College of Education and Professional Studies

Dr. Ed Cunliff

Email: ecunliff@uco.edu

Phone: (405) 974-2972

Office: CTL 221

Box: 206

Degrees

  • 1983: Oklahoma University, Norman, OK; Ph.D. in Adult and Community Education, minor in Administration
  • 1974: Oklahoma University, Norman, OK; M.A. in Human Relations, emphasis in counseling and organizational development
  • 1968; University of Madrid, Spain
  • 1969: DePauw University, Greencastle, IN; B.A. in Spanish, emphasis in Education and Sociology

General Information

In my field of adult and higher education, I draw on many sources and those continue to expand and contract and morph. Four core sources for me are: adult learning theory, transformative learning, radical educational theory and Bloom’s taxonomy. From adult learning I take the idea that adults want to be involved, are motivated intrinsically, and bring great information and skills to the circle. Transformative learning says to me that learning is more than just gaining more knowledge and skill and that it involves an openness to change, to see and experience the world differently, to take the diversity that exists around us and to intentionally include pieces into who we are. The works of bell hooks, Paulo Freire and John Dewey are important as they remind me of the strong connection between educational process and democracy and social change. Bloom’s taxonomy describes my hope for learners to move beyond memorization to higher levels of synthesis and creativity in their thought processes. These are significant elements of my philosophy of education.

I am currently studying as much as I can in the neuroscience of learning, and I make a point of sharing what I learn with students and colleagues and others. This is an exciting area of study and I bring small pieces into my practice – currently in terms of intentionality, physical engagement and mindfulness. I strongly believe that this will reframe some of our educational practices in the future.

While I have many hopes for students (especially reaching their educational goals), I do hope that their work with me will support them as self-directed learners and as critical thinkers. Those two skills, I believe, will greatly help them in their educational and life journeys.

I have worked in social services, training offices and in higher education for most of my career. If you are interested in training or human resource management I would suggest you put some study into the Association for Talent Development’s competency model at:

http://www.astd.org/Certification/Competency-Model

Those interested in student personnel, student affairs or enrollment management might want to look at:

https://www.naspa.org/images/uploads/main/Professional_Competencies.pdf

I try to align with these national associations as a means of providing you with more options in your career paths.

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Adult and Continuing Education
  • American Evaluation Association
  • Association for Talent Development, Oklahoma Chapter
  • International Mind, Brain and Education Society
  • National Association for Student Personnel Administrators
  • World Futures Society

Research Interests

  • Transformative Learning
  • Leadership - Authentic and Servant Leadership
  • Physical Activity and Learning
  • Higher Education practices

Special Activities and Awards

  • 2016: Co-Editor, Transformative Learning Conference Proceedings
  • 2015: City of Edmond Capital Improvement Task Force
  • 2014: Possibilities Inc., Board
  • 2013: Passport to Japan, committee and Leadership class
  • 2012: Appreciation for Service, Great Plains Chapter SHRM
  • 2010: UCO Academic Affairs Service Award
  • 2008-11: Higher Learning Commission, Education and Training Advisory Committee
  • 2006: Edmond Parks and Recreation Board
  • 2003-08: National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education, Board
  • 2002-: Edmond Land Conservancy Board
  • 2002-: Academic Quality Improvement Project Facilitator for HLC
  • 2001: Honor Roll, First-Year Student Advocate, Nat. Res. Cntr. for First-Year Experience
  • 2000: Task Force on Student Retention, Ok. State Regents for Higher Education
  • 1995-01: Edmond Human Needs Task Force
  • 1992-94: MIDAIR Board, Conference Program Chair (1993 & '94)
  • 1990: Oklahoma Association for Institutional Research and Planning, President

Publications

Over 50 publications in professional journals, booklets and a book chapter.