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Joellen E. Coryell, Ph.D.



Associate Professor in Education at Texas State University
Director of the Education Ph.D. Program

Dr. Coryell's research focuses on (1) international cross-cultural adult and higher education and (2) the investment in the professional development of adult educators and leaders. Using sociocultural theory and Lave and Wenger's theoretical work on situated learning and communities of practice, her work is primarily conducted through case studies, participant interviews, focus groups, and open-ended surveys. Her methods include narrative, thematic, within case and across case, symbolic convergence, and constant-comparison analyses. Dr. Coryell's current research is in adult study abroad, capacity-building in international education aid programs, consensus-building in adult higher education internationalization, and education doctoral student research development. She presently has projects/consulting in Italy, New Zealand, and Malawi. Finally, Dr. Coryell serves as the Reflections Editor for Adult Learning and is the Instructional Improvement Special Interest Group co-chair for the Commission of Professors of Adult Education.
Educational Background
  • B.A., International Economics, The University of Illinois
  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Texas State University
  • Ph.D., Educational Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University
Joellen E. Coryell
Associate Professor of Graduate Studies in Adult, Professional, and Continuing Education
Program Coordinator, M.A. in Adult Education
Phone: (512) 245-1856
Mailing Address:
601 University Drive
ASB South 311
San Marcos, TX 78666