The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) recently presented the 2017 AAACE Presidential Award to James E. Witte, Ph.D., Professor in the Adult Education program in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology in the Auburn University College of Education.
Witte was recognized for his outstanding contributions and innovative leadership to the field of adult continuing education and to the Association.
Witte is involved in numerous tasks involving and academic research and classroom teaching. His academic accomplishments include the publishing of three books, several book chapters and numerous other journal publications and conference presentations. His primary interests involve teaching and training in governmental and industrial settings.
His training development client list includes: IMC-Agrico, The Port of Tampa, FL, Nissan Corporation, Wonderbread, Coca-Cola, Cargill Fertilizer, Florida Departments of Transportation, Labor and Corrections and many other private sector and governmental agencies.
He also has extensive international involvement. Witte was teaching at the Suez Canal University in Egypt during the Arab Spring, served on a program evaluation team in Tunisia, multiple projects in Saudi Arabia and is currently involved on a highly visible project in Malawi, developing distance learning capability and participant training and evaluation.
In addition to Witte, other Auburn faculty members and former students won awards. Leslie Cordie, Ph.D., won the 2017 AAACE Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT) Director’s Appreciation Award. Poster awards went to Adult Ed Instructor Xi Lin, and program doctoral graduates Bethany Cleveland, Robert Southard, and Minerva Brauss.