Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Gwenda R. Greene


Dr. Gwenda Richburg Greene is the Founding Dean of Graduate Studies, Continuing Education, and Integrative Learning at Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina. A Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies, Dr. Greene’s research interests are in critical literacy, educational policy, and educational programs’ development that effectuate voice and power through transformative curriculum and instruction practices. She has devoted nearly four decades to academia, serving in various roles, including higher education and secondary educator, administrator, research associate, and grant writer. She also holds the South Carolina Secondary English certification, with the former distinction of Highly Qualified. She has served HBCUs such as Claflin University and, primarily, at Benedict College as a tenured Associate Professor of English, the founding Director of the Service-Learning Program, Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities, and the Honors Program Director. Her experience also spans from Clemson University as a Research Associate with its National Dropout Prevention Center to secondary education with the SC Department of Corrections and in Richland School District One and Richland School District Two as an English teacher.

Dr. Greene is distinguished as an educator of excellence by the South Carolina Council of Independent Colleges as an Excellence in Teaching Award recipient and by the Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students as an Advocate for African American students.

She has participated in scholarly research abroad with the Association of Caribbean Studies in Georgetown, Guyana and Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan-Egypt; taught English in Ruiru, Kenya, East Africa; and, furthered studies of African diaspora literacy in Liberia and Ghana. She has been a Fulbright-Hays GPA scholar in the countries of Cameroon, Ghana (Project Director), Nigeria, and Barbados (Project Director). Her publications range from educational transformation to diaspora and critical literacy.

Dr. Greene holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio; a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina;  and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Speech from Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina.

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