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Annalisa L. Raymer

Kennedy Hall, 3rd Floor
607.255. 4673

Dr. Annalisa L. Raymer a lecturer in Adult, Community and Leadership Learning.  She is also the interdisciplinary director of Cornell’s adult education program, the Community Learning + Service Partnership, CLASP.

Her teaching and inquiry praxis focuses on effective democratic practices and processes to facilitate social learning, team intelligence and public-minded, purposeful leadership.

Teaching Focus

I draw upon principles of adult learning (andragogy) to create conditions for dynamic learning.  Students are valued as co-educators in interactive seminars grounded in participatory and community-engaged approaches.  These courses reflect an ethic of learning for public, civic and shared benefit, as well as for individual development.  Students have the opportunity to both experience adult learning themselves and to apply their study of andragogy by serving as educational mentors in intergenerational Learning Partnerships with Cornell employees working toward self-selected educational goals.

Courses include:

EDUC 2200 Introduction to Adult Learning

This experiential and community-engaged course is for anyone interested in planning and facilitating adult, community and lifelong learning.  As inquirers ourselves, we not only study principles, theories and methods, we also put into practice what we learn. One of the ways we do this is by incorporating adult learning approaches within the seminar’s design and educational practice (andragogy, rather than pedagogy). Another way we apply what we study is by mentoring adult learners.

EDUC 2210 - Methods and Contexts of Adult Learning: Leading and Teaching with Purpose

Learning is ubiquitous! Whether planning and facilitating a workshop, designing and teaching a course, or preparing and conducting training, nearly all of us are leaders of learning at one time or another.  Good learning experiences begin with good design, and instructional design process is central to this course.  We plan and facilitate workshops for groups and one-on-one lessons with individuals.  We also look back at the social justice roots of adult and community learning and uncover recent and emerging trends today.

EDUC 4940—Special Topics


Film is renown as a powerful medium, and movies conveying poignant narratives of education and social change are many.  In this one-credit course we screen a choice selection of meaningful films and discuss heady topics such as: the dynamics of leadership and learning; activism as education; and how do we discern justice?

Coming Spring 2017: Introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Do you picture yourself teaching English, either abroad or in multilingual settings anywhere?  Whether in formal classrooms, development programs or entrepreneurial initiatives, opportunities for English language teaching abound.  Sure you could just jump in without preparation—but wouldn’t it be better to learn teaching approaches and gain some experience first? Look for this course coming in Spring 2017.

EDUC 4970 - Individual Study in Education, and EDUC 4990 - Undergraduate Research

Want to continue?  If you’ve already taken EDUC 2200 or EDUC 2210, you can request individual study of variable credit hours depending on your interest.  Some students want to continue mentoring an adult learner; others are interested in preparing a teaching portfolio or undertaking research projects in particular areas. 

EDUC 4980 - Undergraduate Teaching

Interested and motivated students who have taken EDUC 2200 or EDUC 2210 are eligible to apply to serve as teaching assistants for these courses.

Research Foci

Current inquiries include: 1) ongoing interest in integrating theory of change with curriculum design;  and 2), an exploration of change and continuity in the field of adult, informal and professional education with particular attention to relative commitment to social justice as an animating motivation.

Previous investigations in: scholarship of teaching and learning, civic leadership, theory construction in emergent research, context-sensitive data for decision-making and democratic placemaking.

Consultation & Collaboration Foci

Dr. Raymer consults and collaborates in areas of education, rural policy, evaluation, organizational and community change processes, place-based decision making and civic capacity building.

Selected Publications & Proceedings

  • Raymer, A. and P. Horrigan (2015). Using Theory of Change for Democratic Purpose in a Community-Based Design Studio. In Lin, P.L., Wiegand, M. R. & Smith­Tolken, A. R., Eds. Service-Learning across the Globe: From Local to Transnational. Indianapolis:  University of Indianapolis Press.
  • Raymer, A. (2013). The wide reach of climate change: Inupiats of Kivalina, Alaska, fight energy giants in Appalachia. Now & Then: Global Appalachia, Vol. 28, No. 2.
  • Raymer, A. (2010). Review of Chad Montrie' s "Making a Living: Work and Environment in the United States. "Journal of Appalachian Studies. Vol. 16, No. 1 & 2, pp. 223-225.
  • Raymer, A. (2009). Big returns for a little more investment: mapping theory in emergent research. Action Research Journal, Special theme issue on theory in action research, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 49-68.
  • Raymer, A. (2004). Striving for clarity within non-linearity: research logic and participatory inquiry. Proceedings of the 2003 International E.F.K. Evaluation Conference. Albany, NY: University at Albany, State University of New York Evaluation Consortium.
  • Raymer, A. (2001) Get your kicks: review of Your Money or Your Life, Dominguez and Robin, 2nd edition.  Friendly Woman, Vol. 14, No. 5, p. 23.
  • Lyson, T. and A. Raymer (2000). Stalking the wily multinational: power and control in the U.S. food system. Agriculture and Human Values, Vol. 17, pp. 199-208.