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Dr. Joellen Coryell works with colleagues at the Università degli Studi di Padova (University of Padova, Italy) this November.

APCE in Italy
APCE at Università degli Studi di Padova (University of Padova, Italy)

Dr. Joellen Coryell, Associate Professor and Director of the PhD program in Adult, Professional, and Community Education in the College of Education  worked with colleagues at the Università degli Studi di Padova (University of Padova, Italy) in late November, 2016 as a part of Texas State University’s MOU with this prestigious university. During her work in Padova, she worked on collaborative research on faculty development for teaching international students and conducted seminars for Master’s and Doctoral students in adult education on topics such as Working in Groups, Team Development, Learning Styles, and Active Learning Methods. She also co-conducted a 3-day professional development workshop entitled, Teaching for Learning (T4L) - New Strategies for Successful Teaching, the first of its kind for College of Engineering faculty at an Italian university.

Dr. Ann Brooks elected chair of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education

APCE Professor and PhD Program Director was elected as Chair of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education (CPAE) on November 19, 2015 at the Commission’s annual meeting in conjunction with the AAACE national conference. She will serve as Chair Elect until November 2016, when she will take on leadership of the organization.

CPAE was organized to support graduate professional adult education.  It was established in 1959 as a division of the AAACE. For over 55 years this organization has played a pivotal role in supporting the efforts of professors and academic programs to discover, promote and enhance the roles and functions of adult education amid periods of relative stability and tumultuous change.

The following five purposes define the purpose and work of the Commission:

  • To act as a vehicle for strengthening and supporting excellence in academic programs in adult education
  • To identify and disseminate resources that support adult education as a field of study, research and practice.
  • To provide opportunities for the professional development of professors of adult education.
  • To study and disseminate positions on social issues of concern to adult education.
  • To provide a forum for critical reflection and dialogue on scholarship and practice that reflects the diversity in adult education.

CPAE encourages doctoral students with interest in becoming professors in the field to attend and participate in dialogues at the Conference.

Congratulations to Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon on her induction to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.

APCE Faculty, Students, and Alum Present at the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)

Skyller Walkes and Terrance McClain have been selected as 2015-16 fellows by the Texas Association of Black Personnel in higher Education.

From TABPHE’s website: "TABPHE FELLOWS are an elite group of individuals chosen, with the direction of the State Board of Directors, to work on special projects that support the vision and mission of TABPHE."

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APCE Student Awarded Grant from Alexander N. Charters Library for Educators of Adults Grant-in-Aid Program

APCE doctoral student Lynn Taylor has been awarded a research grant from the 2015 Alexander N. Charters Library for Educators of Adults Grants-in-Aid program at Syracuse University. This funding supports research in the training of adult educators, the needs of teachers of adults, adult learning and adult literacy and training from a historical perspective and framework. The project includes using archival, audio, visual and other digitized materials from the Alexander N. Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults.

APCE Faculty, Students, and Alum Present at the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)

From November 4-7th, 2014, Texas State University was represented by 11 faculty, students, and graduates of the APCE program. Presentations included:

  • Workplace Diversity: Creating Inclusion Instead of an Illusion by Cedric Scott
  • Creating a Circle of Trust: Experiences from a First Year Doctoral Program by Yolanda Reyes Guevara & Andrea Flores
  • Stories from the ATX: Hip Hop Artists Using Voice and Story to Transform Community by Freda Bryson & Tim Eubanks
  • Fluffy Women: Cats Are Not the Only Fluffy Creatures Who Are Beautiful by Natalie Hendrix
  • Faculty in Adult Degree Programs: What They Have Learned From Teaching Adults by Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon & Kayon Murray
  • Intentional Learning: Women Mentoring Women in Doctoral Education by Dr. Geleana Drew Alston
  • Positive Psychology: A Critical and Generative Conversation About Its Usefulness to Adult Education Researchers by Dr. Ann Brooks & Moira Martin

Bryson Named Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) Fellow

Freda Bryson, an Adult, Professional and Community Education doctoral student in the College of Education at Texas State University, has been named a Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) Fellow for 2014-2015.

Fellows are an elite group of individuals chosen, with the direction of the state board of directors, to work on special projects that support the vision and mission of TABPHE.

"Applications are submitted annually from members across the state of Texas. However, this year only five were chosen to participate," said Tanisha Shorter, TABPHE president-elect and fellows co-chair. "TABPHE Fellows Leadership is an initiative to help generate new memberships, regenerate old memberships and build new leaders for our dynamic organization."

Fulbright Scholarship Information Session

On Wednesday, December 4, Drs. Annie Brooks and Michael O'Malley hosted an information session on the Fulbright Scholar program for interested COE faculty and doctoral students. Dr. Brooks (Cambodia) and Dr. O’Malley (Chile) shared insight and anecdotes about their Fulbright experiences abroad with a focus primarily on their application process. The goal of the session was to share information with faculty and doctoral students considering a Fulbright Scholar application and to support development of successful applications from the College of Education. The session video includes a substantial Q&A session.

Karen Backor named Blumberg Scholar by the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision

Dr. Karen Backor, an August graduate of Texas State’s Ph.D. program in School Improvement, was recently honored by the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision (COPIS) as a Blumberg Scholar, an award given to doctoral students or recent graduates for outstanding research. Dr. Backor’s award was based on her Ph.D. dissertation research on how university principal preparation programs can prepare aspiring principals to be instructional leaders.

In her research, Dr. Backor interviewed professors of supervision, principals, and teacher leaders identified by an expert panel as outstanding instructional leaders, and created a model for principal preparation based on those interviews. Dr. Backor received the award at the opening session of the council’s annual conference, held this year at Penn State University, and presented her research to conference participants the following day. Dr. Backor currently is assistant professor of education and director of field experiences at Schreiner University.

Dr. Ross-Gordon Awarded 2013 Career Achievement Award

Dr Coryell and Dr Ross-Gordon at AAACE

Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon was awarded the 2013 Career Achievement Award from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education’s Commission of Professors of Adult Education. She was presented this national award Thursday, November 7th at the annual meeting in Lexington, KY.

Spanning 28 years in academic research positions in the field of Adult Education since earning her doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1985, Dr. Ross-Gordon’s research in the field of adult education has significantly and positively impacted how we understand adult learners with disabilities, diversity and equity in adult education, and adult learners in higher education. With the social imperative of effective ability- and culturally-sensitive adult education, the reskilling of the world’s workers, lifelong learning initiatives, and more adults in higher education than ever before, it is at the intersection of her research strands where we find the current and future trajectory of Dr. Ross-Gordon’s impact on our field. Her body of work distinctly impacts and supports the field of adult education and stands out among scholarly educational research areas in meeting the needs of adult learners, educators, educational programs and organizations, and the workplace.

The Adult Education Quarterly Moves to Texas State

Adult Education Quarterly
The Adult Education Quarterly (AEQ), the premier research journal in adult education in the U.S., has moved to Texas State University. It is being co-edited by APCE faculty members Ann Brooks and Jovita Ross-Gordon together with Northern Illinois University faculty member, Amy Rose, and Texas A&M faculty member, Lisa Baumgartner. The AEQ is indexed in the Social Science Citation Index.

Adult Education Quarterly (AEQ) is a quarterly scholarly refereed journal committed to advancing the understanding and practice of adult and continuing education. AEQ aims to stimulate a problem-oriented, critical approach to research and practice, with an increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary and international perspectives. Innovative and provocative scholarship informed by diverse orientations and methodologies is encouraged.

"10 Tips to Finishing Your PhD Faster"

Rodney E. Rohde, PhD APCE graduate and associate professor of clinical laboratory science at Texas State is the lead story on Elsevier Connect in late October 2013. The topic, "10 Tips to Finishing Your PhD Faster" is useful and important for all doctoral students.  In his article he writes: "Recently, I came across a very interesting article here by Andy Greenspon, a PhD student in applied physics at Harvard: "9 things you should consider before embarking on a PhD".  I thought Andy gave some fantastic advice, and it reminded me of a promise I made to myself while working on my PhD. In the wee hours of the night poring over coursework, informed consent documents, data analysis, and the umpteenth version of my dissertation, I vowed that if I ever finished my PhD, I would try to help others through the quicksand of a graduate school journey.

Congratulations to APCE Graduate Wendy Francik

Ross-Gordon & Francik

Wendy Francik, a spring graduate of the APCE Program, received the prestigious Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award for 2013 at the Adult Education Research Conference for her dissertation research, THE NATURE OF SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING AND TRANSFORMATIONAL LEARNING IN SELF-MANAGING BIPOLAR DISORDER TO STAY WELL.  This prestigious award is made annually to a single graduate student selected at the Adult Education Research Conference, the premier research conference in the field of Adult Education held in the U.S.  Participants and papers selected for the conference come from around the world.  Notably, Wendy completed her studies at Texas State as a part-time doctoral student while maintaining demanding positions in a state agency. 

Jovita Ross-Gordon chaired her committee, and Ann Brooks, Eric Schmidt, and Steve Furney served on her committee.

Listen to a Recent Graduate Talk About Her Experiences in the Program

Dr. Leticia Romero GrimaldoDr. Leticia Romero Grimaldo is project manager for the Texas Institute for the Acquisition of Language for Learning, which assists schools throughout the state with their programs of instruction for English language learners (ELLs) through technical assistance and professional development. She is also an adjunct professor for Texas State University, where she teaches master's-level courses in instructional supervision and professional development within the Education and Community Leadership Program. She has published manuscripts in the Journal of School Leadership and Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies. Previously, she worked as a statewide coordinator for the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, she provided technical assistance to Reading First state, district, and campus educators in reading and ELL instruction and developed professional development on various topics, such as strategies for ELLs and facilitating change in schools.

Writer’s Retreat 2013

Writer's Retreat

School Improvement doctoral students participated in a Writer’s Retreat facilitated by faculty at the Balcones Springs Conference Center in Marble Falls from April 11-14. The retreat began Thursday evening and continued through Sunday morning, involving students who are working on the dissertation process. The goal of the retreat was to provide a collegial environment conducive to intensive dissertation writing, faculty mentoring, and peer support.

Congratulations to Chaitra McGrew

Chaitra McGrew (School Improvement, Cohort 11) has been named a Public School Research Scholar by the CREATE Consortium (Center for Research, Evaluation, and Advancement of Teacher Education). The Public School Research Scholars program involves seminars and funding intended to support the doctoral research projects of public school professionals working in areas related to educational quality and effectiveness. CREATE is a consortium of  universities in the Texas A&M, Texas State, University of Texas, and University of Houston systems and an additional 23 public and private Texas universities. Chaitra is one of 8 doctoral students selected from amongst these universities, based on the quality of her proposed dissertation project.

Congratulations to Dr. Coryell

Dr. Joellen Coryell was presented with the 2012 Early Career Award from the Commission of Professors of Adult Education at the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education Conference. Dr. Coryell is an assistant professor in the APCE Program.  Dr. Coryell was recently named as one of the Top 25 Texas Education Professors by Online Schools in Texas.