Shirley Walters is Professor of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Western Cape, South Africa, where she has taught since 1985. She is the director of the Traditions of Popular Education project and vice president for Africa on the Executive of the International Council for Adult Education. She was the founding director of the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education and the Division for Lifelong Learning (2000–2014) and served Chair of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) from 2004 –2010. She has served on the South African Ministerial Transformation Oversight Committee for Public Higher Education since 2013. In 2004, she was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. She is an activist-scholar who has been engaged within social justice oriented civil society organizations for over thirty-five years both locally and globally.