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Judith K Parker

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • Ed.D. Adult and Continuing Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A. Adult and Continuing Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.S. Physics, Purdue University
  • B.S. Physics, Secondary school teaching certification, Notre Dame College

Scholarly Interests

  • Adult learning and leadership theory and practice.
  • Staff development and training.
  • Organizational development.

Selected Publications


Pedagogical and Andragogical Teaching and Learning with Information Communication Technologies. With Wang, V., Farmer, L. and Golubski, P. Harrisburg, PA: IGI-Global. (2011).

"Investigating Transformative Learning in Kazakhstan After a Century of Crisis" with G. Tazhina. In Alhadeff-Jones, M., & Kokkos, A., (Eds.). Transformative Learning in Time of Crisis: Individual and Collective Challenges. Proceedings of the 9th International Transformative Learning Conference (pp. 216-222). New York & Athens, Greece: Teachers College, Columbia University & The Hellenic Open University (2011).

Parker, J. (2010). Technology as Integral to a New Paradigm of Adult Education. International Journal of Adult and Vocational Education, 1(1).

"The Role of Information Communication Technologies in Enriching Adult Education Theory Building" In Encyclopedia of Information Communication Technologies and Adult Education Integration. edited by Victor Wang. Harrisburg, PA: IGI-Global. (2010).

"Assessing Adult Learning in Online Courses and Assignments" In Assessing and Evaluating Adult Learning in Career and Technical Education. Edited by Victor Wang. Harrisburg, PA: IGI-Global. (2009).

"Adult Learning and CTE: A Shared History Influenced by Technology" In Definitive Readings in the History, Philosophy, Practice and Theories of Career and Technical Education. Edited by Victor Wang. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. (2009).

"Adult Learning Principles as the Foundation for Innovative Technology Applications in Business and Higher Education"; In Integrating Adult Learning and Technology for Effective Education: Strategic Approaches edited by Victor Wang. Harrisburg, PA: IGI-Global. (2009).

"The Online Adult Learner: Profiles and Practices"; Chapter in Handbook of Research on E-Learning Applications for Career and Technical Education: Technologies for Vocational Training edited by Victor Wang. Harrisburg, PA: IGI-Global. (2009)

"Cyber Action Learning and Virtual Project Teams for Leadership and Management Development" with L. Yiu. Chapter in book Workplace Training and Learning: A Cross-Cultural Perspective edited by Ronald L. Jacobs and Aahad M. Osman-Gani. Singapore: Pearson Education. (2005).

"Transformative Learning Enhanced With Technology", Proceedings: Transformative Learning Conference, Teachers College/Columbia University, (October, 2003).

"Action Learning in Cyberspace" with L. Yiu, Proceedings: Transformative Learning Conference, (August 2000).

"A Creative Approach to Leadership Development: Integrating Action Learning and Global Virtual Teams", The Browser – Integrative Creative Issues, St. Mary's University of Minnesota (Summer, 2000).

"Best Practice: Tri-Continental (Europe, North-America, Asia) ODL Programme of 3M Corporation's Asia-Pacific Research Laboratories" with L. Yiu and R. Saner, Proceedings: Lisbon 2000 European Conference on ODL Networking for Quality Learning (June 2000).

"Action Learning in Cyberspace: A Case Example of a Technology-supported Laboratory Management Development Program" with L. Yiu, Compendium on Uses of Distance Learning Technologies in Engineering Education, American Society for Engineering Education, (January, 2000).

"Astronomy in Tahiti" CSC publication (May 2000).

"Asia Technical Managers Learning Forum" Proceedings Academy of Management (August, 1999).

3M Asia Technical Managers Learning Forum Report (1998).

"Integrating Technology into Delivery Methods for Global Technical Education" Compendium on Uses of Distance Learning Technologies in Engineering Education, American Society for Engineering Education, (1996).

"Using Compact Disc-Interactive to Deliver A Global Technical Service course" Proceedings of the College Industry Education Conference, (1996).

"An International Video-conference-based Technical Education Pilot", Proceedings of the International Distance Education Conference, Penn State University, (1994).

"Employees Pursuing Technical Baccalaureate Degrees: Success Factors" Dissertation, Teachers College/Columbia University. 1992.

"Cooperative Planning for Continuing Professional Growth", Conference Proceedings of the ASTD National Conference on Technical and Skills Training, 1990.

"Individualized Instruction in the CEE at 3M From Paper and Pencil to Personal Computer", Journal of the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education, February, 1990 (vol.1, #1)

"Southwestern University/Park College/3M B.S. Degree in Chemistry" Proceedings of the College Industry Education Conference, 1990

"Individualized Instruction in the CEE at 3M from Paper and Pencil to Personal Computer", Proceedings of the College Industry Education Conference, 1989

"Park College/3M Program" Proceedings of the College Industry Education Conference, 1988

"3M Manager's Function as Technical Education Advisors", Proceedings of the CIEC Conference, 1986.

"Visiting Women Scientist Program", Journal of College Science Teaching, May 1982.



Papers Presented

"Investigating Transformative Learning in Kazakhstan After a Century of Crisis" with Tazhina, G. ( May, 2011). 9th International Transformative Learning Conference. Athens, Greece.

"Forty Years in Space: Footprints and Photos" (May 2009) Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society meeting.

"Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace" (April, 2007) Technology Demonstration Day, Teachers College/Columbia University

"Technology as a Tool and a Topic in Adult Learning and Teaching" (April, 2006) Technology Demonstration Day, Teachers College/Columbia University

"Transformative Learning Enhanced With Technology" (October, 2003) Transformative Learning Conference, Teachers College/Columbia University.

"Action Learning in Cyberspace" (August 2000) Transformative Learning Conference, Teachers College/Columbia University, N.Y., N.Y.

"Best Practice: Tri-Continental (Europe, North-America, Asia) ODL Programme of 3M Corporation's Asia-Pacific Research Laboratories" with L. Yiu and R. Saner, Lisbon 2000 European Conference on ODL Networking for Quality Learning (June 2000) in Lisbon, Portugal

"Technology Aided Management Development Process: Case Example from 3M" (August, 1999) Academy of Management

"Action Learning with Virtual Transnational Teams: Management Training in Asia" (August, 1998) Academy of Management Caucus

"The Virtual Classroom: The Venue for Technical Management Training in Asia" (September, 1997), World Open Learning Conference for Business, Birmingham, UK

"Integrating Technologies for Efficient, Effective, and Often Otherwise Impossible Course Delivery" (September, 1997), World Open Learning Conference for Business, Birmingham, UK

"Open Learning without Frontiers – Open Learning Across International Boundaries" (September, 1997), World Open Learning Conference for Business, Birmingham, UK and (September, 1996), World Open Learning Conference for Business, London, UK

"Multimedia for Worldwide Training" (October, 1996) Business and Multimedia '96 Conference, Dublin, Ireland

"Using Compact Disc-interactive To Deliver A Global Technical Service Course" (January, 1996) College Industry Education Conference, San Jose, California

"Continuous Education and the Virtual Classroom" (May 1995) Commencement Address, St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota.

"The Role of Women and Minorities in Physics" (August, 1994) Workshop developed for and presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers annual meeting at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.

"The Virtual Career" (January, 1994) American Association of University Women and (May, 1993) Stillwater High School Academic Honors Dinner, Stillwater, Minnesota; (June, 1993) Park College Commencement Address, Austin, Texas.

"Best Practices in Education" (September, 1993) Quality and Productivity Management Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"3M as a Learning Organization" (May 1993), Institute of Technology Leadership in a Technological World Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"Science: A career for All" (October 1992) Invent America Conference, Detroit, Michigan.

"3M TECH Program" (November, 1991) National Association of Partners in Education, Washington, D.C. and (November, 1990) American Association of Physics Teachers Wisconsin/Minnesota Section Meeting, River Falls, Wisconsin and (November, 1990) Awakening to Science Conference at southwest State University, Marshall, Minnesota and (November, 1990) National Association of Partners in Education Conference, Washington, DC.

"Partnership In Higher Education and With Business" (September 1991) East Metro Suburban Chamber of Commerce, Maplewood, Minnesota.

"Careers in Science at 3M" (April 1991) Guidance Counselors Meeting at University of Wisconsin, River Falls, Wisconsin.

"Augsburg College/3M Collaborate on Undergraduate Science Degrees" (November, 1990) American Association of Physics Teachers Wisconsin/Minnesota Section Meeting, River Falls, Wisconsin.

"Cooperative Planning for Continuing Professional Growth" (October, 1990) American Society of Training and Development Technical Skills Training Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.

"Park Collge/3M Partnership" (September 1990) Park College Corporate Education Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.

"Southwestern University/Park College/3M B.S. Degree in Chemistry" (February, 1990) College Industry Education conference, Orlando, Florida.

"Individualized Instruction in CEE at 3M" (February, 1989) College Industry Education Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

"3M/Park College Program" (February, 1988) College Industry Education Conference, San Diego, California.

"3M Visiting Women Scientist Program" (June, 1986 and June, 1987) High School Physics Teachers Conference, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; (November, 1986) Expanding Horizons Conference for Jr. H.S. Students and Teachers at University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; (April, 1986) Women's Work; Women's Worth Conference, Marshalltown, Iowa; (June, 1981) American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting, Stevens Point, Wisconsin; (1979 – 1990) one talk annually to St. Paul area high school students on careers for women in science.

"3M Manager's Function as Technical Education Advisors" (February, 1986) College Industry Education Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

"Technical Development at 3M" (June 1985) Society of Women Engineers National Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"Physics in the Corporate Curriculum" (June, 1985) American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting, Flagstaff, Arizona.

"Keynote Address" (April, 1984) Expanding Horizons conference for Gifted Students, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota.

"Professionalism and Professional Responsibility" (March, 1982) Women in Science Conference, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota.

"Science and Social Responsibility" (October 1981) Women in Science Conference, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.

"Women in Science" (March, 1980 and March, 1981) Expanding Horizons Conference, University of Wisconsin, River Falls, Wisconsin.

"National Science Foundation Visiting Women Scientist Program" (1978 and 1979) One talk each year to St. Paul area high school students on careers for women in science.

ORLD 4050: Introduction to adult and continuing education

An introduction to the professional field of adult and continuing education: fields of practice (higher education, workplace, management training, social action, literacy and the like, and their evolution, and new challenges); schools of thought - pragmatism, radicalism and humanism - their transformation and their relevance; clarification of concepts; and discussion of emerging issues and challenges.

ORLD 5055: Staff development and training

Introductory course covering the organization, management, and instructional process involved in staff training and development programs in business, industry, unions, healthcare institutions, government, and other noncollegiate settings. Current developments, innovative practices, and issues. This course is also offered in a distance learning format.