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Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy


Known for pioneering work regionally, nationally, and internationally, the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy includes four program areas: Adult Education, Learning and Organizational Development, Qualitative Inquiry, and Educational Administration and Policy. Our department faculty challenge and engage students in graduate education programs focused on intellectual inquiry, research, and practice. Our programs prepare leaders who create and share knowledge and strategies to improve the quality of life of individuals and organizations.

Department faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for numerous contributions in research and policy development. Research interests among the department’s faculty include action research, multicultural perspectives in adult education, education law, gender inequity, administration, school improvement, education policy, human resource and organizational development, the superintendency, and qualitative research methods.


  • River's Crossing
    850 College Station Road
    Athens, Georgia 30602

Academic Programs

Adult Education, Learning and Organization

Educational Administration and Policy

This program develops the careers of students who become leaders in educational administration, policy, and school systems.

Non-Degree Programs

Including any certificates, certifications, and endorsements:

Human Resource and Organizational Development

Qualitative Research

Do you have an interest in the methodological, theoretical, and ethical procedures and challenges inherent to social science research and evaluation? Join us in contributing to the methodological and theoretical development of qualitative research and program evaluation.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer an emphasis from the PhD in Research and Evaluation Methodologies Program:

Non-Degree Programs

Including any certificates, certifications, and endorsements:

Student Resources and Services

The University of Georgia Lifelong Learning Association provides a communication network for students, faculty, and professionals interested in lifelong learning. The group also promotes social and professional interaction among lifelong learners and supports learning experiences such as seminars, field trips, workshops, and leadership opportunities.

Faculty and Research

Our faculty publish in journals throughout the world, have written numerous books, articles, and book chapters. Recent book titles include:

  • Dayton, J. Georgia Education Law, Wisdom Builders Press: Bangor, Maine (2013).
  • Dayton, J. Education Law: Principles, Policies, and Practice, Wisdom Builders Press: Bangor, Maine (2012).
  • Merriam, S. B., & Bierema, L. L. (In Press). Adult learning: Bridging theory and practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Zepeda, S.J. (2012). Instructional supervision: Applying tools and concepts (3rd ed.). Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education. 380 pp.

Outreach, Engagement, and Service

The department has an active mission to provide outreach and service. The department is host to the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, has an active role in the development of the State of Education in Georgia annual conference, provided leadership in supporting the lifelong learning institute on campus, and provides training to adult literacy instructors throughout the state of Georgia. One of our faculty members, Lorilee Sandmann, was given the 2013 Distinguished Research Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement

Outreach Units

  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Georgia is dedicated to meeting the intellectual, social and cultural needs of mature adults through lifelong learning.

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