Dr. Doris Flowers is a Professor in the College of Education at San Francisco State University where she serves as the Co-coordinator of the Center for Adult Education as well as the Equity and Social Justice Program. Dr. Flowers teaches courses in Equity and Social Justice and Adult Education. Originally from Washington, DC, Dr. Flowers has served as faculty and research associate in the Communications Department at Purdue University and has taught at the University of Virginia, Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia.
Dr. Flowers received her Bachelor’s and Masters’ degree from the University of the District of Columbia in Speech and Language Pathology. Her Ph.D. was received from the University of Virginia in 1991 in education with a major in language and communication and a minor in neuroscience. She is a speech-language pathologist by profession and has worked in various educational and clinical settings with adults and children. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Flowers has broadened the scope of her research to include how language is racialized and used to exclude. She has conducted research focusing on an African Centered perspective in language and literacy in adult learning. She has taught in the areas of race, class, language, gender, education policy and African Centered perspectives in teaching and learning.
Dr. Flowers’ research over the past 20 years has focused on examining the impact of race, class, gender and language issues in adult educational settings as well as other work environments. Dr. Flowers has written many journal articles and books chapters on language as it is related to cultural and race study. She has served as member and chair of the 2008-2009 Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) Steering Committee. Over the past 10 year, Dr. Flowers has also served as member of the AERC African Diaspora Preconference and the past 6 years has coordinated the conference planning. She has made many presentations at international, national, state, and local conferences and published numerous articles on language and race and continues to contribute to the literature in the field of Adult Education as well Equity and Social Justice.