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Brian McGowan Assoc Professor SOE School of Education

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Associate Director of Pedagogy & Higher Education Research | Center for Teaching, Research, & Learning
Brian L. McGowan, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Education and Associate Director in the Center for Teaching, Research, & Learning at American University. Dr. McGowan’s interdisciplinary research is driven by questions related to Black men’s and faculty of color experiences in higher education. As a critical constructivist, his research analyzes and addresses the social context of identity and the sociocultural factors that influence Black men’s learning experiences across multiple disciplinary contexts. Dr. McGowan’s work also explores teaching and learning and the ways that race and racism have shaped the experiences of students and faculty of color in the college classroom.

Dr. McGowan’s scholarship, teaching, and professional practice have been praised through awards and honors from multiple professional associations and higher education institutions. He has published 2 books and over 30 scholarly peer-reviewed publications; and procured approximately $2 million in external funding. His work has been published in the Journal of College Student Development, American Journal of Evaluation, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Equity & Excellence in Education, Urban Education, and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, among other outlets.

McGowan is a frequently sought-after expert on a wide range of education topics centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion; inclusive college teaching and pedagogy; and minoritized college student experiences. He has delivered over 60 presentations and invited talks at colleges and universities, research and evaluation organizations, and professional conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of College Student Development and Journal of Negro Education and is active in multiple professional associations.

Dr. McGowan received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University, his M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, and his B.M. in Music Education from Old Dominion University.
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