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Leona English

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  •  Doctor of Philosophy. Adult Education. University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (1992-1995)
  •  Doctor of Education. Religion & Education.Teachers College, Columbia University
  •  Master of Religious Education. University of St. Michael's College & Univ. of Toronto
  •  Bachelor of Arts. Memorial University of Newfoundland. Religious Studies, English
  •  Bachelor of Education. Memorial University of Newfoundland. Secondary Education 




  • July, 1996- 2015 Professor of Adult Education, St. Francis Xavier University.
  • August 2015-Present  Head of Publications at UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL), Hamberg, Germany
  • Dr. Leona English has had a long career in various aspects of education -- teaching, research, curriculum development, administration and publishing. She is presently Head of Publications at UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL), the global leader in adult education. UIL publishes research, reports, books, journals and practitioner publications and sets the course for adult education research and practice.         


Awards and Honors


  • Houle Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education
  • International Adult Continuing Education Hall of Fame 2015  


Membership-Professional Organizations


      Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE)

  • National President (2001-2002)
  • Board of Directors (1997-2002)
  • Atlantic Coordinator (1997-2001)
  • Co-chair of Commission of Canadian Professors of Adult Education (1997-2000)
  • Co-chair of CASAE Atlantic Regional Conferences (1997, 1998, 2000, 2005)
  • Editor of Conference Proceedings (2006)
  • Chair of student research award committee (2005)
  • Chair, Call for Papers Committee (2011)
  • Co-Chair, Lifetime Achievement Awards Committee (2012-2014)


      American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)

  • Member of Selection Committee for the Cyril O. Houle Award for Best Adult Education Book (1998, 2005, 2014)
  • Co-chair of Intercultural SIG
  • Member of Commission of Professors of Adult Education


      Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education (APRRE)

  • Chair of Publications Committee (2003-2006)
  • Chair of Task Force on Adult Education (2000-2001)
  • Call for Papers Committee (2000-2002) (Chair for 2005-2007)
  • Editorial Review Committee (2000-2002)
  • Program Committee, APPRRE (2005)


      National Committee Member

  • SSHRC Committee Member, Connections Grants (2013)
  • SSHRC Committee Member, Committee 17 (Education) (2001-2002)
  • Canadian Council on Learning (Gender and Learning Team Leader) (2005-2006)
  • CFHSC, Aid to Scholarly Publications Committee, Member (2009-2012)
  • Member, Catherine Donnolly Foundation, Toronto (2008-2011)




  • English, L. M., & Mayo, P. (2012). Learning with adults: A critical pedagogical introduction. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • English, L. M. (Ed.). (2012). Adult education and health. University of Toronto Press.
  • English, L. M. (Ed.). (2005). International encyclopedia of adult education. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • English, L. M. et al. (2003). Spirituality in adult education and training. Malabar, FL: Krieger.
  • English, L. M., & Gillen, M.A. (Eds.). (2000). Addressing the spiritual dimensions of adult learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 


      Book chapters

  • English, L. M. (2012). For whose purposes? Examining the spirituality agenda in adult education. In J. Groen, D. Coholic, & J. R. Graham (Eds.), Spirituality in social work and education: Theory, practice and pedagogies (pp. 17-33).Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier University Press.
  • English, L. M. (2010). Pedagogical practice of interreligious education: Critical social science directions. In K. Engebretson, M. de Souza, G. Durka, & L. Gearon (Eds.), International handbook for inter-religious education, volume 1 of 2 (pp. 425-440). New York: Springer Press.
  • English, L. M., & Macdonald, T.E. (2010). Rural feminist activism and religious fundamentalism, Nova Scotia, Canada. In S. Gokal, R. Barbero, & C. Balchin (Eds.), Key learnings from feminists on the frontline: Summaries of case studies on resisting and challenging fundamentalisms. Toronto, Mexico City and Capetown: Association of Women in Development. Full case published online http://www.awid.org/eng/AboutAWID/AWID-Initiatives/Resisting-and-Challenging-Religious-Fundamentalisms/CF-Case_Studies
  • English, L. M., & Tisdell, E. J. (2010). Spirituality and adult education. In C. Kasworm, A. Rose, & J. Ross-Gordon (Eds.), Handbook of adult and continuing education (pp. 285-293). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 


      Articles in journals

  • English, L. M. (2012). Teaching the “Morally and Economically Destitute”: Nineteenth Century Adult Education Efforts in Newfoundland. Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region, XLI, no. 2, 66-88.
  • English, L. M. (2012). The Newfoundland School Society (1830-1840): A critical discourse analysis of its religious education efforts. Religious Education,107(5, December), 499-513. DOI: 10.1080/00344087.2012.722480.
  • English, L. M. (2012). Transformative learning theory: Implications for the adult religious education of women. Journal of Religious Education (AU), 60 (1),41-47.
  • English, L. M. (2010). Adult education of the laity: A church concern. Theoforum (A journal of the Faculty of Theology, St. Paul University, Ottawa), 41(1), 131-148.
  • English, L. M. (2008). Revisiting voice, subjectivity and circles: Feminist pedagogy in the 21st century. Journal of Adult Theological Education, 5(2), 112-125.


      Other publications

  • English, L. M., & Zeph, C. (Eds.)). (2006). Special issue of Journal of Adult Theological Education. 3 (2).Theme: Lay Ministry Education. 


Professional Interest Areas


  • Spirituality of adult education
  • Gender and learning
  • Critical theory


Major Contributions to Adult Education


  • Canada’s leading scholars
  • Established the International Encyclopedia of Adult Education
  •  Help funding support to ensure that the nation’s academic journal—the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education


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