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Adult, Professional and Community Education Faculty

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Ann K. Brooks, Professor

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Joellen E. Coryell, Associate Professor  ASB-S 326 1856
Clarena Larrotta, Program Coordinator & Professor ASB-S 316 6288
Robert F. Reardon, Associate Professor ASB-S 320 3755
Jovita Ross-Gordon, Director of PhD- APCE & Professor ASB-S 310 8084

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) 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.

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.