May 30, 2012

Author and Professor Juanita Johnson-Bailey to Deliver 2012 Boyer Lecture

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – May 30, 2012) Renowned author and University of Georgia College of Education Professor Juanita Johnson-Bailey will deliver the 2012 State University of New York Empire State College 2012 Boyer Lecture.

“Re-Centering and De-Centering the Ivory Tower: The Insights and Musings of An Interloper,” is the title of the lecture to be delivered Friday, June 1, 9-10:30 a.m. The lecture will be streamed live on ESC-TV .

“I was delighted Professor Johnson-Bailey agreed to deliver this year’s Boyer Lecture,” said college Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Meg Benke. “The Boyer Lecture highlights the college’s innovative and nontraditional approach to higher education and pays tribute to former SUNY Chancellor and U.S. Commissioner of Education Ernest Boyer. Professor Johnson-Bailey’s scholarship on people traditionally underserved in higher education makes her an outstanding choice for the lecture.”

A professor at the University of Georgia, Johnson-Bailey holds the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, is the director of the Institute for Women’s Studies and a professor of adult education in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy.

Johnson-Bailey specializes in researching race and gender in educational and workplace settings and has made significant contributions to the literature in adult education and women’s studies with more than 100 publications. She is the author of “Sistahs in College: Making a Way Out of No Way” (2001), which received the Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in Continuing Higher Education and the Sadie T. Mossell Alexander Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Black Women’s Studies.

She is a member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, a Houle Scholar and a Lilly Teaching Fellow. She has lectured nationally and internationally and her most recent book is a co-edited text, the “Handbook on Race and Racism in Adult and Higher Education: A Dialogue.” (Sheared, Johnson-Bailey, Colin, Peterson, & Brookfield, 2010).

About the Boyer Lecture

The Boyer Lecture Series was established in 2004 by Kathryn Boyer ‘78 in memory and honor of her late husband, Ernest L. Boyer, chancellor of the SUNY System from 1970 to 1977, who was instrumental in the founding of Empire State College in 1971.

The lecture series also honors Ernest Boyer’s son, Stephen Paul Boyer ’86, now an adjunct mentor at the college’s Center for Distance Learning, grandson Gabriel Boyer ’04 and Kathryn Boyer ‘78.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout her or his college career. Students engage in guided independent study and course work onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace they choose.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

Additional information about the college is available here.




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