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88 Harold W Stubblefield

Page history last edited by Waynne James 10 years, 8 months ago

Birth Date - Death Date



Personal Data





Bachelor’s in social science and technology

Master’s in pastoral counseling

Ph.D. in adult education





Professor, Adult Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1973-1998




Awards and Honors

1988 Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education


1995 National University Continuing Education Association’ s Philip E. Frandson Award for Literature

2001 International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame  


Membership-Professional Organizations


Association for Voluntary Action Scholars, board of directors

Commission of Professors of Adult Education, chair

Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education

Consulting editor of Adult Education Quarterly







1964     The ministry and mental retardation - H. W. Stubblefield - Journal of Religion and Health, -

             Springer Religion and Health - Springer


1965     THE CHURCH - HW STUBBLEFIELD - eric.ed.gov


1965     The Church's Ministry in Mental Retardation - HW Stubblefield -  - Broadman Press


1965     THE CONCEPT OF GOD IN THE MENTALLY RETARDED - HWStubblefield, WC Richard - Religious Education, - informaworld.com


1973     Need Identification Diagnosis: Range of Applicability. - HWStubblefield - Viewpoints, - eric.ed.gov


1973     Teaching Diagnostic Skills: Procedures and Problems. - HWStubblefield - Viewpoints- eric.ed.gov


1973     The Adult Educator As Diagnostician: A Report. - HW Stubblefield, WB Roberts - Viewpoints, - eric.ed.gov
             EJ085365 - The Adult Educator As Diagnostician: A Report


1974     Adult Civic Education in the Post-World War Ii Period - HW Stubblefield- Adult Education Quarterly, - aeq.sagepub.com ... DOI: 10.1177/074171367402400305 1974;             24; 227 Adult Education Quarterly


1975     Installing the Participation Training System: Common Problems. - H. W. Stubblefield - Viewpoints, - eric.ed.gov


1976     Adult Education for Civic Intelligence in the Post World War I Period - H. W. Stubblefield - Adult Education Quarterly, - aeq.sagepub.com   DOI: 10.1177/074171367602600406 1976; 26; 253  


1976     Adult Basic Education: Research, Development and Dissemination. Proceedings of the 1976 Virginia ABE … - MB Shaw, HW Stubblefield -  - eric.ed.gov


1977     Proceedings: Roles of Colleges and Universities in Volunteerism.  H. W. Stubblefield eric.ed.gov


1977     Contributions of Continuing Education. - HW Stubblefield - Vocational Guidance Quarterly, - eric.ed.gov


1981     The Idea of Lifelong Learning in the Chautauqua Movement - HWStubblefield - Adult Education Quarterly, - aeq.sagepub.com ... DOI: 10.1177/074171368103100402              1981; 31; 199 Adult Education Quarterly


1981     Continuing Education for Community Problem Solving: A Historical Perspective. - HW Stubblefield - New Directions for Continuing Education, - eric.ed.gov


1982     Learning Groups in Training and Education - L Miles, HW Stubblefield - Small Group Research, - sgr.sagepub.com


1983     SUPCE and SUREA: Publications and Resources for Educators of Adults. -HW Stubblefield… -  - eric.ed.gov


1984     The What and How of the Syracuse Collection. TECHNIQUES. - HWStubblefield - Lifelong Learning, - eric.ed.gov


1986     The Status of Adult Education Historical Research in the United States.HW Stubblefield -  - eric.ed.gov


1986     Administration of Volunteer Programs as a Career: What Role for Higher Education? - HW Stubblefield, L Miles - Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, -                nvs.sagepub.com


1988     Towards a history of adult education in America: the search for a unifying principle - HW Stubblefield -  - London; New York: Croom Helm; New York, NY


1991     Making the Most of Professional Reading. HW Stubblefield - New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, - eric.ed.gov


1992     On the Origins Of the Term and Meanings Of" Adult Education" In the United States - HW Stubblefield, JR Rachal - Adult Education Quarterly, - aeq.sagepub.com


1994     Adult Education in the American Experience from the Colonial Period to the Present. The Jossey-Bass … - HW Stubblefield, P Keane -  - eric.ed.gov


1996     Cultural and Intercultural Experiences in European Adult Education: Essays on Popular and Higher … - HW Stubblefield - History of Education Quarterly, - JSTOR


 2002     Forging a New Mission: Implications from the Experiences of Antecedent National Associations. - HW Stubblefield - Adult Learning - questia.com


Professional Interest Areas


Adult Basic Education, History of Adult Education




Major Contributions to Adult Education


According to his Dr. Stubblefield's (2001) bio as presented by the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame induction announcement  "Prior experience as a chaplain enabled him to excel as advisor, teacher, and administrator. He served in various capacities with the Commission of Professors of Adult Education, including two years as national chair, and currently is a member of the Executive Committee. He has served on the board of directors for the Association for Voluntary Action Scholars and the Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education.



Dr. Stubblefield was professor of adult education at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1973 until his retirement in 1998. At Virginia Polytechnic Institute, he was the first full-time adult education faculty member and headed the program from 1973 to 1993. He developed and established the adult education doctoral program and developed several off-campus master's programs. He also served as principal investigator for funded research related to educational needs of Adult Basic Education (ABE) teachers, a national survey of volunteer administrators' educational and training needs, and basic skills training in the workplace for ASTD. He moved from Blacksburg to the institution's emerging Northern Virginia Graduate Center and established their adult education graduate program in 1985. During 1993 to 1995, he served as program director for all graduate education programs and helped turn the center into a major graduate education provider in the greater Washington, DC, area.


Stubblefield's scholarship has focused on adult education history. His publications include Towards a History of Adult Education in America, for which he received the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education Imogene Okes Award in 1988 for Outstanding Research in Adult Education. He co-authored Adult Education in the American Experience: From the Colonial Period to the Present with Patrick Keane, which won the National University Continuing Education Association's Philip E. Frandson Award for Literature in 1995." (International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, 2001)



History of adult education, Graduate education programs for adult education




Additional Resources



Harold W. Stubblefield. Accessed on 25 May 2008 @ http://www.halloffame.outreach.ou.edu/2001/stubblefield.html

Harold W. Stubblefield. Accessed on 06 July 2008 @       http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0787900257,descCd-authorInfo.html?print=true

Harold W. Stubblefield.  Accessed on 27 May 2008 @ http://eric.ed.gov



Photo Gallery




stubblefield podcast.wma






Adult Education in the American Experience: From the Colonial Period to the Present (Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education)             Front Cover   


Interesting Facts




International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. (2001). http://www.halloffame.outreach.ou.edu/2001/stubblefield.html. Retrieved July 13, 2011, from                    http://www.halloffame.outreach.ou.edu: http://www.halloffame.outreach.ou.edu/2001/stubblefield.html







Comments (1)

robertmiller@mail.usf.edu said

at 11:23 am on Jul 20, 2011

I would highly recommend Dr. Stubblefields book: Towards a History in Adult Education in America as required reading for all adult education students. I feel this will serve well as a historical preparation for qualifying exams

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