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October 7, 2019

Yelich Biniecki chairs national conference on adult education

Submitted by Patrice Scott

Susan Yelich Biniecki

Leadership from the College of Education's Department of Educational Leadership will be on full display at the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education's annual conference this week in St. Louis.

Susan Yelich Biniecki, associate professor of adult learning and leadership, is chairing the annual conference Oct. 8-11 and will present alongside several of her colleagues.

The theme of this year's conference is "Adult Education for Human Rights, Economic Empowerment, and Environmental Sustainability," which includes three keynote presenters and more than 250 concurrent, roundtable, poster and workshop sessions.

"We are excited about this year's conference and the diverse representation of adult education scholars and practitioners, including K-State faculty and doctoral students," Yelich Biniecki said. "The field of adult education has a long history of engagement with and for learners in the areas of human rights, work, and the environment, which impact our daily lives in profoundly interdependent ways. This gathering will foster critical connections in for profit, nonprofit, government, military and higher education settings."  

Presentations made by College of Education faculty and graduate students will support the conference's main themes.

Yelich Biniecki will present "The ERASMUS+ Programme and Exchange: International Opportunities for Faculty Teaching and Research."

Jeff Zacharakis, professor, and Royce Ann Collins, associate professor, will present "The Entrepreneurial Conundrum of Building Graduate Programs."

Collins and Constance Carpenter, instructor and doctoral student, will present "Gender, Social Construction Assessment: Analyzing Bias within Portfolio Assessments of a Graduate Level Program."

Donna Augustine-Shaw, associate professor; Angela Messer, instructor and doctoral student; and Jia Liang, assistant professor, will present "Using Research on Standards' Implementation in Goal Setting" and "Mentoring in Education: Quality Practices for New School Leaders."

Bernard Harris, doctoral student, will present "U.S. Army Black Officer Education and Training at Fort Des Moines for World War I."

Courtney Hoffhines, doctoral student, will present "Social Justice in Action: Training K-12 Teachers."

Carl Prioleau, doctoral student, will present "The Intersection of Emotional Intelligence, Spiritual Intelligence and Transformative Learning."

Jessica Williams, doctoral student, will present "Financial Shame among Adult Graduate Students: Possibilities for Transformative Learning and Social Change."

Deanne Yates, doctoral student, will present "I'm Becoming my Mother!"

Cheryl Zelle, doctoral student, "Through the lens of MBE science: Is learning different for introverts and extroverts?"