Ann Brooks

Ann K. Brooks

Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Internationally recognized for her long-standing scholarship and practice in international education, diversity and learning in work organizations, women’s learning, and literacy education, Ann K. Brooks has made significant contributions to the field as faculty member and director of Adult Education graduate programs at University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University over a 30-year career.

She is one of few scholars in the U.S. whose work bridges adult education and human resource development—central to our understanding of adults as they live, learn, and work. Her most seminal works are in the areas of international adult education and work organizations.

Brooks was a Fulbright scholar at the Royal University of Phnom Penh and visiting professor at Waikato University, New Zealand, and Xi’an Foreign Language Institute in the People’s Republic of China.

She has chaired the Commission of Professors of Adult Education (CPAE), served on the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) Board of Directors, was an AERC Steering Committee member, and chaired various AAACE/CPAE SIGS and committees since 1989. She has served as the co-editor-in-chief of Adult Education Quarterly and Adult Learning, as qualitative editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly, and as associate editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education and the Journal of Culture, Biography, and Lifelong Learning—a South Korean journal initiative.

Brooks is a member of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults, the Commission of Professors of Adult Education, the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education, the Academy of Human Resource Development, the American Education Research Association, and Women in Development.

She currently serves on the editorial board for Adult Education Quarterly and as a reviewer for the Journal of Transformative Education, Human Resource Development Quarterly and the International Human Resource Development Journal.