2017 AAACE Presidential Award
for Exceptional and Innovative Leadership in Adult Continuing Education
Dr. Jean E. A. Fleming
The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) recently presented the 2017 AAACE Presidential Award to Dr. Jean E. A. Fleming of Prince Frederick, Maryland.
Dr. Fleming was recognized for her outstanding contributions and innovative leadership to the field of adult continuing education and to the Association.
In every field there are those who surpass their peers both in terms of their vision of the future and their ability to mobilize others in shaping that future. Leaders demonstrate a clear vision of what should be and a well-thought out strategy to achieve that vision. Leaders demonstrate their effectiveness by the results they achieve and by influencing outcomes by gaining the willing cooperation of colleagues/contemporaries in pursuing commonly held goals and objectives. This award is presented to a person from education, government, industry or other sectors who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership to or in support of adult and continuing education. The AAACE Presidential Award is presented to the individual who embodies these traits.
Jean Fleming began her career in adult education as a volunteer literacy tutor in 1975 at the Volunteers Clearing House in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Since then she has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of positions in the field, and thus the opportunity to experience and learn about adult education from a variety of perspectives. She went on to become an ABE/GED Program Coordinator, the Education Director for the Boulder County Jail, a state teacher trainer for the Colorado Department of Education, and Executive Director of the Community Technical Skills Center in Denver. She later became an assistant professor of adult education at Ball State University, followed by additional opportunities to serve as a graduate faculty member in both a full-time and adjunct capacity.
Jean received a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology in 1973 and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education in 1975 from Colorado State University, and then her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 1996 from the University of Northern Colorado. In 2013, she became a registered nurse and worked as a patient advocate at her local hospital. Since 2015 she has served as Executive Director/CEO of Calvert Hospice in Prince Frederick, Maryland, where she is heading up a community education initiative focused on developing a continuum of care for the last chapters of life.
Her work in professional associations has also spanned a period of nearly 40 years. She served in every capacity with both the former Colorado Association for Continuing and Adult Education and with the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association. She served on the board of AAACE three times, most recently as President in 2014—2015. She has remained committed to the vision of this association as the professional home for adult, community, and continuing educators, where both the common purposes and great diversity of the field can be fully supported and honored.