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Professors of Adult Education (CPAE)
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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Commission of Professors of Adult Education. Our Commission aims to:

• Act as a vehicle for strengthening and supporting excellence in academic programs in adult education
• Identify and disseminate resources that support adult education as a field of study, research and practice.
• Provide opportunities for the professional development of professors of adult education.
• Study and disseminate positions on social issues of concern to adult education.
• Provide a forum for critical reflection and dialogue on scholarship and practice that reflects the diversity in adult education.

Importantly, our organization seeks to provide a caring, supportive and collegial community for professors of adult education working in a variety of positions and across their lifespan. We seek to achieve this through our annual meeting in conjunction with annual AAACE conference, usually in November. The meetings feature 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 also hold a less formal meeting yearly at the Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) in early June.

We invite you to explore our Commission through this web site, meet the people that form our leadership team, and join the faculty and doctoral students in our field that have found a professional home with CPAE.

Ann K. Brooks
Adult, Professional and Community Education  MA/PhD Programs    
Honorary Professor of International Studies
Chair, Commission of Professors of Adult Education
Editor, Adult Learning
Texas State University


A Little History of CPAE

In May of 1955, 15 professors of adult education assembled in Monticello, Illinois "to discuss the role of the university in providing professional training in adult education." What became known as "The Allerton Park Conference of Professors of Adult Education" was held under the auspices of the Section on Training of the Adult Education Association of the U. S. A.

The Commission of Professors of Adult Education (CPAE) is part of what is now the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), a proud descendant of this early effort to provide a forum for the discussion of important issues related to the academic preparation of adult educators. We are a very diverse group made up of faculty members from programs all over the world.

CPAE Standards for Graduate Programs in Adult Education
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