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John J. Brown, Ed.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Curriculum & Instruction
Coburn Hall, Room 270G


Student Engagement, Critical Pedagogy, Teaching ELA, School Culture; Social & Emotional Learning, Teacher Identity & Autonomy & Collective Bargaining.


  • Ed.D.: Language Arts & Literacy, (2006), University of Massachusetts - Lowell
    Supporting Area: Full Scholarship
  • MA: English, (1995), Salem State University - Salem
    Supporting Area: Full Scholarship
  • Additional Coursework: Moderate Special Needs, (1993), University of Massachusetts Boston - Boston
    Supporting Area: Full Scholarship
  • BA: English, (1990), Stonehill College - N.Easton


During his nearly two decades as a school teacher, John developed an inquiry-based-learning environment using constructivist teaching methods and a skills-based curriculum to help traditionally underserved students improve their receptive and expressive language skills. John's particular areas of expertise are student motivation, social & emotional learning and developing positive school culture. For the past 15 years he has taught, coached and advised both pre-service and in-service schoolteachers as a member of the UML faculty. John has taught more than 20 different courses at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, both online and on campus. He works in: the Curriculum & Instruction M.Ed. Program, K-12 School Leadership M.Ed & Ed.S. Programs, the Reading & Language M.Ed Program, the Leadership Ed.D. Program and the undergraduate minor program and supervises student teachers in over 30 schools.

John is a Massachusetts Education Policy Fellow at the Rennie Center in Boston and an education consultant to K-12 school districts and other educational organizations. His book "The Use of Force:Teaching Adolescents in the 21st Century (Peter Lang Publishers)" is due out in December.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Massachusetts Education Policy Fellow at the Rennie Center in Boston.

Selected Publications

  • Brown J. (in press). The use of force:Teaching adolescents in the 21st century. Peter Lang.
  • Cooper, A. & Brown, J. (2023). Transcending time, history and race through ‘place.’ Language Magazine, 22(6), 36-41. 
  • Brown, J. (2022). Should Shakespeare Be Taught High School? The Leaflet, in press. (Winter). 
  • Brown, J. (2019). What Is Pedagogy? And, why it’s important for teachers to consider? educate, (Spring). 
  • Brown, J. (2019). What is my role as a teacher? The Leaflet, 118 (Winter) 25-29. 
  • Brown, J. (2018). Freewriting: Where did it come from? Why should we use it? How does it work? The Leaflet, 117 (Winter) 34-40. 
  • Brown, J. (2003). The big screen: Using the data projector in the writing classroom. Learning and leading in education. 
  • Brown, J. (2000). Who should decide if the kids can graduate? Billerica Minuteman. 

Selected Presentations

  • Mindset over Methods - New England League of Middle Schools Annual Conference, 2022
  • Teacher Trauma and Transformation - Eastern Educational Research Association 42nd Annual Conference, February 2019 - Myrtle Beach, North Carolina
  • Teacher panel as an Alternate Professional Developmental Model - Critical Questions in Education Conference (Academy for Educational Studies), March 2018 - Portland, OR
  • Progressive Approaches to Teaching Grammar, Punctuation, and Usage -  Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Annual Convention, March 2017 - Portland, OR
  • Building Teacher Effectiveness Through the Use of Teacher Personal Narrative - AACTE 68th Annual Meeting, February 2016 - Las Vegas, NV
  • Fieldtrip as Field Experience: Preparing Candidates to Plan, Supervise and Embed a Trip to Boston’s MFA Into the Curriculum - MACTE, October 2015 - Worcester, MA
  • Progressive approaches to teaching grammar, punctuation, and usage - Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Annual Convention , March 2015 - Tampa, FLA
  • Narrative landscapes as a new form of data for the professional development of teachers - National Council for the Teaching of English Annual Convention, November 2014 - Washington D. C.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

Massachusetts Education Policy Fellow at the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy