Lilian H. Hill

Lilian H. Hill

Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Lilian H. Hill earned a master’s and doctoral degree in adult education and has worked in adult education in Canada and the United States since the 1980s. Although her primary expertise is in adult health learning and health literacy, Hill’s research is applicable across several disciplines. In addition to adult education, she has made significant contributions in the areas of STEM, health literacy, medical education and health education.

Between 1999 and 2005, Hill worked in pharmacy education as an educational specialist responsible for faculty development, supporting effective teaching, and program assessment. Publications resulting from that work are cited regularly by scholars working in the U.S. and abroad. Hill has blended this experience with her work in adult education, combining her health interests with a commitment to adult learning. Subsequently, as professor of adult education, she authored multiple publications on adult health learning and health literacy. With populations aging in many countries, this arena of research is increasingly important.

Hill has contributed 45 publications and made conference presentations across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Taiwan, Spain, Costa Rica, and China. Her work has been cited in journals published in North and Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Australia. Hill spearheaded academic work in two main areas: Environmental Adult Education and Adult Learning for Health. She was co-editor of Environmental Adult Education: Ecological Learning, Theory and Practice for Socio-Environmental Changeand the editor of Adult Education for Health and Wellness.

Hill’s contributions to the literature also include concept mapping, applying the strategy to pharmacy education, and a graphic method of communicating medication directions. Hill’s work in New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education and Adult Learningfocusing on health education created a new line of research for students she has mentored and other doctoral students across the country. She exposed others nationally and internationally to her research through her contributions to Adult Learning,  Adult Education Quarterly,the Journal of Transformative Education,the Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education, Mapping the Field of Adult and Continuing Education, International Encyclopedia of Adult Education, and the Australian Journal of Adult Learning.

Hill was editor of Adult Learning, the practitioner-oriented journal of AAACE, from 2000 to 2004. During that time, Adult Learning was returned to peer-reviewed journal status and multiple special issues were published with theme editors including Best Practices in Adult Education(Vivian Mott), Mentoring (Michael Galbraith) Futures(Alan Knox), Environmental Adult Education (Darlene E. Clover), Immigrant Learners in Adult, Post-Secondary, and Workplace Education (Mary V. Alfred and Ming-Yeh Lee), Spirituality in Adult Learning (Leona English), and Adult Learners with Disabilities (Jovita Ross-Gordon). Hill has held leadership roles in the Commission of Professors of Adult Education as international/intercultural SIG chair, member-at-large for the executive board/program co-chair, and chair of the awards committee. She currently serves as a member of the CPAE Awards Committee and as a member of the Adult Education Research Conference Steering Committee.