Ellen Scully-Russ

Ellen Scully-Russ
Associate Professor, Human & Organizational Learning
(571) 553-3786

Dr. Scully-Russ is an Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Learning at The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Her scholarship and practice are focused on the role of Adult Education in meeting the individual and the political-economic challenges of the emerging knowledge society. With expertise in qualitative research methods, she has studied the inter-dependencies of work organization and individual learning in traditional as well as emerging occupations.

Dr. Scully-Russ has more than 25 years experience as a workplace learning and workforce development practitioner in a wide range of industries including health care, telecommunications, manufacturing, hospitality, and the public sector. She has worked with dozens union-management partnerships on the firm, regional, and industrial levels to develop policies and programs to meet the dual goals of supporting individual learning and development and improving industry and firm performance. She also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Liberia in the early 1980s.

Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University, B.A., St. Peters College


Pittman, P., & Scully-Russ, E. (2016). Workforce planning and development in times of delivery system transformation. Human Resources for Health, 14(1), 56.

Scully-Russ, E., & Cseh, M. (Eds.), (2015). Green HRD: A social-environmental systems perspective of the role of HRD. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 17(4). (Received the 2015 The Advances in Developing Human Resources Outstanding Issue Award).

Schwandt, D., Scully-Russ, E., & Crowley, K. (Eds.), (2014). Human interactions, processes and contexts: Reflections on the past and envisioning the future. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse. (Received the R. Wayne Pace Book of the Year Award for the outstanding HRD book that advances the theory and/or practice of the profession).

Scully-Russ, E., Lehner, R., & Shuck, B. (Eds.), (2013). A scholar-practitioner case approach: Implications for advancing theory and research. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 15(3), 243-251.

Scully-Russ, E. (2013). The dual promise of green jobs: A qualitative study of federally funded. Energy Training Programmes in the U.S. European Journal of Training and Development, 37(3), 257-272.

Scully-Russ, E., Rose, A., & Glowacki-Duka, M. (Eds.), (2013). Green jobs, the green economy, and adult education. Adult Learning, 24(1).

Scully-Russ, E. (2012). Human resource development and sustainability: Beyond sustainable organizations. Human Resource Development International, 15(4), 399-415.

Scully-Russ, E. (2012). Green jobs and career pathways: An arranged marriage in service to a 21st-Century workforce development system. 2010 Research Paper. Washington, DC: U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

Marshall, D., & Scully-Russ (2010). Joint union-management workforce development model. In D. Finegold & S. Schurman (Eds.), Transforming the US workforce development system: Lessons from practice and research. Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2010 Research Volume (pp. 205-236).


Scully-Russ, E. (2016). The Lifelong Learning Imperative, Invited workshop for Kaiser Permanente Workforce of the Future Network, Universal City, CA.

Scully-Russ, E. (2016). Exploring Program Design Principles for Healthcare Career Pipeline Programs for Underserved Youth. Invited panelists, GW Health Workforce Speakers Series, Washington, DC.

Scully-Russ, E. (2016). The Role of Adult Education in Building Opportunity Structures in High Inequality Societies. Invited speaker, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, National Committee, Washington, DC.

Scully-Russ, E. (2016). Workforce Development by Alternative Means, Invited workshop for the Equitable Food Initiative’s Trainer’s Network, Washington, DC.

Scully-Russ, E. (2015). Research, voice and policy. Invited discussant on a panel on role of adult educators in US workforce development policy, Commission of Professors of Adult Education, Oklahoma City, OK.

Scully-Russ, E. (2015). An Invitational Opportunity to Deepen Understanding of Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) and Learning-Network Theory (LNT) in Relationship to the Role of Reflection in- and on- Experience in Workplace Learning. Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC.

Scully-Russ, E. (2015). Labor Management Training Funds for the Healthcare Industry. Invited respondent, Healthcare Career Advancement Program, Management and Labor Convening on Building a Skilled Workforce for Quality Healthcare, Arlington, VA.

Scully-Russ, E. (2014). Taking the next step with PIAAC: A research-to-action conference. Invited respondent, American Institute for Research, Washington, DC.

Scully-Russ, E. (2014). How OECD’s adult skills survey can help shape workforce investment boards’ strategy and programs. Invited moderator, National Association of Workforce Boards Forum, Washington, DC.

Scully-Russ, E. (2011). Rise of Illich’s convivial society through new media commons. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Scully-Russ, E. (2010). New media as a new medium: Work and learning in an emerging postindustrial occupation. Paper presented at Academy of Human Resource Development, Knoxville, TN (pp 2312-3240).

In the News

Dr. Ellen Scully-Russ contributed a chapter entitled "Adult education for employment in the global economy" in International Compendium of Adult and Continuing Education.

Dr. Ellen Scully-Russ, along with Dr. Victoria J. Marsick, Dr. Karen E. Watkins, and Dr. Aliki Nicolaides, had an invited article published in the initial issue of a new publication in the field of adult education, Journal of Adult Learning, Knowledge, and Innovation. The article is entitled Rethinking informal and incidental learning in terms of complexity and social context. Dr. Scully-Russ also participated in an American Institute of Research (AIR) invited workshop on using the PIAAC database for interdisciplinary research in Chicago.

Faculty, alumni, and students represented GSEHD at the 2017 Academy for Human Resource Development International Research Conference in San Antonio, TX. Faculty members attended journal editorial board meetings and gave presentations. Dr. Hyung Joon Yoon presented Psychometric Properties of the Hope-centered Career Inventory: An Update after Six Years of Administration. Dr. Maria Cseh presented What's in a Name? Deconstructing the Meaning of Cultural Intelligence, Global Mindset, Intercultural Competence and Related Terms/Constructs. Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker presented Promoting Your Individual Research via Social Media. Special honors went to Dr. Ellen Scully-Russ and recent alumnus William A. Kurtz for being the Second Runner-Up for Esworthy Malcolm S. Knolwes Dissertation of the Year Award.

Dr. Ellen Scully-Russ organized and facilitated a session for the GW Health Workforce Institute's Speakers Series on Exploring Program Design Principles for Healthcare Career Pipeline Programs for Underserved Youth. The panel featured three recent GSEHD studies on issues related to youth life trajectories and career transition processes and programs. The panelists included Dr. Rebecca Thessin, who presented results from a recent evaluation study of a high school healthcare career academy; GSEHD alumnus Dr. Armando Justo [Human and Organizational Learning/Executive Leadership program (HOL/ELP)], who presented his study of the everyday life experiences of at-risk youth in Mexico City; and GSEHD alumna Dr. Karen Nestor, (HOL/ELP) who presented the results of two studies investigating the life circumstances and trajectories of first generation college students from underserved urban communities.