Associate Professor of Education Studies;
Chair of Academic Division VI
Knapp Hall, 103C
Mon/Wed: 9 a.m. – noon
Other times by appointment
- EDS 227 A (Tue/Thur: 8 – 11:30 a.m.)
- Ph.D. in Education, University of Kentucky, 2008
- Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky, 2003
- MSSW, University of Louisville, 1990
- B.A. in Sociology, Brescia College, 1987
I grew up in Western Kentucky never really knowing the beauty of Eastern Kentucky, until I moved to Berea. My seventh-grade teacher first mentioned Berea to me as she encouraged me to attend college. I tucked that bit of information away, but I stayed in Western Kentucky. I moved to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky in 2000, and I decided to stay in the region. Although I had been a social worker for many years, as I completed my doctoral work in education, I came to better understand the influence classroom teachers have in the lives of children.
I view my work in helping to prepare teachers as an extension of my work on behalf of children. It has been forty years, since Miss Hines told me about Berea College. Never underestimate the power of a teacher to influence a child.
- Kentucky Historical Society, since 2016
- American Association of University Women (AAUW), College Representative since 2013
- Appalachian Studies Association (ASA), since 2010
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, since 2010
- Association of Independent Liberal Arts College for Teacher Education (AILACTE), since 2010
- American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), since 2009
- National Association of Multicultural Educators (NAME), since 2008
- Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education, since 2005
Recent Publications and Conference Presentations
- “Appalachian By Proxy,” reprinted as a chapter in J. Landsman, R. Salcedo & P. Gorski (Eds.), Voices for Diversity and Social Justice: A Literary Education Anthology. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015.
- “Lyman T. Johnson” invited to write for the African American National Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. Published by the Oxford University Press and Harvard University’s W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, May 17, 2014.
- “Color Me Appalachian,” The Chronicle Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 7, 2011.
- “A Community of Teachers,” Bobby Starnes, Jon Saderholm, and Althea Webb. Phi Delta Kappan, 92(2), 2010.
- “African Americans in Appalachia,” invited to write for Focus On, Oxford University Press website, went live on March 1, 2013.
- Interviewed by Peter Slavin, “In Appalachia, a Road Trip for Faculty Makes a Difference,” The Atlantic (electronic version), May 21, 2013.
- “Improving the World at Home and Abroad: Fighting Words and Oblique Conversations about Rape, Race & Religion in the U.S.,” panelists Tracey Weis, Althea Webb, and Lindsay M. Roschel. Panel Moderator, Nancy N. Robertson, Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities, Hofstra University, New York, June 1-4, 2017.
- “Color Me Appalachian: Teaching Beyond the Straight, White, Christian Stereotypes,” panelists Althea Webb, Jacob A. Anderson, and Molefi D. Hopkin-Peters, National Association of Multicultural Educators Conference, Tucson, Arizona, November 2014.
- “Color Me Appalachian: Teaching Diverse Students About Appalachia,” panelists Meta Mendel-Reyes, Althea Webb, Jacob A. Anderson, and Molefi D. Hopkin-Peters, Appalachian Studies Conference, Huntington, West Virginia, March 2014.
- “Map to Success-Parent Partnership Event,” The Promise Neighborhood Initiative, Berea College, Kentucky, October 26, 2013.
- “Mental Health and Well-being: A Conversation to Strengthen our Families,” The Baptist Women’s Education Convention, Auxiliary of the General Association of Baptist in Kentucky, Richmond, Kentucky, April 2013.
- “Culturally Responsive Teaching in Appalachia,” Teach for America Appalachia, Corbin, Kentucky, June 8, 2012.
- “Developing Our Core: Programs and Tools for Training Our Service- Learning Constituents,” panelists, Jessica Brown, Ashley Cochrane, Meta Mendel-Reyes, Althea Webb, and June Widman, Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in Higher Education, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, March 2012.
- “Connecting the Theoretical and the Practical in Multicultural Education,” Appalachian College Association Summit XIV, Celebrating Success Across Appalachia: Pursuing Knowledge In The 21st Century, Asheville, North Carolina, October 2011.
- “Preparing Teachers to Teach in a Diverse World,” A Winning Education: Challenging Racism with Community Alliances, panelists Jacqueline Burnside, Kennaria Brown, Althea Webb, Donald Smith, Kentucky School Board Association Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, February 2011.
- “Called to Teach: Multiculturally Responsive Teaching at Christian Colleges,” panelists Alison Jackson Tabor, Georgetown College and Althea Webb, National Association of Multicultural Educators Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 2010.
- “Reflecting on Dispositions: Berea College’s Identification, Implementation, and Assessment of Teacher Dispositions,” Dispositions: A Decade of Progress? Symposium, Northern Kentucky, Newport, Kentucky, November 2010.
- “Connection and Reconnection: Berea College’s Appalachian Seminar and Tour,” panelists Jacqueline J. Greene, Althea Webb, and Chad Berry, Appalachian Studies Conference, Dahlonega, Georgia, March 2010.