Valerie C. Bryan

Dr. Valerie C. Bryan is a Charles Stewart Mott Eminent Scholar and Professor in Educational Leadership & Research Methodology in Adult and Community Education at Florida Atlantic University. She will also receive the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame’s (IACEHOF) Class of 2015 by the Board of Directors of the International Adult and Continuing Education in November, 2015. She also will be featured as one of “The 100 Women of Florida Atlantic University” in the Spring 2016. Other recognitions and awards include “woman of outstanding leadership” by The International Women’s Leadership Association, 2013; an award for a research project with Homeland Security “Emergency Alert Technology for the Profoundly Deaf”; FAU’s Unsung Hero Award for mentor roles, 2013; FAU’s Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year, 2012; Outstanding Virtual Presentation Award as a co-presenter at E-Learn 2011-2012--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Honolulu, Hawaii; FAU Graduate Mentor Award, 2011; MacAWARD Exceptional Faculty for College of Education, 2009; FAU College of Education Distinguished Teacher of the Year, 2009; FAU’s President's Award, 2006-2007; FAU College of Education's Distinguished Teacher of the Year, 2006; FAU College of Education Teacher of the Year, 2005-2006; Clemson University’s President’s Award, 1993; State of North Carolina’s Individual of the Year, 1984, for the Mountain to the Sea Trail; and Co-Webmaster of One of Top Ten US Literacy Internet sites, 1998. At Florida Atlantic University, she teaches courses in adult learning, executive leadership, aging, integration of technology, and a host of other subjects (52 different courses), in multiple platforms. Her research areas focus on virtual learning communities, communities of practice, successful aging, and global learning. She has chaired over 90 dissertations while at FAU, received over $2 million in grants, and been asked to do 11 comprehensive evaluations of systems outside of FAU. She has served on two statewide assessments related to technology and online learning systems. She serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Gerontology, has contributed to several blogs for Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21); has abbreviated work in www.eddigest.com; has contributed the “information technology book chapter” for the National Recreation and Park Association’s Management text, a required text for all parks and recreation programs nationwide (2016, 2010, 2005, 1999) and the accompanying Compendium (2016, 2010, 2005). She has contributed three books; 30 book chapters; reviews for 7 books; international, national and state journal articles (52 refereed; 11 non-refereed); international, national, state, regional and local presentations (84 refereed; 190 non-refereed); as well as international virtual presentations to Canada, Hawaii, Spain, and China. Her work is the highest cited on ResearchGate.net for her department.

Publications

Use of Technology-Enabled Informal Learning in a Learning Organization
Lori Miller-Rososhansky, Valerie C. Bryan. © 2018. 10 pages.
This chapter explores how an organization created to inform members became an online learning organization. Using technology, the organization continued to support the...
Healthcare Community Synergism between Patients, Practitioners, and Researchers
Valerie C. Bryan, Jennifer Lynne Bird. © 2017. 348 pages.
Proper health education is a vital component to ensuring patients’ satisfaction, safety, and well-being. To achieve this goal, interdisciplinary collaboration has emerged as an...
Incognito: The Neuroscience of Grief and Grieving
Linda Ellington, Valerie C. Bryan. © 2017. 20 pages.
In this chapter, we explore the neuroscience of grief and grieving. Even though the cognitive portion of the initiation into loss implores us to see a correlation between what is...
Self-Directed Learning and Adult Education: Overcoming the Medical Fog
Valerie C. Bryan, Kristin Brittain, Elizabeth Swann. © 2017. 19 pages.
Patients are increasingly being asked to take more responsibility for self-care in a complex healthcare system; this can be a challenge for even the most educated individual....
All Roads Lead to Curriculum Inclusive of Social Justice and Democracy
Victor X. Wang, Marianne Robin Russo, Valerie C. Bryan. © 2017. 22 pages.
Developing curricula requires instructors to take into account several factors. These factors can be viewed as critical components of curriculum development for education...
Layering Learning – Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Advancing Educational Methods in the Digital Age
Donna Goldstein, Valerie C. Bryan. © 2016. 15 pages.
There are several issues that we urgently need to address regarding K-20 education, including engaging students in the learning process, preparing our youth for entry into the...
Chinese Pedagogy or Western Andragogy?
Victor X. Wang, Susan K. Dennett, Valerie C. Bryan. © 2014. 25 pages.
This chapter reports the results of a study designed to compare Chinese adult education methods with Western (i.e., United States) educational methods using the conceptual...
Andragogical and Pedagogical Methods for Curriculum and Program Development
Victor X. Wang, Valerie C. Bryan. © 2014. 501 pages.
Today’s ever-changing learning environment is characterized by the fast pace of technology that drives our society to move forward, and causes our knowledge to increase at an...
Chinese Pedagogy or Western Andragogy?
Victor X. Wang, Susan K. Dennett, Valerie C. Bryan. © 2014. 25 pages.
This chapter reports the results of a study designed to compare Chinese adult education methods with Western (i.e., United States) educational methods using the conceptual...
All Roads Lead to Curriculum Inclusive of Social Justice and Democracy
Victor X. Wang, Marianne Robin Russo, Valerie C. Bryan. © 2014. 20 pages.
Developing curricula requires instructors to take into account several factors. These factors can be viewed as critical components of curriculum development for education...
Technology, the 21st Century Workforce, and the Construct of Social Justice
Marianne Robin Russo, Valerie C. Bryan. © 2013. 20 pages.
Although there is current research describing ICT use in the 21st century as it relates to workforce needs, there are factors to examine regarding the adult learner that can help...
Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) between Businesses and Adult Education Providers
Courtney Curatolo, Valerie C. Bryan. © 2013. 18 pages.
This chapter defines and examines public private partnerships, often referred to as P3s, between the business sector and education sector. In particular, the focus is on economic...
Technology Use and Research Approaches for Community Education and Professional Development
Valerie C. Bryan, Victor X. Wang. © 2013. 362 pages.
As the areas of community education and professional development continue to expand, the technologies that are utilized in these programs are also progressively advancing....
The Power, Peril, and Promise of Information Technology to Community Education
Valerie C. Bryan. © 2013. 23 pages.
The democratization of information serves as a powerful force for change in both our lives and our global world. The paradigm shift from the providers of information to the users...
Teaching as Literacy: The Discourses Required for Success in the Title I School
Krista Steinke, Valerie C. Bryan. © 2013. 16 pages.
This chapter is a qualitative meta-analysis that discusses the growing trend of teacher attrition in Title I schools. Recent literature on teacher attrition was reviewed and...
ReVisioning the Public Library as an Oasis of Learning
Mary A. Cassell, Jo Ann M. Bamdas, Valerie C. Bryan. © 2012. 13 pages.
Culturally diverse older adult learners are among the fastest growing age groups for which public libraries promote the needs of lifelong learning today. This article explores...
Emergency Preparedness: Life, Limb, the Pursuit of Safety and Social Justice
Marianne Robin Russo, Valerie C. Bryan, Gerri Penney. © 2012. 12 pages.
Since 9-11, emergency preparedness has been the focus on federal, state, tribal, and local levels. Although current research describes emergency management response, many...