New Professor and Chair of African American Studies

At the start of each academic year several new Assistant Professors join the College of Social Sciences as junior faculty members. In August 2018 the college will also welcome a senior faculty member, as Theodorea Regina Berry, Ed.D. (National-Louis University, 2002) joins us as Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies. Most recently, Dr. Berry served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director, Graduate Recruitment and Engagement in the Graduate School at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to her appointment to the Graduate School, Dr. Berry served as Director of the African American Studies Program (2014-2016) and the Graduate Advisor of Record for the PhD in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching program (2014-2016).

Upon completion of her degree, Dr. Berry completed a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago awarded by the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Berry, a pioneer scholar on critical race feminism in the context of education, engages in scholarship with a focus on the lived experiences of Black women as pre-service teachers and teacher educators, critical examination of race, ethnicity, and gender for teaching and teacher education, and critical race feminism and curriculum theory. Dr. Berry’s research appears in such journals as the Review of Educational Research; International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education; Journal of Curriculum Theorizing; Race, Ethnicity, and Education; Journal of Educational Foundations; and Urban Review. Dr. Berry has published books and numerous book chapters; she is lead editor and contributing author of From Oppression to Grace: Women of Color and their Dilemmas Within the Academy (Stylus Publishing, 2006) and author of States of Grace: Counterstories of a Black Woman in the Academy (Peter Lang, 2018). She is also co-editor of The Evolving Significance of Race in Education: Living, Learning, and Teaching (with Sherick Hughes, Peter Lang, 2012).

In 2017, Dr. Theodorea Regina Berry was recognized for her outstanding contributions in the field of critical race studies in education as the recipient of the Derrick Bell Legacy Award. Additionally, Dr. Berry was inducted as a member of the Professor of Curriculum Honorary Society.

Dr. Berry currently serves as Factotum, Professor of Curriculum Honorary Society, Vice-President for the Foundation for Curriculum Theory; and Secretary of Division B (Curriculum) for the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She is also founding senior co-editor of the International Journal of Curriculum and Social Justice and Associate Editor of the Journal of Curriculum Theory. She has served as Past President (2013–2014) for the Georgia Educational Research Association (GERA); Past President (2011–2012), Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA); and Past Chair (2009–2012), Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Dr. Berry has been actively engaged in the local community. She has served as a member of the African American Mentoring Initiatives Committee for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of San Antonio. She is also a member of the San Antonio Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the San Antonio Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.

Dr. Berry starts at SJSU on August 1, 2018.