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Dr. Jennifer Brown - Columbus State University

Columbus State University

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Dr. Jennifer Brown

Professor
Teacher Education, Leadership & Counseling


Academic Areas

  • Retention of students from commuter colleges and universities
  • Implementation of effective instructional methods
  • Mathematical anxiety
  • Homeschooling

Education

  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (2008)
    • Dissertation: An Examination of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Factors and Academic Success in the Pre-Engineering Curriculum at a Four-Year Southeastern University
  • Ed.S. in Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction (2005), University of West Georgia
  • M.Ed. in Interrelated Special Education (2002), University of West Georgia
  • B.S.Ed. in Special Education: Mental Retardation (1998), University of West Georgia (cum laude honors)

Biography

Dr. Brown began her educational career as a special education teacher at the secondary level in LaGrange, Georgia.  After earning her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, she returned the classroom as a secondary math teacher.  Dr. Brown joined the Teacher Education Department at CSU in 2011 where she teaches educational psychology, diversity, and educational research to undergraduate and graduate students.  Her primary research interests include undergraduate retention at commuter institutions and effective instructional strategies, which began with her graduate research assistantship under the direction of Drs. Gerald and Glennelle Halpin at Auburn University.  Outside of her professional life, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, working in her garden, and cooking gourmet foods. 

MEMBERSHIP

• Eastern Educational Research Association
     Vice-President of Conference Planning (2011–2016)
     Regional Representative (2008)
• Sigma Alpha Iota
     Past President & Editor of Eta Gamma Chapter
     Lifetime Member

MAJOR COMMITTEES

  • COEHP CAEP Steering Committee (2015–2019)
  • COEHP Graduate Council (2018–2020)
  • COEHP Program Leadership Council (2018–2020)
  • CSU RPG Committee (2012–2020)
  • CSU Institutional Review Board (2012–present)
    • Assistant Chair (2012–2013)
    • Chair (2013–present)

HONORS

  • Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program (2020)
  • COEHP Nominee for the CSU Online Teaching Award (2019)
  • COEHP Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award given by the COEHP faculty (2019)
  • COEHP Nominee for the CSU Online Teaching Award (2018)
  • Regents' Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (2017)
  • CSU Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (2016)
  • COEHP Nominee for the CSU Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (2015)
  • Faculty Mentor for the Recipient of the Outstanding Student Paper Award for the 2014 Eastern Educational Research Conference (2014)
  • COEHP Scholar of the Year given by the COEHP faculty (2014)
  • COEHP Dean's Innovation Award (2014)
  • Outstanding Teacher of Writing Award given by the CSU Writing Center and CSU Faculty Center (2014)
  • COEHP Nominee for the 2012-2013 CSU Faculty Research and Scholarship Award (2013)
  • LaGrange High School Teacher of the Month given by the student body (February 2010)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student for Auburn University College of Education, given by the Department of EFLT faculty (2008)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Nominee for Auburn University Graduate School, nominated by the Department of EFLT faculty (2008)
  • Auburn University Nursing Research Award (2007)
  • LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce:  Leadership Troup Class (2003)
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (Ages 8–21):  Exceptional Needs Specialist (2002)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota College Honor Leadership Award given by the faculty (1998)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota Sword of Honor Leadership Award given by the chapter (1998)

PROGRAM EVALUATIONS

  • Alabama Department of Public Health Abstinence Only Education Program: Fiscal Year 2007 Annual Evaluation Report (which included 7 intensive and 1 non-intensive projects and reached over 37,000 youth).
  • Alabama Department of Public Health Abstinence Only Education Program: Fiscal Year 2008 Annual Evaluation Report (which included 6 intensive and 1 non-intensive projects and reached over 35,000 youth).
  • Alabama Department of Public Health Abstinence Only Education Program: Annual Evaluation Report: Performance Measure Tracking for Fiscal Year 2005 and 2006.
  • Alabama United Prevention Services First-, Second-, and Third-Year Findings: Overview with Preliminary Results from Fiscal Years 2006, 2007, and 2008 Implementers (which included 6 prevention projects and over 20,000 youth and adults).
  • Alabama United Prevention Services First- and Second-Year Findings: Overview with Preliminary Results from Fiscal Years 2007 and 2008 Capacity Builders (which included 6 prevention projects and over 12,000 youth and adults).
  • Engineering Retention Study for 2006, 2007, and 2008 regarding Pre-Engineering Admission Status, Demographics, ACT and SAT scores, and Graduation Status (which included a sample size over 11,700 undergraduate college students).
  • FNO Policy at LaGrange High School: Impact on Student Grades by Semester, Department, and Review Session Attendance (which included a sample size over 1,300 high school students).
  • Summary of the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 EERA Post-Conference Planning Survey Data (which included a total sample size over 550 conference participants).
  • Summary of the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum Evaluation Survey Pilot for The Leadership Institute at Cunningham Center (which included nearly 40 conference participants).
  • Summary of the 2012 Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum Evaluation Survey for The Leadership Institute at Cunningham Center (which included over 210 conference participants).
  • College of Education and Health Professions Longitudinal Retention Study of Freshman Cohorts Entering 1999 through 2014 (which included a sample size of 3,357 college students).
  • College of Education and Health Professions: Pre-College Characteristics of Incoming Freshmen using the Freshman Orientation Survey 2012, 2013, and 2014 (which included a total sample size over 717 college students).
  • An Evaluation of the Fall 2012 Semester Freshman Learning Communities for EDUC 2120 and EDUC 2130 (which included a sample size of approximately 45 freshman college students).
  • An Exploratory Examination of An Educational Foundations Freshman Learning Community (Fall 2013) (which included a sample size of 23 freshman college students).
  • An Exploratory Examination of Why Nursing Students do not Graduate (Spring 2015) (sample size of 293 nursing students)
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Program Evaluation Summer 2015 Cohort:  Semester 1 Focus Group (n = 16), Semester 2 Focus Group (n = 9), Fall 2015 Cooperating Teachers (n = 8), Semester 3 Surveys for Confidence Levels, Cooperating Teachers, and University Supervisors (n = 12), and Semester 4 Survey and Focus Group (n = 12).
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Program Evaluation Summer 2016 Cohort:  Semester 1 Survey (n = 14), Semester 2 Focus Group (n = 3), and Semester 4 Focus Group (n = 12);
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Program Evaluation Summer 2017 Cohort:  Semester 1 Focus Group (n = 14).
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