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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 three program areas:

Our faculty challenge and engage students in graduate 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 contributions in research and policy development. Our faculty members' research includes 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.

Our faculty are also regular contributors to the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, have an active role in the development of the State of Education in Georgia annual conference, provide leadership in supporting the lifelong learning institute on campus, and provide training to adult literacy instructors throughout the state.


Degree Programs

Master of Education (MEd)

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctor of Education (EdD)


In addition to the following departmental scholarships, learn more about additional opportunities for financial assistance on our financial aid page .

Student Organizations

Graduate Student Network (GSN)

This organization provides a communication network to students, faculty, and professionals interested in lifelong learning. It also facilitates social/professional interaction among lifelong learners and supports adjunct learning experiences.

Members are graduate students in the Department of Lifelong Learning, Administration, and Policy.

Faculty advisor: Richard Blissett

Latest News

Academic Advisors

Jami Berry

EdD in Educational Leadership

Laura Bierema

EdS in Education (Learning Leadership and Organization Development)

Karen Bryant

EdS in Educational Administration and Policy (Gwinnett Campus)

John Dayton

MEd in Educational Administration and Policy - Law and Policy

Jamon Flowers

MEd in Educational Administration and Policy - School Leadership

Caleb Han

MEd in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development

Aliki Nicolaides

PhD in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development

Kathryn Roulston

PhD in Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies

Wendy Ruona

EdD in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development

Walker Swain

PhD in Educational Administration and Policy

Faculty and Staff

Jami Royal Berry
Clinical Associate Professor
Laura Lee Bierema
Richard Blissett
Assistant Professor
Karen C. Bryant
Clinical Associate Professor and Department Head
Allie Cox
Clinical Assistant Professor
John Dayton
Kathleen P. deMarrais
Professor and Associate Department Head
Maureen Flint
Assistant Professor
Jamon H. Flowers
Clinical Assistant Professor
Melissa Freeman
Jori N. Hall
Seung-hyun (Caleb) Han
Associate Professor
Holly Newton Ivy
Student Affairs Professional II
Diann Olszowy Jones
Clinical Assistant Professor
Diana E. Lofton
Business Manager I
Aliki Nicolaides
Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Zuleme Zu Reuter
Administrative Specialist I
Wendy E.A. Ruona
Associate Professor and Coordinator
Walker A Swain
Assistant Professor
Karen E. Watkins
Sally J. Zepeda

Contact Info

Department Head: Karen Bryant
River’s Crossing 850 College Station Road Athens, Georgia 30602
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