically opposing viewpoints together to create livable futures. Professor McNamee lectures and consults regularly, both nationally and internationally, for universities, private institutes, organizations, and communities.

Address: Department of Communication, University of New Hampshire, 20 College Road., Durham, NH 03824, office (603) 862-3040, fax (603) 862-1913 home (603) 659-6145, email:; website:

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