Ann Filemyr, Ph.D. is an educator, poet, teacher, and mentor. Ann was trained as a traditional healer by the late Keewaydinoquay Peschel. She served as Kee’s graduate teaching & research assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and as her personal apprentice or ‘helper’ for twenty years. Kee was a culture carrier, storyteller and healer. In the Midewiwin tradition of the northern Great Lakes, Kee served as an Anishinaabeg Mashkikikwe (Ojibwe herbal medicine woman). Ann continues in this tradition.
Dr. Filemyr was the Academic Dean at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe for nine years prior to joining Southwestern College. Prior to that she was Professor of Cultural & Interdisciplinary Studies, then Dean of Faculty and Vice President at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she lived and worked from 1990-2005. Her commitment to higher education is connected to her belief in the power of human beings to thrive and flourish as part of creation. Her own educational journey included a Bachelor of Philosophy in the Creative & Performing Arts from Thomas Jefferson College, an alternative college in Michigan; a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Communications.
She has also studied holistic health, herbal medicine, massage, counseling, and meditation. Her educational path connects her passion for creative expression with a concern for healing ourselves and the Earth. She is motivated by her understanding that we must transform our own lives in order to address our concerns for others and for the world we inhabit.
She served on the SWC Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2014 . She was also the SWC graduation keynote speaker in 2011 and 2014, and in 2012 she began teaching Psychology of Consciousness courses at SWC.