Kim Hermanson

Kim Hermanson

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Adult Learning, University of Chicago

Kim teaches creative process and psychology courses at Meridian University, the Sophia Center at Holy Names University and the Esalen Institute. She is the author of Getting Messy: A Guide to Taking Risks and Opening the Imagination for Teachers, Trainers, Coaches and Mentors (2009) and Sky's the Limit: The Art of Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey, which received an Independent Publisher Book Award in 2006. After receiving her Ph.D. in Adult Learning from the University of Chicago, she taught in the teacher credentialing program at the University of California Berkeley, and at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. In addition to her own publications, she has co-authored articles on adult learning with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, and Tony Bryk, the current president of the Carnegie Foundation. Kim writes, "I feel honored to be part of this program, which takes us on a journey from words to image and into the beauty of a dimension where scholars don't normally tread. My quest has always been to try to understand how adults learn—not just intellectually, but in the more growthful, developmental way that facilitates social change. In my view, learning and social change are creative processes that happen on a metaphoric level, a place that's often referred to as the 'imaginal' realm. I'm delighted to be teaching this particular class—it was as if the imaginal dimension that has been guiding me all along was whispering, 'this is the next door.'"