Dr. Gwenda Richburg Greene, Benedict College’s 2019 Excellence In Teaching award recipient, has devoted more than 33 years to academia serving in various roles that include educator, administrator, research associate, and grant writer. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy from Union Institute and University (Cincinnati, OH), an MA in teaching English from the University of South Carolina, and a BA in theatre from Columbia College. She has completed other advanced studies at Clemson University and New York University.
English is Dr. Greene’s academic focus. Her scholarship focuses on critical literacy and the development of educational programs that effectuate voice and power through curriculum and instructional practices.
Dr. Greene’s leadership at Benedict College includes First-Year Experience Chair, Assistant Dean, and Honors Program Director. She is especially noted as the founding director of the nationally-acclaimed Service-Learning Program.
Publications authored and edited by Dr. Greene include a chapter in the book “African Disapora Literacy: The Heart of Transformation in K-12 Schools and Teacher Education” (Lexington Books, 2018).
Outside the classroom, Dr. Greene’s extensive international scholarly activities include work in Cameroon, Central West Africa and research with the Association of Caribbean Studies. She also taught English classes in Ruiru, Kenya, East Africa.
As a Fulbright-Hays Scholar, Dr. Greene served three years in Cameroon and Ghana, West Africa. She will lead a team of Benedict College students in research and cultural study in Ghana during summer 2019.