Jocelyn Smith Gray recently received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education from Fayetteville State University. She received a Masters of Art in Education specializing in Early Childhood Education from Ashford and a Bachelors in Birth through Kindergarten Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Jocelyn Smith Gray obtained my teaching license through the School of Education at UNCP in Birth through Kindergarten Education. In addition, She has spent nearly ten years teaching undergraduate students in the field of Birth through Kindergarten teaching and non-teaching majors. Jocelyn Smith Gray has also taught early education courses to pre-education majors. Her research topics include: social justice in teacher education, diversity, culturally responsive pedagogy and transformative leadership.
She is a co-editor for The Gloria Ladson-Billing Reader text. She was nationally selected to participate in the 13thAnnual Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Course on African Americans and Education in San Francisco, CA, but canceled due to the pandemic. Currently, she is writing her next book with Lexington Books, titled Teacher Education Department Chairs and Social Justice: Transformative Leadership through Inclusivity. Her dissertation titled, Leading for Social Justice: A Narrative Study of Department Chairs focused on highlighting the stories of department chairs who lead teacher preparation programs with a social justice focus to produce educational professionals who embrace diversity, pre-service teachers with a justice-mission viewpoint, and students comfortable enough to be reflective to be productive global citizens.