Robinson receives LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award


From left to right: Petra A. Robinson, Tracey Rizzuto, Reid Bates.


Petra A. Robinson received the LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award for her outstanding record of scholarship and published research. She was honored at a reception at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on May 4, 2016.

Robinson is an assistant professor in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development. She also serves as advisor for students in the LSU Online MSc. Human Resource Education and Leadership Development and MSc. Workforce Development programs.

As an educator, Robinson has designed and taught new classes that focus on diversity, equity, and social justice across various learning environments in a global context. She has successfully maintained high standards of teaching and research while mentoring 15 doctoral students, the majority of which are students from underrepresented groups.

Thanks to her involvement, LSU is now a part of The Urban Education Collaborative, and Robinson currently serves as one of the key organizers for the International Conference on Urban Education, further demonstrating her commitment to building meaningful partnerships to advocate for diversity on the global level.

Most recently, Robinson secured a grant from the LSU Office of Diversity, and used the funds to sponsor six students whose research proposal submissions were accepted for presentation at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Conference in Long Beach, California. Robinson and this cadre of students presented at the conference, highlighting the diversity of the top-notch research happening at LSU.

Keenly interested in issues related to critical literacies, diversity and social justice, global lifelong learning, and professional development in the academy, Robinson has presented at several national and international conferences, authored peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and white papers on these topics. She most recently published two co-edited books, Black Faculty in the Academy: Narratives for Negotiating Identity and Achieving Career Success and Priorities of the Professoriate: Engaging Multiple forms of Scholarship across Rural and Urban Institutions. These publications share crucial assets of human resource and organizational development, and her recognition highlights how often and how widely they can be applied to different professions, industries, and places.

Robinson’s research areas of expertise include colorism, critical non-normative literacies, lifelong learning and professional development, and social justice, diversity, and equity in higher and adult education.

Robinson received her PhD in Educational Administration and Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University, her Master’s in International Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, and her BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Nova Southeastern University.


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