Nina Gilbert, PH.D.

Morehouse College

professional and continuing studies faculty
  • Assistant Professor
  • Education Department Chair
  • Director,  Center for Excellence in Education

Dr. Nina Gilbert is an assistant professor at Morehouse College, where she also serves as chair of the Education Department and director of the Center for Excellence in Education. She is also the former senior advisor on education reform for the Morehouse Research Institute. She has also served as an adjunct professor at both Morehouse College and Mercer University’s Tift College of Education.

Prior to her transition into higher education, Gilbert served in a variety of teaching and leadership roles in the K-12 sector, and has served as an educator in district, charter, international and independent schools and founded Georgia’s first single-gender charter school, Ivy Preparatory Academy in 2008. She has also been deeply involved in education policy and community advocacy activities and has developed programs and services that promote authentic civic engagement and stakeholder collaboration.

Gilbert is a national thought leader and education innovator and works closely with leaders from other sectors and who are in search of her expertise. In addition to consulting with agencies, non-profit organizations and school leaders, she also works in the film and entertainment industry to ensure compliance with local, state and Screen Actors Guild requirements that pertain to the education, safety, and welfare of minor actors and entertainers. She has also served as a consultant and producer for three independent films.

Because of her many contributions to education, Gilbert has been profiled by magazines such as Rolling Out and Essence and was identified in 2013 by the Root as an Education Class Act. She is a 2007 national recipient of Maybelline’s Beauty of Education Award and was recognized by CNN for her commitment to her students. In her local community, Gilbert has been recognized as an Outstanding Georgia Citizen by the Secretary of State, NAACP and the Atlanta Business League who named her as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Atlanta. She has participated in several national educational fellowships including the Pahara-Aspen Fellowship, the 50 State Campaign for Achievement Now (50CAN) and Building Excellent Schools.



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  • Maybelline’s Beauty of Education Award, 2007
  • Outstanding Georgia Citizen, Georgia Secretary of State
  • 100 Most Influential Women in Atlanta, Atlanta Business League


Dr. Nina L. Gilbert – On Topic: The Indispensable Role of Educators

Director of Morehouse Center for Excellence in Education, Nina L. Gilbert, Ed.D. explains the importance of trusting educators to teach historically and culturally relevant curriculum while keeping weapons out of the classroom.

Nina Gilbert: Teaching Social Justice | #PLtogether

Nina Gilbert, Director of the Center for Excellence in Education at Morehouse College, discusses the importance of teaching social justice and how to do it.

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Nina Gilbert: This Generation Might Be Less Educated Than Their Parents

Edthena CEO Adam Geller interviews Nina Gilbert, Director of the Center for Excellence in Education at Morehouse College, about the current landscape of education and what we can be doing to support students.

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Nina Gilbert: Culture and Empathy in the Classroom

Nina Gilbert, Director of the Center for Excellence in Education at Morehouse College, discusses culture and empathy in the classroom.

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Nina Gilbert: High-Stakes Testing Isn’t The Only Way to Have Accountability

Nina Gilbert, Director of the Center for Excellence in Education at Morehouse College, discusses why high-stakes testing isn’t the end-all-be-all for student and teacher accountability..

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Nonevaluative feedback allows for more authenticity

Edthena CEO Adam Geller interviews former classroom teacher and education expert, Nina Gilbert about how to provide constructive feedback to teachers.

Eddie Glaude, Nina Gilbert, Nicole Carr || Illuminated by Morehouse Ep.3-Beyond Critical Race Theory

Princeton University’s Dr. Eddie Glaude ’89 and Morehouse’s Dr. Nina Gilbert discuss the truth, impact, and recent criticism of critical race theory as well as how we define truth in a media- and opinion-driven era and protect the truth behind African-American stories in this episode of Illuminated by Morehouse, guest hosted by Adjunct professor of journalism Nicole Carr.