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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) 392-4218
Fax Number: (352) 392-9193
jbrown@coe.ufl.edu

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.

Degrees

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

Grants

External Sources

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

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

Journal Articles

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

Crippen, K. J., Brown, J.C., Apraiz, K., Busi, R. P., Evran, D., McLaughlin, C., & Peace, M. (2015). A process model of the U.S. federal perspective on STEM. Journal of STEM Teacher Education, 50(1), 19-47.

Brown, J. C., Bokor, J.R., Crippen, K.J., & Koroly, M.J. (2014). Translating current science into materials for high school via a scientist-teacher partnership. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 25(3): 239-262

Brown, J.C. (2013). Exploring contemporary issues in genetics and society: Karyotyping, biological sex and gender. The American Biology Teacher 75(9), 692-697.

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