Dr. Joyce E. King

Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair, Dept of Educational Policy Studies
Atlanta, Georgia
United States

Focus Areas

Community & Civic Engagement
Community Based Participatory Research
Higher Education
K-12 Education
Racial Equity & Healing
Racial Equity & Healing
Social Justice
Gender Issues
Religion / Faith / Spirituality
Social Justice
Youth Development
Youth Development

Authored Resources

Nominated for 2014 Matusak Courageous Leadership Award
May 30, 2023


Joyce Elaine King is Professor Education and past provost at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a Ph.D. in the Social Foundations of Education and a B.A. in Sociology (with Honors), both from Stanford University, as well as a certificate from the Harvard Institute for Educational Management. She has also served as Associate Provost at Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Diversity Programs at the University of New Orleans, and she was a tenured full professor of education at both institutions. She was Director of Teacher Education at Santa Clara University for twelve years and also completed an ACE National Fellowship at Stanford University. Currently, while on sabbatical, Dr. King is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Southern Education Foundation where she is assisting with the "Investing in HBCU Leadership" initiative. She is also completing an edited volume to be published by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Facing the New Millennium: A Transformative Research and Action Agenda in Black Education, a scholarly project of the Commission on Research in Black Education that Dr. King chaired (www.coribe.org). Her professional and public service has also included serving on California's Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission, appointed by the State Board of Education. She is a founding member of the national advisory board for Stanford's Hass Center for Public Service; she serves on the board of Our Developing World, a teacher resource center for global education in California and she is an affiliated scholar with the Council on Islamic Education. Presently, Dr. King is also co-directing a Spencer Foundation funded research project that supports an online community of teacher-researchers in six cities in the US and Canada. Dr. King's publications, which have helped to shape the knowledge base in teacher preparation for diversity, culturally-mediated qualitative research, the sociology of race, and Black Studies epistemology, include three books: Black Mothers to Sons; Preparing Teachers for Cultural Diversity and Teaching Diverse Populations. Professors of education, African American Studies, Women's Studies, global and multicultural education as well as leadership and policy studies use her scholarship. As a Group V National Kellogg Fellow, She studied women's grassroots leadership for social change in Mali, Kenya, China and Brazil, in particular.