Michael Fischler

Phone: (603) 535-2153
Office: Health & Human Enrichment, Samuel Read Hall, MSC 58, Plymouth, NH 03264

Dr. Fischler has performed multiple roles on this campus. He currently teaches in the departments of Counselor Education and School Psychology; Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum; and Elementary Education and Childhood Studies. In 1975 he founded the Plymouth State University “Counseling and Human Relations Center,” and served as its’ Director from 1975-2015. He has served on PSU’s Homophobia Task Force; President’s Commission on Diversity; and is an advisor to the Black Student Union and Tau Omega sorority. His research interests include: cultural diversity; intercultural communication; social behavior; psychological counseling; multicultural education; and prejudice reduction.

Other achievements/honors

  • Founder, PSU “Counseling and Human Relations Center,” 1975.
  • Co-founder of the “S-O-S” (“Support our Students”) Faculty Scholarship Fund, designed to assist PSU’s most financially at risk students
  • Creator, Plymouth State’s “A-B-C” (“A Better Campus Community”) program, designed to facilitate intercultural respect, compassion and civility.
  • “Distinguished Graduate Teacher Award,” 2004
  • Founder and past President, “First Star Tonight” (supporting area chronically and terminally ill children, young adults, and their families), 1986-2005

Presentations and Publications (recent or noteworthy)

  • PSU, Counselor Education and School Psychology Honors Society, Chi Sigma Iota, Inaugural Induction Ceremony, Keynote Speaker, “Bigotry and Racism… Time to See, Tell and Do,” April 13, 2012.
  • PSU, Counselor Education and School Psychology Honors Society, Chi Sigma Iota Induction Ceremony, Keynote Speaker, “Living a Meaningful Life,” March, 2016
  • Fischler, M. (1992). “Time to Talk Back,” Phi Delta Kappan. V73, 634-635.Fischler, M. (1999)
  • Fischler, M. (1999). “Reflecting on a Personal Visit with Dr. Viktor Frankl and His Wife Elly,” Education; Winter99, Vol. 120 Issue 2, p281
  • Fischler, M. (2012) “A Letter Long Overdue,” Annual Editions Multicultural Education. 16th
  • “The Cultural Triangle,” Invited Workshop, presented November 3, 2011 at the 21st Annual  National Association for Multicultural Education Conference, Chicago , IL
  • CULTURE, CONFLICT AND CHANGE…MOVING FROM CRISIS TO GROWTH, Invited Paper, presented June 11, 2012 at the 12thInternational Conference On Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • “Culture, Conflict and Change (2014), “From Crisis to Growth,” The International Journal of Community Diversity, Volume 12, Issue 2.
  • “Ethical Living,” presentation, International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education, George Mason University, June, 2015
  • “Crisis to Opportunity to Opportunity to Change,” paper presented March 22, 2016, “International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences,” Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Crisis to Opportunity to Change (2016), Published, March, International Academic Conference, Lisbon, Portugal (proceedings)
  • “From Crisis to Change,” TED Talk, “Outstanding Research Presentation, Certificate of Excellence,”  April 11,  2016, Paris, France

Courses Taught

  • Social Behavior and Diversity
  • Social Behavior in a Diverse World
  • Foundations of Diversity
  • Cultural Diversity and American Society
  • Leadership in a Diverse World