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CMMi Fellows

Barton Buechner

Barton Buechner is the Interim Director and a founding faculty member of the Military Psychology MA program at Adler University, and has served as a Board member of the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) Institute for Personal and Social Evolution since 2014.  He is a 1978 graduate of the US Naval Academy, and earned an MA in Organization Development and Assessment degree from Case Western Reserve University (1993) and PhD from Fielding Graduate University (2014). At Fielding, he first met and learned about CMM from W. Barnett Pearce, along with Sergej Van Middendorp, Romi Boucher, John Inman, and John Baugus.

Bart spent 30 years in the Navy in both operational and staff assignments, retiring at the rank of Captain in 2008. He also served for many years with the California Department of Veterans Affairs, where he had the opportunity to listen to stories of veterans from World Wars I and II to Korea and Vietnam, to Desert Storm and the Global War on Terror. From this experience, he gained a keen awareness of power of these stories, often touching on difficult experiences that challenge deeply-held beliefs and sense of identity. His current work is focused on ways to better understand the potential for personal growth and social evolution by applying CMM and Cosmopolitan Communication principles to work with veterans who have experienced Moral Injury. In addition to teaching, this work includes practical application through two veteran-serving nonprofits, YourNexStage (https://yournexstage.org/ – transition support for women veterans) and the National Veterans Foundation (NVF) (https://nvf.org/ – lifeline for vets). He has co-authored a number of journal articles and book chapters on related subjects, and most recently served as co-editor of a special edition of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) featuring original research by military-connected students.

Bart presently lives in Midland, Michigan with his wife, Patricia, where, among other things, he enjoys bicycling, and plays bass guitar in a jazz-blues-rock fusion band.

CMMi Fellows

Barton Buechner

Barton Buechner is the Interim Director and a founding faculty member of the Military Psychology MA program at Adler University, and has served as a Board member of the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) Institute for Personal and Social Evolution since 2014.  He is a 1978 graduate of the US Naval Academy, and earned an MA in Organization Development and Assessment degree from Case Western Reserve University (1993) and PhD from Fielding Graduate University (2014). At Fielding, he first met and learned about CMM from W. Barnett Pearce, along with Sergej Van Middendorp, Romi Boucher, John Inman, and John Baugus.

Bart spent 30 years in the Navy in both operational and staff assignments, retiring at the rank of Captain in 2008. He also served for many years with the California Department of Veterans Affairs, where he had the opportunity to listen to stories of veterans from World Wars I and II to Korea and Vietnam, to Desert Storm and the Global War on Terror. From this experience, he gained a keen awareness of power of these stories, often touching on difficult experiences that challenge deeply-held beliefs and sense of identity. His current work is focused on ways to better understand the potential for personal growth and social evolution by applying CMM and Cosmopolitan Communication principles to work with veterans who have experienced Moral Injury. In addition to teaching, this work includes practical application through two veteran-serving nonprofits, YourNexStage (https://yournexstage.org/ – transition support for women veterans) and the National Veterans Foundation (NVF) (https://nvf.org/ – lifeline for vets). He has co-authored a number of journal articles and book chapters on related subjects, and most recently served as co-editor of a special edition of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) featuring original research by military-connected students.

Bart presently lives in Midland, Michigan with his wife, Patricia, where, among other things, he enjoys bicycling, and plays bass guitar in a jazz-blues-rock fusion band.