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Tuere Bowles

Associate Professor

Poe Hall 310C



Tuere A. Bowles, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership, Policy, Adult & Higher Education at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. Complex analyses of social justice and equity issues in education unify Dr. Bowles’ research agenda. She draws upon adult learning theories and ecological frameworks to ground her interdisciplinary endeavors; and, although she employs mixed-methods in both research and evaluation, qualitative inquiry is her greatest strength. Two specific themes persist in her scholarship. In the first theme, she explores the socialization and educational experiences of people of color across the lifespan in both formal (i.e., secondary and postsecondary) and non-formal (e.g., community, religious, social movement) settings. With the second recurring theme of her scholarship, gender and diversity in the environmental sciences and engineering, she identifies the underrepresentation of minority women in STEM disciplines and careers as a social justice issue. Dr. Bowles has memberships in several professional associations and presents at several national conferences. She has served as principal/co-principal investigator on a number of funded research projects: Sustainability, Energy, and Environment: Creating an ARK of Excellence on the “SEE” funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF); ITEST - Photonics Leaders II funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF); ADVANCE-ENG Girls to Women funded by the Mitchell Kapoor Foundation & Hilfiger; and, ADVANCE-ENG Boyz to Men funded by the NCSU Office of Extension & Engagement and Economic Development. Prior to NC State, Dr. Bowles served as the Program Manager at the Environmental Justice Resource Center in Atlanta, GA where she was responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of the following programs: The Program to Facilitate Environmental Justice in Minority and Under Served Communities funded by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR); Building Environmental Stewardship sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) & the United Negro College Fund (UNCF); Brownfields Minority Worker Training Program funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS); and the Youth Apprenticeship Program funded by the Atlanta Housing Authority. In addition, she coordinated, facilitated, and prepared instructional materials for workshops and conferences on health and environmental justice issues pertaining to employment, housing, economic development, technology, and transportation. Dr. Bowles received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College, Masters of Divinity degree from Morehouse School of Religion (ITC), and Doctorate in Adult Education and Graduate Certificates in Women’s Studies and Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies from The University of Georgia.


Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education from University of Georgia
Graduate Certificates in Women’s Studies and Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies from University of Georgia
Masters of Divinity in Christian Education from Morehouse School of Religion (ITC)
Bachelor of Arts in English from Spelman College


Courses Taught

  •  Adult learning and development
  •  Multicultural adult education
  •  Instructional strategies
  •  Assessment and evaluation
  •  Qualitative research

Research Areas