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School of Education Professor Recognized for Leadership in Adult Learning Field

By Amanda Morad | November 18, 2013

Dr. Don Finn, recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Adult Education Leadership Award

Regent University School of Education (SOE) professor, Dr. Don Finn, has long been known in the university community as a leader in adult education. But others in the adult learning field are also taking note. Finn recently received the 2013 Outstanding Adult Education Leadership Award from the Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education (VAACE).

According to the association, the award recognizes "exemplary professional practice and service to adult learners."

Dr. Alan Arroyo, dean of SOE, isn't surprised Finn was chosen. "Dr. Finn has distinguished himself as an exemplary teacher and scholar at Regent University, but in recent years he has gained attention at the state and national levels as well for his leadership and service in the field of Adult Education," he said. "We are blessed to have Dr. Finn as an important member of our faculty."

The criterion for selection includes outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching, curriculum development, innovative methodology and commitment to professional growth and development. The award was presented at the VAACE annual conference in Roanoke, Va., at the end of October.

"I am humbled to be honored in such a way by my colleagues from across the Commonwealth," Finn said. "This award is recognition of my 21-year-long career as an adult education classroom teacher, statewide project administrator, professional association leader and professor. This honor is typically awarded to leaders who are near the end of their career, but I believe I have a minimum of another 21 years left in my career."

Finn was nominated as a result of his work to promote the mission of VAACE while serving as VAACE president between 2009 and 2012. The nomination specifically focused on Finn's work with the Virginia Office of Adult Education and Literacy (OAEL), the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center (VALRC), and the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE). He is also credited with raising the profile of adult education in Virginia by bringing the COABE national conference to Norfolk in April 2012.

"Dr. Finn conducts himself in a Christ-like manner in all situations," Arroyo added. "We know there will be increasing opportunity for him to influence thousands of students and educators for years to come."

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