Elizabeth J. Tisdell

Ed. D., University of Georgia, 1992
Professor of Education,
Penn State - Harrisburg, Adult Education Program

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Dr. Elizabeth Tisdell, Professor of Education, is currently the coordinator of the doctoral program in Adult Education at the Penn State Harrisburg Campus. She received her Ed.D. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia, and holds an M.A. in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University. Her research interests include spirituality and culture in adult learning and in the health and education professions; medical education; critical media literacy and financial literacy among adult learners; and critical, feminist and social justice issues in higher and adult education.

Selected Publications
Books and Monographs

• Tisdell, E., & Swartz, A. (Eds.) (2011). Adult education and the pursuit of wisdom. New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education, no. 211. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

• Tisdell, E., & Thompson, P. (Eds.) (2007). Popular culture, entertainment media, and adult education. New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education. no 115. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

• Tisdell, E.J. (2003). Exploring spirituality and culture in adult and higher education . San Francisco: Jossey Bass

• Eisen, M.J. and Tisdell, E. (eds). (2000). Team teaching and learning. New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education, New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education No. 87 (Fall 2000). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

• Tisdell, E.J. (1995). Creating inclusive learning environments for adults: Insights from Multicultural Education and Feminist Pedagogy, Information Series No. 361. Columbus, OH: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education Selected Journal Articles and book chapter

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

• Tisdell, E. (in press). Re-searching spirituality and cultural identity: Transformative learning and unfolding wisdom in the lives of educators. In J. Watson, M. DeSouza, & A. Trousdale (eds.), Global perspectives on spiritual education. London: Routledge.

• Tisdell, E., Taylor, E., & Sprow Forte, K. (in press). Community based financial literacy education in a cultural context: A study of teacher beliefs and pedagogical practice. Adult Education Quarterly.

• Tisdell, E. (2012). Themes and variations in transformative learning: Interdisciplinary perspectives on forms that transform. In E. Taylor & P. Cranton, (eds), A handbook of transformative learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

• Tisdell, E., Brown-Haywood, F., Charaniya, N., & West Walsh, J. (2012). The intersecting roles of religion, culture, and spirituality in feminist popular education in a post 9-11 US context. In S. Walters and L. Manicom, An update in feminist popular education. London: Zed Press.

• Taylor, E., Tisdell, E., & Sprow, K. (2012). Teaching financial literacy: A survey of community based educators. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 36 (5), 531-538.

• Tisdell, E. (2011). The wisdom of webs a-weaving: Adult education and the paradoxes of complexity in changing times. In E. Tisdell & A. Swartz (eds), Adult education and the pursuit of wisdom (pp. 5-13). New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, no 131. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

• English, M., & Tisdell, E. (2010). Spirituality and adult education, In A. Rose, C. Kasworm, & J. Ross-Gordon (Eds.), Handbook of adult education (pp. 285-293). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

• Tisdell, E. (2010). The potential role of spirituality in Irish adult education in culturally responsive teaching. The Adult Learner 2010: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 91-104.

• Gusic, M., Milner, R., Tisdell, E., Taylor, E., Quillen, D., T & Thorndyke, L. (2010). The essential value of projects in faculty development. Academic Medicine, 85 (9), 1484-1491.

• Stuckey, H., & Tisdell, E. (2010). The role of creative expression in diabetes: An exploration and into the meaning making process. Qualitative Health Research, 20, 42-56.

• Tisdell, E., & Tolliver, D. (2009). Transformative approaches to culturally responsive teaching: Engaging the cultural imagination. In J. Mezirow, & E. Taylor (Eds.), Transformative learning in action: A handbook of practice (89-99). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

• Tisdell, E. (2008). Critical media literacy and transformative learning: Drawing on pop culture and entertainment media in teaching for diversity in adult higher education. Journal of Transformative Education, 6 (1), 48-67.

• Tisdell, E., & Thompson, P. (2007). Seeing “from a different angle”: The role of pop culture in teaching for diversity and critical media literacy in adult education. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 26, 651-673.

• Taylor, E., Tisdell, E., & Gusic, M. (2007).  Teaching beliefs of medical educators: Perspectives on clinical teaching in pediatrics.  Medical Teacher, 29, 371-376.

• Tisdell, E. (2007). In the new millennium: The role of spirituality and the cultural imagination in dealing with diversity and equity in the higher education classroom. Teachers College Record, 109, 531-560.

• Ruth-Sahd, L., & Tisdell, E. (2007). The meaning and use of intuition in novice nurses: A phenomenological study. Adult Education Quarterly, 57, 115-142.

• Watkins, B., & Tisdell, E. (2006). Negotiating the labyrinth from margin to center: Adult degree program administrators as program planners within higher education institutions. Adult Education Quarterly, 56, 134-159.

• Tisdell, E. & Tolliver E. (2003). Claiming a sacred face: The role of spirituality and cultural identity in transformative adult higher education. Journal of Transformative Education, 1(4). 368-392.

• Tisdell, E (2000). Spirituality and emancipatory adult education in women adult educators for social change. Adult Education Quarterly, 50, 308-335.

• Tisdell, E (1998). Poststructural feminist pedagogies: The possibilities and limitations of a feminist emancipatory adult learning theory and practice. Adult Education Quarterly, 48, 139-156.

• Tisdell, E. J. (1993). Interlocking systems of power, privilege, and oppression in adult higher education classes. Adult Education Quarterly, 43, 203-226.