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New 2016 Core Faculty

Travis CoxTravis Cox, PhD
Core Candidate, Associate Professor
MA Ecopsychology

Cox’s interests and research are about the intersections of social movements and social justice, education, metaphysics, environmental philosophy, agriculture, and deep sustainability. For the past seven years Travis has taught environmental humanities in the BA and MA programs in Sustainable Living at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, and was co-director of the BA for two years. He earned his PhD at Iowa State University in Sustainable Agriculture, a master’s in Philosophy and Religion—with an emphasis in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness—from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Central College in Pella, Iowa.

Miki FireMiki Fire, PsyD
Core Candidate, Assistant Professor
Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling & Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy

Fire received her Doctor of Psychology degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies and BA from McGill University. Fire brings more than ten years of experience as a professional wilderness guide, instructor for therapeutic wilderness programs, and educator in the Himalayas and United States. Fire maintains a private practice as a clinical psychologist as well as consults with outdoor/experiential organizations on mental health issues. Fire has published and presented at the Science and Nonduality Conference, to the board of trustees at CIIS, as well as The Evolutionary Epic conference on topics including ecopsychology, spiritual emergencey, and the felt experience of nondual consciousness.


Stephen PolkStephen Polk, MA
Core Candidate, Assistant Professor
BA Environmental Studies

A fourteen-year social and ecological activist based in the Denver Metro area, Polk received his MA from the University of Colorado Denver in Political Science. His master’s thesis analyzed the political and practical dimensions of permaculture within Denver’s collective community, the community which he has called home for the last twelve years. Stephen has worked primarily on a community level addressing issues ranging from anti-oppression and truly affordable housing, to the construction of regenerative systems in communal settings.


Jordan QuagliaJordan Quaglia, PhD
Core Candidate, Assistant Professor
BA Contemplative Psychology

Quaglia received an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University and a doctorate in Experimental Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. During his doctoral training, he was awarded Mind and Life Institute’s Francisco J. Varela Award for his dissertation project on mindful emotion regulation in social contexts. Quaglia uses diverse methods ranging from neuroscience to smartphone-based surveys to study meditative cognition, emotion regulation, and social functioning. At Naropa, he directs the Cognitive and Affective Science Lab.