University of Pennsylvania, USA
Dr. James O. Pawelski, Ph.D. is Professor of Practice and Director of Education in the Positive Psychology Center and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Having earned a doctorate in philosophy, he is the Principal Investigator on a 3-year, $2.5M grant from the Templeton Religion Trust on “The Humanities and Human Flourishing: A Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration for Understanding, Assessing, and Cultivating Well-Being.” He is the author of The Dynamic Individualism of William James, editor of the philosophy section of the Oxford Handbook of Happiness, co-editor of The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies, co-editor of On Human Flourishing: A Poetry Anthology, and co-author (with his wife Suzann Pileggi Pawelski) of Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts. Since 2005, Dr. Pawelski has served as the founding director of Penn’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program, where he teaches courses on positive interventions and the humanities and human flourishing, for which he has received the Liberal and Professional Studies Award for Distinguished Teaching in Professional Graduate Programs. Additionally, he launched a new interdisciplinary undergraduate course at Penn this spring called “The Pursuit of Happiness” to help students learn how to increase their well-being.He is a past president of the William James Society, the founding executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association, and a member of the advisory board of the International Positive Education Network. An international keynote speaker who has given talks in more than 20 countries on six continents, Dr. Pawelski is the recipient of a Practice Excellence Award from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, as well as the Humanitarian Innovation Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Culture from the Humanities Innovation Forum at the United Nations.