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Master of Education in
Lifelong Learning and Adult Education


Ed.D., Adult and Higher Education, Northern Illinois University
M.A., Cross-Cultural Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks (in progress)
M.S., Ed. Teaching and Learning, Northern Illinois University
B.S., Mathematical Sciences, Northern Illinois University
A.S., Applied Science, Highland Community College

Dr. Craig A. Campbell's doctoral degree focused on community development and international and popular education. Currently, he is working on a capstone project toward acquiring a second master's degree in cross-cultural studies with emphasis on indigenous knowledge systems. His research interests include nonformal and informal learning, international adult education, folk schools, popular education, University and Cooperative Extension, distance education, qualitative research methodologies, the Tribal College movement, and indigenous knowledge systems. The commonalities among these seemingly disparate areas are rural place–based knowledges and access to education.

Ph.D., Adult Education, Penn State
B.S., Elementary Education, Penn State

Dr. William C. Diehl is an assistant professor of education in the Lifelong Learning and Adult Education program. He is also the coordinator of Online Graduate Programs and lead faculty. Dr. Diehl's research includes foundations of distance and adult education, emerging technologies, and intercultural communication. He serves as an adviser to the graduate assistant group and Lifelong Learning and Adult Education GSA group.

Ed.D., Adult and Continuing Education, Northern Illinois University
M.S., Adult and Continuing Education, Northern Illinois University

John D. Holst is an Associate Professor of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education. He teaches graduate courses on social theory, adult learning theory, globalization, and Paulo Freire. He is the author of the book Social Movements, Civil Society, and Radical Adult Education (2002), co-author along with Stephen Brookfield of the book Radicalizing Learning: Adult Education for a Just World (2011), and co-editor along with Nico Pizzolato of the book, Antonio Gramsci: A Pedagogy to Change the World (2017).  His research focuses on theory development for and case studies of the social justice tradition in adult education.

Ph.D., Education, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Education, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Anthropology and Latin American Studies, University of Michigan

Dr. Rebecca Tarlau is an assistant professor of education and labor and employment. Her ethnographic research agenda has three broad areas of focus: theories of the state and state-society relations; social movements, critical pedagogy, and learning; and Latin American education and development. 

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