Dr. Lisa R. Brown

Dr. Lisa R. BrownBio

Dr. Lisa R. Brown earned her Ph.D. in Adult Education, Learning, and Organization Development from the University of Georgia (UGA). Before joining the University of the Incarnate Word, she was an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology and Education at Columbus State Community College (CSCC) instructing teacher preparation courses. She is an international adult educator and guest professor at the Universidad de Talca in Linares, Maule, Chile where she co-taught a professional development course for in-service teachers in Summer 2020. Before joining CSCC, she was the 2017-2018 Ursuline College Faculty Diversity Fellow, a position supported by a grant from the KeyBank Foundation of Cleveland Ohio. She is a native of Akron, Ohio where she earned both her Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from The University of Akron.

Dr. Brown has a specialization in program evaluation and among her administrative roles, she served as the coordinator of minority admissions and retention programs at the Miami University of Ohio and Director of Intercultural Relations at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) serving as a conference proposal reviewer and presenter. Her community service work has included participation in The White House African American Stakeholders on PPP and COVID-19 Relief Efforts under the Trump Administration. Dr. Brown also served as a long-term substitute and super substitute science teacher in the Columbus City and Akron Public Schools respectively.

Awards and Research Interests

Recently, as part of a team of researchers led by Dr. William Darity at Duke University, they received a $300,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to “Support Research on Reparations for Black American Descendants of Enslaved Persons”. The funding will help highlight her scholarship that focuses on adult education and development, adult digital literacy, civic and community engagement, memetics, reparations for American descendants of U.S. slavery, socioeconomic inequality and Spiral Dynamic Theory.

Dr. Brown also serves as editors for an online volumed quick guide series based on the book From Here to Equality (Darity and Mullen, 2020) that encourages the participation of adult community-based scholars who serve as guest authors to discuss the legacy of slavery in America and how reparations can close the racial wealth chasm in our nation. She is also an entrepreneur serving as the Organization Primary Proprietor (OPP) of Emergent Global Spirals (EGS) Consulting an academic research business.


Darity Jr., W.A., Mullen, A.K., Brown, L.R., & Piemonte, G. (2021, February 16). FHTE Reparationist Quick Guide Volume 1(2). Actify Press. https://actifypress.com/ados-reparationist-quick-guide-volume-1-issue-2/

Brown, L.R., & Darity Jr., W.A. (2020). U.S. Reparations for black American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) [Position Paper] Public Affairs Committee of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE). https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.aaace.org/resource/resmgr/advocacy/positionpapers/brown_l._r.__darity_jr._w._a.pdf

Brown, L. R. (2018). Comparing graduate student civic engagement outcomes among for-profit and public university adult learners in Chile. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 22(4), 81-112.

Brown, L. R. (2016). Spiral dynamic theory an instrument for praxis: Memetic racism and cultural transfer. In V. Stead (Ed). RIP Jim Crow: Fighting Racism through Higher Education Policy, Curriculum, and Cultural Interventions (Equity in Higher Education Theory, Policy, and Praxis Series Volume 6). (pp. 101-115). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Teaching Philosophy

Dr. Lisa R. Brown's Teaching Philosophy Statement (PDF)

Personal Interests

Zumba, biking, motorcycle riding, exercising, gardening, cooking, church and family


Philippians 4:13 (KJV) 13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Contact Information

Lisa R. Brown, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Graduate Studies Department
Programs in Adult Education
(210) 805-3073

Courses Taught

  • College Teaching
  • Adult Learning and Development
  • Effective Teams and Groups
  • Human Growth and Development/Life Span
  • Educational Psychology
  • Designing Qualitative Research
  • Administration of Adult and Continuing Education


Ph.D., Adult Education, Learning, and Organization Development
The University of Georgia (UGA)
Athens, GA

MPA, Master of Public Administration
Specialization Program Evaluation
The University of Akron
Akron, OH

BS, Biology, Minor: Chemistry
Specialization in Microbiology
The University of Akron,
Akron, OH