Geleana Drew Alston

Associate Professor

Geleana Drew Alston
Proctor Hall 140
B.S.Clinical Laboratory Science / East Carolina University
Ph.D.Adult, Professional, and Community Education / Texas State University
M.S.Adult Education / North Carolina A&T State University


Dr. Geleana Drew Alston is an emerging scholar whose work focuses on the sociocultural intricacies of women, minorities, and disenfranchised groups of adult learners. Dr. Alston is very active within the professional associations within the field of adult education. Currently, Dr. Alston serves as the Co-Editor-in Chief for Adult Learning. To add, she is the recipient of the 2015-2016 School of Education Rookie Researcher of the Year Award and the 2016-2017 College of Education Young Outstanding Investigator award for her research.

Research Interests

Dr. Geleana Drew Alston is an emerging scholar whose work focuses on the sociocultural intricacies of women, minorities, and disenfranchised groups as adult learners and adult educators. Specifically, her research interests include (1) history of African Americans in adult education, (2) mentoring and advising graduate adult learners, (3) adult learning methods and professional development in higher education, and (4) critical ethnogerontology. In addition, Dr. Alston is known for her innovations in qualitative data analysis techniques.

Recent Publications

  • Geleana Alston, Catherine Hansman, Catherine Hansman, Geleana Alston (2020). (Mentoring in Adult and Continuing Education). In Rocco, Merriweather, Smith, (2020 Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education) ). Stylus.
  • Jill Zaretsky, Geleana Alston (2019). (Adult Learning and Inclusive Feminism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Social Justice and Political Activism). (4) 31, pp. 4-17 ). New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development.
  • Geleana Alston, Breonte Guy, Cecil Campbell, Cecil Campbell, Geleana Alston, Breonte Guy (2017). (Ready for the professoriate? The influence of mentoring on career development for Black male graduate students in STEM). (1) 8, pp. 35-56 ). Journal of African American Males in Education.
  • Geleana Alston, Quintara Jernigan, Geleana Alston, Quintara Jernigan (2017). (Reaction to: The Inter-relationship of Orgnizational Learing, Learning Organization, Virtual Technology and Virtual Communities of Practice). (3) 29, pp. 4 ). New Horizons for Adult Education & Human Resource Development.
  • Michael Brooks, Geleana Alston, Meika Bryan, Townsend Christopher, Michael Brooks, Geleana Alston, Meika Bryan (2017). (Creating a healthy classroom in multicultural counseling courses). In Robbie Stewart, (2) 1, pp. 24 ). Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, and Practice.
  • Geleana Alston, T Clegg, Roy Clodfelter, Jr., Kimberly Drye, J Farrer, Derek Gould, Nidhal Mohsin, Tomiko Rankin, Sherri Ray, T Clegg, Geleana Alston (2016). (Reflections from graduate adult learners about service learning). (4) 27, pp. 175-177 ). Adult Learning.
  • , Geleana Alston, Geleana Alston (2016). (She's younger than me: A new look at age and mentoring in doctoral education). In Peno, K., Mangiante, E. S., & Kenahan, R., (Mentoring in formal and informal contexts) ).
  • , Geleana Alston, Geleana Alston (2016). (Adult education and an African American history museum). (2) 48, pp. 15 ). Studies in the Education of Adults.
  • Jovita Ross-Gordon, Geleana Alston, Jovita Ross-Gordon, Geleana Alston (2015). (Moranda Smith—From tobacco plant worker, to local union educator, to first African American woman to head a southern regional union). (The handbook of North American early women adult educators: 1925-1950) pp. 245-254 ).
  • Jovita Ross-Gordon, Stephen Gordon, Geleana Alston, Kenyatta Dawson, Carl Van Aacken, Jovita Ross-Gordon, Geleana Alston (2015). (Efforts to transform learning and learners: The first decade of an innovative doctoral program in educational leadership.). (1&2) 49, pp. 52-70 ). Journal of Thought.
  • Auburn Ellis, Patricia Erwin, Tennille Lasker-Scott, Perdeta Bush, Mattyna Stephens, Geleana Alston, Nozella Brown, Auburn Ellis, Geleana Alston (2015). (The 21st Annual AERC African Diaspora Pre-Conference: Reflecting, Relating, and Reshaping the Community). (2) 26, pp. 81-83 ). Adult Learning.
  • Geleana Alston, Nina Ellis-Hervey, Geleana Alston, Nina Ellis-Hervey (2014). (Exploring the non-formal adult educator in 21st century contexts using qualitative video data analysis techniques). Advanced Online Publication, pp. DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2014.968168 ). Learning, Media,and Technology.