Directory » MARY ALFRED
Professor and Interim Department Head
Adult learning and development
Equity and Social Justice in education and the workplace
Immigration and learning
Welfare reform and women's economic development
Women of the Diaspora
Ph.D., Educational Administration, University of Texas at Austin (1995)
M.S., Counseling Psychology, University of Central Texas (1983)
B.S., Occupational Education specialized in Office Admin, University of Central Texas (1980)
EHRD630. ADULT LEARNING
EHRD631. Foundtions Of Adult Educ
EHRD637. Workforce Development
EHRD638. Issues Adult Education
EHRD642. Prog Devel In Adult Education
EHRD643. ADULT ED GLOBAL SOC JUST
EHRD655. QUALITATIVE RSCH MTHDS
EHRD656. NARRATIVE ANALYSIS
EHRD670. WOMEN & EDUCATION
EHRD670. Women In Education
EHRD684. Professional Internship
EHRD684. PROF INTERNSHIP
EHRD685. Directed Studies
EHRD685. DIRECTED STUDIES
EHRD689. Special Topics In Adlt Education Glb Soc Jst
FORMER DOCTORAL STUDENTS
Miranda Livingston, Ph.D. (Spring 2022)
Patrice French, Ph.D. (Spring 2022)
Sarah Michelle Ray (Summer 2020)
Pamela Carlton Womack (Spring 2018)
Michael Patrick Munro (Spring 2018)
Michelle Ann Johnson (Fall 2017)
Catherine Cherrstrom (Spring 2015)
China Jenkins (Spring 2015)
Mattna Stephens (Fall 2014)
Tonya Turner (Summer 2014)
Rose Anna Santos (Fall 2013)
Alicia Friday (Summer 2013)
Patricia Darnell (Spring 2012)
Rebecca Jo McPherson (Spring 2012)
Priya Kurup (Fall 2011)
Delores Rice (Summer 2011)
Claire Phillips (Spring 2011)
Petra Robinson (Spring 2011)
Liz Ann Baez Aguilar (Summer 2010)
Prashanti Chennamsetti (Spring 2010)
Books and Monographs
Alfred, M. V. (2009) Empowering women through voice: Low-income mothers speak of work, [non]education, poverty, and welfare reform. In M. Miller (Ed.), Empowering women through literacy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Alfred, M. V. & Nanton, C. (2009). Survival of the Supported. In C. Nanton & M. Alfred (Eds). Social capital and women's support system; Networking, learning, and surviving. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
Alfred, M. V. & Swaminathan, R. (Eds.) (2004). Immigrant women of the academy: Negotiating boundaries, crossing borders in higher education. New York: Nova Publishers.
Alfred, M. V. (Ed.) (2002). Learning in sociocultural contexts: Implications for adults, community, and workplace education. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, no. 96. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
*Cherrstrom. C, & Alfred, M. V. (In Press). Women19s midlife career transition to tenured/tenure-track faculty. Adult Education Quarterly (premiere journal in the field) Published in a high-impact practitioner journal OR an invited journal article [published with student]
*Ray, S. M., Alfred, M. V., Mckyer, L. (In Press). Living and learning about racism: A qualitative study of international students of African descents19 experiences in the United States. The International Journal of Diverse Identities.
Nafukho, F. M., Alfred, M., Chakraborty, M., Johnson, M., & Cherrstrom, C. A. (2017). Predicting workplace transfer of learning: A study of adult learners enrolled in a continuing professional education training program. European Journal of Training and Development, 41(4), 327-353*
*Rice, D., Bonner, B., Lewis, C., Alfred, M. V, Nave, F., & Frizell, S. (2016). Reversing the Tide in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM): Academically Gifted African American Students in Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Journal of Research Initiatives, 2(1).
*McPherson, R., & Alfred, M. V. (2014). Welfare reliant mother's identity development. International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, 20(3), 57-66.
*Rice, D., & Alfred, M. V. (2014). Personal and structural elements of support for African American female engineers. Journal of Stem Education: Innovation and Research, 15(2), 40-49.
*Robinson, P., & Alfred, M. V. (2014). Family literacy programs: A source of transformative learning. The International Journal of Literacies, 20(2), 1-10
*Stoddart, D., *Robinson, P., Alfred, M. V. (2014). Exploring the influence of indigenous Caribbean music in shaping the Anglophone Caribbean identity. National Journal of Urban Education and Practice, 7(3), 281-297.
*Robinson, P. A. & Alfred, M.V. (2013). Colorism and skin bleaching in Jamaica: Global implications for communities of color and urban classrooms. National Journal of Urban Education and Practice, (6) 3, 202-213
*Robinson, P., *Rice, D. *Stoddart, D., & Alfred, M. V. (2013). Lifelong learning in Jamaica: Coherent pathways in higher education. International Journal of Scholarly Academic Intellectual Diversity, 15(2), 1-13
Alfred, M. V., & Guo, S. (2012). Toward global citizenship: Internalization of adult education in Canada and the US. The Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, 24(2), 51-70
*Santos, R., & Alfred, M. V. (2011). Adult's dual roles as student and teacher of literacy development of their children. Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal 5(3), 141-149
Alfred, M. V. (2010). International migration, social capital and lifelong learning in the USA. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 29(2), 219-235
Alfred, M. V., & Chlup, D. (2010). Making the invisible, visible: Race matters in human resource development. Advances in Human Resource Development, 12(3), 332-351
Cobb, E., & Alfred, M. V. (2010) Learning from peer team evaluation. International Journal of Training and Development, 14(2), 95-114
*Taylor, R., & Alfred, M. V. (2010). Nurses perceptions of the organizational supports needed for the delivery of culturally competent care. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 32(5), 591-609
Alfred, M. V. (2009). Non-western immigrants in continuing higher education: A sociocultural approach to culturally responsive pedagogy. International Journal of Higher Education, 57, 137-148
Bonner, F. A. II, Alfred, M. V., Lewis, C. W., Nave, F. M. & Frizell, S. S. (2009). Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and academically gifted Black students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM): Discovering the alchemy for success. Journal of Urban Education: Focus on Enrichment, 6(1), 122-136
Alfred, M. V. (2008). A Sociocultural Approach to Adult Literacy Education. Perspectives: New York Journal of Adult Learning (6)2, 41-48.
Alfred, M. V. (2008). Immigrant Women of Color Explore Identity and Place in US Academe. Perspectives: New York Journal of Adult Learning, 7 (1), 25-42.
Alfred, M. V. (2007). Welfare reform and Black women's economic development. Adult Education Quarterly (57)4, 293-311.
Alfred, M. V., & Martin, L. G. (2007). The development of economic self-sufficiency among former welfare recipients: Lessons from Wisconsin's welfare to work program. International Journal of Training and Development (11)1, 2-19.
Alfred, M. V. (2005, Fall). Does Wisconsin works work? Perspectives of African American women and their employers. Journal of Family and Economic Issues 26(3), 345-370.
Alfred, M. V. (2005). Overlooked in academe: What do we know about immigrant students in adult and higher education? New Horizons in Adult and Continuing Education 19(1) (Electronic Journal).
Alfred, M. V. (2004). Anglophone Caribbean immigrant women: Learning and development within the context of transnational migration. Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education 18(2), 1-26.
Alfred, M. V. (2003). Immigrants in America: Who are they, and why do they come? In M. V. Alfred & M. Lee, (Issue Eds.) Immigrant learners in adult, post-secondary, and workplace education. Adult Learning 12(4), 2-5.
Alfred, M. V. (2003). Sociocultural contexts and learning: Anglophone Caribbean immigrant women in US Post-Secondary Education. Adult Education Quarterly, 53(4), 242-260.
Alfred, M. V., & Lee, M. (Issue Eds.) (2003). Immigrant learners in adult, post-secondary, and workplace education. Adult Learning (Special Double Issue), 12(4) & 13(1).
Swaminathan, R. & Alfred, M. V. (2003). Strangers in the Mirror: Immigrant students in the higher education classroom. In M. V. Alfred & M. Lee, (Issue Eds.), Immigrant learners in adult, post-secondary, and workplace education. Adult Learning , 13(1), 29-32.
Alfred, M. V. (2002). Reconceptualizing marginality from the margins: Perspectives of African American tenured faculty at a white research university. The Western Journal of Black Studies 25(1) 1-12.
Alfred, M. V. (2001). Expanding theories of career development: Adding the voices of African American women in the white academy. Adult Education Quarterly 51(2), 108-127.
Alfred, M. V. (2001). The politics of knowledge and theory construction in adult education: A critical analysis from an Africentric feminist perspective. Options: Journal of Research and Practice in Adult Education, 13(1), 10-20.
Alfred, M. V. & Guo, S. (In Press). Internationalization of Adult and Continuing Education. In T. Rocco, R. Mizzi, & L. Merriweather (Eds.), Handbook of adult and continuing education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Alfred, M. V. (2015). Diaspora, migration, and globalization: Expanding the discourse of adult education. In S. Guo & E. Lange (Eds.), Transnational migration, social inclusion, and adult education (pp 87 - 98). New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
Alfred, M. V. (2015). Forward. In D. Nitiri (Ed.). Literacy as a gendered discourse: Engaging the voices of women in global societies, (pp. xi  xii). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing (Invited)
*Alfred, M. V., Cherrstrom, C., Robinson, P., Friday, A. (2013). Transformative learning theory. In B. J. Irby, G. Brown, R. Lara-Alecio & S. Jackson (Eds.), Handbook of educational theories (pp. 125-132 ). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing
Alfred, M. V. (2012). International migration, social capital and lifelong learning in the US. In S. Guo (Ed.), Transnational migration and lifelong learning: Global issues and perspectives (pp. 72-88). New York, NY: Routledge
Alfred, M. V. (2011). Poised to shatter the glass ceiling. In G. JnMarie & B. Lloyd-Jones, Women of color in higher education: Turbulent past, promising future,Volume 9, Diversity in Higher Education Series (pp. 284-303). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
*Lewis, C., Bonner, F., Rice, D, Cook, H., Alfred, M., Nave, F., & Frizzell, F. (2011). African American, academically gifted, millennial students at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs): Factors that impact successful degree completion. In H. T. Frierson & W. F. Tate (Eds.), Beyond stock stories and folktales: African Americans' pathways to STEM fields. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group
Alfred, M. V. (2010). Beyond education and training: The role of social capital in developing economic self-sufficiency. In M. V. Alfred (Ed.), Learning for economic self sufficiency: Constructing pedagogies of hope among low-income, low-literate adults (pp. 213-229). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing
Alfred, M. V. (2010). Challenging racism through post-colonial discourse: A critical approach to adult education pedagogy. In V. Sheared, J. Johnson-Bailey, S. A. J. Colin, E. Peterson. & S. Brookfield (Eds.), The handbook of race and adult education (pp. 201  216). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
Alfred, M. V. (2010). Women of the Diaspora: Transnational identities at the intersection of work and learning. In S. Jackson (ED.), Innovations in lifelong learning. London: Routledge
*Alfred, M. V., & Easton, N. (2010). Low-income, low-literate learners in adult education: A portrait. In M. Alfred (Ed.), Learning for economic self-sufficiency: Constructing pedagogies of hope among low-income, low-literate adults (pp. vii-xv). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Alfred, M. V., & Normore, A. H. (2010). Developing school leaders in times of radical change: Investigating the school improvement zone of a large urban school district in United States. In A.H. Normore (Ed.), Global perspectives on educational leadership reform: The development and preparation of leaders of learning and learners of leadership (pp. 163-186). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.
Alfred, V. M., & Nafukho, F. M. (2010). International and comparative examination of adult and continuing education. In C. E., Kasworm, A.D., Rose, &Ross-Gordon, J. M., (Eds.), A handbook of adult and continuing education (pp.93-102). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
Alfred, M. V. (2009). Diversity, culture, and human performance in work organizations. In V. Wang & K. King (Eds). Global human performance and training. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Alfred, M. V. (2009). Social capital theory and adult learning. In C. Nanton & M. Alfred (Eds). Social capital and women's support system; Networking, learning, and surviving. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
Alfred, M. V. (2009). Transnational identities and instructional design in adult education. In V. Wang (Ed.). Curriculum development for adult learners in global community. Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing.
Alfred, M. V. (2007). Journey to adult education: A brief autobiography. In K. B. Armstrong, L. W. Nabb, & A. P. Czech (Eds.), North American adult educators: Phyllis M. Cunningham archive of quintessential autobiographies for the twenty-first century. Chicago, IL: Discovery Association Publishing House.
Alfred, M. V. (2006). Race, politics, and economic self-sufficiency in a culture of welfare reform. In S. Merriam, B. Courtenay, & R. Cervero,(Eds.), Global issues and adult education: Perspectives from Latin America, Southern Africa, and the United States (pp. 106-117). San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
Alfred, M. V. (2006). Work, subjectivity, and learning in the Diaspora: Immigrant women of color in white academe. In S. Billett, M. Sommerville, & T. Fenwick (Eds.), Work, subjectivity, and learning (pp. 213-226). The Netherlands: Springer Publishing Company.
Johnson-Bailey, J., & Alfred, M. V. (2006). Transformational teaching and the practices of Black women adult educators. In E. Taylor (Issue Ed.), Transformational learning and adult education. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 49-58.
Alfred, M. V. (2003). Sociocultural contexts and knowing: Learning and self-development among British Caribbean immigrant women in the US. The Cyril O. Houle Scholars in Adult and Continuing Education Program Global Research Perspectives: Volume III, 1-16.
Alfred, M. V. (2002). My journey as an Afro-Caribbean woman to America's ivory tower. In F. E. Obiakor & P. A. Grant (Eds.), Foreign born blacks and their silence in the discourse on race (pp. 94-103). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Alfred, M. V. (2001). Becoming successful in the ivory tower. Lessons from black female faculty at a major white research university. In R. Mabokela & A. Greene (Eds.), Sisters of the academy: Emergent black women scholars in higher education (pp. 57-79). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
Bonner, F., Alfred, M., Nave, F., Lewis, C. & Frizell, S. (2009). An empirical investigation of the success factors impacting African American students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Proceedings of the Excellence in Education 2008: Future Minds and Creativity Conference (pp. 749-761)
Other Publications and Presentations
Guo, S., & Alfred, M. V. (2013). Intensification of faculty engagement in the internationalization of adult education: A comparative study of Canada and the United States. In Y. Hebert & Ali A. Abdi, (Ed.), Critical perspectives in international education (pp. 135-148). Boston, MA: Sense Publishers
Nanton, C., & Alfred, M.V. (Eds.) (2009). Social capital and women's support systems: Networking, learning, and surviving. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. San Francisco: Jossey Bass
The Unheard Voices: International Students' Experiences Integrating into U.S. Higher Education
TRAIN PD at TCALL
Texas Research-based Adult Instruction Network Professional Development Consortium (TRAIN PD Consortium) at TCALL
Adult Literacy Statewide Clearinghouse Project
Technical Assistance Project at TCALL
2012-2013 Barbara Bush Fellowships at TCALL
First Lady's Family Literacy Technical Assistance Project
2011-2012 Barbara Bush Fellowships at TCALL
Adult Literacy Statewide Clearinghouse Project
First Lady's Family Literacy Initiative for Texas Technical Assistance Project at TCALL
2010-2011 Adult Literacy Statewide Clearninghouse Project
2010-2011 Barbara Bush Fellowships at TCALL
Adult Literacy Statewide Clearinghouse Project
The Barbara Bush Fellowships at TCALL
Workforce ESL Curriculum Support Project at TCALL
Disaster Recovery Grant Project
Texas Technical Assistance Project
Texas Clearinghouse Project
The Barbara Bush Fellowships at TCALL
2007-2008 IHE Statewide Adult Literacy Clearinghouse Grant
Education Research Project: An Empirical Investigation of the Success Factors Impacting African American Students in Engineering and Technology at Historically Black Universities
Consulting Editor. Adult Education Quarterly (2001)
Editorial Board Member. Adult Learning (2002 - 2005)
Editor. Adult Learning (2008 - 2016)
Editorial Board Member. Advances in Developing Human Resources (2012)
Editorial Board Member. Human Resource Development Quarterly (2011)
Associate Editor. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology (2008)
Co-Editor. New Horizons in Adult Education (2005 - 2006)
Editorial Board Member. New Horizons in Adult Education (2006)
Director. Executive Director, TCALL. (2008)
Associate Dean, CEHD (2009 - 2017)
Department Head. Interim Department Head. (2009)
Director. Commission of Professors of Adult Education. (2008)
President, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (2019)