Geleana Drew Alston

TitleAssociate Professor

DepartmentLeadership Studies and Adult Education


OfficeProctor Hall
Room: 140

1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411

Geleana Drew Alston


Ph D: Adult, Professional, and Community Education, Texas State University, 2014

MS: Adult Education, North Carolina A&T State University, 2010

BS: Clinical Laboratory Science, East Carolina University, 2005

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

Alston,  Geleana  Jernigan,  Quintara  ( 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.

Alston,  Geleana  Guy,  Breonte  Campbell,  Cecil  ( 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.

Brooks,  Michael  Alston,  Geleana  Bryan,  Meika  Christopher,  Townsend  ( 2017).  Creating a healthy classroom in multicultural counseling courses.  In Robbie Stewart  ( 2,  1,  pp. 24).   Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, and Practice.

Alston,  Geleana  Clegg,  T  Clodfelter, Jr.,  Roy  Drye,  Kimberly  Farrer,  J  Gould,  Derek  Mohsin,  Nidhal  Rankin,  Tomiko  Ray,  Sherri  ( 2016).  Reflections from graduate adult learners about service learning.  ( 4,  27,  pp. 175-177).   Adult Learning.

Alston,  Geleana  ( 2016).  Adult education and an African American history museum.  ( 2,  48,  pp. 15).   Studies in the Education of Adults.

Alston,  Geleana  ( 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 

Ross-Gordon,  Jovita  Gordon,  Stephen  Alston,  Geleana  Dawson,  Kenyatta  Van Aacken,  Carl  ( 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.

Ellis,  Auburn  Erwin,  Patricia  Lasker-Scott,  Tennille  Bush,  Perdeta  Stephens,  Mattyna  Alston,  Geleana  Brown,  Nozella  ( 2015).  The 21st Annual AERC African Diaspora Pre-Conference: Reflecting, Relating, and Reshaping the Community.  ( 2,  26,  pp. 81-83).   Adult Learning.

Ross-Gordon,  Jovita  Alston,  Geleana  ( 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 

Alston,  Geleana  Ellis-Hervey,  Nina  ( 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.