College of Education and Professional Studies

Dr. Ed Cunliff


Phone: (405) 974-2792

Office: CTL 221

Box: 206


  • 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

I’m very excited about the work I get to do here at UCO, and the field of adult and higher education. I draw on many sources, but three that may ring a bell: adult learning theory, transformative learning, 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. Bloom’s taxonomy describes my hope for graduate students, 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 have worked in training offices and in higher education for most of my career. If you are interested in training I would suggest you put some study into the Association for Talent Development’s competency model at:

Those interested in student personnel might want to look at:

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
  • American Society for Training and Development, Oklahoma Chapter
  • Assocation for the Study of Higher Education
  • Oklahoma Association for Institutional Research and Planning
  • Society for College and University Planning
  • World Futures Society

Research Interests

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

Special Activities and Awards

  • 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


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