Adult and Higher Education

Gail Senese


Office Location

400 Bailey Hall


(207) 865-1542

Academic Degrees

  • Bachelors in Recreation Management from Brigham Young University
  • Masters in Adult and Higher Education from USM
  • PhD in Adult and Postsecondary Education from University of Wyoming


A graduate of the USM adult education master's program, Gail has invested over 25 years as a practitioner and administrator in the field of adult and community education. Besides her work in public school adult education, Gail spent 7 years in the continuing education department of Weber State University (Ogden, UT) as a program developer. While there, she put to use her interest in gerontological education administering an Academy for Lifelong Learning as well as an Elderhostel program. Gail also taught student success courses for traditional students as well as adapting the curriculum to meet the needs of adult learners.


Since 2010, Gail has worked at the Maine Department of Education as the State Director of Adult Education and Family Literacy. This has provided her with the opportunity to gain statewide and national perspectives on adult education; including the impacts of federal and state legislation, national best practices, and policy development. She has also enjoyed the privilege of teaching in the USM graduate program for over 10 years.


In addition to a busy professional career, Gail is active in her church, looks forward to spending time with her children and grandchildren, spoils the family dogs, and continues her childhood passion of horseback riding. She is also developing her "carpenter's helper" skills as she tries to help her husband with seemingly endless remodeling projects on their old house.


Gail has a bachelor's degree in recreation management from Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) and earned her Ph.D. in adult and postsecondary education from the University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY).