Dr. Alan Brown is Associate Professor of English Education and Bryant/Groves Faculty Fellow at Wake Forest University. He is a former high school English teacher who now serves as department chair, secondary education program director, and English education coordinator. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on topics including action research, adolescent literacy, arts integration, 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 has published in numerous education and sport journals. He organizes the Skip Prosser Literacy Program, a collaboration between Wake Forest Athletics and the Department of Education, and he leads the Paisley IB Magnet School Sports Literacy Program, a weekly after-school program for eighth-grade boys that supports youth through academic, social, and community engagement.
Associate Professor and Bryant/Groves Faculty Fellow
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 222: Integrating Arts and Movement into the Elementary Curriculum
EDU 231: Adolescent Literature
EDU 354/654: Content Pedagogy (English Methods)
EDU 364L/664L: Student Teaching Internship: English
EDU 365: Professional Development Seminars
EDU 368: Professional Experiences in Education
EDU 377/677: Literacy in the 21st Century
EDU 715: Action Research
EDU 716: Professional Growth Seminar: English
EDU 758: Educational Leadership
DCE 122: Movement for Men
Brown, A., & Rodesiler, L (Eds.). (2016). Developing Contemporary Literacies through Sports: A Guide for the English Classroom. National Council of Teachers of English.
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.
Crandall, T., Windsor, A., Brown, A., & Crutcher, C. (2020). The ring of truth: Writing realistic fiction about mental illness. The ALAN Review, 47(3), 70-81.
Brown, A., Sieben, N., & Gordon, Z. (2019). Interest in teaching, coaching, and careers in education: A survey of university student-athletes. Teaching and Teacher Education, 83(1), 168-177.
Brown, A., Dunn, W., Knapp, C. A., Okeke, S., & Shalaway, E. (2019). The unwritten rules of high school sports. The ALAN Review, 46(2), 18-26.
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. (2019, November). Dance 122: Connecting movement, poetry, literacy, and student-athlete identity. 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), Baltimore, MD.
Brown, A., Rodesiler, L. et al. (2019, July). Considering the past, present, and future of graduate study in English language arts teacher education. Panel discussion at the bi-annual meeting of the English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE), Fayetteville, AR.
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.
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.