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68 Kenneth Owen McCullough

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December 5, 1934 -



Personal Data

Born: December 5, 1934 in Massachusetts

Dropped out of school at 14

Married with three sons



B.A., History and English, University of Miami

M.A., American Studies, Stetson University

PhD., Adult Education and Social Psychology, Florida State University, 1973

Post Doctoral Studies, Psychology and Education Administration




Teacher, Miami Norland High School, Miami, FL


Head Teacher, Social Studies Department, Miami Killian Senior High School, Miami, FL


Co-Director of Adult Basic Education Training, Georgia Department of Education, Atlanta, GA.


Principal Investigator, Educational Professional Services, Fayetteville, AR


Instructor, English; Chairman of Writing Instruction, Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, FL


Assistant Professor, Adult Education, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL


Professor, Adult Education; Coordinator, Graduate Program, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN


Adjunct Professor, Corporate Learning Institute, Vanderbilt University 


Executive Director, Adult and Community Education, Office of the Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Education, Nashville, TN


Project Director, Tennessee Reporting and Improvement Management System (TRIMS), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN


Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Tennessee Board of Regents



Awards and Honors

1986 Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International

1990 National Workplace Literacy Award

1992 Governor’s Award for Service to Tennessee

1993 Tennessee Senate Resolution of Appreciation for Service to Tennessee

American Cancer Society, 3 honor citations

Teacher of the Year--3 times

Full Scholarship--Stetson University



Membership-Professional Organizations

President, 1993-94, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE); member since 1969

Member, Board of Directors, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, 1987-                                                  

Associate Editor, Adult Learning, 1990-93

President, University of Tennessee, Tennessee Education Association, 1977-78

Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society 1971-




The role of community colleges.  American Association of Community and Junior Colleges.


Functional illiteracy in Latin America.  Superior Council of the Interamericana Federation of Adult Education.  Tallahassee, FL. 


Analyzing the evolving structure of adult education.  In J. Peters (Ed.), Building an effective adult education enterprise.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


Adult basic education instructional strategies: Their design and improvement.  Outlook for the 80’s: Adult literacy.  Washington, DC: Dingle Associates.


Different approaches needed in adult basic education.  1(1).


A commitment to literacy.  Volunteer Literacy, 1(3)


Tennessee’s one-room-drop-in-school.  Adult Learning, 2(6).


Leadership, a state perspective.  Adult Learning, 3(3).


Technology: Decades old and still growing!  Adult Learning, 4(3).


What does a grade level mean?  Adult Learning, 4(3).



Professional Interest Areas

National and International work in adult literacy programs and basic education programs




Major Contributions to Adult Education

After appointment as Tennessee's Executive Director of Adult Education in 1987, he designed the first sequenced, three-level statewide program which adults could progress within, starting from the lowest levels of literacy instruction and culminating with courses in pre-college math, reading, and writing. This program became a national model. In addition, he designed and implemented the nation's first housing project centers which served children and adults six days a week from mid-morning to early evening. This concept, too, is now replicated throughout the U.S. In 1989, under his leadership, Tennessee became the first state to establish a state literacy resource center to house, develop, and distribute adult basic education curriculum materials, produce research monographs, and conduct teacher training.



 Additional Resources

McCullough, K.O.  (1994).  Curricula Vitae


International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. (1996).  Ken McCullough. Retrieved on June 22, 2008.  From: http://www.halloffame.outreach.ou.edu/1996/mccullou.html




Photo Gallery





Interesting Facts

He was active in the parent associations of the AAACE from 1969 to 1982, when AAACE was established and was President in 1993-1994. He has since expanded his adult education activity to business and industry organizations and associations.










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