Sara M. Flowers

Sara Flowers
Title Director TRIO Programs & Adjunct Professor of Education
Telephone (207) 621-3235
Address

Jewett Hall
UMA Augusta Campus

Bio

Bio

Dr. Flowers received her TEFL certificate and completed student teaching in Prague, Czech Republic; taught in Istanbul, Turkey; and taught for a Russian school in Anjalankoski, Finland. As a young adult, Sara participated in an excursion with Voyager Outward Bound in Ely, Minnesota where she mushed and camped for 8 days in the Boundary Waters region in -20° February. The experience of leaving her comfort zone inspired Sara to take on other adventures such as summiting Kilimanjaro in an 8-day hike in 2015 and hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu for 4 days in 2017. Sara’s research focus is 

  • youth development, 
  • experiential education, 
  • American gap year programming, 
  • Nordic folkehøjskole
  • college transitions, and 
  • post-secondary first-year initiatives. 

Her research involves young people who are preparing for—or are in the transition of—leaving high school and entering college. She uses the term ephebagogy meaning to lead the ephebus or budding citizen. This is a person between 18 and 25. Her research interests are defining the methods and features of ephebagogical teaching and learning. She studies the topics of educational experiences for learners that are utdannelse (academic) and dannelse (personal development).

 

Education

A.A. Central Maine Technical College 2003

B.A. University of Southern Maine 2005

M.S. University of Southern Maine 2012

C.A.S. University of Southern Maine 2013

Ph.D. Lesley University 2015

C.G.S. University of Southern Maine 2018

 

Scholarly Publications

Flowers, S.M.F. (2018), A higher education response to rampage violence. Journal of Higher Education Management, 33(2), pp 38-46 Retrieved from http://www.aaua.org/journals/pdfs/JHEM_2018_33-2.pdf.

Flowers, S.M. (2016). Folkehøjskole: A Scandinavian model can help our students succeed in college. New England Journal of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://www.nebhe.org/thejournal/folkehojskole-a-scandinavian-model-can-help-our-students-succeed-in-college/. 

Flowers, S.M. (2015). Development in the gap: A case study of the emerging adult in structured gap programs (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (Accession Number: 10170538).

Flowers, S.M. (2014). A philosophy for teaching and learning in emerging adulthood. Johns Hopkins University New Horizons for Learning Journal, 11(1). Retrieved from http://jhepp.library.jhu.edu/ojs/index.php/newhorizons/article/view/343. 

 

Conference Presentations

Flowers, S.M.F. (2019, April). A higher education response to rampage violence. Paper presented at University of Southern Maine Thinking Matters Symposium: Portland, ME.

Flowers, S.M.F. (2019, April). Folkehøjskole, gap year, and first-year experience: Leading for social movements. Paper presented at University of Southern Maine Thinking Matters Symposium: Portland, ME.

Flowers, S.M.F. (2018, November) Leading the budding citizen and emerging adult in experiential education. Presented at the 2018 Association for Experiential Education & Gap Year Association Joint International Conference: Orlando, FL.

Flowers, S.M.F. (2018, November) The Gap Year Association higher education admissions policies project. Presented at the 2018 Association for Experiential Education & Gap Year Association Joint International Conference: Orlando, FL.

Flowers, S.M.F. (2018, April). Ephebagogy: Leading the budding citizen and emerging adult. Presented at the New England Educational Opportunity Association 42nd Annual Conference: Stowe, VT.

Flowers, S.M.F. (2017, June) Do parents have a role in the institution’s ephebagogical practices? Presented at American Association of University Administrators 2017 Leadership Seminar; New Orleans, LA.

Flowers, S.M.F. (2017, January). Scandinavian folkehøjskole and American gap year: What a year off does for college readiness. Presented at the Maine Educational Opportunity Association 34th Annual Conference, Orono, ME.

Flowers, S.M. (2016, March). Development in the gap: A case study on the emerging adult in structured gap programs. Presented at Harvard University Graduate School of Education 21st Annual Student Research Conference, Cambridge, MA.

Flowers, S.M. (2015, March). Scandinavian folkehøjskole & American gap year: Cultivating the emerging adult. Presented at Harvard University Graduate School of Education 20th Annual Student Research Conference, Cambridge, MA. 

 

Periodical Publications

Fawcett, S.M. (2017, September 1). Ministry and the literacy of being human. UUWorld, pp 23-24. Retrieved from http://www.uuworld.org/articles/ministry-and-literacy-being-human

Flowers, S.M. (2016, Mar 27). Graduation brings a time for decisions. Lewiston Sun Journal, p C9. Retrieved from http://www.sunjournal.com/news/columns-analysis/2016/03/27/graduation-brings-time-decisions/1893709.

Flowers, S.M. (2013, Jun 3). Give students a chance–Provide solid verification of a person’s contributions. Lewiston Sun Journal, p A6. Retrieved from http://www2.sunjournal.com/pdfs/2013/06/03/A06SJD-060313_1.pdf. 

Flowers. S.M. (2003, May 17). Learning to teach is a constant lesson. Lewiston Sun Journal, p C9. Retrieved from https://www.sunjournal.com/2003/05/17/learning-teach-constant-lesson/