Kathy Peno

  • Professor
  • Adult Education
  • Phone: 401.523.1477
  • Email: kgugs@uri.edu


Kathy Peno, Ph.D., is Professor of Adult Education at the University of Rhode Island. She prepares professional adult educators who teach in adult literacy, the military, higher education, corporations, and the health care fields. Her scholarship focuses on professional learning and skill development from novice to expert, with a focus on mentoring, in particular.

She has written, consulted and presented extensively on workforce development, professional development and mentoring as a vehicle for continuous performance improvement in organizations. A former treasurer and Board member of AAACE and past president of the Adult Higher Education Alliance (AHEA) she now serves as Secretary of AHEA. She holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development from the University of Connecticut.


Professional learning and skill development with a focus on the use of mentoring as a tool for continuous performance improvement and skill development from novice through expert performance.


  • Ph.D., Educational Studies, University of Connecticut, 2000
  • M.A., Adult and Human Resource Development, University of Connecticut, 1996
  • B.S., Career and Technical Education, Rhode Island College, 1993

Selected Publications

Silvia, R. & Peno, K. (2022). Comparison of competency and entrustability in ongoing adult skill development: How do they meet? Proceedings of the Adult Higher Education Alliance International Conference.

Peno, K. (2021). Developing online teaching skills: A self-directed approach. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1002/ace.20418

Seitsinger, A. M., Fogelman, J. Peno, K. & de Groot. C. (2019). Addressing Beginning STEM Teachers’ Needs to Teach in High-Need School Districts. In Next Generation Digital Tools and Applications for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, XX Grassetti (Ed.). IGI Global.

Carter, T. J., Boden, & Peno, K. (2019). The Role of Transformative Learning in the Development of a Resilient Professional Identity. In. T. Carter, C. Boden, & K. Peno (Eds.), Transformative learning in healthcare and helping professions education: Building resilient professional identities (pp. 1-27). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

White Ellis, C. & Peno, K. (2017). How Businesses Can Cultivate Engaged, Committed Employees. The Collaborative. Retrieved from http://www.collaborativeri.org/research/how-businesses-can-cultivate-engaged-committed-employees

Silva Mangiante, E. & Peno, K. (2016). Clinical educators’ implementation of a mentoring model: Coaching elementary pre-service teachers for reform-based science. In K. Peno, E. Silva Mangiante, and R. Kenahan (Eds.), Mentoring in Formal and Informal Contexts. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.

Peno, K., Silva Mangiante, E., & Kenahan, R. (2014). Training medical faculty to use adult learning principles and mentoring in clinical teaching. In J. Holtz, S. Springer, and C. J. Boden-McGill (eds.), Building Sustainable Futures for Adult Learners, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Peno, K. & Silva Mangiante, E. (October, 2013). Rear View Mirror: A Retrospective by Retired Teachers on Learning to Teach from Novice to Expert. In C. J. Boden and K. P. King (Eds.), Developing and Sustaining Adult Learners, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Peno, K. & Silva Mangiante, E. (2012). The Journey from Novice to Expert: Toward a Purposeful On-going Mentoring Model. In C. J. Boden and K. P. King (Eds.), Conversations about Adult Learning in a Complex World. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

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