Outstanding Educators Inducted into 2014 International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Plaques

Ten exemplary educators were recently recognized with induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. The induction for the class of 2014 was held April 29 at the International Conference on Adult Education in Universities in Iasi, Romania.

The Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to honor individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of adult and continuing education and to serve as a record and inspiration for the next generation of continuing education leaders.

Inductees for the 2014 induction ceremony are:

Milka Antanasova. Antanasova’s contributions to the field of adult and continuing education are significant and far-reaching. For more than 20 years, she was an outstanding teacher, scholar and practitioner and was well-respected in the adult and higher education community for her guidance, writing and research.

Sturla Bjerkaker. Both a practitioner and policy maker, Bjerkaker has played a key role in fostering international dialogue in adult education for more than 20 years. His advocacy, diplomacy and practical organizational skills have been transformational for the International Council for Adult Education and the International Academy for Lifelong Learning Advocacy.

Marjean Buckner. Buckner is known for her leadership involvement for the Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations, focusing on expanding adult education beyond the borders of the United States. She was also highly involved in the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, fostering important relationships between the AAACE, its international members and other domestic and international adult education organizations.

Patricia Cranton. Cranton has been a leading adult educator whose publications surrounding adult learning have influenced generations of scholars not only in North American but internationally. She is an authority on higher education, faculty development, vocational education, professional education, instructional design, research methodologies and instructional technology.

Chris Duke. Duke has provided leadership in the adult continuing education field from the late 1960s. He led innovative practices in leading universities and nationally in three countries, creating lighthouse institutions which have set directions for others. In the past decade, his work on learning cities and regions has opened up new directions for collaborative applied learning and balanced development.

John Field. Field is one of Europe’s most significant adult education researchers, scholars and writers by seeking to bridge the UK with the international world of adult education practice and research. He has written or edited 16 books, written 86 papers in referred journals and 89 book chapters and published many reports and pamphlets. His book Lifelong Learning and the New Educational Order became a standard text in many university courses.

Spiru Haret. Haret was one of the most important leaders of the educational system of Romania. In Europe, his reforms are appreciated for the capacity of understanding education as a continual process and the transformational role adult education plays in the policy of communities. He reformed Romanian schools and, implicitly, the Romanian society.

Dorothy Lucardie. Lucardie is a well-known practitioner, researcher and administrator in the field of adult education in Australia. Her commitment to leadership in adult education has resulted in a range of significant achievements, most notably, her work with Adult Learning Australia (ALA). As president of ALA, she led the group through challenging times, including maintaining their funding while still lobbying for learning opportunities for marginalized Australians.

Mihaly Sari. Sari is a practitioner, researcher and university instructor. His name is a hallmark for the university and research network in Hungarian adult education and for organizing practical adult learning. His numerous adult education affiliations represent his way of connecting academic work with international cooperation and implementing these experiences in his social commitment and grassroots adult education activity.

Douglas Smith. Smith’s involvement in adult and continuing education began more than 45 years ago. His most significant contribution to the field is his research and writings on the relationship of adult education and human resource development. He developed a model that is now reflected in the concept of learning organization and is the basis for the graduate program at Florida International University.

“This year’s inductees are innovative leaders in adult and continuing education,” said James P. Pappas, vice president for outreach and dean of the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma. “As lifelong learners themselves, they have strongly connected with the students, institutions and organizations they have served. They have made monumental contributions to the field.”

The official home for the Hall of Fame is the Thurman J. White Forum building on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus. Established in 1995, more than 200 educators have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

For more information about the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, visit: www.halloffame.outreach.ou.edu.