University of Calgary

Barbara Brown

  • Assistant Professor

Personal Faculty Profile

Personal Profile for Barb Brown

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Dr. Barb Brown was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta and received a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1991 with a major in mathematics and minor in physical sciences. Following graduation, she started teaching grade two in Edmonton, Alberta and lived there for about 10 years. During that time she also taught junior high and was a technology consultant and school administrator. In 2000, she received a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Alberta specializing in secondary education. Her husband was transferred with his work and their family moved to Calgary, Alberta. She taught junior high, senior high and served as district consultant and the first educational technology supervisor for the Calgary Catholic School District. In 2013, she completed doctoral studies at the University of Calgary with a focus on leadership, technology and educational change. In 2014-2015, she was awarded the final Gallagher-Galileo postdoctoral fellowship. Currently, she is director of professional graduate programs in education and director of research and innovation for the Galileo Educational Network in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Brown’s research focuses on educational technology. Her doctoral research involved three school jurisdictions in Alberta involved in making school-wide improvements integrating technology in teaching and learning. She also examined how principals utilize social and technological networks to support their learning and professional growth. Dr. Brown has also been involved in various research projects: early learning and technology, high school redesign, focus on inquiry, STEM, K-9 learning leaders professional learning, and pedagogical leadership in high needs schools.


University of Calgary, Sep 2008- 2013
Educational Technology Specialization; Dissertation – How principals cultivate technology integration and use professional learning networks 

University of Alberta, 1997-2000
Secondary Education; Thesis – Technology Mentorship: A staff development opportunity

University of Lethbridge, 1986-1991
Major: Mathematics; Minor: Physical Sciences

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA), Current Member
  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Current Member
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Current Member
  • Education Canada – (2013-present) Write Book Reviews
  • Alberta Education STAC & JTC, Past Member
  • Greater Edmonton Regional Learning Resources Council Treasurer (1998); Web Master (1999- 2001)
  • InfoCity Festival – 1998 – 1999 Education Co-Chairperson


Brown, B., & Jacobsen, M. (in press). Principals’ technology leadership: How a conceptual framework shaped a mixed methods study. Journal of School Leadership.

Brown, B., Dressler, R., Eaton, S., E., & Jacobsen, M. (2015). Practicing what we teach: Using action research to learn about teaching action research. Canadian Journal of Action Research16(3), 61-78.

Mazur, A., Brown, B., & Jacobsen, M. (2015). Learning designs using flipped classroom instruction. Canadian Journal of Learning Technology41(2), 1-26.

Brown, B., Eaton, S. E., Jacobsen, M., & Roy, S. (2013). Instructional design collaboration: A professional learning and growth experience. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching9(3).

Brown, B. (2013). Technology-enhanced learning environment. In R. C. Richey (Ed), Encyclopedia of terminology for educational communications and technology (pp. 304-305), New York, NY: Springer.

McCaffrey, J., Crichton, S., & Brown, B. (2011). Using a SMARTBoard smartly: Considering digital tools for interaction, collaboration, and storytelling. Northwest Passage: Journal of Educational Practices,9(1), 105-112.


  • 2015 – University of Calgary Teaching Award, Teaching in Online Environments
  • 2014 – Werklund Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2012 – Graduate Conference Travel Grant, University of Calgary
  • 2007 – ASCD Award for Online Course Development
  • 2007 –  Innovative Practice Award for Distributive Learning Project
  • 2004 – ASCD Award for school technology projects
  • 1999 – ASCD Award for Technology Mentorship Project and research
  • 1994 – Excellence in Teaching Nomination  


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