Imogene Okes Award
Monday, November 13, 2017
2017 AAACE Imogene Okes Award
for Outstanding Research in Adult Education
Dr. Elizabeth Tisdell, Dr. Robin Redmon Wright, Dr. Edward W. Taylor
The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) recently presented the 2017 AAACE Imogen Okes Award to Dr. Elizabeth Tisdell of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Dr. Robin Redmon Wright of Middletown, Pennsylvania and Dr. Edward W. Taylor for Adult Education Faculty and Programs in North America.
This award recognizes persons whose research contributes significantly to the advancement of adult and continuing education and honors the memory of Imogene Okes, whose reports on adult education participation have been widely used and quoted in the field. It is given annually by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) for a report of original research done by single or joint authors and published in English in the previous year for a work that reflects the ideals for which Imogene Okes stood. Nominated works exemplify outstanding and original research in adult education.
Dr. Elizabeth Tisdell, is a Professor of Adult Education at Penn State University – Harrisburg and the Chair of the Division of Health and Professional Studies. She received her: Ed.D. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia, in 1992, an M.A. in Religion from Fordham University in 1979, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Maine in 1977.
Tisdell’s current research interests include the relationship between meditation, embodied learning and health; and the role of digital story telling in facilitating transformative learning in higher education and faculty development settings. She has also done prior research in spirituality and adult learning, critical media literacy in teaching for diversity in adult education, in embodied learning, in medical and health professions education, and in financial literacy. Her scholarly work has appeared in numerous journals, books and edited books. Dr. Tisdell is the author of Exploring Spirituality and Culture in Adult and Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2003), the co-author (with Sharan Merriam) of Qualitative Research : A guide to Design and Implementation, 4th edition, (Jossey Bass 2016 ) , and is the co-editor and contributing chapter author of the Adult Education and the Pursuit of Wisdom (2011). She served as the co-editor of the Adult Education Quarterly from 2006-2011, and the Chair of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education (CPAE) from 2012-2014.
Dr. Robin Redmon Wright is an Associate Professor and Professor in Charge of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education at Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, U.S.A. She holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Texas A&M University (2007) as well as an M.A. (1995) and B.A. (1993) in English Literature from The University of Tennessee.
Wright’s current research focuses on critical and critical feminist perspectives on two major topics: a) learning and identity development through engagement with popular culture, and b) the interactions of socioeconomic class, culture, and identity. Her scholarly and creative work can be found in numerous books and journals, but recent (2016-2017) publications include articles in the International Journal of Lifelong Education, Adult Education Quarterly, the International journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and Adult Learning. She contributed chapters to the Palgrave International Handbook on Adult and Lifelong Education and Learning (2018), the International Compendium of Adult and Continuing Education (2017), and The Disney Curriculum: Education, Culture, and Society (2016). She was honored with the Commission of Professors of Adult Education’s Early Career Award in 2011. In 2017, she won the Kathryn Towns Women’s History Month Award from the Penn State Harrisburg Commission of University Women for a demonstrated commitment