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CPAE Co-Conference - Finding Opportunity in Complexity and Change: Adult Education Moving Forward

Monday, September 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
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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 Forwardwill 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.

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