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Julie Brown

Assistant Professor, STEM Education

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Areas of Interest

Culturally responsive STEM teacher preparation, Technology-enhanced culturally responsive STEM instruction, Undergraduate biology TA preparation, Design-based research

Research Interests

My work focuses on promoting equitable STEM learning environments by preparing culturally responsive science teachers, designing and testing equitable STEM instructional tools, facilitating undergraduate TA training in the life sciences, and promoting science teacher-parent collaborations via technology-enhanced environments. In this work I employ design-based research methods to construct, assess, and revise empirically- and theoretically-grounded interventions that are responsive to a specific problem identified for a given context. As a design researcher, outcomes of my scholarship include theoretical advancement and evidence-based principles for promoting equitable STEM teaching and learning in secondary and higher education spaces. I have been recognized for my scholarship and commitment to social justice through the Rising Star Faculty Award from the University of Minnesota's Women's Philanthropic Leadership and the Jhumki Basu Scholars for Equity and Ethics award by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. I was previously awarded the Outstanding Graduate Research Award from the University of Florida’s College of Education for my research on Designing for Culturally Responsive Science Education through Professional Development. Read more about my work here.


  • CI 8133 - Research Methods in Curriculum and Instruction
  • CI 8150 - Design-Based Research (Research Topics in Curriculum and Instruction)
  • CI 8594 - Research in Science Education 
  • CI 8595 - Directed Study in Science Education
  • CI 5538 - Action Research in Science Education
  • CI 5536 - Equity, Policy, and Assessment in Science Education
  • EPSY 5200 - Community-Engaged Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students


Selected Publications

  1. Mensah, F.M., Brown, J.C., Titu, P., Rozowa, P.S., Sivaraj, R., & Hedari, R. (2018). Preservice and inservice teachers’ ideas of multiculturalism: Explorations across two science methods courses in two different contexts. Journal of Science Teacher Education

  2. Brown, J.C. (2017). A metasynthesis of the complementarity of culturally responsive and inquiry-based science education in K-12 settings: Implications for advancing equitable science teaching and learning. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, DOI 10.1002/tea.21401

  3. Crippen, K.J. & Brown, J.C. (2017). SAGE Encyclopedia: Design-Based Research. In B. Frey (Ed.) SAGE encyclopedia of educational research, measurement, and evaluation.

  4. Brown, J.C & Crippen, K.J. (2017). The knowledge and practices of high school science teachers in pursuit of cultural responsiveness. Science Education, DOI 10.1002/sce.21250

  5. Jung, K.G. & Brown, J.C. (2016). Examining pre-service science teachers’ use of an Academic Language Planning Organizer in planning for science academic language. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 27(8), 847-872.

  6. Brown, J.C. & Crippen, K.J. (2016). Designing for culturally responsive science education through professional development. International Journal of Science Education. DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2015.1136756

  7. Brown, J.C. & Crippen, K.J. (2016). The Growing Awareness Inventory: Building capacity for culturally responsive science and mathematics with a structured observation protocol. School Science and Mathematics. 113(6), 127-138. DOI:10.1111/ssm.12163

  8. Crippen, K. J., Brown, J. C. &, Apraiz, K., Busi, R. P., Evran, D., McLaughlin, C., & Peace, M. (2015). A process model of the U.S. federal perspective on STEM.Journal of STEM Teacher Education, 50(1), 19-47

  9. Brown, J.C., Bokor, J. R., Crippen, K. J., & Koroly, M.J. (2014). Translating current science into materials for high school via a scientist-teacher partnership. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 25(3): 239-262

  10. Brown, J. C. (2013). Exploring contemporary issues in genetics and society: Karyotyping, biological sex and gender. The American Biology Teacher 75(9), 692-697.

  11. Klosterman, M.L. Sadler, T.D. & Brown, J.C. (2012) Science teachers’ use of mass media to address socio-scientific issues and sustainability. Research in Science Education 42(1)

  12. Klosterman, M.L. Sadler, T.D., & Brown, J.C. (2012) Viral news: media literacy for the 21st century. Science Scope 35(9)

Selected Presentations

  1. Titu, P., Barron, H.A., & Brown, J.C. (2018, March). Examining first year science teachers' beliefs about culturally relevant teaching. National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) conference, Atlanta, GA. 

  2. Kim, J., Brown, J.C., & Roehrig, G.H. (2018, March). Teacher-generated models of STEM integration when prescribed standardized curricula is present. National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) conference, Atlanta, GA.

  3. Livstrom, I.C. & Brown, J.C. (2018, January). Science teachers’ experiences integrating culturally responsive pedagogy into standards-based curricula: Opportunities and challenges. Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Baltimore, MD.

  4. Titu, P., Barron, H.A., Brown, J.C., & Roehrig, G.H. (2018, January). Exploring science teachers’ beliefs toward culturally relevant teaching during their first-year classroom teaching. Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Baltimore, MD

  5. Ellis, J., Ring, E.A., Brown, J.C., & Roehrig, G.H. (2017, August). Relating beginning science teachers' reform-based beliefs and practices in an induction program. European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Dublin, Ireland.

  6. Ellis, J., Roehrig, G.H., Brown, J.C., & Billington, B. (April 2017). Using interactive video tools to engage, express and assess beginning teachers in an online teacher induction program. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Austin, TX.

  7. Rozowa, P.S., Brown, J.C., & Barron, H.A.  (April 2017) Comparing secondary science teachers’ culturally relevant unit plans before and after an equity-focused induction course. National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), San Antonio, TX

  8. Titu, P., Ring. E.A., Brown, J.C., & Roehrig, G.H. (April 2017) Exploring changes in science teachers’ attitudes toward culturally diverse students during an induction course. National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), San Antonio, TX.

  9. Ellis, J., Ring, E., Brown, J.C, & Roehrig, G. (April 2017). The relationship between reform-based beliefs and practices for beginning science teachers in an induction program. National Association for Research in Science Teaching, San Antonio, TX.

  10. Mensah, F.M., Brown, J.C., & Roehrig, G.H. (January 2017). Exploring preservice and inservice teachers’ ideas of multiculturalism: Explorations across two science methods courses. Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Des Moines, IA

  11. Brown, J.C., Ring, E.A., Roehrig, G.H., & Ellis, J. (January 2017) Advancing culturally responsive science education in secondary classrooms through an induction course. Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Des Moines, IA

  12. Ellis, J., Ring, E., Brown, J.C, & Roehrig, G. (January 2017). Induction and its impact on beginning science teachers’ reform-based beliefs and practices. Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Des Moines, IA

  13. Titu, P., Ring, E. A., Brown, J. C., & Roehrig, G. H. (January 2017) A work in progress: The evolution of science teacher attitudes toward teaching culturally diverse students throughout a 4-week-long summer course. Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Des Moines, IA