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Brown, Julie

Julie Brown HeadshotAssociate Professor
School of Teaching and Learning

College of Education
University of Florida
2-290, Norman Hall
P.O. Box 117048
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone Number: (352) 273-4218
Fax Number: (352) 392-9193

Research Biography

My scholarship is rooted in the science of broadening participation in STEM in secondary and higher education contexts. My research team and I work to advance equitable STEM learning environments by preparing culturally responsive science teachers, designing equitable STEM instructional tools, and facilitating undergraduate Teaching Assistant development in the Life Sciences. We examine how secondary science teachers learn to enact cultural responsiveness for the students they serve through their attitudes, classroom practices, and designed curricula. We also construct and evaluate undergraduate biology TA training programs using the Scientific Teaching framework. In this scholarship my team employs design-based research methods to devise, assess, and revise theoretically-grounded interventions that are responsive to specific, contextualized problems. As a design researcher, I have produced theoretical insights for promoting equitable science teaching and positive impacts for partnering communities.

My Team’s Projects

Project RIEL: Responsive Instruction for Emergent Bilingual Learners in Biology Classrooms

Project CREST: Culturally Responsive, Equitable Science Teachers


Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Science Education), 2014
University of Florida

M.Ed. in Science Education, 2006
University of Florida

B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science, 2003
University of Rhode Island

Key Professional Appointments

Associate Professor, Science Education, University of Florida, 2018 – Present

Associate Professor, STEM Education, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2018

Assistant Professor, STEM Education, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2014 – 2018

Activities and Honors

University of Minnesota

Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle, “Rising Star Faculty Award”, 2015

University of Florida

Outstanding Graduate Research Award, 2014

External Sources

National Association for Research in Science Teaching

Jhumki Basu Scholar, 2013


External Sources

Principal Investigator (2020 – 2023) Responsive Instruction for Emergent Bilingual Learners in Biology Classrooms. National Science Foundation – DRK12 program (DRL 2010153) $1,120,163.00

Co-Principal Investigator (2017 – 2020) Building Excellence with Scientific Teaching (BEST): Transforming the College of Biological Sciences with a Scientific Teaching Certification Series. National Science Foundation – IUSE program (DUE 1712033) $291,481

Senior Personnel (2017 – 2020) Connecting the Smart-City Paradigm with a Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Systems Framework to Advance Equity in Communities.National Science Foundation Smart & Connected Cities (SCC) program (CNS 1737633) $2,500,000

Co-Principal Investigator (2017 – 2020) ESPRIT: fostering Equitable Science through PaRental Involvement and Technology. National Science Foundation Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program (DRL 1657088) $1,022,146

Co-Principal Investigator (2015 – 2019) A Study on Promoting Reflective and Equitable Practice Through Science Teacher Induction. National Science Foundation (DUE 1540789) $800,000

Co-Principal Investigator (2016 – 2018) STEM Teachers Learning through Lesson Analysis Project (MN STeLLA) in Minnesota. Minnesota Department of Education $1,608,000         

Co-Principal Investigator (2016 – 2018) Developing STEM Schools in Minneapolis Public Schools. Cargill Foundation $300,000

Internal Sources

Co-Principal Investigator (2020-2021) Cultivating equity in STEM classrooms at UF: A multidisciplinary collaboration to create a training course in inclusive, antiracist teaching practices for Learning Assistants (LAs) in STEM courses. University of Florida, Office of Research $60,000

Principal Investigator (2019 – 2021) Project CREST: Developing Culturally Responsive and Equitable Science Teachers. University of Florida, School of Teaching and Learning Shewey Foundation Endowment Fund. Amount: $40,000

Co-Principal Investigator (2019 – 2020) Project RISE: Developing a Responsive Model of Biology Instruction for Newcomer ELLs. University of Florida, College of Education College Research Incentive Fund (CRIF). Amount: $38,705

Principal Investigator (2016 – 2017) Promoting Somali and Latino/a Parent Science Education Involvement through Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments.University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President of Research Grant-In-Aid competition $27,347

Co-Principal Investigator (2016 – 2018) Providing Community-Based Research Experiences for International Students. University of Minnesota International Student Services Fee competition $196,488 

Principal Investigator (2013 – 2014) STARTS (Science Teachers Are Responsive To Students): Preparing Culturally Responsive Science Teachers through Research-Grounded Professional Development. UF Lastinger Center for Learning, Robert & Mary Pew Public Education Fund, Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, and Quantum Foundation $39,972

Selected Publications

Brown, J. C. & Livstrom, I. C. (2020). Secondary science teachers’ pedagogical design capacities for multicultural curriculum design. Journal of Science Teacher Education.DOI: 10.1080/1046560X.2020.1756588

Thompson, S.K., Brown, J.C., Cotner S., Zhao, F., Andicoechea, J., & Roehrig, G.H. (2020). Design features of an effective and theoretically ground training program for undergraduate teaching assistants in the Life Sciences. International Journal of Designs for Learning. 11(1), 59-74.

Oesterle J., Upadhyay B., Brown J.C., Vernon M. (2019) Citizen Science: A Path to Democratic and Sociopolitically Conscious Science In: Trifonas P. (eds) Handbook of Theory and Research in Cultural Studies and Education. Springer International Handbooks of Education: Springer https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-01426-1_28-1

Brown, J.C., Ring-Whalen, E.A.G, Roehrig, G.H., & Ellis, J. (2018). Advancing culturally responsive science education in secondary classrooms through an induction course. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 9(1). 

Titu, P.G, Ring-Whalen, E.A.G, Brown, J.C., & Roehrig, G.H. (2018). Exploring changes in science teachers’ attitudes toward culturally diverse students during an equity-focused course. Journal of Science Teacher Education.

Crippen, K.J. & Brown, J.C. (2018). SAGE Encyclopedia: Design-Based Research. In B. Frey (Ed.) SAGE encyclopedia of educational research, measurement, and evaluation

Mensah, F.M., Brown, J.C., Titu, P.G, Rozowa, P.G, Sivaraj, R.G, & Hedari, R. (2018). Preservice and inservice teachers’ ideas of multiculturalism: Explorations across two science methods courses in two different contexts. Journal of Science Teacher Education, DOI: 10.1080/1046560X.2018.1425820

Brown, J.C. (2017). A metasynthesis of the complementarity of culturally responsive and inquiry-based science education in K-12 settings: Implications for advancing equitable science teaching and learning. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, DOI 10.1002/tea.21401

Brown, J.C. & Crippen, K.J. (2017). The knowledge and practices of high school science teachers in pursuit of cultural responsiveness. Science Education, 101(1), 99-133 DOI 10.1002/sce.21250

Jung, K.G.G & Brown, J.C. (2016). Examining pre-service science teachers’ use of an Academic Language Planning Organizer in planning for science academic language. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 27(8), 847-872.

Brown, J.C. & Crippen, K.J. (2016). Designing for culturally responsive science education through professional development. International Journal of Science Education. DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2015.1136756

Brown, J. C. & Crippen, K. J. (2016). The Growing Awareness Inventory: Building capacity for culturally responsive science and mathematics with a structured observation protocol. School Science and Mathematics. 113(6), 127-138. DOI: 10.1111/ssm.12163

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