Log In

Virginia Sowell Popper Edit Profile

Education educator

Virginia Sowell Popper, American education educator.


Popper, Virginia Sowell was born on September 10, 1945 in Macon, Georgia, United States. Daughter of Clifford E. and Hazel (Lewis) Sowell.


AB, Wesleyan College, Macon, 1967. Master of Education, University North Florida, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy, Georgia State University, 1991.


Teacher 6th grade Jones County Schools, Gray, Georgia, 1966-1967. Teacher 12th grade Richmond County Schools, Augusta, 1967-1968. Guidance counselor Aiken County Schools, North Augusta, South Carolina, 1968-1969, assistant principal, 1969-1971.

Director Durham (North Carolina) campus Kings College, 1974-1977. Research assistant Georgia Department Education, Atlanta, 1983-1985. Associate professor Mercer University, Macon, 1989-1999, associate professor emeritus, 1999.

Partner Educational Initiatives, Inc., since 1999. Visiting professor Agnes Scott College, since 2005. Teacher cultural studies exchange program Scinanto Gakuin College of Kitakusha, Japan-Mercer University.


  • Other Work

    • Contributing author: Business in Literature, 1986. Contributor articles, reports to professional publications.


Chairman Middle Georgia Regional Library. System, Macon, 1989-1991. Board directors Junior League Macon, Macon Young Women’s Christian Association, Macon Intown, Macon Heritage Foundation, Bibb County American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Macon Ballet, Friends of Library., Gladys Lasky Weller Scholarship Foundation, Mayor's Literature Task Force, Middle Georgia Girl Scout Council.

Member Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Association Teacher Educators, Georgia Council Social Studies, Georgia Association Indiana College Teacher Education, Kappa Delta Lambda, Pi Lambda Theta.


Married James Clarence Sikes, June 24, 1967 (divorced 1989). Children: Zachary Andrew, Cristen Elizabeth. Married Joseph W. Popper, Junior, December 28, 1992.

Clifford E. Sowell

Hazel (Lewis) Sowell

James Clarence Sikes

Joseph W. Popper

Zachary Andrew Popper

Cristen Elizabeth Popper