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Adult Education Professor inducted into International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame

December 10th, 2015
Hall of Fame recipients are (l-r) Professor Jost Reichman, Bamberg University, Germany; Dr. Leona English, StFX; and Professor Libby Tisdell, Pennsylvania State University

A St. Francis Xavier University Adult Education Professor has been inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. Dr. Leona M. English is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s most distinguished scholars. Through innovative teaching, leadership, and ground-breaking research, she has shaped adult education in Canada and influenced the field internationally. She has more than 20 years of teaching at StFX and has influenced hundreds of distance students across Canada, Asia, and Africa. Her student graduates are successful leaders in workplace education, literacy, and nonprofit organizations around the globe. Dr. English served as president of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) and participated on all of its major committees. She was associate editor of the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, is currently co-editor of Adult Education Quarterly, served on the Houle Award Committee and is regularly invited as a keynote speaker and presenter internationally. With more than 200 publications, her research in areas of gender, nonprofit leadership, and spirituality is widely recognized. She has also edited or authored numerous books, articles, conference proceedings and papers, chapters, and publications. Her literary skills earned her the Houle Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education for her co-written book, Learning with Adults: A Critical Pedagogical Introduction. While Dr. English is a leading international scholar, the publication of the International Encyclopedia of Adult Education is perhaps her greatest contribution to the field. For this first major encyclopedia in the field of adult education she established an editorial board in the early 2000s with representatives from Canada, the United States, Australia, and Europe. Then, with their input, invited 120 international scholars to contribute comprehensive entries on all aspects of adult education. Her vision resulted in a volume used in adult education programs around the globe. This encyclopedia helped unite scholars globally and stands as a symbol of an international vision of the field and its future. Dr. English is on a leave from StFX and is currently the Director of Publications and Research at UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning, the global leader in Adult Education research and policy in Hamburg, Germany.

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