Sydney Davis Richardson

Associate Professor/Chair

Sydney Davis Richardson
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College of Education

Leadership Studies & Adult Ed

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; and a Dean of College and Career Readiness. Dr. Richardson now serves as Department Chair and Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Adult Education. Her research interests include DEIBJ in organizations, leadership among women entre-employees, and developing teamwork among diverse groups.

Dr. Richardson has worked at a small, private institution, a community college, and a public university. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; a Master of Arts in English and African American Literature; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies, with a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies.

Research Interests

DEIBJ in Adult Learning Spaces
Narrative Research and Ethnography
Women Entre-employees
Teamwork Development

Recent Publications

  • Sydney Richardson, Jacqueline Sakho (2022). (Creating Equitable Access: Using OER for Socially Just Educational Leaders). pp. 13. Journal of Multicultural Education.
  • Karen Jackson, Sydney Richardson, Jennifer Moss-Breen (2022). (Enacting a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice emphasis in graduate and professional leadership education). 176, pp. 75-87. New Directions for Student Leadership.
  • Sydney Richardson (2017). (Using Mistreatment to Persist Academically). (1) 23, pp. 32-48. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education.