Andrew Dreitcer, PhD, is an Extended Faculty member of Claremont Graduate University and a faculty member of Claremont School of Theology, where he is Associate Professor of Spirituality, Director of Spiritual Formation, and Co-Director of the Center for Engaged Compassion (CEC) He has degrees from Wabash College (with study at Oxford University), Yale University, and Graduate Theological Union/UCBerkeley, and is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute. Andy has been a Presbyterian pastor and the co-founder and director of graduate programs in spiritual guidance, compassion cultivation, and leadership formation. He is trained in organizational/relationship systems coaching, and has worked on Restorative Justice with residents of San Quentin prison. His spiritual path includes a year living with an ecumenical monastic community.
Dr. Dreitcer’s current interests lie exploring contemplative practices across spiritual traditions, the relationship between contemplative practices and neuroscientific understandings, and the ways in which contemplative practices form compassionate actions and attitudes of living. With his colleagues at the CEC, Andy has introduced the Center’s Compassion Practice processes to contexts as diverse as Zimbabwe, Capitol Hill, communities of hospital chaplains, legal and business corporations, and religious communities. His publications include the co-authored Beyond the Ordinary: Spirituality for Church Leaders.