Stephen Brookfield, Ph.D.

University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis) Distinguished Professor Dr. Stephen Brookfield received his Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Leicester in central England. He has written widely on adult education, critical thinking, and teaching, and he has held numerous workshops on those subjects for college and universities, major U.S. companies, and educational institutions in Canada and the United Kingdom. Dr. Brookfield has been honored with the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education and the Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education. He has received honorary degrees from the University System of New Hampshire for his contributions to understanding student learning and from Concordia University for his contributions to adult education.  Dr. Brookfield has held academic appointments in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, and his work has been translated into German, Korean, Finnish, and Chinese.

Lou Cozolino, Ph.D.

Dr. Lou Cozolino received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, after completing studies in philosophy and religion at Harvard University. Since 1986, Dr. Cozolino has been a professor at Pepperdine University and the University of California, Los Angeles, while maintaining a psychotherapy and consulting practice in Los Angeles. He has written books, chapters, and numerous articles about psychotherapy and the brain. Dr. Cozolino also lectures worldwide on such topics as neuroscience, attachment, psychotherapy, the effects of trauma, and issues related to the aging brain. While he conducts psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults, he is particularly interested in individuals who have suffered emotional trauma or head injuries as well as high-functioning individuals who experience performance blocks.

Sandra Ratcliff Daffron, Ph.D.

Dr. Sandra Ratcliff Daffron is assistant professor and program director/Bellingham advisor of continuing and college education in the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University. An expert in the field of program planning, she has extensive experience designing programs for judicial and legal education and was a senior advisor for judicial and legal education in Palestine for two years. Her research interests include public policy formation, program planning, and transfer of learning. Dr. Daffron earned a doctorate in adult and continuing education from Northern Illinois University.

Chris Dede, Ed.D.

Dr. Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth professor in learning technologies in the Technology, Innovation, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Dede received his Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research interests include emerging technologies for learning and infusing technology into large-scale educational improvement initiatives. He is actively involved in developing educational policy.

Talmadge Guy, Ed.D.

An associate professor in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy in the College of Education at the University of Georgia, Dr. Talmadge Guy has worked in the field of adult education for more than 20 years. He earned his Ed.D. in Adult Education from Northern Illinois University. His teaching and research concentrates on multicultural adult education, African-American education, and media studies. Dr. Guy has authored numerous journal articles and has been recognized for outstanding achievement by the University of Georgia, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Illinois Adult Continuing Educators Association. Dr. Guy is a member of the editorial advisory board for Adult Education Quarterly.

Sharan B. Merriam, Ph.D.

A professor of adult and continuing education in the College of Education at the University of Georgia, Dr. Sharan Merriam is widely recognized in the field of adult education. She has traveled the world and conducted qualitative research studies in Africa, Korea, and the Middle East. She has written or edited 25 books and numerous articles focusing on the philosophy of education, adult education theory, and global trends impacting the field of adult education. She received a doctorate of adult and continuing education from Rutgers University.

Susan Robinson

Susan Robinson is the former vice president for the American Council on Education’s Commission of Lifelong Learning, which guides the activities of the Center for Lifelong Learning, created in 1942 to evaluate education and training attained outside the classroom. She served on national committees addressing the needs of adult learning, including the National Workplace Learning Conference, Vice President Gore’s 21st Century Skills Leadership Group, the National Adult Learning Network, and Secretary Rumsfeld’s Education Roundtable.

Jill Tarule, Ph.D.

Dr. Jill Tarule is associate provost at the University of Vermont. She received her Ed.D. from Harvard University. She conducted her groundbreaking research on women’s ways of knowing with three colleagues when she was an adult doctoral student. Their best-selling book, Women’s Ways of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind, originally published in 1986, is a widely cited classic in the fields of development, higher education, and women’s studies.

Jane Vella, Ph.D.

Dr. Jane Vella is a consultant and adult educator with more than 40 years of training experience throughout Africa, Asia, and North America. She is the founder of Global Learning Partners, which provides training and consulting services for organizations and individuals who work with adult learners. Dr. Vella received her doctorate in adult education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.