Esteemed Scholars


Dr. Stephen Brookfield Since beginning his teaching career in 1970, Stephen Brookfield has worked in England, Canada, Australia, and the United States, teaching in a variety of college settings. He has written, co-written or edited seventeen books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods and critical theory, six of which have won the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education (in 1986, 1989, 1996, 2005, 2011 and 2012). He also won the 1986 Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education (AAACE) and  the Philip E. Frandson Award for Literature in Continuing Higher Education, (2013) awarded by the University Professional Continuing Education Association, (UPCEA). His work has been translated into German, Korean, Finnish, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Farsi, and Albanian. In 1991, he was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree from the University System of New Hampshire for his contributions to understanding adult learning. In 2001, he received the Leadership Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) for “extraordinary contributions to the general field of continuing education on a national and international level.” In 2008 he was awarded the Morris T. Keeton Award of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning for “significant contributions to the field of adult and experiential learning.”


The contributions of Dr. John A. Henschke to the field of adult and continuing education are significant and admirable. He has published some 30 research articles; chaired 10 doctoral dissertations; served as a member of 13 other completed dissertations since 1986; developed syllabi for 20 graduate courses in adult education, which he has taught to more than 3,000 students over a 15-year period; worked and interacted internationally with adult and continuing educators in 40 countries; and served in leadership roles in national and state organizations.


Karen L. Gould,  President of Brooklyn College, my former university Provost in California, granted me “tenure and promotion” based on “exceptionally strong teaching, research and service” and “exceptional merit” policy. Her “transformational, charismatic and ethical leadership” is sorely missed by her former followers in California and now in Florida.


Dr. Barbara E. Hinton (Professor Emeritus), my own dissertation chair, former chair and associate dean at the university of Arkansas, Fayetteville, has been an influential scholar/adult educator and effective/reflective administrator who hired Malcolm Knowles to work for her former Department until his death.

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