Lindsay Beverly

Lindsay Beverly

Short Biography & Significant Contribution

Beverly Lindsay is Professor of Higher Education and International Policy Studies, and Senior Scientist in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State University. Lindsay began her career at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, where she majored in Sociology and Psychology. She then received her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she also completed her Ed.D. in Higher Education and Policy Studies and Comparative Sociology of Education. Lindsay continued her education at American University, Washington D.C. where she received her Ph.D. in Administration and Management. Lindsay is well known for her work in the areas of international relations, equity in higher education, university academic program development and evaluation, educational administration, international development, public policies, women, and African studies. Her work is reflected in five published books, and over 90 articles, chapters, essays, and reviews for scholarly journals and university publications.

Since the 1970s, Lindsay has directed academic programs, and done consulting, evaluation, research and policy analyses in many countries. Some include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Tanzania, Thailand, and Zimbabwe. As Administrator/Coordinator and Scholar-in-Residence for the Teacher-Text-Technology (TTT) initiative at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Information Agency (USIA), U.S. Department of State, she developed and administered the TTT, a program for 10 countries via Fulbright funds.

Lindsay made international history in 1988 when she was elected as the first African American president of CIES (Comparative and International Education Society). In the long and proud history of CIES there has only been two African American presidents, both women.

Lindsay was the first American recipient of two new Senior Fulbright Specialist Grants: Korea and Zimbabwe. In Korea she facilitated and structured executive and faculty development design at Woosong, Seoul National, and Hong-lk Universities. At the African University in Zimbabwe Lindsay engaged in peace and conflict resolutions with executives and civic leaders. She also initiated executive and faculty development, guided planning, and delivered media presentations. As a Distinguished Senior Fulbright recipient in Mozambique at the University of Eduardo Mondlane, she presented invited lectures to the university community, diplomatic corps, and the policy community on university public engagement, terrorism, and democracy. She also taught a graduate seminar and conducted interdisciplinary research.

Lindsay was named a 2006-2007 Academic Fellows by the Foundation for Democracies. She spent a summer in Israel with other professors from other colleges and universities across the United States such as Berkeley, University of California at San Diego, Rutgers, and Florida State. Lindsay made invited presentations to the Education, Sociology, and Higher Education Unit at Tel Aviv University during the University's 50th anniversary observations and conducted research relating to higher education. She also conducted discussions and planning with the Institute for Diplomacy and Regional Cooperation.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History displayed Lindsay's work as part of the Ralph Bunche Centenary Exhibit. She is the leading author and guest editor of "The Legacy of Ralph J. Bunche and Education: Celebrating the Centenary Year of His Birth" published by the Journal of Negro Education (Spring 2004). This publication is the major Centenary work on Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Bunche. In 2008 Lindsay will publish her latest book, Ralph Johnson Bunche: Public Intellectual and Nobel Peace Laureate.

Beverly Lindsay's significant contribution to the field lies in her extensive research and analysis of university public engagement, equity in higher education, public policy, and women in education in national and international contexts. Her latest work reminds us of the important role of higher education to prepare its students, and future leaders, with an intelligent understanding of a complex world and to contribute directly to international relations challenges.

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Educational Background

B.A., Magna Cum Laude, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX

M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Ed.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Principal Fields: Higher Education and Policy Studies; Comparative Sociology of Education

Ph.D., American University, Washington, DC. Principal Fields: Administration and Management; Program Development and Evaluation

Professional Background

Senior Scholar in Residence and Administrator of the Teacher-Text-Technology Initiative (Fulbright funded) of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State (1983-86)

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Administration and Higher Education, College of Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA (1986-1992) Executive Director and Professor, Strategic Planning, Hampton University (1992-1994)

Dean of International Education and Policy Studies, Hampton University (1993-1995)

Dean of the University Office of International Programs and Professor, Penn State University (1996-2002)

Senior Fulbright Specialist, Zimbabwe (2003) and South Korea (2002)

Executive Fellow at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (2002-2003)

Academic Fellow of the Foundation for Democracies (2006-2007)

Distinguished Senior Fulbright Specialist, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique (2007)

Professor of Education, Higher Education and Comparative & International Education, Penn State University (1996 to present)

Senior Scientist, Center for the Study of Higher Education, Penn State University (2003-present)

Affiliations (associations, organizations, institutions)

National Global Diversity Committee, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education-AACTE (2007-2010)

National Advisory Committee, National Security Education Program-NSEP (2006-2009)

Elected Member, Council on Foreign Relations (2001)

National Advisory Board for the Southern Center for Studies in Public Policy, Atlanta, GA (1990-2003)

Chair of Strategic Planning Committee for International Affairs, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC. (1998-2001).

National Advisory and Review Panel for the CIES (Council for the International Exchange of Scholars) for Fulbright Grants (1993-1996)

Vice President, Comparative & International Education Society (1987)

President, Comparative & International Education Society (1988)

Board of Directors, Comparative and International Education Society (1983-86)

Selected Publications

Lindsay, B. (1980 and 1983). Comparative Perspectives of Third World Women: The Impact of Race, Sex, and Class. New York: Praeger.

Lindsay, B. (1985). African Migration and National Development?. University Park: Penn State Press.

Lindsay, B. (1988). Public and Higher Education Policies Influencing African- American Women. Higher Education, 17(5), 563-580.

Lindsay, B. (1989). Cross Cultural Perspectives on Women in Higher Education. A Scholarly Journal of Black Women, 6(1), 92-96.

Lindsay, B. (1989). Redefining the Educational and Cultural Milieu of Tanzanian Teachers: A Case Study in Development or Dependency? Comparative Education, 25(1), 87-96.

Lindsay, B. (1994). African American Women and Brown: A Lingering Twilight or Emerging Dawn? The Journal of Negro Education, 63(3), 430-442.

Lindsay, B. & Ginsburg, M. (Eds.) (1995). The Political Dimension in Teacher Education. London and New York: Falmer Press.

Lindsay, B. (1997). Toward Conceptual, Policy, and Programmatic Frameworks of Affirmative Action in South Africa. The Journal of Negro Education, 68(4), 522-538.

Lindsay, B. (1999). Women Chief Executives and Their Approaches Towards Equity in American Universities. Comparative Education, 35(2), 187-199.

Lindsay, B. & Justiz, M. J. (2001). The Quest for Equity in Higher Education. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press.

Lindsay, B. (2003). The Internet: Creating Equity through Continuous Education or Perpetuating a Digital Divide? Comparative Education Review, 47(1), 112-122.

Lindsay, B. (2004). The 2003 Charles H. Thompson Lecture-Colloquium Presentation: Ralph Bunche: University and Diplomatic Legacies Fostering Innovative Paradigms. The Journal of Negro Education, 73(2), 105-115.

Lindsay, B. (2004). Transforming African and African American Sociopolitical and Educational Realities. African Studies Quarterly, 7(4), 41-47.

Baber, L. & Lindsay, B. (2006). Analytical Reflections on Access in English Higher Education: Transnational Lessons Across the Pond.Research in Comparative and International Education, 1(2), 146-156. Oxford University.

Lindsay, B. (2008). Ralph Johnson Bunche: Public Intellectual and Nobel Peace Laureate. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.


Created: 3/17/2008

Updated: 3/17/2008

Contributed By: Jessica Cruz, Alcira Jaar, Theresa Williams, Penn State University