Kim Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Chair & Associate Professor of Education; Director of CAEP Accreditation; Coordinator of K-6 Elementary Licensure

Contact Information

  • 258-7730
  • 114 Zageir Hall

Kim Brown is an Associate Professor who joined the UNC Asheville Department of Education in 2005. She serves as a professor of numerous courses, advisor and Program Coordinator for the K-6 Elementary licensure program, CAEP Director, and Associate Department Chair. Prior to joining the UNC Asheville faculty, Kim worked for 10 years with Transylvania County, NC schools in a variety of positions at all school levels as a teacher, school level administrator, and Central Office administrator. Kim is particularly interested in assessment, accountability and gender differences in learning, and B-12 curriculum with science education as a specialty.


  • Doctor of Education, Western Carolina University
    Dissertation: Testing the testing: An empirical investigation of the validity of the North Carolina accountability growth model
  • Master of School Administration, Western Carolina University
    Thesis: Underlining: Implications for third grade
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of North Carolina Asheville
  • North Carolina Level II Teaching Licenses:
    • Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
    • Special Education: General Curriculum (Grades K-12)
    • Birth through Kindergarten
    • Reading (Grades K-12)
    • Curriculum Instructional Specialist
    • Principal (Grades K-12)
    • Superintendent

Courses Taught

EDUC 210 Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
EDUC 219 Physical Activity and Healthful Living, K-6
EDUC 314 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas, 6-12
EDUC 317 Teaching Language and Literature, K-9
EDUC 319 Teaching of Health and Physical Education in the Elementary School, K-6
EDUC 322 Inquiry-Based Science Instruction, K-6
EDUC 325 Classroom Management and Instructional Differentiation, K-6
EDUC 326 Assessment, Development, and Responsive Teaching, K-6
EDUC 340 Methods of Teaching Mathematics, K-6
EDUC 373 Classroom Management
EDUC 388 Reading and Literacy Methods, K-12
EDUC 396 Research Methods in Education, K-12
EDUC 455 Student Teaching and Seminar
EDUC 496 Directed Research in Education, K-12
MATH 212 Structure of Mathematics I: Laboratory and Field Experience
MATH 216 Structure of Mathematics II: Laboratory and Field Experience

Professional Interests

Social and equity issues in education
Accountability, evaluation, and assessment
B-12 curriculum
Quantitative research
Gender differences in learning
Science Education

Recent Publications

  • Brown, K. T.  (2017).  Pre-service teachers' acquisition of content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and professional dispositions through service learning. Science Education and Civic Engagement, 9(2).
  • Brown, K.  (2016). Check your understanding chapters 1-10.  In T. Contant, J. Bass, A. Tweed, & A. Carin, Teaching science through inquiry and investigation (13th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Brown, K.  (2014). Instructor’s manual with test bank and PowerPoint instructional slides. In J. A. Abruscato & D. A. DeRosa, Teaching children science: A discovery approach (8th ed.).  Boston, MA:  Allyn and Bacon.
  • Brown, K.  (2011). Taking the language experience approach to the next step: Transforming male reluctant readers into independent readers. Language Experience Forum, 40(2).
  • Brown, K.  (2009). Instructor’s manual with test bank.  In J. A. Abruscato & D. A. DeRosa, Teaching children science: A discovery approach (7th ed.).  Boston, MA:  Allyn and Bacon.
  • Brown, K.  (2008). Testing the testing:  Validity of a state growth model. International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, 3(6).  Retrieved from

Recent Professional Presentations

  • Brown, K., & Chavez, A. (2015, October). Pre-Service teachers’ acquisition of content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and professional dispositions thorough service learning.  Poster presented at the SENCER Center of Innovation South's Regional Meeting, Asheville, NC.
  • Brown, K. (2014, September). STEM engagement: An intersection of higher and elementary education. Paper presented at the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement 2014 Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session, Washington, DC.
  • Brown, K. (2013, February). Putting best practices into motion: Using multidisciplinary learning opportunities and student learning outcomes as agents for curricular and program reform.  Paper accepted at the annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, Greensboro, NC.
  • Brown, K. (2012, April). Integrative liberal studies topical clusters: University faculty efforts toward transparency and accountability. Paper presented at the annual RosEvaluation Conference, Terre Haute, IN.
  • Brown, K.  (2009, November). Transforming effective instructional practices into effective assessment practices for at-risk students. Paper presented at the annual South Carolina Formative Assessment Conference, Columbia, SC.
  • Brown, K. (2006, April). An empirical investigation of the validity of a state accountability growth model. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.   
  • Brown, K. (2006, March). Testing the testing: An empirical investigation of the validity of the North Carolina accountability growth model. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Association for Research in Education, Hickory, NC.

Office Hours

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