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James Brown


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86 Pleasant St S E


Ph.D., Bowling Green State University


Areas of Interest

Organizational and program assessment
Work-based learning: professional development and program design
Special needs learners: instruction accommodations
Diversity in education and work settings


Dr. James M. Brown is currently a professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota. He previously served for 17 years as director for the Minnesota Research and Development Center for Vocational Education (MRDC) and was co-director/co-founder of the Corrections Education Research Center. Examples of his past research initiatives at the University of Minnesota include: (a) design and implementation of Minnesota’s first federally-funded postsecondary school-to-adult community integration transition project for persons with disabilities, (b) design, direction, and validation of a state-wide external evaluation system for Minnesota’s Tech Prep Consortia, and (c) technical advisor for professional development and external evaluation for the Minneapolis Public School District’s secondary and postsecondary school-to-careers programs.

As president of the National Association of Special Needs Personnel, Dr. Brown testified before a U.S. House of Representatives’ Education Committee regarding how vocational education legislation should address the unique needs of learners with disabilities. He also assisted in the development of the State of Minnesota’s 1994 proposal for a five year $25 million proposal requesting federal School-to-Work Opportunity Act funding.

Selected Publications

  1. McClure, J. & Brown, J. M. (2008). Belonging at work. Human Resource Development International, 11(1), 3-17.

  2. Berkell-Zager, D., Brown, J., Stenhjem, P., & Maloney, A. (In press). Transition practices for persons with developmental disabilities. In Parette, P, Peterson-Karlan, G. & Ringlaben, R., (Eds.), Research-based and emerging practices in developmental disabilities. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

  3. Brown, J., Capadona, L., & Wulle, B. (In press). Cockpit resource management really does work! Flight Training Magazine.

  4. Conbere, J., Brown, J. M. (In review). A cost-benefit analysis of employee conflict reduction strategies. Conflict Resolution Quarterly.

  5. Brown, J. M., (2007). A critical-outcome analysis of the outcomes of the US transportation security administration’s conflict coaching services. University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN.

  6. Brown, J. M. (2002). Enhancing on-line learning for individuals with disabilities. In R. S. Anderson, J. F. Bauer, & B. W. Speck (Eds.), Assessment strategies for the on-line teacher: From theory to practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

  7. Brown, J. M. & Streumer, J. N. (1999). An international perspective on school-to-work systems and the participation of persons with disabilities. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

  8. Kuchinke, K. P., Brown, J. M., Anderson, H., & Hobson, J. (1998). Assessing training needs of manufacturing employees in rural Minnesota: A model and results. Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 36(1), 79-98.

  9. Brown, J. M. & Kuchinke. (1998) A comparison of the design and uses of the workkeys and Minnesota math and reading assessments within the Oakland tech prep consortium. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Research and Development Center, Department of Work, Community, and Family Education, University of Minnesota.