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.
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
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.”