The Master of Education degree is housed in the School of Education at Colorado State University. Faculty in the Adult Education and Training (A.E.T.) specialization are practitioners of adult education and experts in the field of adult learning, teaching, instructional design, assessment, evaluation, and learning transfer. We look forward to exploring adult education and training with you.
Karen Carr has been working in education at all levels for over 22 years. She brings a background in early childhood, the K-12 arena, and adult education. She has been a teacher, a coach, and a program administrator. Her MA is in educational leadership from the University of Colorado, Denver. She lives in Lafayette, CO with her husband and two cats. In her spare time she is a paramedic working throughout Colorado.
Kalpana Gupta, Ed.D.
Adult Education, Training and Development, Curriculum Design, and Online Learning
Kalpana Gupta received her Ed.D. in Adult & Post-Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Gupta is an Assistant Professor in the Adult Education and Training program and brings previous experience as an adjunct Professor in Adult Education programs at Regis University in Denver, where she was also interim Department Chair, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Central Oklahoma. 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. Dr. Gupta looks forward to collaborating with students and colleagues to contribute to the literature, promote effective teaching and learning for adult learners, and to elicit the personal and professional development of every individual.
Leann M. R. Kaiser, Ph.D.
Adult Teaching and Learning Theory, Online Learning, Transformational Learning
Dr. Leann M.R. Kaiser is an assistant professor in the School of Education, Adult Education and Training Specialization at Colorado State University. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with her Ph.D. in Adult and Post Secondary Education. She also holds a B.S. from the University of Wyoming and an M.S. from Arizona State University, both in outdoor education/recreation. 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. Additional professional experiences include work in natural resource education programming and public land management.
Karen Kaminski, Ph.D.
Adult Learning and Technology, Instructional Design, Assessment and Evaluation
Dr. Karen Kaminski has been part of the Master of Education with a Specialization in Adult Education and Training since 1999. She has years of experience as an instructional designer helping faculty to prepare to teach via distance technology. Karen's research focus is on instructional design, evaluation, and learning transfer. In addition to traditional courses, she facilitates sessions on group work, communication, and collaboration and consults in the areas of instructional design and development, assessment and evaluation, and instructional technology.
Tobin P. Lopes, Ph.D.
Adult Education and Training, Workforce Development
Dr. Tobin Lopes has been practicing and studying the field of workforce education and development since 1995. In addition to his work with Colorado State University, he 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. He holds a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development with a minor in Applied Statistics 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. Tobin's 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
Dr. Kelly McKenna is an assistant professor in the Adult Education and Training Program in the School of Education at Colorado State University. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Colorado. She also holds an M.Ed. in Education and Human Resources Studies with a Specialization in Adult Education and Training and a B.A., both 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. She focuses on 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 earned her Master in Education with an Adult Education and Training specialization at Colorado State University. Her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Art History was obtained at the University of Colorado. She has taught ESL to adults for the past fifteen years at various Northern Colorado institutions, and is dedicated to helping her students realize their potential as language learners. The course she teaches and developed 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 the 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
Dr. Don Quick is an assistant professor with the School of Education at Colorado State University. His 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, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education, Adult Education and Training Specialization, at Colorado State University. Her research interests include nonformal 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 university and community college settings. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, her master’s degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas, Austin, and her doctorate in Educational Human Resource Development, with a specialization in Adult Education, from Texas A&M University.