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Exceptional Award for Dr King from TAA

In June, 2017, Dr. Kathleen P. King earned an exceptional award from the academic professional association, Textbook and Academic Authors (TAA).  At their annual conference in Providence, RI, TAA awarded Dr. King it’s highest honor: membership in the TAA Council of Fellows.
Photo of TAA Award

This award is in recognition of Dr. King’s vast achievements in adult and higher education, faculty development, adult learning and instructional technology research and publication. As of 2017, she has authored, co-authored and edited 32 academic books across these fields and more. Her publishers include Jossey-Bass, Information Age Publishing, Krieger Publishing, Atwood Press, Hampton Press, and others.

The award also represents her involvement in mentoring faculty and doctoral students through association and beyond. Dr. King is a TAA workshop speaker, representing the association by providing writing and publication sessions for faculty across the nation.

The Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) provides professional development resources, events, and networking opportunities for textbook authors and authors of scholarly journal articles and books. Established in 1987 by math author Mike Keedy, TAA is the only national, nonprofit membership association dedicated solely to assisting textbook and academic authors.

Read more about TAA here


2017 Book by Dr. King: Technology & Innovation in Adult Learning

Book cover Technology and Innovation in Adult learning
Dr. King’s 2017 book published by Jossey Bass.

A comprehensive exploration of technology’s role in adult learning Technology and Innovation in Adult Learning introduces educators and students to the intersection of adult learning and the growing technological revolution. Written by an internationally recognized expert in the field, this book explores the theory, research, and practice driving innovation in both adult learning and learning technology, and illuminates a powerful approach to recognize and leverage these opportunities. Building on current trends and research in technology and its use, each chapter illustrates the need, opportunities, and examples of current and future technologies that scaffold adult learning, and provides comprehensive coverage of both current and emerging challenges.

Many adult learning faculty, practitioners, and students realize that technology presents a growing and ever-present set of issues, yet few feel confident in identifying the opportunities that arise with each step forward. This book clarifies the interplay between adult learning and learning technology, and characterizes the cyclic exchange of information and opportunities that link these fields now and in the future.

  • Understand the critical issues currently affecting adult learning
  • Learn how technology is presenting both opportunities and challenges for the teaching and learning of adults in different contexts
  • Examine recent research on learning technology for adult learners
  • Discover how technological innovation can be applied now and how it will continue to shape the future of learning

Adult learning is on the rise, and there is no mistaking technology’s role; whether they’re learning with or about technology, today’s adult learners come with unique sets of needs and skills that demand specialized approaches. Traditional pedagogical techniques don’t transfer directly, and learning technology requires its own unique approach to development and use. Technology and Innovation in Adult Learning equips practitioners to further adult learning and shape the future of the field, while providing a rich perspective for classroom inquiry and research.

More Information About this Book

2009 AERA Outstanding Research Publication Award

Dr. Kathleen King (AAACE and CPAE member) and Dr. Joan Griggs, editors of the collected volume, Harnessing Innovative Technology in Higher Education.The award was presented at the American Education Research Association Division I meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 in San Diego. Kathleen King was there to accept the award.

The book is a collaborative and coordinated collection of analyses of a number of the FIPSE projects. (FIPSE is the Fund for Improvement of PostSecondary Education, a granting arm of the US Department of Education.) Each FIPSE grant project had been designed to create and implement creative new programs to further the possibilities of technology in higher education.

Description of the book:
Harnessing Innovative Technology in Higher Education:

Access, Equity, Policy, and Instruction edited by Kathleen P. King and Joan K. Griggs. Technology insinuated itself into higher education swiftly and permanently. Suddenly, the potential uses for the new technology seemed endless. Academic institutions responded quickly—each trying to meet individual needs and creating varied uses. However, as the trend matured, institutions found that they were each reinventing systems that someone had already created and the cost of working this way was high.

In response to these factors, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) created a visionary grant program which encouraged creativity and collaboration. The funded projects were innovative and have had a tremendous impact on the distance learning. This book reports on some of those programs, along with an analysis and synthesis of what worked and why. It is unique in addressing some of the more critical and difficult areas that need to be addressed in institutional efforts for distance learning. The broad base of initiatives, content areas, organizations and purposes of these projects provides a plethora of recommendations and ideas for every professor, administrator and faculty developer.

Please visit the Atwood Publishing site to learn more about the book

Dr. Kathy King is a professor of education at Fordham University and may be reached at

Research circa 2002

Research Activity

As it has developed over the years, my research has three different focuses within the field of adult education: transformational learning theory, faculty development and educational technology. At different times, these areas are variously interwoven and create exciting connections for exploration and further study.

Transformational Learning
My research in transformational learning has grown out of my original doctoral research and is being continued among several different groups of adult learners: ESL college students, teachers-in-training, incarcerated women and teachers learning technology. The instrument that I developed and published has been adapted for these adult learners in each of their specific topic areas. My research is evolving from the examination of learning activities to a deeper probing of the transformational learning experience itself. It is in this direction that I see my future research continuing to move.

Professional Development
My research and writing in the area of faculty development has its roots in my many experiences conducting faculty in-services and teacher education for several educational institutions. In 2000, my co-author and I published the book, The Adult Learning Model of Faculty Development regarding higher education faculty development. At this time we are also developing an extended international research project to further study higher education professional development.

Educational Technology
My own, individual work in the area of technology has increasingly overlapped all three areas of my research. Many of my experiences in faculty development are in the area of technology use and its place in the curriculum. Additionally, as I have been involved in teacher education here at Fordham, I have been examining the transformational learning teachers and teachers-in-training experience as they learn technology application to educational practice. While I have been publishing articles and presenting papers on faculty and their needs as adult learners as they learn educational technology, I have written two books, one now in press, that focus on the opportunities educational technology professional development has for K-12 teachers and higher education faculty.

In another application of these three areas of interest, I have been researching adult learning in online professional development. This research is being conducted collaboratively with three other partners and is funded by a $1.4 million Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnership grant award from the Fund for Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE). At this point we have evaluation data from the pilot online course offerings that were taken by 300 learners and are continuing to analyze these data. We have been accepted to present papers at the AERA 2002 conference regarding this online professional development program and research. Personally, I led related research projects in study of “hybrid” (face-to-face and online) model classes. The results have been centrally significant to the whole project and we are using the findings to formatively evaluate our primary online learning model and to begin to use this valuable design as an alternative model.

Future Research
My future research will continue to be in the areas of faculty development, perspective transformation, and distance education/educational technology. I have seen how these areas continue to provide new opportunities to study adult learners in many contexts and look forward to the future. This research is being done individually and through partnerships and collaborations that are both synergistic and rewarding.

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