Dr. Mary Alfred will be inducted into the International Adult & Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame for her scholarship and leadership in the profession. Dr. Alfred will be one of 13 leaders from around the world inducted at the ceremony on Tuesday, November 15 in Orlando.
Located at the University of Oklahoma, the IACE Hall of Fame was created to honor leaders who have made significant contributions to the field of continuing education and adult learning and also serves as a record and inspiration for the next generation of continuing education leaders.
“The college is very fortunate to have Dr. Alfred as a member of its faculty,” said CEHD Dean Dr. Joyce Alexander. “It is a great honor for us all to have her continuous educational efforts recognized by the IACE.”
Throughout her 17-year career as a university faculty, Dr. Alfred has developed an international reputation for her scholarship on diversity, equity, and social justice in higher education and the workplace, particularly with her focus on adult learning among women of the diaspora and those in US social welfare programs. Her work has been disseminated in books, refereed journals, book chapters, conference proceedings, monographs, conference presentations, invited lectures, and research reports, thus reaching a wide audience of scholars and practitioners.
Dr. Alfred has also provided leadership as a board member to the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) and as the elected chair of the Commission for Professors of Adult Education (CPAE). In addition, she has served as an elected member on the steering committee of the Adult Education Research Conference and as a consulting editor or editorial board member for several major journals in the field.
Of notable mention, is her eight-year editorship of Adult Learning (AL), one of the three journals sponsored by the AAACE. In 2010, the executive committee presented Dr. Alfred with the Presidential Award in recognition of her leadership and innovation in the field of Adult and Continuing Education.
“I am humbled to have been selected as an inductee to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. When I decided to embark on a doctorate in Adult Education, I had no idea of the passion I would acquire for the work and the agenda that drives the discipline. There I found the space, with colleagues of similar passion, to construct knowledge that would challenge the taken-for-granted assumptions and practices that threaten a just and equitable society for adults’ learning and living,” she said.
The IACE’s 21st induction ceremony will be held Tuesday, November 15, at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando. More information can be found on the IACE website.