Valerie Carson Bryan, PhD

Title: Professor, Charles Stewart Mott Eminent Scholar
Company: Florida Atlantic University, Department of Educational Leadership
Location: Jupiter, Florida, United States

Dr. Valerie Carson Bryan, Professor and Charles Stewart Mott Eminent Scholar at the Department of Educational Leadership at Florida Atlantic University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in adult and continuing education.

With nearly 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Bryan has held her current position since 2011. She has been a member of the staff at Florida Atlantic University since 1987, having held various positions which include visiting professor, assistant professor, associate professor, cohort director for master’s degree in leadership in the adult education program, and chair of adult and community education. Before joining the school, she served as co-technical support institution director for the region V professional development council within the Florida Department of Education, director of the Florida Institute for the Development and Enhancement of Adult Education, director of the Florida Institute for the Development and Enhancement of Adult Learning, adjunct professor for the continuing education program at PBAU, assistant professor of Physical Education and Recreation at the School of Health of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, adjunct faculty member for the University of West Florida, and field specialist for the Center for Educational Improvement at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Bryan began her career by obtaining a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University in 1970 followed by a master’s degree in teaching from the Citadel in 1973. She later returned to her studies at Florida Atlantic University, where she earned a Doctor of Education in 1991. She credits her success to the guidance she received from her mentors, who always taught her that working harder is the key to meeting challenges.

A respected voice in her field, Dr. Bryan has contributed 63 articles to professional journals, 274 presentations, written 30 book chapters, and coauthored four books on the subject of educational leadership.  She has served as president of the faculty assembly at Florida Atlantic University, chair of the Adult Practitioner’s Task Force on Technology and Education, chair of the Forest and recreation resources advisory committee at Clemson University, and vice president of the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association. In addition, Dr. Bryan maintains membership with DKGSI, the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, ISSDL, the American Educational Research Association, and the University of Georgia chapter of the Phi Delta Kappa Society.

In recognition of her professional excellence, Dr. Bryan has earned a number of accolades. She received an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who in 2017, an Outstanding Virtual Presentation Award from the Association for the Advancement of Computing In Education, a Graduate Mentor Award from Florida Atlantic University, a MACAWARD for The Outstanding Faculty from the Florida Atlantic University and an Educational Leadership’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award. In addition, Dr. Bryan has been an honoree of Legacymakers: 100 Women of Distinction, Elite Women Worldwide, Florida Atlantic University, The International Women’s Leadership Association, and Continental Who’s Who. Grateful for all of the recognition she has received in her tenure, Dr. Bryan notes that two accomplishments in particular have been highlights; receiving the President’s Award from Clemson University, and being entered into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame by ACE Worldwide. Looking toward the future, Dr. Bryan plans to continue her educational roles with Florida Atlantic University, and she also intends to offer consulting services in her field while taking on new and exciting opportunities that come her way.

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