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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

Dr. McGowan’s research focuses on gender, race, and postsecondary educational outcomes; and college teaching and learning. A critical constructivist, McGowan’s interdisciplinary research is driven by questions related to Black men and faculty experiences in higher education. He is best known for his contributions to the college student development literature regarding the social context of identity and Black men’s interpersonal relationships. His current scholarship unearths the varied sociocultural factors that influence Black men’s (students and faculty) learning experiences in multiple disciplinary contexts including STEM. 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, Urban Review, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Journal of Men’s Studies. 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 the editorial boards of the Journal of College Student Development and Journal of Negro 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 the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division J (Higher Education) conference program chair for AERA 2022.
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Spring 2021

  • EDU-704 Antiracism, Equity & Inclusion