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Jeanne E Bitterman

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • B.A., Queens College of the City University of New York - English Literature
  • M.A., New York University - Counseling
  • M.A., Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University - Adult Learning and Leadership, Department of Organization and Leadership

Scholarly Interests

  • Research Sponsorship – primary sponsor of over 60 successfully defended studies
  • Cultivation of Learning Communities
  • Distance Learning
  • Professional Development in Healthcare and Organizational Settings
  • Commitment to Social Action
  • Facilitation of Learning in Individual, Group and Organizational Settings
  • Critical Literacy & Adult Basic Education; International Women's Development & Empowerment Issues

Selected Publications

"When the Levees Broke" – An Exploration of Race and Class In An Educational Institution's Community Building Initiative: Utilizing Video & Action Research Formats for Incremental Transformative Learning and Culture Change," Transformative Learning Conference Proceedings, 8 pp. Nov. 2009

"Un-privatizing: A bridge to learning in depression," Virginia Crowe and Jeanne Bitterman, The Grounded Theory Review: An International Journal. Vol 8 no 1 pp. 31-52, 2009

"The Levees Community Building Intiatives,- Focus Group Reports" TC Community Building News, Vol 1, Issue 1, (pp 1-2); Teachers College, Columbia University, Office for Diversity and Community Affairs. Report on First Year's Initiatives. June 2009

"Second Community Building Event Interim Report from October 15, 2008," Teachers College Management Network and the President's Office for Diversity and Community Affairs. Feb 2009.

"First Community Building Event Report, from June 2008," Teachers College Management Network and the President's Office for Diversity and Community Affairs. Sept 2008

"Utilizing CoPs - Concepts in Adult Education Doctoral Study" Chapter 16, pp 311-332 in Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators. Paul Hildreth & Chris Kimble (eds.), Information Age Publishers, 2008 London, UK. ISBN 13:978-1-59311-862-4 2008.

"Race, Class, and Katrina in When the Levees Broke: Lessons designed for adult audiences," Bitterman, Rimmer and Alcantara, Ch. 4 in Teaching the Levees: A Curriculum for Democratic Dialogue and Civic Engagement, Margaret Crocco, ed., Teachers College Press, ISBN: 978-0-8077-5100-8, 2007

"Learning Communities" pp. 21-34, chapter in From the Learning Organization to Learning Communities toward a Learning Society, ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career and Vocational Ed, Info. Series #382, Center on Education and training for Employment, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio, 2000

"Antilogical Aspects of Graduate Study in Adult Ed: Reflections on Motivational Conflicts in the AEGIS Program Experience" , pp. 81-115, chapter in Adult Education in the Perspective of the Learners, Knud Illeris, editor. Roskilde, Denmark: Roskilde University Press and the Danish Labour Market Authority and the Education Ministry, Denmark, 2000.

"Overcoming Remoteness in CME Videoteleconferencing: 'I Want My MD TV' ", Bitterman, Schappert, J. and J. Schaefer. The Journal of Cont. Ed in the Health Professions,Vol 20, #1, Winter, 2000

"Using Qualitative Research Methods: Moving Beyond Felt Needs in CME Design and Delivery" The Journal of Continuing Ed in the Health Professions, Vol. 19, #1., pp. 25-34 "Enhancing Educational Effectiveness in CME Winter 1999

Videoteleconferencing: What the Office Can do to Institutionally Increase Quality, Visuals, and Interactivity in CME Presentations, Alliance for CME: Almanac, Vol. 20, No. 3. 1998.

"What Do CME Course Directors Want From CME Leadership," Alliance for CME: Almanac, Vol 20, No. 1. 1998.

Workshops In the Workplace – A Guidebook for Administrators and Instructors Providing Workplace Education to the Health and Manufacturing Industries, Oct 1995 U.S. Department of Education, National Workplace Literacy Program, 144 pages. Available through Amazon.

"A Look At What's Happening Around the Country: New York City's Offsite Ed Services," in Dropout Prevention Newsletter, Publication of the National Dropout Prevention Center, Vol. 4., No. 4, p. 4. Fall 1990.

"Students at Risk-The Housing Community: NYCHA and OES,"The Benchmark: A Bimonthly Report on Occupational Ed in NY State, NYSED, Vol. 10, No. 1, p. 6. Sept 1990

"Federally Funded ABE: Community Based Delivery – An Alternative?", in Adult Ed and BasicLiteracy, Texas A & M, Vol. 25, 8. Fall 1985.

"Book Review: Materials & Methods for Teaching Adults, John P. Wilson, ed., Jossey-Bass, 1983" in Lifelong Learning, AAACE, Winter 1984.

Managing the GED Program: A Handbook for Administrators, Bitterman, J. et al. Division of Continuing Ed, NYSED, ISBN: 80-7820. 1981

Los Examenes de "GED" En Espanol – Dessarrolo De3 Educacion General, Bitterman, J. et al. Division of Cont. Ed, NYSED, ISBN: 80-7263. 1980.

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honors and awards

  • Provost Grant – Exploring Collaborative relationships with CU CP&S, 2011-2012
  • Dean's Award -Excellence in Teaching, Teachers College, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006
  • First Distinguished Alumni Award, Adult Learning and Leadership - AEGIS 20 Year Reunion, 2005
  • Institute for Educational Leadership, 1983–1984
  • Main Event Management Institute, 1982-1983
  • International Fellow, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 1979-80
  • Teachers College Scholarship, 1978-1980

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 such as pragmatism, radicalism and humanism and their transformation and their relevance; clarification of concepts; and discussion of emerging issues and challenges.

ORLD 4053: Facilitating adult learning

In-depth consideration of issues, strategies, and methods for facilitating adult learning. Theory is considered in relationship to practice. Methods are identified that are suited to adult learning in different settings, and to the role played by groups in individual to team learning. No prerequisites required, but learning is enhanced when taken following ORLD 4051.

ORLD 4900: Research and independent study in adult education

Permission of instructor required.

ORLD 6800: Workshop in Adult Education: Technology in Organiztions

This course is designed to help students understand and cope with the many issues involved in developing organizational learning programs and integrating an important component: Technology. The course aims at providing a combination of research case studies together with existing theories on organizational learning in the workplace. The workshop responds to the complex and various dilemmas faced by many human resource managers and corporate executives regarding how to actually deal with the impact of technology on employee learning and management.

Faculty: Langer, Arthur

ORLD 6903: Qualitative Research

This course is the third in a sequence of research courses aimed at helping students understand the qualitative approach to dissertation research. In this course, students begin to scope out the parameters of a topical inquiry and begin to grapple with the many facets of the dissertation proposal.


ORLD 6914: Learning Communities I

Drawing on the literature, presents students with the central challenges of establishing learning communities as an adult education method of practice. Special attention is given to the use of the web as a way of establishing virtual learning communities. Students gain experience through the use of the web to facilitate dialogue linked to their course work.


ORLD 6915: Learning Communities II

Extends the learning from Learning Communities I, with an emphasis on using web technology to facilitate learning communities as part of action learning methods. Special emphasis is placed on developing reflective practice in such communities.


ORLD 6916: Learning Communities III

This seminar focuses on the use of learning communities to facilitate research and inquiry. Students use their own research topics as a focus for the course.


ORLD 6918: Introduction to Research

This course is an intensive seminar designed to introduce doctoral students of a new AEGIS cohort to the discipline and constituent practices of conducting a literature review within context of doctoral studies and dissertation work. On conclusion of this course, students will be able to: a) search for topic-related literature; b) take and organize notes from the review; c) identify qualities of literature constituting the review; and d) possess knowledge of fundamental resources needed for writing the literature review.

Faculty: Marsick, Victoria

ORLD 7900: Directed Dissertation Research

Permission required. All doctoral students eligible for this course must register each semester until a proposal hearing has occurred and a proposal has been approved.

ORLD 8900: Dissertation Advisement in Adult Education

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.

Jeanne E Bitterman appeared in the following articles:

Fall Convocation: Looking to the Future (9/1/1998)