Center for General Education
A Walden University Core Faculty member since 2008, Dr. Lisa Pertillar Brevard is currently Associate Director of Walden University’s Center for General Education (CGE), where she manages Composition and Humanities courses and related faculty. Here at Walden, she has taught Creative Writing; Philosophy; and Women’s Literature and Social Change. An internationally-recognized scholar and creative artist, with professional training in History, Education, and public programming at the Smithsonian Institution, she earned a Ph.D. in African-American Studies, with an emphasis on Women’s Studies, at Emory University’s Institute of the Liberal Arts (1995). Publishing collaborative and solo academic works since 1992, her most recent solo book is Whoopi Goldberg on Stage and Screen (2013), which explores Goldberg’s philosophies and work as an actor-activist.
Since 1996, Brevard has taught and worked in progressively responsible roles in academic online settings, while also being active in on-ground communities. Dr. Brevard contributed the entries, “Humanities Education”, and “Online Poster Sessions,” for The SAGE Encyclopedia of Online Education (2016), Ed. Steve Danver.
Prior to joining Walden, she held several full-time academic appointments, including short- and long-term graduate fellowships; a full-time post-doctoral university fellowship; a Director of Graduate Studies post; a Dean of Humanities post; and a Program Director post. Along the way, Brevard has worked with local and national programs, helping high school youths expand their vistas and access to academic and cultural resources in their respective communities. She also has conducted research projects at major academic institutions and advised graduate students on thesis and dissertation topics, ranging from slavery to Shakespeare.
Dr. Brevard’s current research explores connections between African-American and Afro-West Indian philosophies, identities, and arts.