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Jocelyn Boulware Bruce

Assistant Director, Center for Inclusive Communities; Co-Director, Intergroup Dialogue Program

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Jocelyn is from Chester, South Carolina and is a 2017 Furman graduate whose studies took her to theological education at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Her work became more clearly defined and lives at the intersection of pedagogical theory, dialogue theory, faith, and liberatory praxes. She worked in K-12 education and non-profit before higher education. Jocelyn's primary research interests are pedagogical theory, dialogue theory, and justice education. At Furman, she advises the Student Diversity Council and is the Co-Director of the university's Intergroup Dialogue Program. She facilitates courses on social class and dialogue for social change in addition to training facilitators to lead dialogues on exigent issues of our times.


  • M.T.S., Vanderbilt University
  • B.A., Furman University

Honors and Awards

  • Frederick Buechner Prize (2019).
  • Highest honors on her Master of Theological Studies Thesis titled: 'Communicative Pedagogy: an Epistemic Application of the Homiletic Theory of Communicative Ethics', Vanderbilt University.
  • Florence Conwell Prize for Excellence in Preaching (2019), Vanderbilt University.
  • Joseph Vaughn Award (2017), Furman University.