story by Claire Miller
Georgia State University’s Office of the Provost has recognized two College of Education & Human Development faculty members for their achievement and excellence.
The Distinguished University Professor designation is given to faculty members for their “sustained and outstanding record in scholarship and instruction, and to provide the impetus for continuing high achievement. Distinguished University Professors are expected to serve the university as exemplary faculty members by contributing to its research, instructional and service missions,” according to the provost’s website.
Boyles, a professor of philosophy of education in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, focuses his research on school commercialism, epistemology, critical pedagogy and the philosophy of John Dewey. His work has been published in such journals as Philosophy of Education, Social Epistemology, Journal of Thought, Philosophical Studies in Education, Inter-American Journal of Philosophy, Educational Foundations, Journal of Curriculum Theory, History of Education Quarterly, Educational Studies and Educational Theory. He has published six books, including “American Education and Corporations: The Free Market Goes to School,” “The Politics of Inquiry,” “From a Gadfly to a Hornet: Academic Freedom, Humane Education and the Intellectual Life of Joseph Kinmont Hart,” and “John Dewey’s Imaginative Vision of Teaching: Combining Theory and Practice.” He received the CEHD’s Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in 2007 and its Outstanding Service Award in 2012. In 2010, he was presented with the James and Helen Merritt Award for Distinguished Service to Philosophy of Education from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Boyles is a fellow in the Philosophy of Education Society, past-president of the American Educational Studies Association and past-president of the John Dewey Society.
King is one of two recipients of the Alumni Distinguished Professorship Award, which is given to tenured graduate faculty “who balance and integrate their teaching and scholarship activities,” according to the provost’s website.
King, the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, has served in senior academic affairs and faculty roles at both historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly white institutions (PWIs). She received a doctorate in the social foundations of education and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Stanford. She received Stanford’s Graduate School of Education Alumni Excellence in Education Award in 2018.The concepts of “dysconscious racism,” “diaspora literacy” and “heritage knowledge” are among her widely recognized contributions to the field of education. In addition to “Heritage Knowledge in the Curriculum: Retrieving an African Episteme” and her newest book, “We Be Lovin’ Black Children: Learning to Be Literate about the African Diaspora,” King’s publications include seven other books and numerous refereed articles. She is past-president of the American Educational Research Association and a member of the National African American Reparations Commission.
For more information about Georgia State’s faculty recognitions, visit https://faculty.gsu.edu/for-continuing-faculty.