Dr. Lisa Brown

Dr. Lisa Brown

Assistant Professor Graduate Studies Office Location: GB Suite 142, Room 147 Phone: (210) 805-3073

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.

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

Brown, L. R. (2023). Reparations and adult education: Civic and community engagement for lifelong learners.  In W.A. Darity, L. Hubbard, & K.A. Mullen (Eds.), The Black reparations project: A handbook for racial justice (pp. 147-173). UC Berkeley Press.

Brown, L. R., & Guzman-Foster, S. (2023 in press). Online civic engagement, political agency,  and sustaining communities with informal education: Negotiating Misogynoir. Proceedings of the 2022 annual AAACE international conference on adaptability, flexibility, and sustainability: Adult education in dynamic times.  AAACE. ERIC http\\TBA

Brown, L. R., & Molina, M. (2023 in peer review). Using Twitter spaces to explore reparations for Black American descendants of U.S. Freedmen: Activism, ethnicity, and online informal adult learning. Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal (DSJ), x(x), x–x.

Brown, L. R., McCray, P., Neal, J. L., & Caldwell-Serges, L. (2023). Corporate Digital  Literacy Mandates: Using SDT-Based Strategies to Circumvent “Quiet Quitting” Syndrome. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC), 16(2), pp. 18–36. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijac.v16i2.35747

Brown, L. R., McDowell, E., Darity Jr., W. A., & Mullen, A. K. [Dr. Lisa R. Brown]. (2023, January 29). Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Initial Proposals For Updating OMB’s Race and Ethnicity Statistical Standards: Directive 15 Research Presentation RPC Subcommittee [Video]. https://youtu.be/VQNSbV2RwpM

Brown, L.R., McCray, P. & Neal, J. (2023). Creating affective collaborative adult teams and groups guided by Spiral Dynamic Theory. In D. Guralnick et al. (Eds.), Innovative approaches to technology-enhanced learning for the workplace and higher education, (pp. 81–96). Springer Publishing. https://doi.org /10.1007/978-3-031-21569-8_ 8

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

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 and culminate in a book chapter entitled “Reparations and Adult Education: Civic and Community Engagement for Lifelong Learners.”  The book, The Black Reparations Project A Handbook for Racial Justice, was published by the University of California Press and is currently available for purchase here.  

Dr. Brown currently serves as the co-editor for the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) conference proceedings and is the editor 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 Organizational Primary Proprietor (OPP) of Emergent Global Spirals (EGS) Consulting, an academic research business.

  • College Teaching
  • Adult Learning and Development
  • Effective Teams and Groups
  • Human Growth and Development/Life Span
  • Educational Psychology
  • Designing Qualitative Research
  • Qualitative Program Evaluation: Theory and Practice                   
  • Administration of Adult and Continuing Education
  • History, Philosophy, and Future of Adult Education
  • Adult Education Methods, Strategies, and International Organizations
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