Part-time Professor of Political Science at East Georgia State College, Dr. Roger C. Byrd, will have an academic textbook published by Rowman and Littlefield in January 2021. Dr. Byrd’s upcoming book, entitled “Sisyphus No More: The Case for Prison Education”, explores how prison education provides many desirable outcomes for the inmate, their families, and the community as a whole.
Dr. Byrd began studying prison education while doing his doctoral dissertation and plans to use the book in his courses. According to Dr. Byrd, the title is taken from the story of Sisyphus in Greek mythology. For his sins, Sisyphus was compelled in the afterlife to roll a boulder up a hill only to have it break away and roll back to the bottom. Sisyphus did this for all eternity. The book’s cover, designed by Dr. Byrd’s wife, is an image of Sisyphus with a modern look.
Dr. Byrd explained, “The parallel I was attempting to draw is the fact that inmates often never can fully complete their sentences because of the enormous obstacles they face upon release. Prison education helps to enable them to overcome some of these obstacles.”
Dr. Byrd believes other instructors could use the book in classes preparing students to become teachers, policymakers, corrections professionals, and community advocates.
Dr. Byrd received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brewton-Parker College and his Master of Public Administration from Valdosta State University. He continued his education at Valdosta State University obtaining his Doctor of Education. He also has graduate certificates in cybercrime and digital and social media.
Dr. Byrd is a part-time instructor in the division of Social Sciences at EGSC. He is an Associate Professor of Social Sciences and the Director of Prison Programs at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Georgia Civic Affairs Foundation. Dr. Byrd is also a Senior Fellow with the Philemon Institute.
Prior to his career in education, Dr. Byrd was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1981 until 2002. During his tenure he chaired the standing committees of Human Relations and Aging and Intra-governmental Coordination. He subsequently served as the Chief of Staff for the Speaker of the Georgia House and as a member of the board of trustees of the Georgia Road and Tollway Authority.