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College Professor of Adult Learning and Mentoring (CPALM)

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Alan Mandell is the college professor of adult learning and mentoring and also serves as a mentor in the social sciences in the college’s Manhattan location. Alan came to what was then the Lower Hudson unit (now Hudson Valley Center) in 1975. He has served as associate dean of the Hudson Valley Center, as the associate dean-director of the Metropolitan Center, and as director of the college's Mentoring Institute. In addition to ongoing work with students in a range of social science areas (his Ph.D. is in sociology), Alan is very interested in, has written about, and made presentations and conducted workshops on adult learning, mentoring, and experiential learning. With colleague Lee Herman, he has written many essays and the book, From Teaching to Mentoring: Principle and Practice, Dialogue and Life in Adult Education (Routledge, 2004). The second edition of his book with Elana Michelson, Portfolio Development and Adult Learning was published in 2004 (Stylus). In 2017, he co-edited, Principles, Practices, and Creative Tensions in Progressive Higher Education: One Institution's Struggle to Sustain a Vision, with Katherine Jelly, which contains contributions from many SUNY Empire State College colleagues. With Xenia Coulter, he is now editing an issue of New Directions for Adult & Continuing Education on the relevance of Dewey to adult education. Alan Mandell is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2001) and in Professional Service (1991), and received the Empire State College Foundation Award for Excellence in Mentoring (2000). For the year 2008-2009, he was named the first Susan Turben Chair in Adult Learning and Mentoring and during that same year was honored by the Adult Higher Education Alliance with the Eugene Sullivan Award for Leadership in Adult Higher Education.