B. Joyce Stallworth

Dr. B. Joyce Stallworth has 26 years of experience as a university professor and administrator, community college instructor, and high school English teacher. Now retired from academia, she holds the title of Associate Provost Emerita at The University of Alabama.

Stallworth joined the Desir Group as Managing Partner in 2017. Her expertise and network in higher education are helping to propel Desir Group’s Higher Education Practice forward. With abundant and diverse experience in institutions of learning, she understands that education is the greatest vehicle for changing the social and economic status of underserved families and communities for generations to come. She also recognizes the need for higher education to take a deliberate and more comprehensive approach to recruiting, selecting, developing, and retaining diverse talent. Hence, she is solidly committed to her role in a firm that is positioned to offer a broad platform of services inclusive of diversity recruitment strategies, training, leadership development, coaching, cultural competency, and diversity consulting.

She is also an Adjunct Professor in the International Graduate Program at the State University of New York/Buffalo State. Her current international work includes teaching pedagogical courses in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Venezuela, Kuwait, and Ecuador. During her tenure as a Professor of English Education at The University of Alabama, Dr. Stallworth taught courses in literacy and language education; curriculum, instruction, and assessment; research in teacher education; instructional design; and young adult literature.

In addition to her position with Desir Group, Dr. Stallworth is leveraging her primary research interests in leadership development, adult education, diversity and culturally responsive teaching, university/school partnerships, and international education to partner with faculty, staff and institutions which are on an innovative and transformative path. As an administrator, Dr. Stallworth served on search committees; directed programs to support underrepresented students in higher education; directed service and outreach projects as well as grants focused on supporting underserved K-12 populations and BlackBelt (West Alabama Region) schools and communities; and developed policy recommendations for increasing systemic diversity education experiences to raise the levels of civility, respect for differences, and the value of human dignity among students, staff, faculty, and administrators.

Stallworth earned her Doctor of Education Degree from Vanderbilt University in 1993; her Master’s Degree from Auburn University in 1990; and her Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of Alabama in 1988. She is active on a number of boards including The Boys and Girls Clubs of West Alabama; and Preparing Black Female Faculty for the Academy (Mississippi State University/National Science Foundation Project). She previously served on the Board of Trustees of Talladega College. She is a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a member of The Links, Inc. Joyce and her brother are the owners of The Brundidge on Bruner, a boutique bed and breakfast located in Evergreen, Alabama.


Managing Partner