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Dr. Jocelyn Smith-Gray

Assistant Chair- Dr. Smith-Gray

Jocelyn Smith Gray is an Adjunct Lecturer of Early Childhood Elementary Education Middle Grades Reading Special Education Department in the College of Education at Fayetteville State University. She has been instructing Birth through Kindergarten Education majors since August 2011. Before coming to Fayetteville State University, she spent 13 years working in Early Childhood Education, holding various positions. Dr. Smith Gray completed her undergraduate degree in Birth to Kindergarten Education at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and received her Masters' in Education specializing in Early Childhood Education at Ashford University. She received her Ed.D. from Fayetteville State University in Educational Leadership Higher Education. 

Honors and Awards

o   FSU Advisor of the Year May 2016

o   Graduate Student Representative for Graduate Education Week May 2019

Research Interests

o   Early Childhood Education

o   Culturally Responsive Practices & Multicultural Education


o   Pitre, A., Smith, J. (2019). Preparing Educational Leaders for Social Justice: The Case of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In Rosemary Papa (Ed.), Handbook on Promoting Social Justice in Education (1st ed., vol. 1). AG: Springer.

o   Pitre, A., Hudson, T. M., Smith-Gray, J., James, K. C. (2019). The Gloria Ladson-Billings Reader (1st ed.). San Diego, California: Cognella.

Presentations and Workshops

Round Table Discussion, Hudson, T. M. (Panelist), Hoffman Miller, P. (Panelist), Pitre, A. (Panelist), Smith, J. (Panelist), Tanner, T. (Panelist), 2020 AERA Annual Meeting / The Power and Possibilities for the Public Good When Researchers and Organizational Stakeholders Collaborate, "Developing a Social Justice Framework for Partnering with Schools," American Educational Research Associate (AERA), San Francisco, California. (April 20, 2020).

Panel Discussion.  Smith, J. (Discussant), Martin, D. (Discussant), National Council for Black Studies 44th Annual Conference, "Leading for Social Justice: A Narrative Study of Department Chairs," The National Council for Black Studies, Atlanta Georgia. (March 13, 2020).

Workshop, Smith Gray, J. D., EEMRS Professional Development Workshops, "Differentiated Learning," Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Middle Grades, Reading & Special Education, Fayetteville State University. (March 3, 2020).