Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Posted by: Larry Martin
On November 19 and 20, 2015, the Commission of Professors of Adult Education (CPAE), held its annual meeting in conjunction with the AAACE national conference. Organized to support graduate professional adult education, the CPAE 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 meeting was attended this year by approximately 100 CPAE members and students. These annual meetings have historically served as focal points to enhance and extend networking opportunities, attend to the business of the organization, engage in professional learning opportunities, and plan future activities.
Several members of the CPAE Executive Committee completed their terms of service: Libby Tisdell (Past CPAE Chair); C. Amelia Davis and Claudette Peterson (Members at Large); and Royce Ann Collins (Secretary-Treasurer). In addition to their full schedules, these members attended scheduled EC Skype meetings, planned and implemented routine assignments, and readily engaged spontaneous assignments. They served the Commission with professional integrity, energy, and enthusiasm. It was a pleasure to work with them to complete the work of the Commission.
During our 2015 Business meeting, the Commission elected the following new members: Ann Brooks (Chair-Elect); Kalpana Gupta and Kevin Roessger (Members at Large); and Leann Kaiser (Secretary-Treasurer). I welcome them to the Executive Committee (EC) and I look forward to working with the EC to pursue a number of goals during my final term. These include determining in what ways the Commission can raise the digital profile and connectivity of the membership; determining how we can make our membership more highly relevant in the national and international policy-level conversations about teaching and learning with and among adult learners; and improving the CPAE conference experience of our membership. The EC has regularly scheduled meetings. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have issues/concerns that are important to our membership.