At Brown University, students study education from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. The faculty—social scientists, historians, and field-based experts—teach a wide array of undergraduate courses that comprise the Education Studies Concentration, lead two graduate programs (Master of Arts in Teaching and Urban Education Policy), and conduct research on important educational issues.

Position Openings

Human Development - Open Rank Faculty Position

The Department of Education at Brown University is conducting an open-rank faculty search in human development to begin July 1, 2016.  We invite scholars whose research focuses on human development from birth to young adulthood and whose work is clearly germane to education.  Areas of interest in this search include human development scholarship as applied to cultural/ethnic factors, racial/ethnic identity, bilingual/literacy development, socio-emotional processes, parental socialization, or cognitive and neurological processes of development, though we welcome scholarship in other areas relevant to education.  We invite individuals with an earned doctorate from any discipline who study human development broadly construed, including psychology, anthropology, sociology, family studies, and public health, among others.  Senior scholars must demonstrate a successful record of research funding and refereed journal publication, and demonstrated excellence in teaching and advising undergraduates.  Junior candidates must show promise of an active research agenda, have a demonstrated record of and interest in teaching undergraduates, and have an earned doctorate by the position start date.

Interested applicants are required to submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and two writing samples.  Junior applicants must submit three (3) confidential reference letters; Senior applicants must submit the names and contact information for at least five (5) referees, but should not submit letters at this time. Apply at http://apply.interfolio.com/30596.  Review of applications will begin October 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Questions about the positions can be addressed to Professor Tracy Steffes, Search Committee Co-Chair, at Tracy_Steffes@Brown.edu.  


What teachers really need to stay, improve and succeed

By Matthew A. Kraft and John P. Papay

What teachers really need to stay, improve and succeedWhat teachers really need to stay, improve and succeed

Olugbenga Joseph '16 has been named Brown's Newman Civic Fellow for 2015

Professor Matthew A. Kraft Selected for 2015 William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program

Launched in 1982, the Scholars Program supports the professional development of promising early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. Each Scholar receives funding to execute rigorous five-year research plans that stretch their skills and knowledge into new disciplines, content areas, or methods. 

Brown University Department of Education Professor Matthew A. Kraft has  been selected to this year's elite group of Scholars to pursue a research plan entitled "Teacher Effects on Students' Non-Cognitive Competencies: A Study of Impacts, Instruction, and Improvement", which explores the essential questions "What teaching practices support the development of students’ non-cognitive competencies? Can a coaching program help teachers to strengthen these practices?"

Read the full press release here.

Professors John P. Papay and Matthew A. Kraft win the 2015 AERA Palmer O. Johnson Award

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced the 2015 recipients of its Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award to be Brown University Department of Education Professors John P. Papay and Matthew A. Kraft for their paper “Can Professional Environments in Schools Promote Teacher Development? Explaining Heterogeneity in Returns to Teaching Experience”, published to Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis in December 2014.

The Award is presented annually to recognize the highest quality of academic scholarship published in one of the AERA peer-reviewed research journals.  Read the full paper, or the press release here.