Dr. Alan Brown


Associate Professor

Office: Tribble B202
Email: brownma@wfu.edu
Phone: 336-758-5460
Website: https://sportsliteracy.org/

Dr. Alan Brown is Associate Professor of English Education at Wake Forest University. He is a former high school English teacher who now serves as the English education coordinator and secondary education program director. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on topics including action research, adolescent literacy, educational leadership, English methods, and young adult literature. His scholarly interests include working with secondary and college students as well as middle and high school teachers and athletic coaches to critically examine the culture of sports in schools and society while connecting contemporary literacies to students’ extra-curricular interests. He is the co-editor of Developing Contemporary Literacies through Sports (NCTE, 2016) and leads the Paisley IB Magnet School Sports Literacy Program, a weekly after-school program for eighth-grade boys with an interest in sports that is intended to support youth through academic, social, and community engagement. 

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of English Education, Department of Education
Program Coordinator, English Education
Program Director, Secondary Education
Member, Graduate School Faculty


Ph.D., The University of Alabama, 2012
M.A.Ed., Wake Forest University, 2005
B.S., Appalachian State University, 2003

Past Professional Experiences

English Teacher, Southwest Guilford High School, Guilford County Schools
Basketball Coach, Southwest Guilford High School, Guilford County Schools
University Liaison, Clinical Master Teacher Program, The University of Alabama
University Supervisor, Secondary Education Program, The University of Alabama
Instructor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, The University of Alabama

EDU 101: Issues & Trends in Education: Sport, Education, & Society
EDU 231: Adolescent Literature
EDU 354/654: Content Pedagogy (English Methods)
EDU 364L/664L: Student Teaching Internship: English
EDU 365: Professional Development Seminars
EDU 377/677: Literacy in the 21st Century
EDU 715: Action Research
EDU 716: Professional Growth Seminar: English
EDU 758: Educational Leadership

Brown, A., & Rodesiler, L (Eds.). (2016). Developing Contemporary Literacies through Sports: A Guide for the English Classroom. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Brown, A., Dunn, W., Knapp, C. A., Okeke, S., & Shalaway, E. (In press). The unwritten rules of high school sports. The ALAN Review.

Brown, A., & Wilson, E. K. (In press). Classroom teaching and athletic coaching: Connecting social positions through interrole symbiosis. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education.

Brown, A. (2018). Learning to lead through classroom teaching and athletic coaching. In I. Renga & C. Benedetti (Eds.), Sports and K-12 Education: Insights for Teachers, Coaches, and School Leaders. (pp. 49-64). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Sieben, N., & Brown, A. (2017). YA sports literature through a positive psychology framework. In P. Greathouse, B. Eisenbach, & J. Kaywell (Eds.), Adolescent Literature as a Complement to the Content Areas. (pp. 147-160). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Brown, A. (2018, June). Writing the unwritten rules of high school sports through YAL. Workshop presentation at Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Literature, University of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV.

Brown, A., Sieben, N., & Gordon, Z. (2018, April). The acculturation of teacher-coaches: Examining the influence of athletic coaching. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York, NY.

Brown, A. (2017, November). Lizzie, Mamie, & Mo’ne: Connecting gender, race, and baseball with Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. In A. Brown & L. Rodesiler (Chairs), The intersection of literacy, sport, culture, and society. Roundtable presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), St. Louis, MO.

Rodesiler, L., & Brown, A. (2017, November). Take a knee: Studying contemporary and historical protests in the ELA classroom. In J. Gorlewski, & D. Gorlewski (Chairs), Agents of the state or agents of change? Teaching (about) social protest in local and global contexts. Roundtable presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), St. Louis, MO.

Rodesiler, L., & Brown, A. et al. (2017, June). Igniting a passion for professional development among prospective English teachers. Roundtable presentation at the bi-annual meeting of the Conference on English Education (CEE), Columbus, OH.