Honors and Awards

  • International Professor of the Year, University of Helsinki, 2009.
  • Professor Emeritus. Northern Illinois University, 2008.
  • Docentship. University of Helsinki. September, 2003.
  • Fulbright Fellowship. Guest Professor, University of Helsinki. Summer and Fall, 2002. Research was conducted in the U.S. and Finland on the future of citizenship in modern technological cultures and on the role of social forums.
  • Honorary Professorship. Adult Education and Education Business Partnerships. Beijing Normal University, Beijing, P.R. China, 1996.
  • Top Ten Professor Award. Department of Leadership and Educational Policy Studies, College of Education, Northern Illinois University, 1995.
  • Honorary Professorship. Qufu Teachers University, Shandong Province, P.R. China, 1994.
  • The Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award. College of Education, Northern Illinois University, 1994.
  • Sino-American Visiting Professor. Shanghai Second Institute, Competitive lecture opportunity through the Faculty Development Office, NIU, Summer, 1990.
  • International Kellogg Fellow and British/ North American Exchange Professor. Standing Continuing and University Teaching and Research of the Education of Adults Conference, University of Leeds, England, July, 1988.
  • Kellogg Fellowship for Leadership in Adult Education. Competitive fellowship for professors of adult education in North America, 1987-88.
  • Chancellors Citation for Excellence in Teaching. Syracuse University, 1986.
  • Ely Lilly Research Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching. Selected as one 36 professors nation-wide to participate in an examination of instructional practices in American higher education, 1985-86.
  • Dissertation of the Year Award. The North American Adult Education Research Conference, April, 1983, Montreal.


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