UGA professor Juanita Johnson-Bailey named to International Adult Education Hall of Fame

UGA professor Juanita Johnson-Bailey named to International Adult Education Hall of Fame

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia education professor and interim director of the Institute of Women’s Studies Juanita Johnson-Bailey has been named to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame’s Class of 2009.

Johnson-Bailey, a professor of adult education in the College of Education’s department of lifelong education, administration, and policy, is widely known for her scholarship related to race, gender and power in adult and continuing education, particularly in the context of higher education.

In examining these issues from the perspectives of the teacher and learner, and then looking more broadly at classroom issues, the curriculum, and learner/teacher dynamics, Johnson-Bailey’s research explores the continuum of how power and privilege affect the culture of the educational process. Her work has provided a comprehensive retrospective of race and ethnicity for U.S. and international audiences alike.

She has two books, Sistahs in College: Making a Way Out of No Way (2001) and Flat-Footed Truths: Telling Black Women’s Lives (1998), co-edited with Patricia Bell-Scott.Her new book, The Handbook of Race and Adult Education, which she co-edited with Stephen Brookfield, will be released in January, 2010. She has published articles in more than 75 publications in adult education and made 73 conference presentations. Her research is used widely in adult education classes.

She has held leadership positions with both the Adult Education Research Conference and the Commission of Professors.She chaired the African Diaspora Pre-Conference of the AERA from 1997-2008, assuming leadership in the conference’s second year and subsequently shaping the conference into an integral dimension of the AERC.

Johnson-Bailey helped cultivate the local conversation about race and gender in higher education when she and faculty colleague Bettye Smith established UGA’s first Black Issues in Higher Education Conference in 2006.

In 1999, she developed UGA’s first study abroad course in Southern Africa and has co-led eight of them, taking her students to the University of the Western Cape, the University of South Africa at Pretoria, University of Witswatersrand and the University of Botswana.

Johnson-Bailey has received many honors during her career including the inaugural Graduate School Outstanding Mentoring Award, and the Frandson Award for Outstanding Literature from the University Continuing Education Association for “Best Book of the Year.” She was inducted into the UGA Teaching Academy in 2006.

Johnson-Bailey earned her Ed.D. and M.Ed. in adult education and graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from UGA. She received her B.A. in speech communications from Mercer University.

She will be inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame at the Association for Continuing Higher Education’s annual national conference on Nov. 17 in Philadelphia, Pa.