Robin L. Gordon Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Robin L. Gordon

Professor of Education
Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles

I had been a professor of education for many years. After much frustration with the direction of American schools, I felt that my questions were not being answered by my field of study. Thus, I completed a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology, grounded in the work of C. G. Jung. I am convinced that until education focuses on students as individuals, rather than on their test scores, we are doomed to continue to lose children who should be welcomed, even if they do not fit the stereotype of "Star Student."


Robin Gordon began her career as a secondary science teacher in both public and private schools in Southern California. 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; “Making use of story to teach science and mathematics.” Ladder, 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.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Depth psychology, education

Personal Interests

    Hiking, needlework, gardening, writing, research



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