Kelisha B. Graves, Ed.D.

Retention Coordinator / Instructor, University College | Fayetteville State University

Dr. Graves believes in unconventional learning journeys that lead to deeply valuable outcomes. She is dedicated to developing models of transformative learning that trigger intrinsic motivation and self-leading in learners. She is committed to maximizing opportunities for under-served students and utilizes culturally-responsive pedagogies that lead to learner-empowerment. She believes in breaking ordinary learning dimensions by reimagining what students and teachers can achieve together. As an educational design-thinker, she creates learning experiences that challenge students to self-lead, generate big ideas, think through challenges, communicate for impact, manage complexity, pivot quickly, and act ethically. A self-described educational futurist, she is curious to discover “the best next practices” that will lend to the development of future-proof students who are ready to be drivers of change and prepared to capture emerging opportunities.

Dr. Graves is an interdisciplinary and global scholar whose interests and competencies reside at the nexus of education and the global Africana experience. These include: educational leadership and administration, teaching and learning, culturally responsive pedagogy and assessment, curriculum planning and development, educational technology, socio-cultural knowledges, critical race theory, Africana philosophy, and African American intellectual history. She also maintains interests in global education policy and international development, specifically in Africa.

Her recently published book entitled, Nannie Helen Burroughs: A Documentary Portrait of an Early Civil Rights Pioneer, 1900-1959 was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in May 2019.

She has authored/co-authored works in the fields of education, African American history, and philosophy. She is active in local and national organizations and serves on editorial and advisory boards. She has also peer-reviewed for the British Journal for the History of Philosophy. 

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