John M. Dirkx is professor and Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair (Emeritus) in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University, and is Director of the College of Education Master's of Arts in Education (MAED) online program. His current research interests focus primarily on teaching and learning in higher and adult education contexts. Dirkx is particularly interested in short- term, faculty-led education abroad programs for graduate students; professional development for higher education teachers in developing countries; the role of higher education capacity building in international development; and the spiritual and transformative dimensions of adult, work-related learning. Dirkx is current editor of the Journal of Transformative Education, the primary author of A Guide to Planning and Implementing Instruction for Adults: A Theme-based Approach, and editor of Adult Learning and the Emotional Self. He has also published numerous book chapters and journal articles on teaching and learning in higher and adult education and work-related learning. He is currently working on a book on the transformative dimensions of teaching and learning.
Professional Development and the Growth of University Teacher Communities in the Context of Educational Change
In the CHAE Report (Spring 2016), Dr. Dirkx shares insights from his collaborative work examining professional development and teach communities in the service of fostering organizational transformation in an Italian university.
Spartan presenters at 2016 ASHE conference
Faculty and current students in the Department of Educational Administration presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.