Brittany Aronson

Assistant Professor 

Area: Social Foundations of Education

Office: McGuffey 306L
aronsoba@miamioh.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. in Learning Environments and Educational Studies, University of Tennessee
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership, Vanderbilt University
B.A. in Elementary Education, University of Florida

Curriculum Vitae

Bio

Brittany Aronson is an assistant professor in educational leadership. She earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Education from the University of Tennessee in 2014. She also holds two certificates in Qualitative Research Methods in Education and Educational Policy. Brittany’s research and teaching are grounded in issues of critical social justice for both future and practicing educators. Her research and teaching stem from her former elementary school teaching experiences and current work with teacher education. Her research couples her cultural studies and social foundations in education background with current contemporary issues. She has been published in Review of Educational Research, Journal of Critical Policy Studies, Teachers College Record, and Multicultural Perspectives. See more.

Profile

Key Professional Appointments

Visiting Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership Department
Miami University, Oxford, OH
August 2014 - Present

Managing Editor of Journal International Education
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
August 2013 - August 2014

Fourth Grade Teacher
Pinebrook Elementary School
Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, VA
2009 - 2010

Fifth Grade Teacher
B.E. Usher Elementary School
Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta, GA
2008 - 2009

Fifth Grade Teacher
Gator Run Elementary School
Third Grade Teacher
Silver Shores Elementary School
Professional Development Committee Chair
Potential Leadership Workshop Member
School Board of Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2006-2008

Current Title

Visiting Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership Department
Miami University, Oxford, OH
August 2014 - Present

Professional Affiliations

2011-present, Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)
2011-present, National Association of Multicultural Educators (NAME)
2011-present, American Educational Studies Association (AESA)
2005-present, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
2014-present, National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE)
2005-present, American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Education

Doctor of Philosophy
Learning Environment and Educational Studies
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
August 2014
Primary Specialization: Cultural Studies in Education
Secondary Specialization: Curriculum, Teaching and Teacher Education
Cognate: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Master of Education
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
August 2007
Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
Specialization: Literacy

Elementary Education
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
May 2005
Graduated Cum Laude

Certificate in Educational Policy
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
May 2015

Certificate of Qualitative Research Methods in Education
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
May 2014

Certificate in Grant Writing and Proposal Development
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
May 2014

George Professional Teaching Certificate: Elementary Education K-8
George Department of Educaiton
May 2007

Virginia Professional Teaching Certificate: Elementary Education K-6
Virginia Department of Education
May 2008

Florida Professional Teaching Certificate: Elementary Education K-6
Florida Department of Education
May 2005

Awards and Honors

Phi Kappa Delta, 2012-present

Educators Hall of Honor Scholarship Award, University of Tennessee, 2014

Graduate Fee Scholarship awarded at the University of Tennessee, 2010-2014

John R. and Nancy S. Ray Fellowship Award, University of Tennessee, 2013

Graduate Fee Scholarship awarded at Vanderbilt University, 2005-2007

Peabody Dean’s Scholarship Award, Vanderbilt University, 2005-2007

ETS Recognition of Excellence, PRAXIS Pedagogy and Praxis, 2005

Graduate with honest honors from the University of Florida, 2005

Vernice Law Hearn Scholarship, University of Florida, 2004

Broward County Retired Educators Association Scholarship, 2003

Community Foundation of Broward County Scholarship, 2003

Research & Service

Publications/Presentations

Articles published or accepted in refereed journals
*denotes equal authorship

Saultz, A., Murphy, K., Aronson, B. (2016). What can we learn from the Atlanta cheating scandal? Phi Delta Kappan, 97(6): 48-52.

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), 163-206.

Aronson, B., Amatullah, T. & Laugther, J. (accepted). Culturally Relevant Education: Extending the Conversation to Religious Diversity. Multicultural Perspectives.

*Aronson, B., Murphy, K., & Saultz, A. (accepted) Under pressure: School accountability and disability practices during the cheating scandal. Teachers College Record.
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), 338-369.

Aronson, B. & Anderson, A. (2013). Critical teacher education and the politics of school reform. Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, 11(3), 244-262.

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. (revise and resubmit). From Teacher Education to Practicing Teacher: What Does Culturally Relevant Praxis Look Like? Urban Education.
Aronson, B. & Laughter, J. (under review). The Theory and Practice of Culturally Relevant Education: Expanding the Conversation to include Gender and Sexuality Equity. Race, Ethnicity, and Education.

Invited Book Projects

Aronson, B, & Poetter, T. Teacher Leadership for Social Justice (invited Cognella Publishers book project) Estimated publication August 2016

Work in progress/Under preparation

Aronson, B. (preparing for review). Making White Privilege Explicit for Pre-service Teachers: An Action Research Project Including a Teacher Educator, Popular Media, and Future Teachers. Action in Teacher Education.

Aronson, B. (in process). The problem with teachers: The saving of education and the “Stepford Teacher.” Journal of Educational Controversy.

Aronson, B. (in process). “An Understanding of Australia’s Attempts to Promote Equity for Aboriginal Students” Australian Journal of Education

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

Aronson, B., Enright, E., & Amatullah, T. (under review). Unpacking educator positionality in critical multicultural education. Paper presentation at the National Association for Multicultural Education Annual International Conference, Cleveland, OH. 2016

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. 2015

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. 2015

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. 2014

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 2nd International Conference on Critical Education, University of Athens, Greece. 2012

National

Aronson, B. & Laughter J. (under review). Creating Powerful Alliances: Embracing Other Epistemologies in Teacher Education. Panel presentation at the Literacy Research Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN. 2016

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. 2016

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. 2015

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 . 2015

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) 2015

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. 2014

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) 2014

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. 2013

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. 2013

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. 2013

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. 2012

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. 2012

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. 2012

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. 2011

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. 2007

Local & Regional

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. 2012

Aronson, B. (2007). A case study of desegregation in Nashville, TN.
Paper presentation at the Florida Council for the Social Studies, Orlando, FL. 2007

Invited Guest Lectures/Panels

Spring 2016, 4th 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

Spring 2015, Social Justice in Teacher Education, Guest Lecturer, College of Education, Health, and Society, Introduction to Education, Oxford, OH.

Fall 2014, Graduate Research Series: Grant Writing, Guest Lecturer, College of Education, Health, and Society, Oxford, OH.

Fall 2014, Graduate Research Series: The IRB Process, Guest Lecturer, College of Education, Health, and Society, Oxford, OH.

Fall 2013, 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

Fall 2012, Learning to Conduct Research, Panel Speaker, College of Education, Health, & Human Services, Introduction to Qualitative Research Class, University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN

Service

Service to the Profession

Spring 2016, Guest Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Teacher Education

Summer 2015, Proposal Reviewer, American Educational Studies Association Conference

Spring 2015, Proposal Reviewer, NAME Annual International Conference

Fall 2014, Faculty Judge,Graduate Student Research Forum, Miami University

2014-present, Board of Reviewers, Multicultural Perspectives

2013-present,Board of Reviewers, Theory and Research in Social Education

2011, 2015, 2016, Guest Manuscript Reviewer, Urban Education

Leadership Positions

2015-present, Faculty Conference Advisor, Educational Leadership Graduate Student Council, Oxford, OH

2012-present, Diversity Committee, Association of Teacher Educators

2012-2014, Dean’s Board of Advisors, Selected Representative, University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN

2012-2014, Chair, Graduate Student Advisory Board, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2012-2014, Student Representative, Department of Educational Psychology & Counseling, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Teaching

EDL 318. Teacher Leadership and School Organization. (3)

This course is designed to challenge and shape students' conceptions of educational organizations and cultures; their professional development as teachers and/or educational staff members; as well as the acts of teaching, curriculum development, teaming and leadership. The course encourages the development of personal and professional theoretical frameworks and practical tools for enhancing awareness of and action in educational roles as decision-maker, curriculum-creator, inquirer, community member/builder, democratic citizen, team member, teacher and leader.

EDL 151. The American University. (2)

This course is intended to acclimate and acculturate first year International students to the U.S. educational culture and in particular to the Miami University culture. Through this highly experiential course, International students begin to build intercultural competencies, including the cultural intelligence necessary to succeed in an American university, and in the broader U.S. cultural context; are introduced to resources and offices on campus to assist in transition and adjustment; develop, adjust, and use academic skills needed to understand and navigate study load, test culture, academic integrity, class participation, residence hall life, advising, classroom technology, counseling and health issues, and extracurricular activities, among others.

EDL 444/555 Social Justice Praxis

EDL 232. Introduction to Community-Based Leadership. (3) (MPF)

Introduction to Community-Based Leadership explores theories and practices of leadership in public institutions and communities. Students critically examine three concepts central to community-based leadership: public, leadership, and democracy. Using the scholarship of leadership studies and civic engagement, students explore what it means to work in public life and lead for the public good in local, national, and international contexts. Students accomplish these goals through readings, class discussions, analytical and reflective writing, and community-based learning experiences connecting theory with practice. The course will help students develop their own vision and plan for participating in community-based leadership as Miami students and as engaged citizens. IIC.

EDL 621. Foundations of Multi-Cultural Education. (3)

Using interdisciplinary approach, course investigates what multicultural education is and why and how it has become an integral part of public school education.

EDL 783. Curriculum, Politics, and Policy. (3)

This course explores how curriculum is conceived in educational policy. Students engage in critical analysis of the politics and policies of formal and informal curriculum.

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