Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning

CASAL Success Stories

Shannon Tate

ShannonShannon graduated from the Adult Learning and Development program at Cleveland State University in the fall of 2015. While taking ALD 665, (Student Affairs for the Adult Educator), Shannon decided that she wanted to pursue a career in academic advising. She accepted an Academic Advisor I position at Kent State University, where she will advise undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Some of her job duties include; advising current and prospective students regarding curricular requirements related to academic objectives, registration and career options. Retain knowledge on current applicable laws, policies and procedures (e.g. FERPA). She will also assist in the implementation of student intervention, referral and retention programs, as well as coordinating lessons for student first year orientation course. 

Angela Maggott - 

angelaHow does the sub-segment of the Black Male Student-Athletes (BMSAs) who are at NCAA Division I schools successfully navigate academically their collegiate experience and ultimately graduate?  The purpose of this research study by Angela Maggott, a doctoral student and Graduate Assistant in CASAL, was to explore the lived experiences of BMSAs that will be a part of the 98% who are not drafted professionally, but do graduate from college with a bachelor's degree within six years.  Angela had the honor of presenting her research at the Critical Questions in Education Conference in Baltimore, Maryland this past November.  Way to go Angela!


During the fall of 2012 the students and instructors involved with ALD 802 created a community of practice with a collective goal of exploring the role of scholar and the process of becoming/being scholars. Together we have presented at the national Adult Education Research Conference and published an article in the journal Adult Learning. Another article will be published this spring in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Individually and in pairs, we have also presented at a number of conferences and written several manuscripts for publication. An important component of our community of practice involves the ritual of breaking bread during our conversations. Currently, our "go-to" spot is the Heinen's downtown . [from left: Dr. Paul Putman (2012), Bridget Kriner (Cohort #26), Dr. Catherine Monaghan (faculty in ALD program) , Anthony Adkisson (M Ed. in ALD; cohort #24), and Kari Coffman (cohort #25).  

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Student Success -Tamara Coats

As part of their course work in Dr. Hansman's  ALD 802 Seminar in Adult Learning and Development (a required course in the PhD in Urban Education Adult, Continuing, & Higher Education Specialization)  class this fall, students prepared conference proposals concerning their current research to submit to the international Adult Education Research Conference, which will be held in June 2016.   Tamara Coats's proposal, entitled  African American Women’s Experiences as Teen Mothers and their Persistence in Higher Education, was accepted after peer review.   She will not only present her proposal but her research will be published in the conference proceedings.  Best wishes to her on her accomplishment!

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Dr. Ralph Mawdsley completed another successful trip to Australia in October, 2015, speaking at the Australia New Zealand Education Law Association (ANZELA). During the past ten years, he has collaborated extensively with Dr. Joy Cumming, Professor of Education at Australian Catholic University in Brisbane, on more than 50 law articles. During his most recent trip to Australia, Dr. Mawdsley had the singular honor by being granted a Service Award by ANZELA in recognition of his contributions to education law in both countries.



Professor Elliott Ingersoll won the "best paper" award for the 2015 Integral Theory Conference held in San Francisco CA this past August. In his paper "On Being Integrally Stoned: Marijuana and the Further Development of the Integral Movement" Dr. Ingersoll provided an overview on cannabis from physiological, psychological, cultural and social perspectives as well as discussed the ramifications of decriminalizing the drug for medical and recreational purposes. His work is geared toward understanding the role of non-ordinary states of consciousness in both spiritual practices and psychotherapy.



Dr. Julia Phillips co-chaired the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP) Leadership Academy for two years.  SCP is a division of the American Psychological Association and on the cutting edge of providing leadership development opportunities for its early career psychologists (ECPs) and students.  For the Leadership Academy, two co-chairs and four additional faculty members provide leadership training and mentorship to 5 students and 5 ECPs over the course of the year long program.  The focus is on developing leadership skills in a multicultural context.  Participants attend a 3 day meeting, learn interactively with the faculty and the SCP Executive Board, engage in projects that benefit the Society's constituencies, and present results of those projects at the APA Convention.  Dr. Phillips led the program evaluation to document its positive outcomes and as a result, SCP members voted in 2014 to fund the Leadership Academy on a permanent basis every other year.  

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