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Adult, Professional and Community Education Faculty

Ann K. Brooks

Ann K. Brooks (Vita) is a Professor of Adult, Professional, and Community Education, Director of the Ph.D. Program in Education, and Honorary Professor of International Studies. Her research focuses on systems of learning in education and work organizations; equity and inclusion; gender; higher education in Southeast Asia; and action inquiry in research and evaluation. She has worked or consulted in Cambodia, China, Japan, South Korea, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Mexico. She holds an Ed.D. from Columbia University Teachers College in Adult and Higher Education.

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) is Associate Professor in the College of Education.  She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Bilingual Education, from The University of Texas, Austin.  She teaches English/Literacy related courses for instructors of adult learners and qualitative research courses for graduate level students.  Using Freirian pedagogy, participatory approaches, and engaged scholarship, her research interests focus on adult learning, English as a second language (ESL), and literacy development. Larrotta has published research and practice articles on innovative classroom pedagogy and best teaching practices in top tier journals such as Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Adult Learning, Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, and New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education.  She has also published several book chapters and an edited book on contemporary adult ESL topics. She has presented her research at research conferences such as LRA, COABE, PRTESOL, AERA, and NCFL.

Robert F Reardon

Robert F. Reardon (Vita), Associate Professor - Educational Administration and Psychological Services. Ph.D. University of Georgia, Department of Adult Education. M.S. North Carolina State University, Department of Chemical Engineering. B.S. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Chemistry. Research interests include workplace learning in manufacturing, K – 20 science education, continuing professional development, and quantitative research methods (factor analysis, survey research, and multivariate regression). He has consulted extensively with the oil and chemical industry in the US.

Jovita M. Ross-Gordon

Jovita M. Ross-Gordon (Vita), Professor of Adult, Professional and Community Education & Director of the PhD program in Adult, Professional, and Community Education. She earned her BS and MA from Northwestern University and her EdD from the University of Georgia. Dr. Ross-Gordon’s research centers on teaching and learning of adults, with specific foci on 1) adult learners in higher education, 2) adults with disabilities, and 3) issues of diversity and equity in adult higher education and continuing professional education. She serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief for the New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education Series. Her recent honors include the. 2018 Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education from AAACE, induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2015, and the Career Achievement Award of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education in 2013.


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Mattyna Stephens, Post Doctoral Research Associate in Adult Education, received her Ph.D. in Adult Education from Texas A&M University. Her professional practice interests include: human and social capital development; women's studies; and, literacy.