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38 John Arvo Niemi

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December 6, 1932 - July 6, 2004



Personal Data


December 6, 1932, Ironwood, Michigan

Married: 1958

Died: July 6, 2004




A. A.  Gogebic Community College, 1952

B. A.  History, Michigan State University, 1954 

M. A.  Adult Education,University of Alaska, 1963

Ed.D.  Adult Education, University of California-Los Angeles, 1967







Teacher, P.E., Alaska On-Base Schools, Fort Richardson


Teacher, Jr. High, Bassett School District, La Puente, California


Educational Advisor, U. S. Army


Assistant to the President, University of Alaska


Head of Evening Off-campus & Correspondence, University of Alaska


Intern in Adult Education, University of California-Los Angeles


Assistant & Associate Professor, University of British Columbia


Distinguised Teaching Professor and Professor of Adult Education, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois






Awards and Honors


Certificate of Leadership for Meritorious Service, AAACE

Honorary Doctor of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, Finland

Fulbright Scholar/Professor of Adult Education, University of Helsinki, Finland

Distinguished  Alumnus of the Year Award, Gogebic Community College, Ironwood, Michigan

Distinguished Teaching Alumnus, University of California-Los Angeles

Awarded the insignia of the Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland

Honorary Professor, Shanghai Second Institute

John A. Niemi Memorial Scholarship for Travel, University of Illinois, De Kalb, Illinois





Membership-Professional Organizations


Committee on Continuing Education, Alaska

Committee of Professional Adult Educators

Adult Education Association of the U.S., Chairman of Mass Media section and Chairman of Commission on Research in Adult Education

American Educational Research Association

Northwest Adult Education Association, President,1974-1975

Canadian Association of Adult Educators

Canadian Association of University Teachers

National Association for Public Continuing and Adult Education

Commission of Professors of AAACE, Chair,1985-1987






Adult Education and the Disadvantaged Adult with D. Anderson


Mass Media and Adult Education (Editor)


Recruiting and Training Volunteers with P. Ilsley


Comparing Adult Education Worldwide




Technologies for Learning Outside the Classroom with D. Gooler (Eds.)


Classes Going the Distance So People Don't Have To: Instructional Opportunities for Adult Learners with L. Neeley & B. Ehrhard, Technological Horizons In Education Journal


Russia and China in Transition: Implications for HRD Research and Practice in Global Community with Jun Liu





Professional Interest Areas


Adult Literacy

Mass Media/Distance Education

International Adult Education

Use of technology in the classroom

Human Resource Development




Major Contributions to Adult Education


Professor of Student Advocate, he cared about students

More than 150 articles and four books

Taught in Canada, China, Finland, Russia, Taiwan, and the United States

Thirty year tenure at Northern Illinois University

Work and writing on learning needs of culturally disadvantaged groups




Additional Resources




Photo Gallery










McGowan, M. Northern Today (2004). Retrieved on June 5, 2008 from http://www.niu.edu/northerntoday/2004/july12/niemi.shtml 

Niemi, J. A. (1963-2000). John Niemi Papers. An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University. Retrieved on June 5, 2008 from http://library.syr.edu

John A Niemi Memorial Scholarship for Travel, Endowed Guidelines. Retrieved on June 23, 2008 from http:// www.cedu.niu.edu/cahe/forms/formsDocuments/aheDocuments/scholarships/Niemi%20Guidelines.pdf

Education Emeriti, News Archive (2004). In Memoriam: Professor John Niemi. Retrieved on June 26, 2008 from http://educ.ubc.ca/emeriti/news_archive.html

Previous Hall of Fame vita, wpc/AE#38/December 1, 1988, Dr. Waynne James







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