Drs. Park & Robinson present at AAACE


Dr. Petra A. Robinson, Dr. Sunyoung Park, and two of the college’s doctoral students attended the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education's (AAACE) 64th Annual Conference in Oklahoma City, Ok., November 17, 2015 - November 20, 2015.

Dr. Park and Dr. Robinson are both Assistant Professors in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD).

Dr. Park presented “Work engagement in non-profit organizations: An integrative review.” Her research examined how non-profits could improve work engagement of paid workers. There is little research on work engagement in non-profit organizations (particularly, for paid workers), while many studies have discussed the importance of work engagement in for-profit settings. This study provides broader knowledge of work engagement in different organizational settings by emphasizing the features of non-profit sectors and their influence on workers. It is beneficial to those interested in NPOs and their dynamics. Attendees learned how diverse factors, including organizational culture, job characteristics, and leadership, influence workers’ engagement in NPOs.

Dr. Robinson presented her paper, “Innovative Curriculum Design for Developing Non-normative Literacy Skills.” Her interactive presentation identifies critical theories as ways to frame one’s thinking about designing curriculum to develop non-normative literacy skills such as critical media literacy in today’s media-saturated society. Participants learned practical strategies for designing curriculum to develop critical literacy skills.

SLHRD doctoral student Malaika Edwards and School of Education doctoral student Krystie Nguyen presented a poster titled “Faculty Experiences with Andragogy in an Online Learning Environment” with Dr. Robinson. Dr. Robinson served as Principal Investigator. Edwards and Nguyen assisted her with the study, funded by Academic Partnerships. The team is currently working on two manuscripts based on this work in hopes of submitting to journals for publication in 2016.

Edwards and Dr. Robinson also presented a paper based on a systematic and literature review and outlines learning strategies and methods suited for the post- retirement workforce.

The conference’s theme “Evolutions and Revolutions in Adult Learning” was about diverse practices, which help adults acquire the knowledge, skills and values needed to lead productive and satisfying lives.

Dr. Park’s research interests are

  • organizational culture and behavior,
  • learning and performance in the workplace, and
  • research trends in HRD and related fields.

Dr. Robinson’s research interests are

  • colorism,
  • critical non-normative literacies,
  • lifelong learning and professional development, and
  • social justice, diversity, and equity in higher and adult education.

Dedicated to the belief that lifelong learning contributes to human fulfillment and positive social change, AAACE envisions a more humane world made possible by the diverse practice of our members in helping adults acquire the knowledge, skills, and values needed to lead productive and satisfying lives.



The LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) offers programs dedicated to producing world class practitioners, leaders, and instructors in two areas of focus: Agricultural Education and Leadership and Human Resource Development.

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About SOE

The LSU School of Education offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Leadership, Research, and Counseling. The school’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues.

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About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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