Fred McFarlane

Fred R. McFarlane, Ph.D.

Dr. McFarlane is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education and Co-Director of the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University. His vision and leadership skills, along with those of Dr. Ian Pumpian, led to the creation of the Interwork Institute in 1990.

Dr. McFarlane specializes leadership, organizational and program development, communication, ethics, and public policy. He has over 50 publications in referred journals, monographs, and book chapters, with a current focus on public policy, personnel development, and distance education. He is sought-after as an educator, academic advisor and professional mentor.

From 1996 to 2002, Dr. McFarlane served as Chair of the Commission on Work and Employment for Rehabilitation International. He is an internationally respected consultant who has presented over 130 lectures and speeches at local, state, regional, national and international conferences and seminars on topics ranging from education development to performance management, and from ADA to disability management. He has presented throughout Europe, in Brazil, Israel, Japan, China, Korea, Mexico, Thailand, New Zealand, communities in the Pacific.

Dr. McFarlane graduated with his Ph.D. in Counseling in 1972 from the University of Georgia. After graduation he accepted the position of professor and administrator of the Rehabilitation Education Program at SDSU, and was elected as Chair in 1985. He received the 2001-02 "Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to the University". He has been listed in the "International Dictionary of Who's Who," "Who's Who in American Education," and "Who's Who of Leaders in America".

Dr. McFarlane is currently focusing efforts on advancing the concepts and principles of "universal design"—a mainstream approach to the process of designing and creating environments, products and services that are usable by most people throughout their lifetime, regardless of their age or ability.

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