Fordham University



Kathleen P. King. Professor of Education. A.B, Brown University; M.A. Columbia International University; M.Ed., Ed.D., Widener University. Fordham Graduate School of Education, Division of Curriculum and Teaching

Program: MS in Adult Education & HRD

Dr. Kathleen P. King, Professor of EducationOffice:

Fordham University
113 W. 60 th St.
Room 1102 (Mail) 1025A (office location)
New York, New York  10023



(212) 636-6472


(201) 458-9736

Subjects Taught:

Statistics in Curriculum Studies
Adult Development and Learning Theories
Program Planning and Evaluation in Continuing Education
Funding and Grant Writing in Adult Education
Strategies for Teaching Adult Learners
Instructional Technology for Elementary Education Teachers
Computers & Technology for Educators
Internet Applications and Distance Education
Emerging Issues in Educational Technology
Instructional Technology
Foundations of Education
Foundations of Adult Education
Race and Multicultural Education
Human Relations in Adult Education
Techniques of Teaching Effective Communication in Adult Education
Management of Adult Education Programs
Issues and Trends in American Education

Recent articles about Dr. King:

Education Professor Opens Doors to New Technologies (4/08)

GSE and WELEARN Spoonsor 5th Annual Conference on Women and Literacy (2/08)

Transforming Education, Educators and Students with Technologies (9/07)

Adult Education Professor Named Leader in Field (4/07)

RETC Hosts Laptop Conference for School Administrators (6/06)


Dr. King's Presentations Page


Journal Editor:

Perspectives: The New York Journal of Adult Learning


Professional Associations:




Dr. King is professor of Adult Education and HRD and coordinator of the MS in Adult Education and HRD program in the Division of Curriculum and Teaching. She has been involved in adult education since 1978. Before she joined the Fordham faculty in 1997, she taught many subject areas including, but not limited to research design, instructional technology, chemistry, biology, engineering, computer applications, and psychology, across grade levels and contexts. She has worked with pre K- 12 and adult students in schools, universities, government agencies, corporations and international settings.


Dr. King founded and continues to co-edit the journal Perspectives: The New York Journal of Adult Learning, published in partnership among Fordham's adult education degree program and the state association of adult education (NYACCE). She has earned over $12 million in grants for Fordham university since 1997 and is author of 11 books and numerous articles and research papers. Dr. King frequently is sought out to keynote and present at research and faculty development conferences around the world.

Evidenced by her several awards for research, publication, and service, Dr. King is a specialist in adult learning and integrating technology in innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. Her grant funded projects have enabled her to oversee programs to reach over 4,000 educators locally and her distance learning efforts, both formal and informal (podcasting) have served over 4 million people around the world in just the last 4 years alone. Her research and teaching focus is decidedly learner-centered, collaborative and focused on mentoring learners further in their education and training professions.

Current Interests and Research:

Dr. King always has several strands of research in process. Usually you will find her involved in transformative learning, distance learning, instructional technology and faculty development research. She greatly invests in helping her students explore teaching, writing and research opportunities. Many times she invites them to co-publish or co-present with her at conferences.

Characteristic of her approach to learning, this professor creates new models of teaching, program development and technology innovations. Building upon her passion for excellence in classroom teaching, she has also led the university's research and continuing efforts in building distance learning offerings (since 2000). Since 2007, she has taught several courses each semester online. These courses are dynamic learner experiences including much student dialogue, and multiple forms of media to develop and present the learning experience. Dr. King's online courses include not only text, but also audio, video, online activities, group activities, and peer-learning.

Recent Publications:

Recent Books in Print:
  • Cox, T. & King, K. P. (Eds.). (In Press). Digital media for higher education. . SERIES: Special topics in higher education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
  • Miller, M . & King, K. P. (Eds.). (2009). Empowering women through literacy: Voices from experience. SERIES: Special topics in adult education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Recent Journal Articles and Major Research Papers:
  • King, K. P.., & Heuer, B. P. ( In Press). Considering different gains through ABE and workplace learning: Transformative learning research intersecting with learners' lives. In E. Taylor and J. Mezirow, Transformative learning in practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Wang, V. & King, K. P. (2008) Transformative learning and Ancient Asian educational theories. Journal of Transformative Education.
  • King, K. P., & Sanquist, S. (2008). Empowering underrepresented voices through new media: GLBT adults in podcasting. Proceedings of the Adult Education Research Conference. St. Louis, MO: University of Missouri. June 6, 2008.
  • Heuer, B., & King, K. P. (2008). Evolving model of transformative learning research. Proceedings of the Adult Education Research Conference. St. Louis, MO: University of Missouri. June 6, 2008
  • King, K. P. (2008). Slamming the closet door and taking control: Analysis of personal transformation and social change as LGBTQ podcasting blazes a trail of democratization of the media. In T. Bettinger & J. Gedro (Eds.), Proceedings 2008 Adult Education Research Conference, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Allies (LGBTQ&A) Pre-Conference. St Louis MO: University of MO. June 4, 2008
  • King, K. P. & D'Agustino, S. (2008). Empowerment and development of voice: Learner and workplace transformation through professional development and democratic processes. American Educational Research Association Conference. Division I. New York, NY. March 27, 2008
  • King, K. P., & D'Agustino, S. (2008). Access and advancement: Teacher transformation and student empowerment through technology mentoring. American Educational Research Association Conference. Division K-8. New York, NY. March 25, 2008
  • King, K. P. , Tillman, L., & Davis, G. (2007). When empowerment spills over: Transforming the workplace through empowered learners. Perspectives: The New York Journal of Adult Learning, 5 (2), 28-34.
  • King, K. P. (2007). The Transformation Model. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education 3 (2), 27-32.
  • King, K. P. & Heuer, B. (2006). Empowering literacy workers through learner-centered environments . The International Journal of Learning.12,(9 )
  • Wang, V. & King, K. (2006). Understanding Mezirow's Theory of Reflectivity from Confucian Perspectives: A Model and Perspective. Radical Pedagogy, 8 (1)
  • King, K. P., Griggs, J., & Gibson, C. (2005). A different "network"- Special populations and partnerships in DE. 21st Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. University of Wisconsin-Madison. August 4, 2005.
  • King, K. P., Melia, F., & Dunham, M. (2005). Update Anytime Anywhere- Finding our way: Better understanding the needs and motivations of teachers in online learning. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 1 (4), 57-70.
  • King, K. P. (2004). Both sides now: Examining transformational learning and professional development. Innovative Higher Education, 29 (2), 153-172.
  • Lawler, P. & King, K. P. (2004, Fall). Making the grade: Recommendations from the field for new professional developers. Journal of Continuing Higher Education 52 (3), 36-45.
  • Heuer, B., & King, K. P. (2004). Leading the band: The role of the online instructor for educators. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 3, 1.
  • King, K. P. (2004). Understanding educators as adult learners in transformation: Facing the challenges of educational technology through professional development. Journal of School Leadership (14), 153-170.



Dr. Kathleen P. King's complete publication list and web site



03/31/2009 rev. kpk


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