Meet the Staff

Petra A. Robinson, Director

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Photo of Petra RobinsonPetra 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 and African American Studies program and a Faculty Fellow with the Office of Academic Affairs and Learning and Teaching Collaborative. 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. 

Maja Stojanovic, Graduate Assistant

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Maja Stojanovic is a doctoral student in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development and the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development. She obtained a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English Language, Literature, and Culture from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and has a background of teaching English to adult learners. Her main research focus centers on the role of critical, multilingual literacy on personal and professional development and their implications for society. Maja has presented at national and international conferences as well as published on topics related to academic development, diversity and inclusion, and intercultural communication in higher education, and is co-editor of the upcoming book titled Global Citizenship for Adult Education: Advancing Critical Literacies for Equity and Social Justice.