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From left Kevin Roessger, James Weese and Elizabeth Roumell

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education recently awarded Kevin Roessger, Associate Professor of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of Arkansas, and James Weese, PhD student, the 2020 Imogene Okes Award for outstanding research in adult education.

Elizabeth Roumell, an associate professor at Texas A&M University who worked with Roessger and Weese, was also named for the award.

This national prize is awarded to researchers who make a significant contribution to promoting adult and continuing education. It honors the memory of Imogene Okes, whose accounts of participation in adult education in this area have been widely circulated and cited. It is made available annually by the AAACE for original research by individual or joint authors that reflects the ideals Okes stood for. Nominee work exemplifies outstanding and original research in adult education.

The three wrote an article entitled “Rethinking Andragogic Assumptions in the Global Age: How Different Preferences for Andragogic Learning Are Between People and Cultures”. It was published in Studies in Continuing Education earlier this year.

Roessger thanked Michael Hevel, chair of the Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders Program at the University of A, for supporting her research.

“Dr. Hevel provided funds for James to work on the coding for the andragogy project and to attend the 2017 National Training Conference on International Assessment of Adult Competency in Houston, Texas,” he said.

Roessger teaches courses in quantitative data analysis and adult education theory at the College of Education and Health at the University of A. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s in administrative management, and a doctorate in adult and continuing education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is Associate Editor of Adult Education Quarterly and a regular reviewer for Adult Learning and the Journal of Continuing Higher Education. His research focuses on evidence-based practices and guidelines for adult learners. He has published numerous articles and book chapters in the field’s leading branches, and recently completed a year-long longitudinal analysis of the community factors that predict adult student participation in public universities.

Weese is a PhD student studying educational statistics and research methods at the University of A. He defended his dissertation last month. He earned a Masters Degree in Mathematics from the University of A in 2015 and a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska – Kearney in 2013. His research focuses on the function of differential items. He also uses statistics and research methodology to conduct empirical research that has the potential to make informed, data-driven decisions.

Roumell is Associate Professor and Program Director for the Adult Education Specialization at Texas A&M. She is co-editor of Adult Education Quarterly and was recently named an Annenberg Research Fellow of the Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation.