The Master of Education degree is housed in the School of Education at Colorado State University. Faculty in the Adult Education and Training specialization are practitioners of adult education and experts in the fields of adult learning, teaching, instructional design, assessment, evaluation, and learning transfer.
Adult Basic Education
Karen Carr has been working in the field of education for more than 22 years, including early childhood education, K-12 education, and adult education. She has been a teacher, coach, and program administrator. Karen holds an M.A. in educational leadership from the University of Colorado, Denver. In her spare time, she also works as a paramedic.
Kalpana Gupta, Ed.D.
Adult Education, Training and Development, Curriculum Design, and Online Learning
Kalpana Gupta holds an Ed.D. in adult and post-secondary education from the University of Wyoming. She brings previous experience as an adjunct professor in adult education programs at Regis University in Denver, where she was also interim department chair. Her research areas of interest include faculty development, creating inclusive learning environments, accelerated learning, neuroscience, and transformative learning. She specializes in curriculum and program design, and hybrid and online delivery methods.
Leann M. R. Kaiser, Ph.D.
Adult Teaching and Learning Theory, Online Learning, Transformational Learning
Leann M.R. Kaiser holds a Ph.D. in adult and post-secondary education from the University of Wyoming, a M.S. from Arizona State University, and a B.S. from the University of Wyoming. Leann's research interests encompass adult teaching and learning theory, transformational learning, and distance student educational experiences. Leann has taught in the fields of adult education and outdoor education at the post-secondary level since 2001. Her other professional experience includes work in natural resource education programming and public land management.
Tobin P. Lopes, Ph.D.
Adult Education and Training, Workforce Development
Tobin Lopes holds a Ph.D. in workforce education and development from Pennsylvania State University, a M.Ed. in adult education and training from Colorado State University, and a B.A. in mathematics from Claremont McKenna College. He has been practicing and studying in the field of workforce education and development since 1995. In addition to his work with CSU, Tobin most recently developed the curriculum for an executive-level hybrid graduate program for the University of Colorado, Denver and was a workforce policy analyst for the City and County of Denver. His research interests include evaluation and assessment, hybrid learning and teaching methods for adults, career development, and quantitative research methods.
Kelly McKenna, Ph.D.
Adult Education, Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning, Distance Education, Learning Communities
Kelly McKenna holds a Ph.D. in educational technology from the University of Northern Colorado and a M.Ed. in education and human resources studies with a specialization in adult education and training from Colorado State University. Kelly’s research interests lie in the field of adult education, with research objectives aimed to support adult learners in their educational and occupational endeavors by creating optimal learning environments and facilitating successful student experiences. Her areas of focus include distance education, the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, and learning communities.
Orly S. Penny, M.Ed.
Teaching English as a Second Language to Adult Learners
Orly Penny holds a M.Ed with a specialization in adult education and training from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and art history from University of Colorado. Orly has taught ESL (English as a Second Language) to adults for the past fifteen years at various Northern Colorado institutions and is dedicated to helping students realize their potential as language learners. The course she currently teaches and developed for CSU is based on the Colorado Department of Education rubrics for training Teachers of Adult ESL Learners. Orly also developed a workplace English program for Poudre Valley Health System (PVHS) employees and obtained a grant to sponsor the program. She is a past president of the Colorado Adult Education Professional Association (CAEPA) and sits on the advisory board of the Center for Adult Learning at Front Range Community College.
Don Quick, Ph.D.
Adult Education and Training, Adult Learning, Distance Education Technology
Don Quick’s research focuses on adult teaching and learning, and distance technology in higher education. His work history includes several years of experience in the computer industry as technician, engineer, trainer, and manager. He has also developed and taught several workshops and courses in adult learning, health and safety, and computer applications, and has been teaching online adult education and training courses since 1999.
Jill Zarestky, Ph.D.
Adult Education, Nonformal and Community-based Education, Globalization and Social Justice
Jill Zarestky holds a Ph.D. in educational human resource development with a specialization in adult education from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in computational and applied mathematics from the University of Texas, Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests include non-formal and community-based adult education, art-based learning, and issues of feminism, globalization, and social justice. As a former mathematics faculty member, she also continues interdisciplinary collaborations in STEM education in both university and community college settings.