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Evolutionary Epic

Science, Wisdom, and the Future

Galileo's Legacy


Cheryl Linda Genet
Curriculum Vitae

 4995 Santa Margarita Lake Road, Santa Margarita, CA  93453
(805) 438-4088 phone   (805) 438-3355 fax   cherylgenet@msn.com


Current Professional Positions and Activities

Orion Institute: Director, Science and Human Meaning Project Manager
Cuesta College – Adjunct Professor of Philosophy
California State Polytechnic University Osher Institute: Instructor
Collins Family Foundation: Director of the Cultural Evolution in Business Project
Collins Foundation Press: Managing Editor
Conference Chair: Science, Wisdom, and the Future Conference - California 2009
Conference Facilitator: Galileo’s Legacy – Hawaii 2009
Website designer: Orion Observatory, Orion Institute, Collins Foundation Press, and
               Humanity Participants’ Conference Series

Teaching Experience

Cuesta College – San Luis Obispo (2007-2008)

  • Introduction to Philosophy

 California Polytechnic State University Osher Institute courses (2004-2006)

  • Science and the Human Spirit in Dialogue: Advances in science, spiritual responses, and future dialogue.
  • Science and Spirituality in America: Understanding America’s unique science and spirituality dialogue.

 Central Arizona Community College (Arizona Social Sciences Teaching Certification 2001)

  • U.S. History: Course instruction and development of student experience in preparing and participating in a history symposium and publishing its proceedings.
  • Western Civilization: Course instruction including the student preparation of an on-campus symposium with published proceedings.
  • Introduction to Astronomy: Assistant instructor, course development and implementation. Faculty advisor to the student-formed Superstition Mountains Observatory.

Beatitudes Elementary School, La Mirada, CA (1978-1987)

  • Religious Education: Certified Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Instructor – Preschool and Jr. High.
  • Physical Education Instructor and Sports Program Director: Developed the girl’s physical education. program including course curriculum, skills development, and after-school sports program.

Jeans & Jodhpurs Equestrian School, Santa Fe Springs, CA  (1975-1989)

  • Management, curriculum development, individual instruction, instructor education, and clinic direction.
  • Equestrian skills course development for Brownies, Girl Scouts, and La Mirada Parks and Recreation.
  • Certified Instructor, Regional Occupational Equestrian Program of the La Mirada-Norwalk School District.
  • Regional Occupational Horsecare site management and student horsecare apprentice training.


Doctoral Degree: Interdisciplinary Studies, Science and Theology (2006), Union Institute and University, Cincinnati. 

  • Coursework: history and philosophy of science, theology and doctrinal development, interfaith relations, cosmology, process theology, global community, current theories of complex systems dynamics, self-organization, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, and emergent phenomena.
  • Dissertation: A Comparison of Emergent Complexity and Process Thought: Identifying and Assessing Areas of Conflict.
  • Committee approved dissertation - Degree pending administrative processing.

Masters Degree: Interdisciplinary Studies (2001), California State University, Fullerton.

  • Coursework: anthropology, history, American studies, philosophy, philosophy of science, and religion.
  • Thesis: Science and Theology Interface: A Comparison of Intelligent Design and Theistic Evolution.

Bachelors Degree: Psychology (1992), California State University, Fullerton.

  • Coursework: history, philosophy, anthropology, biology, chemistry, math, psychology, and physiology.
  • Research Project: A Study in Religious Attitudes.

Current Professional Projects

Orion Institute

·         Directing the Institute’s Science and Spirituality project. The project’s components include courses for life-long learning programs, public presentation, adult education, and regular college curriculum as well as conferences and seminars, edited proceedings, and books for both peer and popular audiences.

·         Conference facilitation – Evolutionary Epic (Hawaii, 2008) and Galileo’s Legacy (Hawaii, 2009)

·         Scheduled courses for 2007-2008: Science and Spirituality in America, Science and the Human Spirit, and Comparative Religions and Worldviews: Maps of Reality.

Collins Family Foundation

·         Directing the foundation’s Cultural Evolution in Business Project. The project includes the development of exploratory workshops, conferences, publications, and applications training.

Collins Foundation Press

·         Co-editor of proceedings for The Evolutionary Epic: Science’s Story and Humanity’s Response – to be published in winter, 2008.

Recently Completed Professional Projects

Orion Institute

  • Conference Facilitator: Evolutionary Epic Conference – Hawaii  (2008)
  • Conference Co-chair – Evolution of Religion (2007)
  • Conference coordinator: Cosmic Evolution and Big History Conference (2004).
  • Production and distribution of Humanity: The Chimpanzees Who Would Be Ants.  Russell Genet.  2007.
  • Co-organizer and retreat coordinator: Evolutionary Conference – Evolutionary Directionality, Emergent Complexity, and the Future of Humanity: A Synergistic Salon. The conference was a joint project of the Orion Institute and The Great Story Project (2004).

Collins Foundation Press

  • Evolution of Religion Conference: Co-Editor of the Proceedings

Collins Family Foundation

  • Workshop Facilitator – Religion and Sustainability (2007) 
  • Conference coordinator and proceedings editor: The Profitable Sustainability Project (developed in cooperation with the Future 500 Foundation).  Proceedings: Profitable Sustainability: Revealing the Hidden Win-Win Potential for the Industry (2003).    
  • Raynault Foundation - Student advisor and project coordinator for the Student World Assembly (SWA). SWA is a global democratic forum for students around the globe communicating through Internet, local campus chapters, and a yearly, in-person, international convention.


Published Papers

  • World Community: Our Search for a Global Cosmology.  Journal of Faith and Science Exchange (2002).
  • Undergraduate Astronomical Research: Adventures in Photometry. Proceedings of the Symposium on Telescope Science (2002).
  • Community College Class Devoted to Astronomical Research. The Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2002).
  • Photoelectric Photometry of the Bright Cepheid U Aqu. The Bulletin of the Astronomical Society (2002).
  • Learner-Centered Introductory Astronomy Community College Course. The Bulletin of the Astronomical Society  (2002).

Books under development (tentative titles)

  • Comparative Religions and Worldviews: Maps of Reality
  • Historical Interfaces between Evolutionary Scientists and Process Philosophy

Professional Memberships

Center for Theology and Natural Science

Institute for Religion in an Age of Science

The Center for Process Studies

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