1 1 Brittany Alexis Aronson Miami University College of Education, Health, and Society Department of Educational Leadership 210 East Spring Street 306-L McGuffey Hall Oxford, OH Phone: (954) RESEARCH INTERESTS Cultural studies in education, social foundations in education, teaching and leadership in diverse/urban schools, social justice education, teacher positionality, culturally relevant education, qualitative research methodology, educational policy EDUCATION August 2014 August 2007 May 2005 Doctor of Philosophy, Learning Environments and Educational Studies Primary Specialization: Cultural Studies in Education Secondary Specialization: Curriculum, Teaching, & Teacher Education Cognate: Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Dissertation: Critical Social Justice Teacher Education: Beginning Teachers Pedagogy and Praxis Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN Master of Education, Curriculum and Instructional Leadership Specialization: Literacy Thesis: A Historical Narrative of the Changes in Nashville s School System Through Desegregation: African American Education University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Major: Elementary Education Graduated Cum Laude GRADUATE CERTIFICATES AND CERTIFICATIONS May 2015 May 2014 May 2014 Certificate in Educational Policy (12 credits) University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth Certificate of Qualitative Research Methods in Education (15 credits) Certificate in Grant Writing and Proposal Development (Workshop series) May 2007 Georgia Professional Teaching Certificate: Elementary Education K-8 Georgia Department of Education
2 2 May 2008 Virginia Professional Teaching Certificate: Elementary Education K-6 Virginia Department of Education May 2005 Florida Professional Teaching Certificate: Elementary Education K-6 Florida Department of Education PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION 08/14-05/17 Visiting Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership Miami University, Oxford Ohio Design and teach courses in cultural foundations, curriculum studies, teacher leadership, and educational policy to undergraduate and graduate students; mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students; collaborate with faculty with online teaching and learning approaches; program development; produce research related to educator preparation, educational policy, and student success in diverse school settings; present research at regional, national, and international conferences; publish book chapters & peerreviewed articles, serve on thesis and dissertation committees. 08/13-08/14 Managing Editor of Journal International Education Assist Editor (Dr. Thayer-Bacon) with manuscript reviews for an international, peerreview journal; find appropriate reviewers in areas of expertise suited to advanced manuscripts; coordinate subscriptions, budget, and professional publications. Academic Appointments 08/13-08/14 Graduate Research Assistant, Educational Psychology and Counseling Research Assistant (Dr. Barbara Thayer-Bacon) Assists in correspondence throughout book publication process Organize manuscripts for presentation and publication Manage professional development records 08/05-08/07 Graduate Research Assistant, Special Education Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN Research Assistant (Drs. Doug and Lynn Fuchs) Instructed math curriculum throughout Metropolitan Nashville County third grade classrooms Responsible for the facilitation and analyzation of assessments Contributed toward curriculum revisions toward improvements in student achievement 08/06-08/08 Graduate Research Assistant, Teaching and Learning Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN Professional Development Assistant (Dr. David Dickinson) Facilitated classroom data collection in preschool settings Created coding system and teacher profiling in order to analyze findings
3 3 Resulted in presentation titled "Examining Changes in Structure and Content of Preschool Teachers' and Children's Patterns of Language Use" TEACHING EXPERIENCE Higher Education Miami University Undergraduate Teacher Leadership (EDL 318), Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2017 The American University for International Students (EDL 151), Fall 2015 Introduction to Community Leadership (EDL 232), Spring 2016, Spring 2017 Sociocultural Foundations in Education (EDL 204), Fall 2016, Spring 2017 Graduate Foundations of Multicultural Education (EDL 621), Fall 2014, Summer 2015, Fall 2015 Curriculum Politics and Policy (EDL 783), Spring 2015 Critical Action Research in Education (EHS 649), Summer 2016 University of Tennessee Undergraduate Applied Educational Psychology (EP 401), Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Graduate Teachers, Schools, and Society (CSE 504), Summer 2014 K-12 Teaching Experience Loudoun County Public Schools Ashburn, VA Fourth Grade Teacher- Pinebrook Elementary School Atlanta Public Schools Atlanta, GA Fifth Grade Teacher- B.E. Usher Elementary School Student Government Chair School Board of Broward County Fort Lauderdale, FL Fifth Grade Teacher- Gator Run Elementary School Third Grade Teacher- Silver Shores Elementary School Professional Development Committee Chair Potential Leadership Workshop Member RESEARCH EXPERIENCE Principal Investigator 03/16-Present Critical Race Theory in Teacher Education (IRB protocol # 01203r)
4 Miami University, Oxford, Ohio Submitted IRB approval to collect classroom artifacts, discussions board posts, and evaluations with students in the Elementary/Middle Teacher Education program regarding critical race theory as a theoretical framework in teacher education Conducting follow-up interviews preservice teachers Fall /15-Present Unpacking Educator Positionality in Critical Multicultural Education (IRB protocol #01751e) Miami University, Oxford, Ohio Submitted and received IRB approval for a collaborative project aimed at understanding educator positionality development and how this contributes to teaching for social justice in various positions (teacher/principal/student affairs) and settings (K-12; higher education/non-profit educational organizations) Independent research study with doctoral student Tasneem Amatullah to work on project submitted to the Association of Teacher Educators and American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education conferences in February/March /11-08/14 Critical Social Justice Teacher Education: Beginning Teachers Pedagogy and Praxis (IRB protocol #8615-B) Submitted and received IRB approvals for dissertation projects titled: Critical Teacher Pedagogy: How do Teacher Interns Ideologies Fluctuate throughout a Social Justice Discourse? and Teacher Interns Experiences throughout Social Justice Discourse Conducted focus group meetings; audio-recorded and transcribed data; thematic analysis of data; conducted observations and teacher interviews Presented preliminary findings at Association of Teacher Educators (2012) and National Association of Multicultural Education (2013) Final data analysis informed dissertation study and elicited two publications in Urban Education (in print) and Journal of Teacher Education (under revisions) 12/11-08/13 Group Differences in Educational Psychology Curriculum (IRB protocol #8574-B) Submitted and received IRB approval for research study titled: Group Differences Curriculum: Reflections from Pre-service Teachers in an Educational Psychology classroom Collected data over the course of six semesters regarding preservice teachers experiences discussing diversity in a required educational psychology course Presented preliminary findings at national conferences (ATE and NAME; 2013) 12/10-08/11 Pluralism Throughout the World: A Comparative Australian Analysis (Study Abroad Research Project; IRB protocol#) Submitted and received IRB approval for study abroad project titled: Pluralism Throughout the World: A Comparative Australian Analysis Spent six weeks studying in Melbourne, Australia; visited public schools; interviewed teachers regarding indigenous student achievement Produced unfunded grant proposal for the Spencer Foundation (2014) 4
5 5 Co-Principal Investigator(s) 08/16-Present The Pedagogy of Student Success Project (IRB protocol #01890e) Miami University, Oxford, Ohio Co-facilitating a study with David Pérez II, Ph.D. to understand how students conceptualizations of collegiate success evolve as a result of taking EDL 696: Student Success in Higher Education (taught by Pérez). The findings of this study will be used to advance research, policies, and courses that seek to foster student success at U.S. colleges and universities. 08/15-Present Teachers as Policy Actors Doing Policy Work (IRB protocol # ) Miami University, Oxford, Ohio University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA Co-facilitating a research project with Dr. Scott Ellison (UNI) and Dr. Ashlee Anderson (UTK) to learn about teacher perspectives on current trends in educational reform. Specifically, the goal is to solicit teachers' perspectives on the issues facing urban public schooling and to solicit potential policy proposals to address those issues. Presented preliminary findings at the American Educational Studies Association (2015) Preparing a book proposal 11/14-08/16 Under pressure: School accountability and disability practices during the Atlanta cheating scandal (IRB protocol #00921r) Miami University, Oxford, Ohio University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA Collaborative research project with Dr. Andrew Saultz (Miami University) and Dr. Kristin Murphy (University of Massachusetts Boston) to examine special education referral practices during the school year in the Atlanta Public Schools in midst of the cheating scandal Results presented at University Council for Educational Administration (2015) and American Educational Research Association (2016) Published in a special issue of Teachers College Record (2016) RESEARCH GRANTS Fall 2015 Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment Miami University, Unfunded $500 Research grant will be use to conduct follow-up studies with teachers who have transitioned from a teacher education program into their first few years of teaching. Fall 2014 Spencer Foundation: Paths to Equality: Applied Philosophical Project University of Tennessee, Unfunded $40,000 Research grant will be used to examine the paths taken by high-performing nations across the Asia-Pacific region (Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore).
6 The goal is to goal is to re-think our dominant conception of equality of educational opportunity through an analysis of different conceptualizations of educational equality that see cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity as an asset in achieving educational change instead of a deficit to be overcome. 6 PUBLICATIONS Articles published or accepted in refereed journals *denotes equal authorship Aronson, B. (forthcoming). From Teacher Education to Practicing Teacher: What Does Culturally Relevant Praxis Look Like? Urban Education. Aronson, B., & Anderson, A. (accepted). Learning to Teach in Diverse Schools: Two Approaches to Teacher Education Policy. Education Policy Analysis Archives. *Aronson, B., Murphy, K., & Saultz, A. (2016) Under pressure: School accountability and disability practices during the cheating scandal. Teachers College Record, 118(14). Aronson, B., Amatullah, T. & Laugther, J. (2016). Culturally Relevant Education: Extending the Conversation to Religious Diversity. Multicultural Perspectives, 18(3), Aronson, B., & Laughter, J. C. (2016) The theory and practice of culturally relevant education: A synthesis across content areas. Review of Educational Research, 86(1), Anderson, A., Aronson, B. Ellison, S., & Fairchild-Keyes, S. Davis, C.A., (2015) Pushing up against the limit-horizon of educational change: A critical discourse analysis of popular education reform texts. Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, 12(3), Aronson, B. & Anderson, A. (2013). Critical teacher education and the politics of school reform. Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, 11(3), Policy Briefs, Reports and Commentaries Saultz, A., Murphy, K., Aronson, B. (2016). What can we learn from the Atlanta cheating scandal? Phi Delta Kappan, 97(6): Aronson, B., & Boveda, M. (2016, August). The shooting of Charles Kinsey and the erasure of Arnaldo Rios Soto. DDEL VOICES, 6 (3), 8-9. Articles under review/revision in refereed journals Aronson, B. (revise and resubmit). That s much easier said then done : The Realities of Social Justice Praxis in Schools. Journal of Teacher Education. Aronson, B. (under review). Making White Privilege Explicit for Preservice Teachers: A Cultural Studies Analysis of a Teacher Educator, Popular Media, and Future Teachers. Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis. Aronson, B. & Laughter, J. (under review). The Theory and Practice of Culturally
7 7 Relevant Education: Expanding the Conversation to include Gender and Sexuality Equity. Gender and Education. Edited Book(s) Aronson, B, & Poetter, T. (2017). Teacher Leadership for Social Justice. San Diego, CA: Cognella Publishers, Inc. Work in progress/under preparation Aronson, B., & Boveda, M. (in preparation for special call submission). Can White Supremacy be on Trial? : The intersection of #BlackLivesMatter and the Criminalization of People with Disabilities. Journal of Educational Controversy. Aronson, B., & Johnson, L. (in preparation for special call submission). The problem with teachers: The saving of education and the Stepford Teacher. Journal of Teacher Education. Aronson, B., & Boveda, M. (in preparation). Social justice Capital: An Asset Base Approach Toward Teacher Preparation for Inclusive Practices. Equity & Excellence in Education. Aronson, B., Enright, E., & Amatullah, T. (in preparation). Unpacking educator positionality in critical multicultural education. Teachers College Record. Ellison, S., Aronson, B., Anderson, A., & Fairchild-Keyes, S. Re-humanizing teachers and students: Policy development from the ground up. (Working title) CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS International 2015 Aronson, B., Amatullah, T. & Laugther, J. (October 1-4). Culturally Relevant Education: Extending the Conversation to Religious Diversity. Paper presentation at the National Association for Multicultural Education Annual International Conference, New Orleans, LA Aronson, B. and Anderson, A. (May 20-23). Teaching and Learning in Diverse Schools: Comparing Two Approaches to Teacher Education. Paper presentation at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champagne-Urbana, IL 2014 Aronson, B. Ellison, S., Qi, Tingting, Shabazz, S., and Thayer-Bacon, B. (October 30-November 2). Reconceptualizing Diversity: Engaging with Histories, Theories, Practices, and Discursive Strategies in Global Contexts. Panel presentation at the American Studies Educational Association/International Association of Intercultural Education Conference, Toronto, Canada 2012 Aronson, B. and Anderson, A. (July 10-14). Practicing What We Preach: Do We Really Want Critical Teacher Education in the U.S.? Paper presentation at the 2 nd
8 8 International Conference on Critical Education, University of Athens, Greece. National 2017 Aronson, B., & Anderson, A. (under review). Teach for America vs. Traditional Teacher Education: Advancing Equity or Maintaining the Status Quo? Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX Aronson, B., Enright, E., & Amatullah, T (under review). Mediating Teacher Positionality: Intersectional Understandings of Who We Are. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX Aronson, B., Enright, E., & Amatullah, T. (Feb ). Unpacking educator positionality in critical multicultural education. Paper presentation at the Association for Teacher Educators Conference, Orlando, FL Aronson, B., Enright, E., & Amatullah, T. (March 2-4). Positionality as a Starting Point: Building Competence for Teaching Across Identity Difference in Multicultural Education Courses. Paper presentation at the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education, Tampa, FL Aronson, B. & Laughter J. (Nov. 30-Dec. 3). Creating Powerful Alliances: Embracing Other Epistemologies in Teacher Education. Panel presentation at the Literacy Research Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN Aronson, B. & Callier, D. Hill, D., & Okello, W. (Nov. 2-6). Centering Ourselves to (De)center Hegemony: Reflections on Interrogating Positionality in the Classroom as Social Justice Pedagogy. Panel presentation at the American Educational Studies Association Conference, Seattle, WA Aronson, B. & Anderson, A. (Nov. 2-6). Preparing for Diversity: Teach For America, Traditional Teacher Education, and the Politics of Preparation. Panel presentation at the American Educational Studies Association Conference, Seattle, WA Shabazz, S., Aronson, B., Sander, S., & Sohn, B. (Nov. 2-6). Complicating the Labors of Teaching: Challenges in Higher Ed, K-12, and Corrections. Poster presentation at the American Educational Studies Association Conference, Seattle, WA Aronson, B. Murphy, K., & Saultz, A. (April 8-12). After the Atlanta cheating scandal: Implications for teacher preparation in a high-stakes world. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association, Washington D.C Aronson, B. Murphy, K., & Saultz, A. (November 20-23). Under Pressure in Atlanta: School Accountability and Disability Practices during the Cheating Scandal. Paper presentation at the University Council for Education Administration, San Diego, CA.
9 Anderson, A., Aronson, B. Ellison, S., & Fairchild-Keyes, S. (November 11-15). From Objects to Subjects: Repositioning Teachers as Policy Actors Doing Policy Work. Paper presentation at the American Educational Studies Association, San Antonio, TX Aronson, B., Bolyard, C., Johnson, L., & Williams, T. (May 27-29). All we do is talk about race! Teacher Educators Reflections on Teaching White Preservice Teachers about Race. Paper Presentation at the Critical Race Theory in Education Conference, Nashville, TN (unable to attend) 2014 Aronson, B. & Laughter, J. (November 21-22). The Landscape of Culturally Relevant Education. Roundtable presentation at the National Council for Teachers of English Annual Convention, Washington D.C Aronson, B. (February 14-17). Making White Privilege Explicit for Pre-service Teachers: An Action Research Project Including a Teacher Educator, Popular Media, and Future Teachers. Paper presentation at the Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. (unable to attend) 2013 Laughter, J. & Aronson, B. (May 30-June 1). Critical Race Tools in Teacher Preparation. Paper Presentation at the Critical Race Theory in Education Conference, Nashville, TN Aronson, B. & McAloon, C. (April 22-24). Powerful Voices: Giving Marginalized Students the Power to Direct their Learning. Paper presentation at the Culturally Responsive Education Conference, Chicago, IL (unable to attend) 2013 Aronson, B. (February 15-19). Group Differences curriculum: Reflections from Pre-service Teachers in an Educational Psychology classroom. Paper presentation at the Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA Aronson, B. and Fairchild-Keyes, S. (February 15-19). Cultural Competence Academy: Can Critical Race Theory impact practicing teachers pedagogy? Paper presentation at the Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA Aronson, B. and Fairchild-Keyes, S. (February 15-19). Skittles... see the rainbow: Application of Critical Race Theory as an alternative to colorblind pedagogy. Interactive workshop presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA Anderson, A., Aronson, B. Ellison, S., & Fairchild-Keyes, S. (October 31- November 4). Pushing up against the limit-horizon of educational change: A critical discourse analysis of reform movements since A Nation At Risk. Paper presentation at the American Educational Studies Association, Seattle, WA Aronson, B. (February 11-14). Critical teacher pedagogy: How do intern teachers ideologies fluctuate throughout a social justice discourse? Paper presentation at the Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
10 2011 Thayer-Bacon, B., Anderson, A., Aronson, B., Cloud, T., Fairchild-Keyes, S., & Franklin, Y. (November 2-6). Redesigning Social Foundations of Education Programs: A Panel Discussion of the On-going Development of a Learning Environments and Educational Studies (LEEDS) Program, Students and Faculty Perspectives. Panel presentation at the American Association of Educational Studies, St. Louis, MO Dickinson, D.K., Darrow, C. L., Tinubu, T., Aronson, B., Shalev, S., (April 8). Examining Changes in the Structure and Content of Children s Patterns of Language Use. Poster presented at the biannual conference of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA. Local & Regional 2012 Anderson, A., Aronson, B., & Fairchild-Keyes, S. (February 24-25). Hidden agendas: Exposing inequitable policies and institutions through social theory. Panel presentation at the South Eastern Association of Educational Studies Conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC Aronson, B. (2007). A case study of desegregation in Nashville, TN. Paper presentation at the Florida Council for the Social Studies, Orlando, FL. INVITED WORKSHOP FACILITATOR 10 Fall 2016 Fall 2016 Director of Ambassadors for Diversity Annual Meeting, White Supremacy and White Privilege: Creating Powerful Alliances in the Name of Justice, Invited Workshop Facilitator, Miami University, Oxford, OH Department of Sociology and Gerontology, Mentorship in the Academy: Doctoral Students and their Mentor Speak, Invited Workshop Facilitator, Miami University, Oxford, OH INVITED GUEST LECTURES/PANELS Fall 2016 Spring 2016 Spring 2015 Fall 2014 Culturally Responsive Teaching Linguistically Diverse Elementary Schools, Guest Lecturer, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education and Human Development, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA 4 th Annual César Chávez Celebration Program, Panel Speaker, Social Justice Forum: Latino Futures: Student Presentations and Roundtable Discussion with Local Activist and Latino Studies Scholars, Center for American and World Cultures, Miami University, Oxford, OH Social Justice in Teacher Education, Guest Lecturer, College of Education, Health, and Society, Introduction to Education (EDT 190), Miami University Oxford, OH. Graduate Research Series: Grant Writing, Guest Lecturer, College of Education, Health, and Society, Miami University Oxford, OH.
11 11 Fall 2014 Fall 2013 Fall 2012 Graduate Research Series: The IRB Process, Guest Lecturer, College of Education, Health, and Society, Miami University Oxford, OH. Cultural Studies Scholarly Research Projects, Panel Speaker, College of Education, Health, & Human Services, Introduction to Cultural Studies in Education Class University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN Learning to Conduct Research, Panel Speaker, College of Education, Health, & Human Services, Introduction to Qualitative Research Class University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN UNIVERSITY ADVISING Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member 2014-present 2016-present 2016-present Robyn Bryant, Leadership, Curriculum, and Culture, Department of Educational Leadership, Miami University Richella Frabotta, Leadership, Curriculum, and Culture, Department of Educational Leadership, Miami University Tiffany Williams, Leadership, Curriculum, and Culture, Department of Educational Leadership, Miami University Masters Theses Committee Member Jenna Halsey, Masters of Teaching in Science, Department of Teacher Education, Miami University Sarah Underwood, Masters of Teaching in English/Language Arts, Department of Teacher Education, Miami University PROFESSIONAL SERVICE Service to the University Fall 2016 Fall 2014 Search Committee for an Associate Director of Diversity Affairs, Division of Student Life, Miami University, member Faculty Judge Graduate Student Research Forum, Miami University Service to the Profession Spring/Summer 2016 Summer 2015 Spring present Guest Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Teacher Education Proposal Reviewer, American Educational Studies Association Conference Proposal Reviewer, NAME Annual International Conference Board of Reviewers, Multicultural Perspectives
12 present Board of Reviewers, Theory and Research in Social Education 2011, 2015, 2016 Guest Manuscript Reviewer, Urban Education Leadership Positions Faculty Conference Advisor, Educational Leadership Graduate Student Council, Oxford, OH 2012-present Diversity Committee, Association of Teacher Educators Dean s Board of Advisors, Selected Representative, University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN Chair, Graduate Student Advisory Board, University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN Student Representative, Department of Educational Psychology & Counseling, PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS 2011-present 2011-present 2011-present 2005-present 2014-present 2005-present 2011-present 2016-present American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) National Association of Multicultural Educators (NAME) National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) American Educational Research Association (AERA) Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA) Literacy Research Association (LRA) AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS Memberships in Honor Societies 2012-present Phi Kappa Delta Awards 1. Educators Hall of Honor Scholarship Award, University of Tennessee, Graduate Fee Scholarship awarded at the University of Tennessee, John R. and Nancy S. Ray Fellowship Award, University of Tennessee, Graduate Fee Scholarship awarded at Vanderbilt University, Peabody Dean s Scholarship Award, Vanderbilt University, ETS Recognition of Excellence, PRAXIS Pedagogy and Praxis, Graduate with honest honors from the University of Florida, Vernice Law Hearn Scholarship, University of Florida, Broward County Retired Educators Association Scholarship, Community Foundation of Broward County Scholarship, 2003
13 13 Graduate Grant Awards Spring 2014 Kellie W. McGarrh Travel Support Award, Funded $200 Fall 2013 Fall 2012 Fall 2012 Spring 2012 College of Education, Health, and & Sciences, Travel Grant, University of Tennessee, Funded $300 Graduate Student Senate Travel Grant Recipient, University of Tennessee, Funded $400 College of Education, Health & Human Sciences, Travel Grant, University of Tennessee, Funded $150 Graduate Student Senate Travel Grant Recipient, University of Tennessee, Funded $1100 Fall 2012 College of Education, Health & Human Sciences, Travel Grant, University of Tennessee, Funded $300 Spring 2009 Target Field Trip Grants for Title I Schools, Atlanta, GA, Funded $800