Faculty Affairs & Professional Development

Meet the Director

Photo of Petra Robinson

Petra A. Robinson, PhD
Associate Professor
Director, Faculty Affairs & Professional Development, College of Human Sciences & Education 

294 Charles E. Coates Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Email Dr. Robinson


Petra A. Robinson, PhD is Associate Professor of Human Resource Development and Adult Education in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development and Director of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development in the College of Human Sciences & Education. She is also Affiliate Faculty with the African & African American Studies program and a Faculty Fellow with the Office of Academic Affairs. Dr. Robinson’s research focuses on issues related to colorism; non-traditional, critical literacies; equity and social justice in higher and adult education; global lifelong learning; and professional development in the academy. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and four books. The four books include:

  • Knowles, M., Holton, E. F., Swanson, R., & Robinson, P. A. (2020). The adult learner: The definitive classic in adult education and human resource development (9th ed.). Routledge.
  • Robinson, P. A., Bryant, A., Allen, A., & Lewis, C.W. (Eds.). (2019). Global issues and urban schools: Strategies to effectively teach students in urban environments around the world. Information Age Publishing.
  • Bonner, F. A. II, Banda, R. M., Robinson, P. A., Lewis, C. W., & Lofton, B. (Eds.). (2015). Priorities of the professoriate: Engaging multiple forms of scholarship across rural and urban institutions. Information Age Publishing.
  • Bonner, F. A. II, Marbley, A. F., Hughes, R. L., Tuitt, F., & Robinson, P. A. (Eds.) (2015). Black faculty in the academy: Narratives for negotiating identity and achieving career success. Routledge Publishing.