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Johnson-Bailey named University Professor

Congratulations to professor and director of the Institute for Women’s Studies Juanita Johnson-Bailey, who has been named University Professor, an honor bestowed on faculty members who have made a significant impact on the University of Georgia:

Johnson-Bailey is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy in the College of Education, in addition to her appointment to the institute.


Johnson-Bailey has made a profound impact on the advancement of diverse groups since she joined the faculty in 1995. She co-founded and advised a student organization called Students of African Descent that led to a dramatic

increase in the enrollment of African-American women doctoral students in her department’s graduate program. In 2006, she co-founded and convened the university’s first conference on diversity issues in higher education. She has served as major professor for 30 Ph.D. students, many of whom now hold academic and leadership positions in higher education.

“Dr. Johnson-Bailey challenged me, nurtured me and provided countless sources of information for my learning experience,” former student Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Southern Crescent Technical College, said in nomination materials. “She is a gifted teacher and remarkable academician.”

A wonderful and permanent honor for a great campus leader who has worked tirelessly to broaden the curriculum of the Institute for Women's Studies. A prolific author and scholar, Johnson-Bailey's book Sistahs in College: Making A Way Out of No Way was awarded the 2001 Frandson Award for Outstanding Literature from the University Continuing Education Association and the Sadie T. Mossell Alexander Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Black Women’s Studies. Her leadership role at the university helps guide UGA as it provides a lodestar for our students as well as her colleagues. Congratulations on this distinguished career achievement.

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