Toward a Paradigm Shift in Education, Research and Teaching: Morally Engaged Scholarship for Human Freedom


Dr. Joyce E. King
Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Georgia State University

Monday, November 11
4:00-5:30pm
Bavaro Hall's Holloway Hall
Reception to Follow

Drawing on her activist scholarship and teaching in various education and policy contexts, in this presentation Dr. Joyce E. King will illustrate a needed epistemological paradigm shift in education research, theory and practice that can rock the world’s anti-black foundations. Grounded in the Black Intellectual Tradition, which is most often missing in our education today, this paradigm affirms the power in Blackness for racial-social justice and human freedom and embraces the future as a task and our moral responsibility: re-writing school knowledge is needed to undo racism in textbooks, teacher preparation, and research training.

Joyce E. King (Ph.D., Sociology of Education, BA Sociology, Stanford University) holds the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Georgia State University (GSU) in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. She holds affiliated faculty status in the Department of African American Studies, the Women’s and Gender Studies Institute, the Partnership for Urban Health Research and the Urban Studies Institute. Her publications in the Harvard Educational Review, the Journal of Negro Education, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, the Journal of African American History focus on a transformative role for culture in curriculum, urban teacher effectiveness, morally engaged, community-mediated inquiry and Black education research and policy. Her most recent book is Heritage Knowledge in the Curriculum: Retrieving an African Episteme (with E. Swartz). Dr. King is past president of the American Educational Research Association, President of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (FoodFirst.org), a member of the National African American Reparations Commission and a recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Alumni Excellence Award (2018). She has served as Provost at Spelman College, Associate Provost at Medgar Evers College, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Diversity Programs at the University of New Orleans and Director of Teacher Education at Santa Clara University. A recent essay, “To Create a More Perfect Union, We the People Need Reparations to Heal Our Wounded Souls,” is published on the American Civil Liberties Union website.