Education Work with Urban, Minority Communities Earns Award for Duquesne Professor
Dr. Launcelot Brown, associate professor and chair of the educational foundations and leadership department in Duquesne University's School of Education, received the Sizemore Spirit Award at the school's third annual Barbara A. Sizemore Summer Conference on June 1.
The award is presented to a faculty member whose extraordinary research and/or teaching efforts have advanced the School of Education's focus on urban education.
Brown was selected for his ongoing support of the Sizemore Pipeline Initiative, which works with Pittsburgh Public Schools to facilitate high academic achievement and prepare students for future careers as teachers. Last year, Brown spoke with students about assessments and test anxiety at Langley High School's Leading Teacher Academy.
In addition, Brown serves as a research mentor for The Heinz Fellows. Nine African-American men from across the country, selected by The Heinz Endowments, are pursuing master's degrees in secondary education at Duquesne. These scholars presented at the Sizemore Conference, discussing the details of their Participatory Action Research projects as a transformative teaching tool and their efforts to mentor African-American males in a local public high school. Brown, as one of six faculty research mentors, provided guidance on the fellows' research design and implementation.
Before joining Duquesne, Brown worked in Trinidad, serving as principal at the Cascade School for the Deaf and as acting principal at Wharton-Patrick School for students with emotional and behavioral disorders and learning problems.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.