Educators Inducted into Hall of Fame


Fourteen exemplary educators were recently recognized with induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. The induction for the class of 2016 was held November 15 at the Online Learning Consortium International Conference in Orlando, FL.

The Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization created 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. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Hall of Fame.

Inductees for the 2016 induction ceremony include:

Mary Alfred. Alfred is widely cited and internationally known for her scholarship on diversity, equity and social justice in higher education and the workplace but especially for work on the sociocultural context of migration, identity, and adult learning.

Henry Carmichael. Carmichael (1796-1862) is often regarded as the founding father of Australian adult education and, more generally, as a leading pioneer colonial educator who founded Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA), Australia’s premier adult education institution.

Marie Cini. Cini has served as a career counselor, faculty member and director and designer of adult-focused programs and currently senior administrator shaping one of the largest adult learning institutions in the world at the University of Maryland University College.

Gary J. Confessore.  Confessore’s contributions to adult and continuing education are recognized globally, particularly his international travel to conduct research and workshops on adult and continuing education topics.

John M. Dirkx. Dirkx has helped bridge theory and practice in the related fields of adult education, workplace learning, the education of adults within higher education, and the emotional and spiritual dimensions of transformative learning.

Vladimir Gutu. Gutu has been an active participant in initiating and promoting reform in the education of Moldova in the post-communist period.

Catherine Hansman. Hansman is a nationally recognized scholar and leader whose research and writing have extended the understanding of mentoring and the experiences of adults in higher education.

Vorapipatana Kowit. Kowit (1933-2000) was nationally recognized as the creator-champion of Thailand’s modern adult education as a result of his advocacy and the increased prominence of adult education programs in that country.

LaVerne B. Lindsey. Lindsey was an early national advocate for new distance learning methodologies and strategies aimed at serving students not well addressed through the traditional classroom delivery.

Andor Maroti. Maróti is among the few academics who established university education for adult educators in Hungary in the 1960s.

Tonette S. Rocco. Rocco has critically reflected on career and workplace issues relevant to sexual, racial and ethnic minorities and has helped emerging and international scholars with their writing and publishing.

Ching Mey See. See’s contributions to the field of adult and continuing education are through her roles as the leader in community engagement initiatives at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and the national Apex University.

George Spear. Spear has tirelessly promoted adult education as a field of scholarship and practice, encouraging the continuing study of non-formal and self-directed learning to gain deeper theoretical understanding and how it shapes practice.

Sue Waddington. Waddington has been an adult education practitioner, lecturer, manager, and policy maker since the late 1960s and helped transform adult education policy in the United Kingdom.

“These inductees are inventive leaders for the field of adult and continuing education,” said James Pappas, vice president for outreach and dean of the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma. “They have transformed the world of lifelong learning and have made significant impacts on the students, institutions and organizations they have served.”

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 300 educators have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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