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Joellen E. Coryell, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

Adult, Professional, and Community Education


Joellen Coryell is Associate Professor in Adult, Professional, and Community Education at Texas State University. She earned a B.A. in International Economics from the University of Illinois, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in English as a Second Language from Texas State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University. She has worked across her career in executive business management and corporate training, in English language acquisition to students from childhood to adulthood, as an instructional designer in health science education, and as faculty and program coordinator in adult education graduate programs. She has a passion for travel and cross-cultural learning and for understanding the influences of experience, knowledge, and culture on learning and teaching in higher education. She has studied Italian and Spanish for many years and has worked in Italy for over 10 years in study abroad programs and faculty professional development workshops.

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. She currently is Co-Editor-In-Chief of New Directions for Adult and Continuing education and as the faculty sponsor of the Memorandum of Understanding between Texas State University and the Università degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD). Within this partnership, she engages in faculty teaching exchange; student international field studies in Padova with courses based on comparative international adult, higher, and professional education; and multiple collaborative research projects focused on faculty instructional development and student research development. Along with UNIPD, she also works with other Italian universities conducting faculty and student development workshops on team development, active learning and teaching, instructional development, knowledge sharing and problem solving, and internationalization of adult higher education. Dr. Coryell received a Fulbright Core Scholar Grant to Italy for 2018-2019 at Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta in Rome in which she will engage in teaching and research activities that connect with issues and needs for internationalization of adult and higher education teaching and learning.


Phone: 512.245.1856

Mailing Address:

601 University Drive

ASB South 311

San Marcos, TX 78666

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