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Designing Effective Adult Learning Experiences

Invited Guest Presention

Dr. Susan Hines, Associate Professor & Director of Faculty Development
St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Monday, October 27, 3-4:30
Location: Africa Room, Duquesne UnionPhoto of Dr. Susan Hines

In this session participants will discover the unique characteristics of adult learners and ways to design effective learning experiences to honor their learning needs and promote active engagement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the characteristics and educational needs of adult learners
  • Examine an experiential learning approach to meet adult learning needs
  • Create an experiential learning experience to honor and actively engage adult learners

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About Dr. Hines

Dr. Sue Hines is the director of faculty development and associate professor in the EDD in Leadership Program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Her 30-year academic career has included work in faculty development, program development, academic research, college teaching and dissertation advising, and external program accreditation. She has taught using a variety of delivery formats at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level. Her teaching career has included various disciplines including organizational and educational leadership, adult education, interdisciplinary studies, and veterinary technology. Dr. Hines started out her career as a veterinary technician, then completed her BA in Educational Psychology at Metro State University and received her MA in Education and EDD in Leadership with a focus on higher education from Saint Mary's University of MN.

Dr. Hines has been involved in several research projects including studies of adult student engagement, English Language Learners' perspectives of post-secondary academic writing, and faculty development evaluation. Her main research interest is faculty development program evaluation which has resulted in several publications in peer-reviewed journals and national conference presentations. She is currently field-testing a research-based evaluation model at colleges and universities with the intent of publishing a book on the topic.

She provides keynotes and workshops on topics of adult learning at regional colleges, served on an advisory board, hired as a consulting curriculum designer, is on the editorial board for the Journal of Faculty Development and Journal of International Students, and a member and organizational contributor for the Professional Organizational Development Network (POD Network).