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B. Allan Quigley

brief bio of Allan


Ed.D., Northern Illinois University, 1987
Adjunct Professor

Recently retired and now an Adult Education consultant, Allan Quigley was Professor of Adult Education in the Department of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada for fourteen years; prior to joining StFX, Allan was Associate Professor at Penn State University from 1987 to 1997. Before that, he was a senior public servant with the government of Saskatchewan, Canada and one of the founders of Saskatchewan’s community college system.

For almost 40 years, his primary interest has been adult literacy. In April 2011, he is to be recognized for his contributions to the field of adult education by being inducted into the Adult and Continuing Education International Hall of Fame. Through the years, Allan was awarded the Cyril O. Houle Award for his book, Rethinking Literacy Education and his most recent book is Building Professional Pride in Literacy. He was awarded the Kenneth J. Mattran Award for Leadership by the Commission on Adult Basic Education; the Award for Academic Excellence from Penn State University, was selected by the Canadian Education Association as one of Canada’s Leading Literacy Researchers and, in 2008, was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Campion University College at the University of Regina. Besides over 150 publications, he has conducted literacy research for the Governments of Canada, the USA and New Zealand. He was invited to conduct a speaking tour of Australia in 2004 and, following Hurricane Katrina, participated with the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy to help rebuild New Orleans through adult literacy. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the GED Testing Service located in Washington, D.C.