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2017 CPAE Co-Conference
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This year’s Commission of Professors of Adult Education (CPAE) conference, held in conjunction with the AAACE Annual Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, will begin on Thursday, November 2, 2017. Our organization seeks to provide a caring, supportive and collegial community for professors of adult education working in a variety of positions across their lifespan. We also welcome graduate students and encourage them to attend. This year’s conference features speakers and networking events as well as presentations organized by our active Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Current SIGs are women's research, neuroscience, research & theory, international/intercultural issues, instructional improvement, human resource development, faculty development, and critical theory. We look forward to seeing you there.


Our current era is one of complexity, contradiction and change. A confluence of economic, political, and social forces are affecting students, faculty, higher education, nations, and the world. CPAE’s Opening Session this year, Finding Opportunity in Complexity and Change: Adult Education Moving Forward, will feature keynote speakers and a panel on which several of our members share the initiatives their academic programs have launched to take adult education forward in this environment. The conversation begun at the Opening Session will continue at the Business Meeting during the evening of Thursday, November 2. This will afford individual CPAE members the opportunity to share additional perspectives and experiences on finding opportunity in complexity and change.

Opening Session Keynote Speakers

Dr. Aliki Nicolaides – Associate Professor of Adult Education, University of Georgia
Dr. Victoria Marsick – Professor of Education, Co-Director J.M. Huber Institute, Program Director of Adult Learning at Teacher’s College, Columbia University

What are the consequences of learning and action in response to new complexities individually, collectively, and systemically?

Keynote Panelists

Dr. Monica Fedeli - Associate Professor of Didattica e Pedagogia Speciale (Teaching and Learning of Adults), University of Padua
Based on a European Commission funded study on modernizing university teaching, Dr. Fedeli will describe the development of the Teaching 4 Learning Program at the University of Padua. At present it involves a series of faculty development and organizational initiatives, both departmental (engineering, math, psychology, pharmacy), and university wide (new faculty) to promote active learning and the creation of faculty learning communities.

Dr. Lee Nabb - Assistant Professor, Foundational and Graduate Studies in Education, Morehead State University
Dr. Nabb will discuss the expansion of Adult and Higher Education M.A. and Ed.S. programs and the creation of an adult and higher education specialization in the Educational Leadership in Ed.D. program, which have created foci, cognates, and emphases in legal and policy studies. He will also discuss projections for a university-based center for social justice, a journal for adult and higher education and social justice, and how all these initiatives work together.

Dr. Steven Schmidt - Professor and Program Coordinator Adult Education Program, East Carolina University
The Adult Education Program at ECU has shown considerable growth in the past few years, even as enrollments in other programs in the College of Education have declined. Dr. Schmidt will share some reasons for the growth, including the continual development of new courses and graduate certificate programs, the development of partnerships with other schools and colleges across campus, and the maintenance and expansion of the program's contract with the U.S. Army.


See our completed schedule here.
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