International Society for Comparative Adult Education


Following the statutes of ISCAE the Society is administered by a President, a Vice-President, and a Board of no more than five members. Together they are responsible for overall policy and direction of the Society.

ISCAE-President 2020-2023:
Sork Thomas, Canada
Tom is a professor in the Adult Learning and Education group at the University of British Columbia. He served an 8-year term as Senior Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education and was responsible for international activities, professional development and community engagement, and for the online Master of Educational Technology (MET) program — the largest graduate program in the Faculty. His academic work focuses on program planning, professional ethics, international collaboration, comparative education and professionalization. In 2005 he received an honorary doctorate from Linköping University (Sweden) for his contributions to developing an award-winning online master's program between four universities spanning four continents—The Intercontinental Master's in Adult Learning and Global Change. He was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2008, was designated 'Distinguished Professor' by the International Institute of Adult and Lifelong Education in New Delhi, India in 2012, and currently serves as Vice-President, North America of the International Council for Adult Education. He has served on the ISCAE board since 2017 and helped organize the COVID-delayed Adult Education in Global Times: An International Research Conference originally scheduled for June, 2020 in Vancouver.

ISCAE-Vice-President 2020-2023:
Popovic Katarina, Serbia
Katarina Popovic, PhD is Secretary General of ICAE – International Council for Adult Education (based in Uruguay) and Professor and the Chair of the Department for Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade (Serbia).
Ms Popovic is visiting professor for adult education and lifelong learning at a number of European universities, and president of the Serbian Adult Education Society. She is co-chair of the Academia and Education Stakeholder Group in the UN DESA system and member of the Steering Group of the HLPF Coordination Mechanism. She is member of International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, and for many years she was the vice president of EAEA, and coordinator of German DVV international for South East Europe, participating and coordinating numerous projects in the field of adult education and lifelong learning.
Ms Popovic is member of several relevant European and international organisations, editor in chief of the journal “Andragogical studies” and author of numerous publications, articles and books. She is certified trainer (Swiss) in adult education with rich experience worldwide - from Afghanistan until UN in New York.
She attended the ISCAE-conferences at Bamberg (2006) and Würzburg (2017).

ISCAE Board 2020-2023:
Avoseh Mejai Bola Mike, USA
Mejai B. M. Avoseh is a full Professor of Adult and Higher Education, Division of Educational Leadership, University of South Dakota, U. S. Mejai has taught and researched adult and continuing education in Nigeria, Namibia, United States, and in Botswana. He is a double recipient of the J. William Fulbright Core Award for U.S. Scholars (Botswana, 2013/2014 & Nigeria, 2019/2020). He received the 2019 Outstanding Service Medallion Award of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE).
He has done significant work on indigenous non-western knowledge systems in adult and higher education. His areas of interest include adult and higher education, international and comparative education, informal community learning, diaspora and global citizenship, and indigenous African pedagogy/cultural education. He recently completed a desk study commissioned by UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), Hamburg – titled: Adult learning and education for global citizenship in South Africa. His classic article on lessons of traditional Africa for lifelong learning is still often cited across disciplines - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02601370110088454 .
Mejai has served on the Board of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) and as the Director of AAACE’s Commission for International Adult Education (CIAE) since 2016. Avoseh believes strongly in the pursuit of excellence in adult and continuing education and the imperative of establishing the link between indigenous learning methods and western perspectives in adult education. He attended the ISCAE-conferences in Bamberg 2006 and Las Vegas 2012. http://www.usd.edu/faculty-and-staff/Mejai-Avoseh;
Mikulec Borut, Slovenia
Borut Mikulec is Assistant professor for adult educaton at the Department of Educatonal Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. His fields of research are: international and comparative adult education, the role of transnational organisatons (EU, OECD, UNESCO) in education policy, qualifications frameworks and recogniton of prior learning, professional development of adult educators, and active citizenship. His comparative research has mainly focussed on Europe. He is a member of ISCAE from 2016 and attended 6th ISCAE conference in Germany. He was visiting professor at Julius-Maximilian-University of Würzburg. Currently he is involved in the project "International and Comparatve Studies for Students and Practioners in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning". He is a member of European Society for Research in the Educaton of Adults (ESREA) and co-editor of the journal "Studies in Adult Educaton and Learning/Andragoška spoznanja"
Obashoro-John Oluwayemisi, Lagos, Nigeria
Oluwayemisi Obashoro-John is a Professor of Adult Education currently teaching in the Department of Adult Education, University of Lagos, Lagos-Nigeria. Her areas of specialization and interest are Ageing Issues, Programme Evaluation and Language Study. She served as Faculty Scholar in the University of North Texas, Denton-Texas, USA (2011-2012) in the bid to make comparative presentations between ageing in low income and developed societies. She also served as Advisory Board Member, International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE; 2012). She is Fellow, Institute of Social Work of Nigeria (ISOW); President/Chairman-in-Council (2014-2016) and Fellow, Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria (ISMN); Member, Nigeria National Council for Adult Education (NNCAE). She has considerable experience in comparative dimensions of Adult Education programmes.
Email: oobashoro-john@unilag.edu.ng
Reischmann Jost, Germany
Retired Chair of Andragogy Bamberg University Germany. Research interests: Foundations of Adult Education, Didactics, Evaluation, International Comparison. Inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame (1999). "President's Award for Exceptional and Innovative Leaderships in Adult and Continuing Education" of the American Association of Adult Education. More info: www.jost.reischmannfam.de
Founding Member of ISCAE, President 1992-2008, Vice-President 2008-2017. board-member 2017-today. Co-organizer of the six ISCAE-conferences, host in 1995 and 2006, co-author of the two ISCAE-books. Webmaster of ISCAE.
Rose Amy, USA
Amy D. Rose is a professor emeritus of adult education at Northern Illinois University where she taught for over twenty-five years. She is currently serving on the ISCAE Board. She has written and presented on issues related to history and policy analyses in the areas of literacy, women, and adults in higher education. In her research, she focuses primarily on historical and qualitative methodologies although recently she has been part of a team analyzing PIAAC data. This work has focused on both the US alone and in comparison with other countries. She is also working on a comparative study of the differences in the education of immigrants in the US and Germany. In addition to articles and proceedings, she she was a co-editor of the Handbook of Adult Continuing Education: 2010 Edition. More recently, she is a co-author of Professional Foundations of Adult and Continuing Education (2017). She served as a co-editor of the Adult Education Quarterly from 2010-2013. She is currently a co-editor of the Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy. In addition, she served on the Board of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) for ten years and as President, President elect and past President for four years. She has also served on the Board of the Adult Literacy and Adult Education SIG of AERA as Secretary/Treasurer and Member at Large. Finally, she served on the Steering Committee of the Adult Education Research Conference (AERC). She was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2013. She has attended ISCAE conferences in St. Louis (2002), Las Vegas (2012), and Wuerzburg (2017).