Sydney Davis Richardson

Associate Professor

Sydney Davis Richardson
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College of Education

Leadership Studies & Adult Ed

Proctor Hall 144
Ph.D.Educational Studies / University of North Carolina at Greensboro
MAEnglish and African American Literature / North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
B.A.Political Science / University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Dr. Sydney Richardson has over fifteen years in higher education work. She began her time in higher education as a Writing Center Director and English Instructor. From there, she has worked as an Assistant Professor of Education with an Affiliate faculty position in Women and Gender Studies; a Dean of Adult Education; a Dean of College and Career Readiness; and Department Chair of Leadership Studies and Adult Education. Dr. Richardson currently serves as Associate Professor of Leadership Studies. Her research covers two areas: 1) gender, work, and leadership development, specifically in the United States, and 2) educational equity and access in non-traditional environments.

Dr. Richardson has worked at a small, private institution, a community college, and a public university. She has a B.A in Political Science; a M.A. in English and African American Literature; and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies, with a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies.

Research Interests

DEIBJ in Adult Learning Spaces
Narrative Research; Counter-storytelling
Women Entre-employees
Authentic Leadership
Community Leadership

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Recent Publications

  • Sydney Richardson, Sharrika Adams (2023). (Caring in the Community: Advocacy for ESL Students Through Social Constructivism and Case Management Practices). (2) 30, pp. 13. Journal of Applied Research in the Community College.
  • Richardson, S.D. (2023). Centering Race Within Adult Education Theory in the United States. pp. 17. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education.
  • Eric Kaufman, Sydney Richardson, Nicole Stedman (2023). (Graduate Students as Leaders and Followers: Effective Practices for Mentoring and Being Mentored). pp. 7. Journal of Leadership Studies.
  • Sydney Richardson (2023). (Higher education leaders as entre-employees: A narrative study). (3) 7, pp. 1-18. American Journal of Qualitative Research.
  • Richardson, S.D. (2023). Making the Entrepreneurial Transition: Understanding the Challenges of Women Entre-Employees. Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Richardson, S.D. and Sakho,J. (2022). Creating Equitable Access: Using OER for Socially Just Educational Leaders. pp. 13. Journal of Multicultural Education.
  • Jackson, K.T., Richardson, S.D., and Moss-Breen, J. (2022). Enacting a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice emphasis in graduate and professional leadership education, 176, pp. 75-87. New Directions for Student Leadership.
  • Richardson, S.D., (2017). Using Mistreatment to Persist Academically (1) 23, pp. 32-48. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education.
  • Sydney Richardson, Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho ("Creating equitable access: using OER for socially just educational leaders").