Riane Eisler started her teaching career in the 1970s, when she introduced the first courses at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) on the social and legal status of women, followed by the social and legal status of children, drawing largely from her legal experience. In the 1980s, she began applying her cross-cultural research to education, culminating in her book Tomorrow’s Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education in the 21st Century, which inspired courses in schools (including Montessori) and universities (including the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the California Institute for Integral Studies, the Swiss Academy of Social Science, Goddard College, and California State University, Monterey Bay).
In 2021, Meridian University launched a concentration for Partnership Practitioners offering PhD and Master’s degrees in this concentration and offered an online course for both graduate students and the public at large based on Eisler’s work.
She has been on dozens of PhD dissertation committees for candidates using her work. She has advised students and faculty worldwide on partnership education, keynoted educationally-focused conferences, spoken in classrooms, granted interviews to students from high school to graduate school, worked with faculty to develop partnership curricula, collaborated with the Montessori Foundation to develop their Partnership Education conferences and their teacher training, worked with university, high school, and grammar school teachers on their books, including Partnership Education in Action, collaborated with faculty at the University of Udine in Italy to found their Partnership Studies Group, co-authored Educating for a Culture of Peace, contributed chapters to numerous educational publications, and taught online courses on cultural transformation, caring economics, and other topics drawing from her work.
Why do I teach?
Teaching is legacy work – both the legacy of my contributions and the legacy we all leave for future generations. It’s been great to teach on a whole variety of levels – from PhD review committees, college and high school classes, and webinars for professionals to community courses and programs for people seeking tools for personal and social transformation. I learn so much every time I teach! The feedback from students reaffirms my determination to inspire others to advance movement to a more peaceful and caring Partnership world.