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David A. Willis

President

Biography

David A. Willis is a PhD candidate and a Graduate Research Assistant in the Educational Psychology and Research Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He serves the university as the Graduate Student Senate President for the 2019-2020 school year. David holds a MS in Educational Psychology and BA’s in Psychology and Political Science. David’s background includes being a Registered Addiction Specialist counselor, a regional manager for a distribution company, and consultant for program planning and evaluation. A passion of his is to transform learning for adults by reconceptualizing teaching, mentorship, and leadership. He strives for diversity with a more inclusive and civil learning environment for all. David’s quest is to become a tenured professor at a research one institution, gain leadership roles in higher education. He plans to provide executive coaching and strategic analysis to the business sector as well.

Research

  • Motivation and development
  • Mentorship and leadership
  • Communities of practice and Reflective practice
  • Ethics
  • Program planning
  • Evaluation science
  • Positive psychology
  • Transformative learning
  • Complexity theory

Awards and Recognitions

  • Kellie McGarrh Travel Scholarship, 2018
  • CITI Certified, 2017 – Present
  • Student Spotlight, Department of Education, 2016
  • Professional Development Chair, Gamma Beta Phi, 2016
  • Registered Addiction Specialist, Breining Institute, 2011 – 2014
  • Employee of the Month, Florence Crittenton Agency, Multiple

Publications

Articles, Presentations, and Conference Proceedings

  • Willis, D. A. (2020, June). Reconceptualizing Informal Learning: Exploring the Lived Experience and Meaning Making of Adult Learner’s in Popular Culture Using Story. Paper presentation to be presented at the Adult Education in Global Times: An International Research Conference (AEGT2020) in Vancouver, Canada.
  • Brott, P. A., & Willis, D. A. (2020, March). Vlogging as a reflexive tool. Paper presentation to be presented at the Innovative Teaching and Learning Conference 2020: Pioneering Pathways to Deeper Learning (2020) in Knoxville, TN.
  • Willis, D. A. (2020, February). Reconceptualizing informal learning: Exploring the lived experience and meaning making of adult learner’s from stories in popular culture. Paper presentation will occur at the International Self-Directed Learning Symposium 2019 in Cocoa Beach, FL.
  • Brott, P. E., Willis, D., & Gonzalez-Rosario, L. M. (2019, April 8). Vlogging your way to reflexivity. Innovative Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
  • Brott, P. E., Willis, D., & Gonzalez-Rosario, L. M. (2019, October 12). Vlogging: Reflexive practice in professional identity development. Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (ACES) 2019 Conference, Seattle, WA
  • Willis, D. A. (2019, February). In-My-I: Self-directed praxis with reflexive vlogging. Paper presented at the International Self-Directed Learning 2019 Symposium in Cocoa Beach, FL.
  • Willis, D, A. (2018, October). Breaking down the barriers of the dissertation process: Mediated electronic portfolio learning system conceptual model. Paper presented for the Commission for Distance Learning and Technology preconference at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education 2018 conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • Willis, D. A., & Misawa, M. (2018, October). Online education for contemporary adults: Examining experiences of the synchronous delivery methods. Paper presented at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education 2018 conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • Willis, D. A. (2018, October). A conceptual mediated electronic portfolio learning system: Breaking down the barriers of the dissertation process. Paper presented at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education 2018 conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • Willis, D. A. (2018, June). Performance ethnography using narrative storytelling for social justice. Paper presented for the 3rd Annual Preconference for Bullying, Incivility, and Violence in Adult, Higher, Continuing, and Professional Education at the Adult Education Research Conference in Victoria, Canada.
  • Misawa, M., & Willis, D. A. (2018, February). Self-directed learning in a formal setting: Implementing a process-focused approach using a social context framework (4P’s). Paper presented at the International Self-Directed Learning Symposium 2019 in Cocoa Beach, FL.
  • Willis, D. A. & Donaghy, R. C. (2019, February). Snapshots: Multimedia highlights of the study of self-directed learning at the international self-directed learning symposium. Paper presented at the International Self-Directed Learning 2019 Symposium in Cocoa Beach, FL.
  • Vandergriff, K. L., & Willis, D. A. (2019, October). Mediated learning as contextual facilitation of self-directed learning: A phenomenology study of doctoral graduates. Roundtable presented at American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) 2019 Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Willis, D. A. (2018, June). Performance ethnography using narrative storytelling for social justice. 3rd Annual Preconference for Bullying, Incivility, and Violence in Adult, Higher, Continuing, and Professional Education at the Adult Education Research Conference. Retrieved from https://newprairiepress.org/aerc/event_listing.html