Candace Walworth is an educator with thirty-six years of teaching experience in a wide range of interdisciplinary learning communities. She has taught at an alternative high school, toured with a professional theater company, and offered a multitude of writing and literature courses in community colleges, prisons and universities. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Peace Studies. Her teaching and research interests include socially engaged spirituality, the socially engaged imagination and the practice of dialogue in conflict transformation.
She received Naropa University's President's Award for Outstanding faculty in 1993 and 1999 and the Student Union of Naropa (SUN) Faculty of the Year award in 2005, 2008, and 2017. Candace works with diverse community partners in the Front Range to provide students with first-hand experience working locally on issues related to peace, human rights, and environmental sustainability. She designs and facilitates learning communities that encourage and support personal discovery, dialogue and deliberation, creativity, service, and engaged scholarship. Her interest in interfaith citizen-to-citizen peacebuilding initiatives and intercultural learning has taken her to southern India, to the Middle East with the Abraham Path and the Fellowship of Reconciliation and to Bolivia and Peru.
She has facilitated The Work that Reconnects at Naropa University in courses such as "Socially Engaged Spirituality" and "Community-based Learning and Action" for the past 10 years. Other locations and dates are as follows: "Active Hope for English Educators" at the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (AEPL) annual conference at the YMCA of the Rockies, 2018; "Contemplative Education Through The Work that Reconnects" with Where There Be Dragons, a gap-year program in Cochabamba, Bolivia (2013); "Peace Education and The Work that Reconnects" at the National Peace Academy's Peacebuilding/Peacelearning conference, Boulder, CO. (2011). "Peace Education and The Work that Reconnects" at the annual Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference in Memphis, (2008 ); Workshop on WTR at Resurrection City University at the Democratic National Convention, Denver, CO. (2008).