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Professor Richard Greggory Johnson III’s Book Receives Critics’ Choice Award

10-11-2013
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Associate Professor Richard
Greggory Johnson, III

Professor Richard Greggory Johnson III’s latest book, Teaching College Students Communication Strategies for Effective Social Justice Advocacy, received the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics’ Choice Award. AESA aims to cultivate more expansive discussions on topics relating to multiculturalism, gender studies and educational equity within the educational sector. Annually, a committee of AESA members, many of whom have backgrounds in liberal arts disciplines, selects books that represent exceptional scholarship within a particular field.

Teaching College Students Communication Strategies for Effective Social Justice Advocacy provided remarkable strategies for justice advocacy, which were gleaned through Dr. Johnson’s passion. The book, co-authored by Robert James Nash, Ed.D. (University of Vermont) and Michele Murray, Ph.D. (Seattle University) offers social justice advocacy strategies by examining the relationships between deliberative democracy, communication, and conflict resolution. The AESA’s award recognizes that in deepening the reader’s understanding of these strategies, the authors will foster advocates for social justice.

Teaching College Students Communication Strategies for Effective Social Justice Advocacy

When asked to further delve into what his book entails, Dr. Johnson stated, “The book targets undergraduate and graduate students, but we wanted anyone to be able to pick it up and have a better understanding of social justice. A social justice mission is sometimes not received well because it can make people feel alienated. With this book we hoped to bring social justice to a reader’s consciousness, allowing everyone to be part of the conversation.”

Aligned with the AESA’s award criteria as well as USF’s mission, Johnson incorporates his passion for justice in all facets of his teaching. He strives to prepare students to be culturally competent by weaving in race, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity issues when teaching his public administration courses. “Social justice is not an afterthought. As a member of the faculty, we should all be thoughtful about building social justice into courses and curriculum.” Dr. Johnson states that although USF, as a school, is fortunate to be in a city passionate about social justice, he encourages other instructors to always incorporate the topic into the classroom so it may then be exercised outside of the classroom, “Social justice should not be dependent upon the where but dependent upon a need for change.”

Written by Alyssa Aninag