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2012 AAACE Election

AAACE President-Elect
Steven W. Schmidt, Ph. D.

Steven Schmidt
Steven W. Schmidt, Ph. D.
AAACE Member since 2006
Associate Professor of Adult Education
East Carolina University, NC

Steven W. Schmidt, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Adult Education and the Adult Education Program Coordinator in the Higher, Adult, and Counselor Education Department at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina. He holds Ph.D. and MS degrees in adult education from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Steve has been a member of the faculty at East Carolina University since 2006. Prior to joining the faculty of East Carolina University, he spent 18 years at Harley-Davidson Motor Company, working in the areas of marketing, public relations, and employee training and development.

Steve has played a leadership role in AAACE for several years. Since 2009, he has been Association Secretary and member of the AAACE Executive Board. He has served on the conference planning committee since 2007. Steve has been an active member of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education for many years, as well, and has served as co-chair of the CPAE Human Resource Development SIG. His research studies have been published in a variety of journals, and he has made presentations at national and international conferences. Additionally, he serves on editorial review boards of several major journals that focus on adult education and human resource development.

Steve has a great deal of experience in adult education and human resource development as a practitioner, researcher, formal educator, and consultant. He served in a leadership capacity at Harley-Davidson Motor Company and continues to do so at East Carolina University. In addition to adult education, he is experienced in management, organizational development, event coordination, marketing, and public relations. He is the recipient of the 2009 Early Career Award from the Commission of Professors of Adult Education. This annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in teaching and research by a new professor.

Vision Statement

I am excited to be running for AAACE President-Elect during this time of growth and change for the organization. As a long-time member of AAACE, and having served three years as Secretary and member of the Executive Board, I have a strong commitment to see that the organization continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our members, while at the same time remaining true to the organizational mission and vision.

As AAACE Secretary, I served as a member of the organization's strategic planning committee. I have worked with this committee to carve out a vision for the organization that is based on the foundations of excellence in customer (member) service, high quality learning and growth opportunities, financial sustainability, and efficient and effective internal organizational policies. My vision is based on these foundations. The following concepts are key to the future of AAACE:

  • Strategic plan: Continue work on the implementation of initiatives developed in the 2011 strategic plan.
  • Membership and member services: Our membership is growing, but we need to make sure we are providing a first-rate experience for all members, whether they are new or long term. We must be responsive to their needs, and communicate with members effectively.
  • Conference: Our annual conference is also growing, but quality must be at the forefront of all conference-related efforts. We also must offer a variety of learning, growth, and networking opportunities for conference attendees. This year's conference in Las Vegas will feature expanded concurrent session options, symposia featuring multiple presenters, poster sessions, and roundtables. We should continue to expand conference options such as those noted above, so that our members can customize their conference experience with many different options.
  • Partnerships: The synergies that result from partnerships with organizations whose missions compliment AAACE can be beneficial to all involved. Collaborating with organizations on our annual conference, for example, has resulted in increased attendance, greater variety of presentation topics, and expanded opportunities for networking. AAACE also has a network of affiliate organizations with whom we could potentially partner. The identification of appropriate partners and the development of mutually beneficial initiatives are important as we go forward.
  • Fiscal responsibility: We must be responsible in the management of the organization's budget, and invest in initiatives that are value added to members, while not overextending ourselves. Investing in the Journal of Transformative Education is a good example of a value-added investment that is beneficial to members.
  • Ultimately, we on the Board of Directors, along with Commission Directors, and Special Interest Group Leaders, have to work together to serve you, the members of the organization.

My vision for AAACE is based on my experience as a leader and a member of the organization. This vision is based on groundwork laid by current and past board members of AAACE. Many on the board have been working on these issues for a long time, as the processes of visioning and strategic planning are ongoing efforts. AAACE is an organization on the rise, and it has been led by dedicated and talented individuals. I am fortunate to have been able to learn from them and serve with them. As President-Elect, I hope to continue to do so.

AAACE Secretary
Jonathan Taylor, Ph. D.

Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor, Ph. D.
AAACE Member since 2007
Assistant Professor of Adult Education
Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Adult Education and Postsecondary Education
Troy University

Jonathan E. Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Adult Education and the Coordinator for the Adult Education and Postsecondary Education graduate programs at Troy University, in Montgomery, Alabama. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research (Adult Education) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a cognate in Cultural Anthropology. He holds an M.S. in Human Sciences (Psychology) from Hood College, Frederick, Maryland. Jonathan's Major areas of research and scholarship include learning resistance and conceptual change theory, specifically applied to workplace learning contexts.

Jonathan has been a member of AAACE since 2007, and has served as a proposal reviewer, a reviewer for special editions of Adult Learning, a proposal review chair, and most recently as the chair of the proposal review committee for the 2012 conference. Jonathan has made presentations at national and international conferences, and has published scholarship consistently over the past five years.

Prior to joining the faculty of Troy University, Jonathan spent over a decade in private and public professional training, and these experiences gave rise to his present academic interests and scholarship. He continues to teach train-the-trainer courses for the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), a division of the USDOT, and has recently authored a nationally used training module for TSI on learning resistance.

Vision Statement

The following statement concerning my potential tenure as secretary for the association is derived from the intersection of a number of different personal characteristics, experiences, and values. My intention here is to illuminate these as they relate to my personal vision for the secretary position.

First, my dedication to the association is connected firmly to my belief that it represents the very best of adult education, as a field of practice and as a discipline of the academy. This is a personal belief driven by the association's consistent acceptance and integration of the many various strands of adult education. AAACE stands out, in my experience, as the most open, warm, and accepting of any "umbrella" organization within the field. My vision as secretary would be to continue to support this stance, to help in maintaining the innovative programs, commissions, and outreaches already in place, and to provide all possible assistance in the forging of additional progress in this area.

Second, my drive to be involved and contribute to any community in which I am involved, motivates me to serve both the board of directors, as well as the individual members in the daily business of the association. Since useful service is never constrained by a simple list of "roles and responsibilities," my vision as secretary would be to remain flexible in scope, innovative through service, and sensitive to evolving need.

Third, my personal mandate to be a lifelong learner pushes me to continually engage in reflective practice, develop more efficient ways to do things, and find better ways to serve. My vision as secretary would be to learn from every member of the board and every member of the association, to continually develop as a scholar and as an individual, and to refine administrative process when possible, in ways that would mutually benefit the leadership and membership at large.

Fourth, my empathy provides much of the impetus for my desire to serve within the association. Empathy drives service, and my vision as secretary would be foremost, to serve when I can, where I can, in any way that I can.

It is these characteristics, as antecedents, that bring me to this present endeavor. I sincerely hope to use them to maintain and increase constituent service and administrative efficiency. As a candidate for secretary, my vision is to maintain and improve the quality of our academic community and the efficacy of our practice, and to serve adult learners throughout the world.

It has been my privilege to serve the past few years in various roles with the association, and during that time I have continued to have a passion for personal excellence and for the growth and stability of the field. My recent work exemplifies the expressions I present in this vision statement and I truly hope that I may have the opportunity to engage them again by serving in this new capacity. Either way, my service to our community will continue where opportunities arise.

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