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Gloria Swindler Boutte, Ph.D.

Title: Carolina Distinguished Professor
Department: Instruction and Teacher Education
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-2018
Office: Wardlaw 204

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Gloria Boutte


For more than three decades, Gloria Boutte’s scholarship, teaching, and service have focused on equity pedagogies and teaching for social justice in Early Childhood Education. She has served as Chair in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education and held a distinguished endowed chair for four years. Boutte is the author of three books: Educating African American Students: And how are the children; Multicultural Education: Raising Consciousness; and Resounding Voices: School Experiences of People From Diverse Ethnic Backgrounds. She has received more than $1,700,000 in grants and has more than 87 publications. 

She has served as a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Scholar at several universities in the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, she has presented nationally and internationally on curriculum, instruction, and diversity issues.  

Gloria Boutte is the founder of the statewide Center of Excellence for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEEAAS).  She has presented her work internationally in Colombia, China, Sierra Leone, Ghana, London, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, Australia, South America, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, and Canada.


Ph.D. in Educational Research at the University of South Carolina

Areas of expertise

Culturally relevant pedagogy; culturally and linguistically diverse students; African American students; African American language and biliteracy; culturally relevant curriculum; equity methodologies.

Selected publications

Boutte, G. S. (2016).  Educating African American students:  And how are the children? Routledge. New York, NY.

Boutte, G. S.  (2002). Resounding voices: School experiences of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Needham Heights: Allyn & Bacon.

Boutte, G. (1999). Multicultural education:  Raising consciousness.  Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Referred publications and chapters
Boutte, G. S. (2014).  “And how are the children? Critical literacy for liberation, Journal of Education and Development in the   Caribbean, 13 (1-2), 3-18.

Boutte, G. S., & Johnson, G.(2014).  Community and family involvement in urban schools. In H. R. Milner & K. Lomotey (Eds.). Handbook on urban education, pp. 167-82. New York, NY: Routledge.

Boutte, G. S., & Jackson, T. O.  (2013). Advice to White allies: Insights from faculty of color. Race, Ethnicity, and Education, 17(5),623-642. 

Boutte, G. S., & Johnson, G.(2013).  Who Can Teach African American Students? Preservice Teachers’ Perceptions About Their Preparation To Teach African American Students. African American Learners Journal, 2 (2). online journal.

Boutte, G.S., & Johnson, G. L., Jr. (2013).  Funga Alafia. Toward welcoming, understanding and respecting African American Speakers’ Bilingualism and Biliteracy. Equity and Excellence in Education. Special Issue on Social Justice Approaches to African American Language and Literacies, 46(3), 300-314.

Selected presentations

Black people are the best people in the world, right Dear? (with George Johnson). National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).  Boston, Massachusetts. November 23, 2013.

Using tri-dimensional lens to capture the voices and agency of emergent biliterate and bilingual African American Language speakers: A view from within.  (with George Johnson). Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference. Kenyatta University. Nairobi, Kenya. November 6, 2013.

Critical Literacy for Liberation. (keynote address).University of West Indies. Mona, Jamaica.  March 21, 2013.

Culturally responsive teaching: Contexts and cultures of students' lives. The City University of New York. (keynote address). February 28, 2013.

Transforming the Early Childhood Education program at the University of South Carolina. Stellenbosch University. Stellenbosch, South Africa. (invited). May 11, 2012.

First, do no harm?  Creating and Sustaining Legacies of Care For African American Children and Families. (submitted with George Johnson). National Council of Teachers of English. Las Vegas, NV. November 17, 2012.

Improving outcomes for underserved children and families: Teaching toward transformation in ECE Teacher Education . (joint submission with Kelley Buchheister, Susi Long, Julia Lopez-Robertson, Elizabeth Powers-Costello). Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference. Penn State, PA. November 7, 2012.

National Black Education Agenda. Saving the African American child. Facilitator of Teacher Education Sessions (with Arnetha Ball). Chicago, IL. October 10-14, 2012.                                                           

Transforming the Early Childhood Education program at the University of South Carolina. Stellenbosch University. Stellenbosch, South Africa. (invited with Tambra Jackson). May 11, 2012.

First do no harm? Creating and sustaining legacies of care for African American children and families.  (with George Johnson). Reconceptualizing Early Childhood  Education (RECE) Conference. London, England. October 29, 2011.

Happily ever after?  Limits and possibilities of professional development for equity in diverse cultural contexts (with George Johnson). Penn Ethnog Conference. Philadelphia, PA. February 26, 2011.

Selected honors

Fulbright Scholar. Fall 2015-Spring 2016.  University of Uyo.  Uyo, Nigeria.-University of South Carolina

Educational Foundation Award for Research in Professional Schools. University of South Carolina. 2014.

Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award presented by the Office of the Vice President for Research, University of South Carolina. 2013.

Visiting Scholar, University of West Indies. Mona, Jamaica.  March 2013.

South Carolina Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (SCAECTE).  Distinguished Early Childhood Faculty.  January 2013.

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