International Society for Comparative Adult Education

ISCAE Board Election 2017

We are in in the Election State, which will finish March 30, 2017

Our statute says:
3.1 Board Officials: The Society is administered by a President, a Vice-President, and a Board of no more than five members. Together they are be responsible for overall policy and direction of the Society.

These are the candidates for election:

Position NomineeDescription, Bio Supporters
President:John Holford, UKInstitutional affiliation: University of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
Academic Position: Robert Peers Chair (Professor) of Adult Education
Research interests: Most of my research has been in international and comparative adult education, which I approach as a political sociologist and historian. I have published international and comparative studies covering: adult citizenship learning in Europe; lifelong learning policy in the EU; factors shaping adult participation in education in different EU countries, and in Hong Kong; labour and trade union education in South East Asia; policy development in Hong Kong; the differing trajectories of British university adult education in the UK and Hong Kong; adult education policy in British colonial Africa; the contemporary internationalisation of higher education. I have also drawn on these to generate historical comparative perspectives on the present, for instance comparing EU and British colonial approaches to citizenship education, and exploring how neoliberal interpretations of 'sustainability' are today employed to suppress historical understanding in our field.
Currently, I lead an EU Horizon 2020 project on encouraging lifelong learning in Europe (ENLIVEN): this is doing comparative research, qualitative and quantitative, of adult education provision and 'markets' across the EU, and in Australia; it is also designing and testing (with a critical perspective) a computerised Intelligent Decision-making Support System to support policy-making. I have led or participated in several other EU projects, have been an editor of the International Journal of Lifelong Education for several years, and currently co-ordinate (jointly) an ESREA network.
I have been an adult educator throughout my career, first with the Workers' Educational Association, and subsequently with three universities (Hong Kong, Surrey and now Nottingham). In that time I have headed two university departments (Education and Political Science), led research centres, and served for several years as an elected member of the University of Surrey's governing council and senate.
Involvement in previous and forthcoming ISCAE activities:
I participated in two ISCAE conferences. In Las Vegas I presented a paper comparing university continuing education in Canada and the UK; in Würzburg I contributed a keynote entitled “What should we compare when we do comparative adult education?” If elected, I would aim to strengthen the links between ISCAE and the world of comparative education (WCCES, etc.), and to develop further its role as a supportive network for co-operation between scholars across all stages of their careers. I believe firmly in the importance of learning across borders. I would also work to raise further quality and impact both of ISCAE conferences and of ISCAE-sponsored publications.
Jost Reischmann, Germany
Lore Arthur, UK
Vice President:Marcella Milana, Italy Institutional affiliation: University of Verona (Italy)
Academic Position: Associate Professor
Research interests: My main professional identity is that of an adult educator committed to comparative and international education, with an interest in the sociology and politics of adult and lifelong education and learning. Since my doctoral studies, I have researching adult education from international, comparative and global perspectives, and have been writing about the politics of adult education in a globalized world, the conditioning effects of inter-states and transnational organizations on national policy and local practices, European policy, adult education for democratic citizenship, and the professionalization of adult educators.
I have been working for ten years in Denmark, but lived for medium to long periods and did research also in the United States, Brazil and Argentina, before I moved back to Italy, my home country.
In addition to my involvement with ISCAE (see below) I have served as board member, Vice-president and then President of the Nordic Comparative and International Education Society (NOCIES) since 2011 (until March 22, 2017, when my term expires). Moreover I seat in the Steering Committee of the European Society for Research in the Education of Adults (ESREA) since 2014.
Involvement in previous and forthcoming ISCAE activities:
I have served in the board of ISCAE since 2009, and actively contributed to the organization of its last two conferences held in Las Vegas, USA (2012), and Wuerzbug, Germany (2017).
I believe that ISCAE is an important forum for comparative adult education researchers (as I am) but feel that transiting the society from an informal network into a formalized society, and better connecting it with other societies in both fields of Adult Education and Comparative Education, is key at this stage of its long-run life to secure it a healthy and productive future.
May I be so fortunate to be elected, I will continue to put my time and energy into serving the society, and hopefully help ISCAE to achieve its mission “to increase awareness, value, and quality of international comparative adult education” (ISCAE Statute, art I).
Jost Reischmann, Germany
Tom Sork, Canada
Board MembersRegina Egetenmeyer-Neher, GermanyInstitutional affiliation: Julius-Maximilan University Würzburg
Academic Position: University Professor
Research interests: International and comparative adult education, professionalisation in adult education, lifelong learning, informal learning
Involvement in previous and forthcoming ISCAE activities:
Host of 6th ISCAE-conference in 2017 at University of Würzburg, presentation during 6th ISCAE-conference, keynote during 5th ISCAE-conference at Las Vegas,
Marcella Milana, Italy
Shalini Singh, India
   Monica Fedeli, ItalyPh.D in Adult Education, Teaching and Learning Methods, currently Associate Professor at University of Padova, Italy. She has been Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University. U.S.A., at Julius Maximilians University of Wurzburg, Germany and Visiting research and professor at California University Berkeley School of Education and at Boston University.
Her current interests include: learner-centered and personalized teaching and learning in higher education and in non formal contexts, critical reflection, faculty development and faculty development in international settings. Related publications found in national and international journals and in a variety of book series.
Involvement in previous and forthcoming ISCAE activities:
I have been starting to serve ISCAE as a Board member since 2012. My intent is to promote the society in Italy, in Europe and in U.S.A, where I’m involved in different networks on Adult Education and Trasformative Learning. I have contributed to organize the conference in Wuerzburg and I will be happy to contribute for future activities and conferences
Mejai. B. M. Avoseh, Ph.D., USA
Michal Bron Jr, Sweden
   Jost Reischmann, Germany Institutional affiliation: Bamberg University, Germany
Academic Position: Professor, retired Chair of Andragogy
Research interests: Foundations and Theories of Adult Education, Didactics, International and Comparative Adult Education, Evaluation
1999 inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. More: www.jost.reischmannfam.de
Involvement in previous and forthcoming ISCAE activities:
Founding Member of ISCAE, President 1992-2008, Vice-President 2008-today. Co-organizer of the six ISCAE-conferences, conference host in 1995 and 2006, co-author of the two ISCAE-books. Webmaster of ISCAE.
John Henschke, USA
Katarina Popovic, Serbia
   Amy Rose, USAAmy D. Rose is a professor emeritus of adult education at Northern Illinois University where she taught for over twenty-five years. In her research, she focuses primarily on historical and qualitative methodologies although recently she has been part of a team analyzing PIAAC data. This work has focused on both the US alone and in comparison with other countries. She is also working on a comparative study of the differences in the education of immigrants in the US and Germany. In addition to articles and proceedings, she was a co-editor of the Handbook of Adult Continuing Education: 2010 Edition. She is a co-author of Professional Foundations of Adult and Continuing Education (2017). She served as a co-editor of the Adult Education Quarterly from 2010-2013. She is currently a co-editor of the Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education. In addition, she has served as a president of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education and on the Board for ten years. She is an ex-officio member of the COABE Board and has also served on the Board of the ALAE SIG of AERA as Secretary/Treasurer and Member at Large. Finally, she served on the Steering Committee of the Adult Education Research Conference (AERC). She was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2013.John Holford, UK
Marcella Milana, Italy
   Michael Schemmann, GermanyInstitutional affiliation: University of Cologne, Germany
Academic Position: Professor of Adult Education, Department of Social and Educational Studies, Faculty of Humanities
Research interests: International and comparative education; governance and structure of adult education; adult educational organisations
Editor of the International Yearbook of Adult Education
Involvement in previous and forthcoming ISCAE activities:
The Würzburg conference was my second participation in an ISCAE conference (invited to give a keynote and joint paper with Lisa Breyer), I also participated in the ISCAE conference in Las Vegas. Being the editor of the International Yearbook of Adult Education I have been continuously working on international and comparative issues of adult education. In my work I have focussed on international organisations in particular. In my recent work, I concentrated on adult education Lao as one of the least developed countries in the world. I would be pleased to work for the cause of ISCAE as a member of the ISCAE Board.
Wolfgang Jütte, Germany
Michal Bron, Sweden
   Thomas J. (Tom) Sork, PhD, Canada Institutional affiliation: University of British Columbia-Vancouver (CANADA)
Academic Position: Professor, Adult Learning and Education (ALE) group, Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education
Research interests: Program planning; professional ethics in adult and lifelong education; international collaboration; comparative education; professionalization
Involvement in previous and forthcoming ISCAE activities:
Although the Würzburg conference was my first participation in an ISCAE conference (invited to serve as discussant for one of the keynote addresses), I have been involved in comparative adult education and international collaboration for over three decades. I have attended and presented papers at dozens of research and professional conferences in North America, Europe and Asia including AERC, CASAE, AERA, AAACE, SCUTREA, ESREA, RWL, and ICAE. I was recently invited by the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) to serve as moderator for the September, 2016, conference on “International Comparative (Adult) Education Research: Multidisciplinary and Cross-National Research Approaches” held in Bonn.
My international/comparative work has been recognized by colleagues via an honorary doctorate from Linköping University in Sweden for my contributions to establishing the online, four-university Intercontinental Masters in Adult Learning and Global Change (ALGC), induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame (USA), and an appointment as “Distinguished Professor” in the International Institute of Adult and Lifelong Education in New Delhi, India. I was also the UBC host/organizer for AERC 2000 in Vancouver which was an international collaborative conference between AERC, CASAE, SCUTREA, ESREA and Adult Learning Australia that attracted more than 550 adult education researchers from around the world. I would be pleased to lend my academic and leadership experience as a member of the ISCAE Board.
Sharan B. Merriam, USA
Katarina Popovic, Serbia

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