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Dr. Clarena Larrotta was selected as the 2022 recipient of the Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring Award!

APCE's Dr. Clarena Larrotta

Dr. Clarena Larrotta was recently selected as the recipient of the 2022 Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring Award. This award is given annually to one faculty member and one staff member who provides exceptional support and shows exceptional commitment to assisting less experienced individuals in becoming more proficient in their professional activities. The award is named for the former dean of the College of Science and Engineering, Dr. Mariel M. Muir, because of her passion for ensuring the success of students, faculty, and staff through mentoring. To learn more about the Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring Award, click here


APCE celebrated its 20th anniversary!

APCE faculty and students

The Adult, Professional, Community, and Education (APCE) PhD program recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. It is one of Texas State's highest enrolled and most diverse PhD programs. For more information about the celebration, click here.


HeeJae Chung was selected as the 2021-2022 College of Education Outstanding Graduate Student at the Doctoral Level!

HeeJae Chung, APCE Cohort 18

HeeJae Chung, an APCE PhD candidate, was recently selected as the 2021-2022 College of Education Outstanding Graduate Student at the Doctoral Level. This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates exceptional potential among peers. Click here to learn more about this award and previous recipients. 


Kim Thornton was selected for the 2022 Marianist Heritage Award!

Kim Thornton

Kim Thornton, an APCE PhD candidate, was recently awarded the 2022 Marianist Heritage Award. This award recognizes recipients for their support and promotion of the Catholic and Marianist educational tradition at St. Mary's University. Kim is 1 of 5 honorees. Click here to read more about Kim's work at St. Mary's University and the Marianist Heritage Award.


Dr. Joellen Coryell was selected as a Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador!

APCE's Dr. Joellen Coryell

Dr. Joellen Coryell was selected as a Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador for a two-year appointment. Out of 300 people who applied, 12-15 were chosen as new ambassadors. Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassadors serve as official representatives of the Fulbright Scholar Program at the events for which they are selected. 


Amy Biedermann won the 2022-2023 Fulbright grant!

Amy Biedermann, APCE Cohort 17

APCE student Amy Biedermann (Cohort 17) won the 2022-2023 Fulbright teaching grant. She will be teaching in the American Studies and English departments of a university in Romania for the 2022-23 academic year which starts in October and runs through the end of June. While in Romania, she'll also be working with the American Embassy in Bucharest conducting outreach to Romanian students interested in studying abroad in the United States. She hopes to leverage her experience working with the U.S. Embassy in Santiago through her role as the College of Education's Coordinator of Programs in Chile to expand student access to study abroad. According to the Graduate College, Amy is the first Texas State student to win a Fulbright grant to Romania. Click here to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

 


Congratulations to Abbie Salcedo on placing runner up in the 3MT Competition!

Abbie Salcedo, APCE Cohort 19

APCE student Abbie Salcedo recently placed runner up in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT), a research communication competition, for her presentation on "Workplace Injustice: Catalyzing Organizational Change." Click here to learn more about the 3MT competition.

 


APCE students and alumni received Best Overall Poster Award and Best Conceptual/Methodological Framework Award at the 2021 AAACE Conference!

Cindy Peña, Dr. Jessica Quintero, Elizabeth Castañeda, and Tess Pantoja Perez at the 2021 AAACE conference.

Cindy Peña, Dr. Jessica Quintero, Elizabeth Castañeda and Tess Pantoja Perez were awarded Best Overall Poster and Best Conceptual/Methodological Framework Award for their presentation on "Mitigating Issues of Power and Privilege: Adaptations for Qualitative Research in Virtual Spaces." 

 


APCE's Dr. Lisa Baumgartner awarded the 2021 AAACE Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education!

APCE's Dr. Baumgartner receiving the 2021 AAACE Cyril O. Houle Award.

APCE's Dr. Lisa Baumgartner was awarded the 2021 AAACE Cyril O. Houle Award for her co-authored book Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide (4th ed). Jossey-Bass.

The Cyril O. Houle Award is given annually by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) for a book that reflects universal concerns of adult educators. Click here to learn more about Dr. Baumgartner and the Cyril O. Houle Award. 

 


APCE Students, Faculty, and Alumni Presentations at the AAACE 2021 Conference

APCE's Esther Pippins, Rey Lopez, Humberto de Faria Santos, and Glenna R. Bruun at the AAACE conference.

From October 5th-8th, 2021, Texas State was represented at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education conference by a total of 2 faculty, 12 students, and 2 graduates of the APCE program. Click here for more information regarding the AAACE conference. 


Dr. Clarena Larrotta Received the College Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities!

APCE's Dr. Clarena Larrotta

APCE's Dr. Clarena Larrotta was recently acknowledged for her scholarly and creative achievements and was awarded the College Achievement Award. Dr. Larrotta was also acknowledged for her 15 years of service at Texas State University. Click here to learn more about Dr. Larrotta. 


Dr. Clarena Larrotta Named Director of Education Institute

APCE's Dr. Clarena Larrotta

APCE's Dr. Clarena Larrotta is the new director of the Education Institute at Texas State University. The Education Institute, a nationally recognized resource, is a grant-funded center within the College of Education at Texas State University.  Under Dr. Larrotta's direction, the institute aims to become a global leader and partner conducting quality research and providing innovative education services to communities, school systems, professional organizations, and education institutions. Click here to learn more about the Education Institute! 


APCE Students Recently Participated in a 3-day Writing Retreat!

APCE students who attended the Writing Retreat.

From July 22-24th, 2021, Texas State APCE students participated in a 3-day writing retreat that focused on advancing dissertation work. Students worked on their writing and were able to discuss their research with fellow students and faculty members! 


APCE Students, Faculty, and Alumni Presentations at AEGT 2021 Virtual Conference

APCE students Humberto de Faria Santos and Cindy Peña presenting with APCE faculty member Dr. Joellen Coryell on organizational digital ethical practices.

From June 3rd-6th, 2021, Texas State was represented at the Adult Education in Global Times (AEGT) virtual conference by a total of 3 faculty, 15 students, and 1 graduate of the APCE program. Click here to learn more about the AEGT conference. 


APCE PhD and Master's students recently partnered with faculty from UniMinuto (Bogotá)!

The virtual celebration with participants of the audio-letter exchange project.

APCE PhD and Master's students recently had the opportunity to participate in a two-month-long ESL audio-letter exchange project with faculty from UniMinuto (Bogotá). The project was a virtual correspondence to support the practice of oral language skills of UniMinuto faculty members. Click here to learn more about UniMinuto!


Congratulations to APCE faculty on their recent publications and presentations!

Dr. Larrotta's book on Bilingualism and Bilingual Education.

Coryell, J.E., Cinque, M., Fedeli, M., Lapina-Salazar, A., & Tino, C. (2021). University teaching in global times: Research on the perspectives of Italian university faculty about teaching international graduate students. Journal of Studies in International Education.

 

Deer, S., Zarestky, J., & Baumgartner, L. M. (June 2021). Relive my life from scratch’: Learning through transition for women exiting the sex trade. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 29. 

 

Lewellen, C. & Bohonos, J. W. (2021). Excuse me, sir?: A critical race theory (hair) chronicle. Gender, Work & Organization, 28(S1), 1-5. 

 

Bohonos, J. W. (2021). Critical race theory and working class White men: Exploring race privilege and lower class work-life. Gender, Work & Organization, 28(1), 54-66.

 

French, P., James-Galloway, C., & Bohonos, J. W. (In press). Examining intergroup dialogue's potential to promote social justice in adult education. Journal of Transformative Education.

 

Bohonos, J. W., & Johnson, M. J. (In press). Whiteness, leadership, and power in a Midwestern municipal government. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. 

 

Chuma, P. & Bohonos, J. W. (2021). Program planning and animated videos as learning tools in Sub-Saharan Africa. Coalition on Adult Basic Education National Virtual Conference. Nashville, Tennessee. 

 

Larrotta, C., & Adversario, J. (2021). Adult Chinese immigrants learning English. Adult Learning.

 

Lee, J. (in press). A dynamic model of employees’ transition to entrepreneur: A cognitive mapping approach. Human Resource Development Review.

 

Schwarzer, D., Petrón, and Larrotta, C., (Eds.), Bilingualism and bilingual education: Conceptos fundamentals (in press). Peter Lang.

 

Stephens, M., & Coryell, J. E. (in press). Faculty perspectives on context, benefits, and challenges in fully online graduate adult education programs. Adult Learning.


Congratulations to Lauren Chaney on receiving the 2020-2021 Civic Newman Fellowship!

Lauren Chaney, APCE Cohort 18
Lauren Chaney, APCE Cohort 18

Lauren Chaney (APCE Ph.D. Cohort 18) was awarded the Civic Newman Fellowship. Please click here for more information about the fellowship!


Congratulations to Amy Biedermann on receiving the 2020 Humanity in Action John Lewis Fellowship!

Amy Biedermann, APCE Cohort 17
Amy Biedermann, APCE Cohort 17

Amy Biedermann (APCE Ph.D. Cohort 17) was awarded the Humanity in Action John Lewis Fellowship. Please click here to learn more about Amy and her research! 


Congratulations to Mason Murphy on receiving the National Association for the Blind Texas Chapter Scholarship in November 2020!

Mason Murphy, APCE Cohort 18
Mason Murphy, APCE Cohort 18

Mason Murphy (APCE Ph.D. Cohort 18) received the National Association for the Blind Texas Chapter Scholarship in November 2020! He was awarded $2000. This is one of the scholarships offered by the National Federation of the Blind of Texas and is funded through generous donations from the Houston and Lone Star chapters of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas.


APCE Faculty, Students, and Alumni Presentations at the 2020 American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) Virtual Conference

Dr. Lisa Baumgartner virtually presenting on improving scholarly discourse.
Dr. Lisa Baumgartner virtually presenting on improving scholarly discourse.

From October 27-30th, 2020, Texas State was represented by a total of 20 representatives (4 faculty, 15 students, and 1 recent graduate) of the APCE program. Please click here to see the list of presenters and presentations!


Congratulations to Amy Biedermann on receiving the Top Doctoral Paper Award at the 11th Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students at Texas State University!

Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Michael P. O'Malley (left), Amy Biedermann (center), & Dean of the Graduate College, Dr. Andrea Golato (right)
Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Michael P. O'Malley (left), Amy Biedermann (center), & Dean of the Graduate College, Dr. Andrea Golato (right)

APCE doctoral student Amy Biedermann received the Top Doctoral Paper Award at the 2019 11th Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students at Texas State University for her research on women's social activism in Chile, "Whose truth? Poststructural feminism as a theoretical tool to center and explore multiple narratives within the Educación No Sexista movement in Chile." To view her abstract, click here


Congratulations to Peg Richmond on being selected as the 2018 "Innovation" Winner in the Graduate College's International Research Conference (IRC)!

Peg Richmond and the graduate college Dean, Dr. Andrea Golato shaking hands.
Peg Richmond (left) & Dean of the Graduate College, Dr. Andrea Golato (right)

Texas State APCE doctoral student Peg Richmond is this year’s “Innovation” winner in the Graduate College’s International Research Conference for her project, “Exploring Educational Needs of Emerging Food Entrepreneurs: Identifying Challenges, Solutions and Resource Gaps within the Austin, Texas Manufacturing Ecosystem.” Austin and Central Texas have a thriving food scene, and Richmond is helping local entrepreneurs succeed at bringing their creative ideas to the table. 


Congratulations to Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon on receiving the 2018 AAACE Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education!

Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon with her award, along with her co-authors.
(Center) Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) recently presented the 2018 AAACE Cyril O. Houle Award to Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon of Texas State University, Dr. Amy D. Rose, and Dr. Carol E. Kasworm for Foundations of Adult and Continuing Education. 

The Cyril O. June Award is given annually by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) for a book published in English in the previous year that reflects universal concerns of adult educators. Nominated works exemplify outstanding literature in adult education. 


APCE Faculty, Students, and Alumni Presentations at the 2018 American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)

From October 2-5th, 2018, Texas State University was represented by a total of 26 representatives (3 faculty, 18 students, and 5 recent graduates) of the APCE program.

Please click here to see the list of presenters and presentations! 

A picture of the whole APCE Group at AAACE Dinner

AAACE Dinner

Texas State University APCE represented by a total of 26 faculty, students, and alumni!

 

 


Texas State's Dr. Joellen Coryell awarded Fulbright Scholar appointment to Italy!

A picture of Dr. Joellen Coryell

Congratulations to our faculty Dr. Joellen Coryell on receiving a Fulbright U.S. Scholar program grant to work with the Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta (LUMSA) in Rome, Italy!

Please click here to read the full article. 


Congratulations to Dr. Joslyn Johnson, 2017 APCE graduate, on receiving the Graduate Student Research Award at the 2018 AERC Conference!

2017 APCE Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Joslyn Johnson's image

Dr. Joslyn Johnson, December 2017 APCE graduate, received the Graduate Student Research Award at the 2018 Adult Education Research Conference in Victoria, British Columbia for her paper titled “Transitioning into Career Success: A Grounded Study on the Lifewide Learning Experiences of Successful High Potential Individuals in Early Adulthood,” based on her dissertation.  


Dr. Joellen Coryell works with colleagues at the Università degli Studi di Padova (University of Padova, Italy) in November, 2016.

APCE in Italy
APCE at Università degli Studi di Padova (University of Padova, Italy)

Dr. Joellen Coryell, Associate Professor and Director of the PhD program in Adult, Professional, and Community Education in the College of Education  worked with colleagues at the Università degli Studi di Padova (University of Padova, Italy) in late November, 2016 as a part of Texas State University’s MOU with this prestigious university. During her work in Padova, she worked on collaborative research on faculty development for teaching international students and conducted seminars for Master’s and Doctoral students in adult education on topics such as Working in Groups, Team Development, Learning Styles, and Active Learning Methods. She also co-conducted a 3-day professional development workshop entitled, Teaching for Learning (T4L) - New Strategies for Successful Teaching, the first of its kind for College of Engineering faculty at an Italian university.


Dr. Ann Brooks elected chair of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education

An image of Dr. Ann Brooks.

APCE Professor and PhD Program Director was elected as Chair of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education (CPAE) on November 19, 2015 at the Commission’s annual meeting in conjunction with the AAACE national conference. She will serve as Chair Elect until November 2016, when she will take on leadership of the organization.

CPAE was organized to support graduate professional adult education.  It was established in 1959 as a division of the AAACE. For over 55 years this organization has played a pivotal role in supporting the efforts of professors and academic programs to discover, promote and enhance the roles and functions of adult education amid periods of relative stability and tumultuous change.

The following five purposes define the purpose and work of the Commission:

  • To act as a vehicle for strengthening and supporting excellence in academic programs in adult education
  • To identify and disseminate resources that support adult education as a field of study, research and practice.
  • To provide opportunities for the professional development of professors of adult education.
  • To study and disseminate positions on social issues of concern to adult education.
  • To provide a forum for critical reflection and dialogue on scholarship and practice that reflects the diversity in adult education.

CPAE encourages doctoral students with interest in becoming professors in the field to attend and participate in dialogues at the Conference.


Congratulations to Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon on her induction to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame!

Our APCE professor Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon has been inducted into 2015 The International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.  

The Hall of Fame honors leaders in the fields of continuing education and adult learning, and serves as a record of inspiration for the next generation of continuing education leaders. Annually, adult and continuing education leaders from around the world are selected for induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame (IACE Hall of Fame).

 


Past Announcements

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  • Skyller Walkes and Terrance McClain have been selected as 2015-16 fellows by the Texas Association of Black Personnel in higher Education.

     

    Fellows are an elite group of individuals chosen, with the direction of the state board of directors, to work on special projects that support the vision and mission of TABPHE.

    "Applications are submitted annually from members across the state of Texas. However, this year only five were chosen to participate," said Tanisha Shorter, TABPHE president-elect and fellows co-chair. "TABPHE Fellows Leadership is an initiative to help generate new memberships, regenerate old memberships and build new leaders for our dynamic organization."

  • APCE doctoral student Lynn Taylor has been awarded a research grant from the 2015 Alexander N. Charters Library for Educators of Adults Grants-in-Aid program at Syracuse University. This funding supports research in the training of adult educators, the needs of teachers of adults, adult learning and adult literacy and training from a historical perspective and framework. The project includes using archival, audio, visual and other digitized materials from the Alexander N. Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults.

  • From November 4-7th, 2014, Texas State University was represented by 11 faculty, students, and graduates of the APCE program. Presentations included:

    • Workplace Diversity: Creating Inclusion Instead of an Illusion by Cedric Scott
    • Creating a Circle of Trust: Experiences from a First Year Doctoral Program by Yolanda Reyes Guevara & Andrea Flores
    • Stories from the ATX: Hip Hop Artists Using Voice and Story to Transform Community by Freda Bryson & Tim Eubanks
    • Fluffy Women: Cats Are Not the Only Fluffy Creatures Who Are Beautiful by Natalie Hendrix
    • Faculty in Adult Degree Programs: What They Have Learned From Teaching Adults by Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon & Kayon Murray
    • Intentional Learning: Women Mentoring Women in Doctoral Education by Dr. Geleana Drew Alston
    • Positive Psychology: A Critical and Generative Conversation About Its Usefulness to Adult Education Researchers by Dr. Ann Brooks & Moira Martin
  • Freda Bryson, an Adult, Professional and Community Education doctoral student in the College of Education at Texas State University, has been named a Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) Fellow for 2014-2015.

    Fellows are an elite group of individuals chosen, with the direction of the state board of directors, to work on special projects that support the vision and mission of TABPHE.

    "Applications are submitted annually from members across the state of Texas. However, this year only five were chosen to participate," said Tanisha Shorter, TABPHE president-elect and fellows co-chair. "TABPHE Fellows Leadership is an initiative to help generate new memberships, regenerate old memberships and build new leaders for our dynamic organization."

  • On Wednesday, December 4, Drs. Annie Brooks and Michael O'Malley hosted an information session on the Fulbright Scholar program for interested COE faculty and doctoral students. Dr. Brooks (Cambodia) and Dr. O’Malley (Chile) shared insight and anecdotes about their Fulbright experiences abroad with a focus primarily on their application process. The goal of the session was to share information with faculty and doctoral students considering a Fulbright Scholar application and to support development of successful applications from the College of Education. The session video includes a substantial Q&A session.
  • Dr. Karen Backor, an August graduate of Texas State’s Ph.D. program in School Improvement, was recently honored by the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision (COPIS) as a Blumberg Scholar, an award given to doctoral students or recent graduates for outstanding research. Dr. Backor’s award was based on her Ph.D. dissertation research on how university principal preparation programs can prepare aspiring principals to be instructional leaders.

    In her research, Dr. Backor interviewed professors of supervision, principals, and teacher leaders identified by an expert panel as outstanding instructional leaders, and created a model for principal preparation based on those interviews. Dr. Backor received the award at the opening session of the council’s annual conference, held this year at Penn State University, and presented her research to conference participants the following day. Dr. Backor currently is assistant professor of education and director of field experiences at Schreiner University.

  • Dr Coryell and Dr Ross-Gordon at AAACE

    Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon was awarded the 2013 Career Achievement Award from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education’s Commission of Professors of Adult Education. She was presented this national award Thursday, November 7th at the annual meeting in Lexington, KY.

    Spanning 28 years in academic research positions in the field of Adult Education since earning her doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1985, Dr. Ross-Gordon’s research in the field of adult education has significantly and positively impacted how we understand adult learners with disabilities, diversity and equity in adult education, and adult learners in higher education. With the social imperative of effective ability- and culturally-sensitive adult education, the reskilling of the world’s workers, lifelong learning initiatives, and more adults in higher education than ever before, it is at the intersection of her research strands where we find the current and future trajectory of Dr. Ross-Gordon’s impact on our field. Her body of work distinctly impacts and supports the field of adult education and stands out among scholarly educational research areas in meeting the needs of adult learners, educators, educational programs and organizations, and the workplace.

  • Adult Education Quarterly
    The Adult Education Quarterly (AEQ), the premier research journal in adult education in the U.S., has moved to Texas State University. It is being co-edited by APCE faculty members Ann Brooks and Jovita Ross-Gordon together with Northern Illinois University faculty member, Amy Rose, and Texas A&M faculty member, Lisa Baumgartner. The AEQ is indexed in the Social Science Citation Index.

    Adult Education Quarterly (AEQ) is a quarterly scholarly refereed journal committed to advancing the understanding and practice of adult and continuing education. AEQ aims to stimulate a problem-oriented, critical approach to research and practice, with an increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary and international perspectives. Innovative and provocative scholarship informed by diverse orientations and methodologies is encouraged.

  • Rodney E. Rohde, PhD APCE graduate and associate professor of clinical laboratory science at Texas State is the lead story on Elsevier Connect in late October 2013. The topic, "10 Tips to Finishing Your PhD Faster" is useful and important for all doctoral students.  In his article he writes: "Recently, I came across a very interesting article here by Andy Greenspon, a PhD student in applied physics at Harvard: "9 things you should consider before embarking on a PhD".  I thought Andy gave some fantastic advice, and it reminded me of a promise I made to myself while working on my PhD. In the wee hours of the night poring over coursework, informed consent documents, data analysis, and the umpteenth version of my dissertation, I vowed that if I ever finished my PhD, I would try to help others through the quicksand of a graduate school journey.
     
  • Ross-Gordon & Francik

    Wendy Francik, a spring graduate of the APCE Program, received the prestigious Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award for 2013 at the Adult Education Research Conference for her dissertation research, THE NATURE OF SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING AND TRANSFORMATIONAL LEARNING IN SELF-MANAGING BIPOLAR DISORDER TO STAY WELL.  This prestigious award is made annually to a single graduate student selected at the Adult Education Research Conference, the premier research conference in the field of Adult Education held in the U.S.  Participants and papers selected for the conference come from around the world.  Notably, Wendy completed her studies at Texas State as a part-time doctoral student while maintaining demanding positions in a state agency. 

    Jovita Ross-Gordon chaired her committee, and Ann Brooks, Eric Schmidt, and Steve Furney served on her committee.
  • Writer's Retreat

    School Improvement doctoral students participated in a Writer’s Retreat facilitated by faculty at the Balcones Springs Conference Center in Marble Falls from April 11-14. The retreat began Thursday evening and continued through Sunday morning, involving students who are working on the dissertation process. The goal of the retreat was to provide a collegial environment conducive to intensive dissertation writing, faculty mentoring, and peer support.

  • Dr. Joellen Coryell was presented with the 2012 Early Career Award from the Commission of Professors of Adult Education at the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education Conference. Dr. Coryell is an assistant professor in the APCE Program.  Dr. Coryell was recently named as one of the Top 25 Texas Education Professors by Online Schools in Texas.

APCE Faculty, Students, and Alumni Presentations at the 2020 American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) Virtual Conference