Dr. Althea Webb

Associate Professor of Education Studies;
Chair of Academic Division VI

Contact Information

Knapp Hall, 103C
CPO 2195
Email: webba@berea.edu
Phone: 859-985-3111

Spring 2019

Office Hours

Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-10:00 am;

Monday/Wednesday 9:00 am-noon;

and other times by appointment.

Class Schedule

  • EDS 150 C (Tue/Thur: 10:00 am – 11:50 am)


  • 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.

Special Interests

  • History of education in Kentucky
  • African American women in Kentucky history


  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Kentucky Historical Society Foundation
  • Phi Delta Kappa International
  • Kentucky Education Association
  • National Association of Multicultural Educators
  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education

Papers and Publications

  • “A Community of Teachers,” Bobby Starnes, Jon Saderholm, and Althea Webb. Phi Delta Kappan 92(2), 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
  • “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
  • “Preparing Teachers to Teach in a Diverse World,” A Winning Education: Challenging Racism with Community Alliances, invited panelist Jacqueline Burnside, Kennaria Brown, Althea Webb, Donald Smith, Loretto Motherhouse, Nerinx, Kentucky, July 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
  • “How Do I Relate to People of a Different Socio-economic Class and Race?” and “Rural Issues of Race and Socio-economics,” invited presenter for the Shepherd Poverty Alliance Opening Conference, Berea College, June 2009
  • “‘Not True Friends To Their Own Race’: White YWCA Women’s Take On African American Women’s Approach to Social Reform,” (March 2009). Paper presented at the Association for African American Historical Research and Preservation, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington.
  • “Getting off the Diversity Tour: Creating opportunities for student self-awareness,”(March 2009). Paper presented at the Equity and Social Justice in Education Conference, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, New Jersey.
  • “Puzzled and Perplexed: Using Oral History to Teach Research to First Year Students,” (October 2008). Paper presented at the Appalachian College Association Summit, Abington, Virginia.
  • “The Interracial Work of the Young Women’s Christian Association in Kentucky,” (October 2008). Paper presented at the Ohio Valley History Conference, Austin Peay University, Clarksville, Tennessee.