Company: Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, Berea College
Location: Clay City, Kentucky, United States
Alicestyne Turley, Director at the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education at Berea College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history education.
Inspired by her parents to never limit herself and the first in her family to attend college Dr. Turley initially pursued an education at Georgetown College, where she studied history, political science, sociology, and anthropology before earning a bachelor’s degree. She went on to obtain a master’s degree from Mississippi State University in public policy and from the University of Kentucky in American history, where she remained and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in American history in 2009. While studying, Dr. Turley jumped straight into her career as the founding director of the Underground Railroad Research Institute at Georgetown College from 2004 to 2009. Once completing her studies she worked as a professor at the University of Louisville before starting her current position as the founding director of the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education at Berea College. With a strong passion for history and civic engagement, she makes it her goal to bring the service component into her teaching in the classroom.
In addition to her primary professional achievements, Dr. Turley has been a board member of the Kentucky Africa American Heritage Commission since 2012 and is a volunteer with the Kentucky Human Rights Commission, the Berea Human Rights Commission, and A Support System for Success at Berea College. An expert in her field and an active contributor to professional journals, she is the author of “Black Evangelicals and the Gospel of Freedom,” forthcoming in 2020. In recognition of her impressive accomplishments in the field, Dr. Turley has received an Unpacking Privilege Award from the Kentucky Counsel of Churches, a Certificate of Appreciation from the Scott County Historical Society, was made a Kentucky honorary Colonel in 2006, and was an invited guest for the Ellis Island Restoration Project in 2006. In the coming years, she hopes to continue her work with faculty on curriculum guidance and dialect techniques.
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