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80 Elizabeth Peterson

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1957 - January 26th, 2009


Personal Data


Deceased at the young age of 52 after losing a 6 month battle with lung cancer. 

Survived by husband, Herman Potts, son, Aaron Potts, two sisters and several nieces and nephews.




B.A.   Wesleyan University, Oh  1921


M.A.   Ohio State University, Oh 1922


Ph.D. Ohio State University, Oh 1924 




9/02-2008 Co-Director Gidwitz Center for Urban Policy and Community Development
1/01-9/02 Associate Professor Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life –Clemson University
8/91-1/01 Assistant & Associate Professor Instruction and Teacher Education – University of South Carolina
10/89-8/91 Consultant and Coordinator of the National Issues ForumsLiteracy Project - Forums, Dayton, Ohio
1988 - 1989 Coordinator of Adult Basic Skills and Literacy – Midwest Women’s Center in Chicago
1986 - 1988 Coordinator and Field Consultant – Northern Illinois University
1981 - 1986 Teacher, Elementary Grade Four - Indianapolis Public Schools


Membership and Professional Organizations


Steering Committee: Adult Education Research Conference (2005-2007) 


Executive Committee: Commission of Professors of Adult Education(1995-1997)


Member: American Association for Adult and Continuing Education


Editorial Review Board: Adult Learning (2001-2004)


Member: Commission of Professors of Adult Education


Awards and Honors



Life Membership Award - In Recognition of Professional Leadership and Exemplary Service, presented at the Tri-State Community Education


Conference, Asheville, NC. May, 1996.


Outstanding Graduate Research Award, June 1991


Kappa Delta Pi, Spring 1990


Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Program (ICEOP Fellow),

1989 -1990




Peterson, Elizabeth. (1992, November). African American Women: A Study of Will and Success. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 122 pps. In print.


Peterson, Elizabeth. (2002, Fall). Freedom Road: Adult Education of African Americans. (Editor) 2nd Revised edition. Malabar, FL: Krieger & Company. Co-published by the American Association of Adult & Continuing Education, Washington, DC.


Peterson, Elizabeth. (1996, Spring). Freedom Road: Adult Education of African Americans. Malabar, FL: Krieger & Company. Co-published by the American Association of Adult & Continuing Education, Washington, DC. 245


Peterson, E. and Jones, A. (2001, Fall) .Women, Journal Writing and the Reflective Process. in English, L. and Gillen, M. (eds.) Promoting Journal 11 Writing in Adult Education. New Directions For Adult and Continuing Education, San-Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 


Sparks, B. and Peterson, E. (2000, Fall) "Adult Basic Education" in Hayes, E. and Wilson, A. Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education, San Francisco, Wiley Press.  


Peterson, E. (1999) "Creating a Culturally Relevant Dialogue for African American Adult Educators," in Talmadge Guy (ed.) Culturally Relevant Adult

Education. New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Peterson, Elizabeth A. (1996, Spring). Fanny Coppin, Mary Shadd Cary and Charlotte Grimke: Three African American Women Who Made a Difference. In Elizabeth A. Peterson (Ed.), Freedom Road: Adult Education of African Americans. Malabar, FL: Krieger & Company.


Peterson, Elizabeth A. (Fall, 1996). Our Students, Ourselves: Lessons of Challenge and Hope From The African American Community. In The Future

of Community-Based Literacy, Peggy Sissel, (ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass


Peterson, E. (Spring, 1997). African American Women and the Emergence of Self Will: The Use of Phenomenological Research. In Collecting Treasures:

Narrative Research with Black Women. Kim Marie Vaz, (ed.). Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE. 


Professional Interest Area


Adult Basic Education

African American Adults & Education

Black Women & Education 


Major Contributions to Adult Education


Was the first to introduce critical race theory to adult education through her chapter, Creating a Culturally Relevant Dialogue for African American Adult Educators, which was published in 1999 in the Culturally Relevant Adult Education-New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education (edited by Talmadge Guy). 


Additional Resources



Photo Gallery-

Younger photo placed into the Chicago Tribune in memory of the late Dr. Peterson.










Image. (2009, January 29). Obituary. The Chicago Tribune on the web. 

     http://www.c (2012).hicagotribune.com/news/obituaries


Seattle University School of Law. About the Authors (paragraph 18). 

     http://www.law.seattleu.edu/x7780.xml (2012).











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