Scott C. Brown

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Dean Brown provides direction and leadership to the student affairs division which includes:

Dean Brown has been active in higher education through leadership involvement in state associations and national conventions, publications, and presentations on a wide range of topics such as creating powerful learning environments, understanding complex issues of identity, and examining student affairs as a profession. He has served as the Convention Chair of the 2005 American College Personnel Association (ACPA) National Convention, editorial member of the Journal of College Student Development, attended the Institute for Educational Management (Harvard Graduate School of Education), recipient of the Fulbright Seminar Grant (Germany), and ACPA Annuit Coeptis (Senior [2014] and New Professional [2000]) and the ACPA Emerging Scholar awards.

His research on student learning includes Learning Across the Campus: How College Facilitates the Development of Wisdom, a theory detailing the process of how students integrate what they learn in and out of class and on and off campus, and how they apply what they learn to their lives, which he presented at the Oxford International Roundtable for Senior Academic and Student Affairs Administrators (England). He is currently developing the Wisdom Development Scale (WDS) with Jeffrey A. Greene from the University of North Carolina. He played a significant role in the creation of Powerful Partnerships: A Shared Responsibility for Learning, a collaborative project between ACPA, American Association for Higher Education (AAHE), and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), to create synergy among all members of the academic community concerned with undergraduate education.

Prior to coming to Wooster, Dean Brown served as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Colgate University, Director of the of theDaniel L. Jones Career Development Center at Mount Holyoke College, and held previous posts at the University of Maryland (Ph.D.), American Association for Higher Education, Dartmouth College, Indiana University (M.S.), and the University of California, Irvine (B.A).

Dean Brown has authored or co-authored several articles, book chapters and book reviews as listed below.

Peer-Reviewed Journals

LaFrance, D. F., Loe, M., & Brown, S. C. (2012). “Yes Means Yes”: A new approach to sexual assault prevention. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 7, 445-460. PDF

Greene, J. A., & Brown, S. C.  (2009). The Wisdom Development Scale: Further validity investigations. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 68, 289-300. PDF

Brown, S. C., & Greene, J. A. (2006). The Wisdom Development Scale (WDS): Translating the conceptual to the concrete. Journal of College Student Development, 47, 1-19. PDF

Brown, S. C. (2004). Where this path may lead: Understanding post-college decision-making. Journal of College Student Development, 45, 375-390. PDF

Brown, S. C. (2004). Learning across campus: How college facilitates the development of wisdom.Journal of College Student Development, 45, 134-148. PDF

Brown, S. C., Stevens, R. A., Troiano, P. F., Schneider, M. K. (2002). Exploring complex phenomena: Grounded theory in student affairs research. Journal of College Student Development, 43, 173-183. PDF

Book Chapters

Brown, S. C., & Leavitts, S. (2013). Supervision, suicide, strategic planning, and shenanigans: Life of a dean. In J. Devitis (Ed.) Contemporary colleges and universities: A reader (pp. 272-279). NY: Peter Lang Publishing. PDF

Brown, S. C.  (2009).  From person to profile.  In S. Marshall (Ed.) More stories of inspiration:  51 uplifting tales of courage, humor, healing, and learning in student affairs (pp. 108-110).  Washington DC:  NASPA. PDF

Brown, S. C., & Porterfield, K. (2008). Not taught in graduate school: increasing student affairs’ sphere of influence. In M. Weaver (Ed.): Transformative learning support models in higher education (pp. 165-180). Abington, UK: Facet Publishing. PDF

Brown, S. C. (2006). Leaving your platform: Grounding lessons on a moving train. In S. Marshall (Ed.)Stories of inspiration: Lessen and laughter in student affairs (pp. 64-66). Washington DC: NASPA. PDF

Brown, S. C. (1999). The birth of a learning community. In F. Stage & M. Dannells (Eds.) Linking theory to practice: Case studies in student affairs. (2nd Ed.) 88-91. Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis. PDF

Articles (General)

Brown, S. C., & Lemal-Brown, M. S. (2016, March/April). As dad or dean? An administrator and child go to college. About Campus, 21(2), 27-29. PDF

Brown, S. C. (1999, March/April). My day of silence: Saying nothing can be the hardest way to speak out.About Campus 4(1), 28-30. PDF

Brown, S. C. (2003, July/August). Class ring: When words are not enough. About Campus 8(3), 29-30. PDF

Brown, S. C. (2006, July/August). Identify yourself: The educator gets educated. About Campus 11(3),27-29. PDF

Brown, S. C. (2005, Winter). Coming home for the first time: History, family and university in Malta. Developments, 33(4). Retrieved March 6, 2006. PDF

Engelkemeyer, West, S., & Brown, S. C. (1998). Powerful partnerships: A shared responsibility for learning. AAHE Bulletin, 51(2), 10-12. PDF

Tatum, B. D., Calhoun, W. R., Brown, S. C., Ayvazian, A. D. (2000). Implementation strategies for creating a climate of achievement. Liberal Education, 86(2), 18-26. PDF

Articles (Career-Related)

Ashworth, D. A., & Brown, S. C. (May, 2009). Career Action Teams (CATs): A structured approach that taps the power of peers. NACE Journal, 24-27. PDF

Brown, S. C. (December, 2008). Career centers as retail spaces. NACE Journal, 35-40. PDF

Brown, S. C. (Winter, 2006). Educator or entrepreneur? Marketing and other strategies to increase career learning outcomes. NACE Journal, 26-34. PDF

Brown, S. C. (Fall, 2003). Career confidential: Confessions of a not-so-new director. Journal of Colleges and Employers, 28-32. PDF

Brown, S. C. (Fall, 2002). Developing students’ multiple identities: How career services practitioners can put theory into practice. Journal of College and Employers, 28-32. PDF

Brown, S. C. (Summer, 2002). A model for wisdom development-and its place in career services.Journal of Colleges and Employers, 29-36. PDF

Brown, S. C., Adler, J., Ashworth, D. C., & Chevry, G. (Winter, 2008). What if students listened to everything we said? Designing and implementing a developmental, structured, 4-year career curriculum.NACE Journal. 28-33. PDF

Brown, S. C., & Dupont, J. H. (Spring, 2008). Showtime: Career development, customer loyalty and the theatre of transformation. NACE Journal, 45-51. PDF

Brown, S. C., & Roseborough, J. (Winter, 2007). They’re just not that into you: Working with disinterested faculty. NACE Journal, 28-32. PDF


Brown, S. C. (2005). [Review of the book From student to a career]. Journal of College Student Development, 46, 700-702. PDF

Brown, S. C. (2004). [Review of the book Learning from supervised practice in student affairs]. Journal of College Student Development, 44, 475-477. PDF

Brown, S. C. (Summer, 2002). [Review of the book Free to succeed: Designing the job you want in the new free agent economy]. Journal of Colleges and Employers, 9.

Brown, S. C.  (2010).  [Review of the book The career advising handbook]. Journal of College Student Development, 51, 604-606. PDF