Joy Thompson

Joy Thompson

Liberal Studies Instructor
M.S. Virginia Tech, Sociology (Africana Studies)
M.S. Morgan State University, Telecommunications
GCB Room 402-G


Joy Thompson received her Master of Science in Media Management from Morgan State University and is currently working to complete her second Master's in Sociology, with a specialization in Africana Studies, from Virginia Tech. For the past four years Joy has taught classes that explore the Africana Diaspora, African-American culture and history, Black women in the U.S. and the cornucopia of ethnicities that comprise the United States. Realizing that the landscape of higher education is always evolving, Joy shows her dedication to educating by constantly seeking new ways to engage with students effectively.

In 2013, she became a graduate of the Future Professorate Academy: an institute that encourages aspiring faculty to connect with students in the 21st century on a more modern, interactive scale. In 2014, she was awarded a fellowship from the Global Perspectives Program. Via a study abroad program in Europe, GPP's mission was to give graduate students another view of higher education with the intention of applying what they learned abroad, into their classrooms back in the states. The Global Perspectives Program influenced Joy to travel to Dakar, Senegal, to connect with women transnationally and enrich the narratives, viewpoints and information in her thesis. In 2016, she was awarded the Certificate of Distinction from the Academy of Graduate Teaching Assistance Excellence.

In the classroom, her overall goal is to create a comfortable and lively atmosphere, where everyone can grow from the lessons at hand and use what is learned to positively impact their immediate surroundings and the global community as well.

In her free time, Joy loves to make music, travel, take photos, and experience a variety of international vegan dishes.