Dr. Ed Cunliff

Dr. Ed Cunliff

Email: ecunliff@uco.edu

Phone: (405) 974-2792

Office: CTL 221

Box: 206


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

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

Research Interests

Special Activities and Awards


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