Monday, June 5, 2023

Reflections from a Dean


In this episode, Dr. Leslie Cordie interviews Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims on her own reflections as a Dean. Dr. Rosser-Mims is a Full Professor of adult education and Dean of the College of Education at Troy University. Dr. Rosser-Mims is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award and past president of Troy University’s Faculty Senate in which she served two years consecutively.

Dr. Rosser-Mims has nearly 20 years of adult education experience, including work in collegiate teaching as well as training and development. Over the past 10 years she has engaged in a range of international-related work that includes leading four study-abroad experiences, negotiating agreements with Kyambogo University and Makerere University, and serving as a workshop presenter in 2019 and the inaugural year of the Higher Education Resource Services, East Africa (HERS-EA) Leadership Academy held at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.  She has authored four books, published numerous articles and book chapters, and delivered numerous conference presentations at the regional, national, and international levels. She is the co-founder and former coeditor in chief of Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal, a peer-reviewed open-access journal.

Before joining Troy University, Dr. Rosser-Mims held a faculty position at the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute for Leadership, where she worked on projects targeting first- and second-tier counties suffering from economic, educational, and social disparities by providing program development, leadership training, and facilitation services. She continues to work with a range of audiences, including adult and youth community and advocacy groups, to provide facilitation services in the areas of team building, group dynamics, leadership assessments, conflict management, communication, board development, and strategic planning. 


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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Citizenship, Society, and Lifelong


In this episode, Dr. Leslie Cordie interviews Dr. Séamus Ó Tuama about citizenship, society, and lifelong learning. Dr. Séamus Ó Tuama is Director of ACE (Adult Continuing Education) and a senior lecturer in politics at University College Cork, Ireland. He is Chair of the ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub), an inter-governmentally supported network for university cooperation between Asia and Europe. He is on the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Advisory Group to the international research project on ‘Universities’ contributions to lifelong learning’. He is a member of the board of EUCEN and is its Ambassador to AAACE (American Association for Adult Continuing Education). He is a member of GLLiC (the steering group for Cork UNESCO learning city), the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival, chairs Cork Learning Neighbourhoods Steering Committee. He is a member of the Board of HERC (Higher Education Research Centre) at Dublin City University. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Continuing Higher Education. He is an External Examiner at both Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University. He has over 20 years’ experience as an evaluator for the European Commission and national research agencies in Poland, Romania and Cyprus.


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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Transitioning University Students to be Lifelong Learners

In this episode, Dr. Leslie Cordie interviews Dr. Michael C. Wooten (left) and Dr. Jason Bond (right) about transitioning university students to be lifelong learners.

Michael Wooten is Professor of Genetics and Assistant Chair in the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University. He is a former Chair of the AU Department of Zoology and Wildlife Science.  For 30+ years he has instructed General Genetics (250 students per semester), Human Genetics, Statistics, and Population Genetics courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Wooten is the author of a laboratory manual for General Genetics with which he developed the first fully online course in his department (Genetics). He regularly conducts research and leads field courses in the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, South Africa, Namibia, and Swaziland.

Wooten’s research group has conducted work a wide range of topics from population /evolutionary genetics of fish and mammals, conservation of endangered mammals, wildlife ecology, to SQSTM1’s role in Alzheimer’s disease. He is currently collaborating on development of a new theory base for higher education teaching (Chuoagogy).  His group has been supported by funding from NSF, NIH, National Park Service, USFWS, US. Military, State agencies and Private industries. His professional honors include Outstanding Article of the Year -Wildlife Society(co-author), George Sutton Award in Conservation -- Society of Southwestern Naturalists(co-author), Outstanding Faculty member (COSAM – AU), Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching (COSAM – AU), and AU Presidential Administrative Fellow.


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Saturday, April 29, 2023

Welcome to Conversations from the Front Porch!



Conversations from the Front Porch is a new category of the Adult Learning Exchange Virtual Community. Moderated by Dr. Leslie Cordie, it will include interviews with adult educators around the world about their lifelong learning lessons. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and share your insights.

Dr. Cordie is an Associate Professor in Adult Education at Auburn University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University  of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a MBA from the University of Texas at Austin,  and a PhD in Adult Education and Technical Communication from Colorado  State University. Her specialties include instructional design,  professional development, and distance learning. Cordie has over 25  years of experience working and consulting in academic, business, and  military environments. Dr. Cordie is a Fulbright Scholar with active  collaborations in the West Indies, Ireland, and the UK. For more  information, visit her website

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Reflections from a Dean

  In this episode, Dr. Leslie Cordie interviews Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims on her own reflections as a Dean. Dr. Rosser-Mims ...