LSU Students & Faculty return in-person for the 2021 AAACE Conference in Sandestin, FL


woman at a reception

Ashley Clayton, PhD, enjoys time with colleagues and LSU alumni. CHSE also organized an alumni and recruitment reception in coordination with the conference. 

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) hosted its annual conference October 5–8, 2021 in Sandestin, FL. The chair of the conference for two years in a row was Dr. Petra A. Robinson, Associate Professor in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) and Director of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development in the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE). Returning to an in-person gathering after last year’s virtual conference, Dr. Robinson’s goal was to create a safe space for participants to engage in cutting-edge scholarship and learn about best practices in the field. Additionally, the conference team focused on providing unique networking opportunities to reconnect with peers and colleagues from national and international organizations.

This year, CHSE and LSU presence was strongly felt at the AAACE conference. In addition to CHSE supporting the conference as a gold sponsor, over 20 LSU students, staff, faculty, and alumni participated at the conference in various roles, as reviewers, review chairs, volunteers, exhibitors, presenters, and attendees. The conference team was especially delighted to have had so many first timers joining the conference this year!

Special kudos to the following individuals:

  • Douglas Waddell, Assistant to the Dean and Director of Graduate Recruitment for promoting CHSE at our exhibitors’ booth and for co-organizing the LSU Reception with Emily Berniard, Director of Alumni Engagement
  • Maja Stojanović, PhD candidate in SLHRD and Director of the Commission for Graduate Students of Adult Education (CGS), for leading the Commission and hosting the CGS event
  • SLHRD students, Kelli Bates, Kadaja Cryer, Omaima Hajjami, and Maja Stojanović, and faculty, Oliver Crocco and Missy Korduner for presenting their research
  • Leslie Blanchard and Deana Meredith from the Leadership Development Institute for presenting their work
  • Ashley Clayton, Assistant Professor in the School of Education, for presenting her work on postsecondary access without a high school diploma
  • School of Social Work faculty, staff, and students, Tamecia Curry, Tennia Williams, Conial Caldwell, Richard Wiley, Nia Nicks, and Chelsea Wooten for presenting at the conference
  • Zachary Robinson, LSU freshman, for presenting on the topic of game literacy at his first in-person conference
  • Dr. Petra A. Robinson, for presenting at the conference, chairing the conference, and receiving the AAACE President’s Appreciation Award for Exemplary Commitment and Service to AAACE
  • Dean Mitchell for co-presenting research related to professional development in CHSE, based on the work of the Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development 
LSU presenters at the AAAEC Conference
LSU Students and Faculty at the AAAEC Conference
CHSE booth at the AAAEC Conference


About the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development

The LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) offers programs dedicated to producing world-class practitioners, leaders, and instructors in human resource and leadership development. The BS, MS, PhD, and certificate programs are designed to develop the leadership, planning, analytical, problem solving, and change management capabilities that today's globalized organizations need to be successful. Additionally, SLHRD also offers two master’s programs and a certificate program, of which are 100% online. The School is housed within the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

About the College of Human Sciences & Education

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

Contact: Jeffery S. Portier
SLHRD Public Relations Coordinator
(225) 578-5750