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Brenda Brand

Associate Professor


Dr. Brenda Brand is an associate professor of education specializing in Science Education. She earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Science Education from Virginia Tech. To date she has authored or coauthored 15 refereed journal articles and published proceedings. She has also contributed greatly to the field by presenting at many regional, national, and international conferences.

In addition to being actively involved in research and teaching, Dr. Brand engages in service activities. She co-developed Project ESTEEM (Exploring Strategies That Engage and Empower Minority students), which is a collaborative after-school program serving African American students in a public elementary school. She served on the advisory board for the1420 Foundation for Sustainable Development Education where she coordinated sustainable education curricula in four schools in the Virginia Tech area. Finally, Dr. Brand has received awards in recognition of her exemplary professional contributions, such as the Jerome Niles Faculty Research Award and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Science Excellence in Outreach Award in 2010. Dr. Brand’s contributions through teaching, research, and service enrich the Virginia Tech School of Education community.


Ph.D.  Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Tech, 1998

M.S. Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Tech, 1994

B.S.  Education, Delta State University, 1987

B.S  Biology, Delta State University, 1986

Dr. Brand’s research interests include the sociocultural factors influencing students’ participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Recent publications in the International Journal of Science EducationJournal of Science Teacher Education, andThe Science Teacher demonstrate dedication to her research interests, as well as demonstrate contributions to the field. Dr. Brand’s involvement in grant-funded projects also exemplifies commitment to the field. She has been an author and principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on a variety of grants. She recently served as PI on a National Science Foundation grant related to gender issues in science fields. Dr. Brand’s research and content expertise informs her teaching and advising activities at Virginia Tech. She is the School of Education coordinator for the MCPS/VT FIRST robotics collaborative.

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