Beverly Benner Cassara Vita

The Adult Education History Project

Based on Information in the Syracuse University Library Archives

Translated for the WWW by Roger Hiemstra








Beverly Benner Cassara.

[Beverly Benner; Beverly Cassara; Mrs. Ernest Cassara]



Edited by Roger Hiemstra from data gathered by Annamary Zappia Allen, ATE 611 student, Fall, 1990, and by compilers for published resource guides.



Some information may be found in the Adult Education Association [AEA-USA] and Commission of Professors of Adult Education [CPAE] collections at Syracuse University, Arents Library.


Born in Hanover, MA, daughter of the Reverend Guy Percy Benner and Julia Caroline Whitney Benner.  Married Ernest Cassara, 1949-02_-07.  Children:  Shirley Cassara, Catherine Cassara, Nicholas Ernest Cassara.  On the adjunct faculty in Education at the University of Southern  Maine.  Named as "Woman of Achievement" by WETA, Washington, DC, 1978.  Citation for outstanding service to adult education by the District of Columbia Public Schools, 1976.  Recognition Award, Vermont Council for the Social Sciences, 1968.  President's Merit Award, Adult Education Association of the USA [AEA-USA], 1978.  Directed adult education students who worked in the Jubilee Housing Project on Columbia Road.  Directed a similar project at the Montana Terrace Housing Project, Washington, DC. Has directed several international adult education conferences.  Recently retired and living in Bethel, Maine.








WHO'S WHO OF AMERICAN WOMEN, 1975_76; Personal Vita of Beverly Cassara.





1944-1947--A.B., Colby College, MN.


1962-63--Visiting Scholar, Cambridge University, England.

1970--Ed.D., Boston University, Boston, MA.


1947-48--News Editor and Broadcaster, WBET Radio Station, Brockton, MA.

1951-54--Teacher, Public Schools in Hanson and Abington, MA.

1961-62--Teacher, Bartlett School, Arlington, MA

1963-64--Director of Personnel and Counselor to Students, Albert Schweitzer College, Churwalden (GR), Switzerland.

1966-70--Director of Adult Educaton, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT.

1970-90--Professor of Adult Education, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC.

1971--Instructor, Fairfax County Adult Education Program, Fairfax, VA.

1971-72--Instructor, Northern Virginia Community College, Fairfax, VA.

1971-72--Instructor, University of Virginia Center for Continuing Education, Falls Church, VA.

1972-76--Acting Director, Institute for Continuing Education for Women, Federal City College, Washington, DC.

1973-85--Dean, Graduate Studies, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC.

1974-79--Adjunct Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.


Adult education.


International adult education.

Women as adult learners.


Angela Cass.


Adult Education Association of Metropolitan Washington.

Adult Education Association of the United States [AEA_USA].

Adult Education Association of Virginia.

Adult Education Peace Network.

American Association of Adult and Continuing Education[AAACE].

American Association of Higher Education [AAHE].

American Society for Training and Development [ASTD].

Coalition of Adult Education Organizations [CAEO].

Commission of Professors of Adult Education [CPAE].

Committee on Illiteracy, National Program of the United Way.

Committee on Issues and Planning of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.

Conference of Deans of Black Graduate Schools.

Council for the Advancement of Experiential Learning [CAEL].

Council of Graduate Schools of USA.

Fulbright Alumni Association.

Graduate Record Examination Board.

Higher Education Group of Washington, DC.

International Associates in Adult Education.

International Congress of University Adult Education [ICUAE].

International League for Social Commitment in Adult Education.

National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.

National Association of Black Adult Educators.

National Science Foundation Forum.

Planning Committee of the United States Council of Commission on the Status of Women.

Society for International Development/Women in Development.

Southeast Fairfax (Virginia) Civic Association (Membership Chair, 1976-77; President, 1973-74).

State Advisory Council on Adult Education.

Vermont Governor's Commission on the Status of Women (Chair, 1969-70).

Washington Women's Forum.

Women's Equity Action League. 


Cofounder and President, Washington Women's Forum, 1978_87.


University of the District of Columbia (formerly Federal City College), Washington, DC.


Numerous articles, monographs, books, and book chapters.  Some of her most important works are as follows: 


Cassara, Beverly, B. (Ed.).  AMERICAN WOMEN:  THE CHANGING IMAGE.  Boston:  Beacon Press, 1962.


Cassara, Beverly, B. (Ed.).  ADULT EDUCATION IN A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY.  London: Routledge, 1990.


Cassara, Beverly, B.  The lifelong learning act--an assessment.  CONVERGENCE 12 (1979).






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