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Program Faculty

Lisa Bomgartner

Lisa Baumgartner (Vita) is a professor of adult education at Texas State University, San Marcos.  Her research and writing focus on adult learning and development in marginalized populations and transformative learning.  She has taught courses in adult development, adult learning, critical and feminist theory, and education for older adults. A recipient of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Cyril O. Houle Scholars Research Grant for Emerging Scholars in Adult Education, she completed a study on civil rights activist Septima P. Clark’s lifelong contributions to adult education. She received the Houle O. Cyril Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education.  In 2015, she was a co-recipient of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals Campus-Based Research/Literature Award, Region IV-W, for her research concerning student affairs professionals’ experiences in learning assessment. In 2019, she received the Circle of 50 Award from the Learning, Leadership and Organizational Development Program at the University of Georgia. 

Jeremy Bohonos (Vita

Jeremy W. Bohonos is an Assistant Professor in Adult, Professional, and Community Education at Texas State University. He earned his B.A. in History at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), an M.A. in History from Ball State University, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership with a specialization in Human Resource Development (HRD) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Before pursuing his Ph.D., he worked as a career advisor who provided services to students enrolled in GED, vocational education, and adult degree completion programs.

Joellen E. Coryell

Joellen E. Coryell (Vita), Associate Professor of Adult, Professional, and Community Education.  Dr. Coryell earned a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on understanding how adult educators and adult learners can use learning and development acquired through dialogue, intercultural experiences, and instructional technologies to improve their own educative practices and cross-cultural competencies. Within this focus, she pursues two distinct areas of research foci namely: 1) international and cross-cultural adult and higher education, including adult foreign and second language acquisition, internationalization of higher education, study abroad, and capacity building in international educational development; and 2) the investment in the professional development of adult educators and educational leaders. She currently has projects/consulting in Italy and Malawi.

Clarena Larrotta

Clarena Larrotta (Vita) has a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction in the area of Bilingual Education from The University of Texas at Austin (USA). Currently, she is a Professor in the Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology Department. Her research agenda investigates issues of language-culture and equity and access relevant to Latina/o and language minority students, their families and communities. Specifically, her research interests focus on adult English as a second language, adult literacy, and family literacy. She designs qualitative research studies that incorporate best teaching practices and action research principles using a Freirean participatory approach. Larrotta’s publications consist of books, refereed journal articles, and book chapters on adult learning and ESL topics.