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Brian McGowan Associate Professor School of Education

Additional Positions at AU
Associate Director of Pedagogy & Higher Education Research | Center for Teaching, Research, & Learning
Ph.D., Indiana University, Higher Education Administration; M.A., Ohio State University, Higher Education and Student Affairs; B.M., Old Dominion University, Music Education

Brian L. McGowan, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Education and Associate Director of Pedagogy and Higher Education Research in the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning at American University. A critical constructivist, McGowan’s research is driven by questions that unearth the experiences of Black college men and faculty in postsecondary educational contexts. He is best known for his contributions to the college student development literature regarding the social construction of gender and race in college men’s interpersonal relationships. His publications have deliberately considered multiple disciplinary contexts including higher education, program evaluation, and teacher preparation. McGowan’s scholarship, teaching, and professional practice have been praised through awards and honors from multiple professional associations and higher education institutions. He is the co-editor of two books - Men and masculinities: Theoretical foundations and promising practices for supporting college men’s development, and Black men in the academy: Narratives of resiliency, achievement, and success. McGowan is the author of over 25 scholarly publications that appear in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of College Student Development, Equity & Excellence in Education, Urban Education, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Journal of Men’s Studies (among others). McGowan is a frequently sought-after expert on a wide range of education topics centered around 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 editorial boards in the field of education and is active in multiple professional associations including the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and the ACPA-College Student Educators International. He is currently a co-chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division J Faculty, Curriculum, and Teaching section and will be the incoming Division J program chair for AERA 2022.
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Summer 2020

  • EDU-704 Diversity, Inclusion & Equity

Fall 2020

  • EDU-704 Diversity, Inclusion & Equity

Spring 2021

  • EDU-704 Antiracism, Equity & Inclusion