Geleana Drew Alston

Associate Professor

Geleana Drew Alston
College of Education

Leadership Studies & Adult Ed

Proctor Hall 133
B.S.Clinical Laboratory Science / East Carolina University
M.S.Adult Education / North Carolina A&T State University
Ph.D.Adult, Professional, and Community Education / Texas State University


Dr. Geleana Alston is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies and Adult education at North Carolina A&T State University. Dr. Alston is a proud alumnus of Texas State University (PhD in Adult, Professional, and Community Education), NC A&T (MS in Adult Education) and East Carolina University (BS in Clinical Laboratory Science). She currently serves as Co-chair for the NC A&T Institutional Review Board. In addition, Dr. Alston was awarded the 2015-2016 Rookie Researcher of the Year and the 2016-2017 Outstanding Junior Researcher of the Year for the College of Education, the 2017 Early Career Award by the Commission of Professors of Adult Education, and is one of the 2018 East Carolina University Forty Leaders under Forty.

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, Dr. Alston’s research interests include (1) mentoring and advising graduate adult learners, (2) adult learning methods and professional development in higher education, (3) history of African Americans in adult education, (4) African American adult learners in STEM , and (5) program assessment and evaluation.

Recent Publications

  • 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.
  • Jovita Ross-Gordon, Stephen Gordon, Geleana Alston, Kenyatta Dawson, Carl Van Aacken (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.
  • 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.
  • Auburn Ellis, Patricia Erwin, Tennille Lasker-Scott, Perdeta Bush, Mattyna Stephens, Geleana Alston, Nozella Brown (2015). (The 21st Annual AERC African Diaspora Pre-Conference: Reflecting, Relating, and Reshaping the Community). (2) 26, pp. 81-83. Adult Learning.
  • Geleana Alston (2016). (Adult education and an African American history museum). (2) 48, pp. 15. Studies in the Education of Adults.
  • Geleana Alston, T Clegg, Roy Clodfelter, Jr., Kimberly Drye, J Farrer, Derek Gould, Nidhal Mohsin, Tomiko Rankin, Sherri Ray (2016). (Reflections from graduate adult learners about service learning). (4) 27, pp. 175-177. Adult Learning.
  • 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)
  • Michael Brooks, Geleana Alston, Meika Bryan, Townsend Christopher (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, 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.
  • Geleana Alston, Breonte Guy, Cecil Campbell (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.
  • Jill Zaretsky, Stephanie Sisco, Geleana Alston, Joshua Collins (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 (2020). (Adult Educators Must Be Learners, Too). In Clemans, S. E. & Mandell, A., (Explorations in Adult Higher Education: Access, Identity and Power in American Higher Education) (6) Winter 2020, pp. 105-114. SUNY Empire State College.
  • Geleana Alston, Catherine Hansman (2020). (Embracing diversity and inclusive mentoring practice for leadership development). (167-168) 2020, pp. 83-94. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education.
  • Geleana Alston, Shon Smith, Danya Collins (2020). (Historically Black colleges and universities supporting veterans and servicemembers: Insights from the past in preparation for the future). (166) 2020, pp. 69-80.
  • Geleana Alston (2020). (Where are we headed? Future directions for mentoring, learning, and leadershipNew Directions for Adult and Continuing Education). (167-168) 2020, pp. 127-133. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education.
  • Geleana Alston, Catherine Hansman (2021). (Mentoring in adult education: Looking to the past, present, and future). In T. Rocco, M.C. Smith, R.C. Mizzi, L. Merriweather, & J. Hawley, (Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education (2020 ed.)) pp. 107-115. Stylus Publishing.