Brian McGowan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education and Associate Director of the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning
American University

Dr. McGowan has worked in higher education for nearly 15 years. He serves as an Associate Professor of Education and Associate Director in the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning at American University. His professional background includes experiences in housing and residence life, orientation, career services, and a higher education research center. Dr. McGowan’s research seeks to illuminate the lived realities of underrepresented populations across multiple postsecondary contexts. More specifically, he explores Black men’s achievement, engagement, identity development, interpersonal relationships, and faculty of color experiences in the academy. Dr. McGowan’s work has been published in several national refereed journals including the Journal of College Student Development, Equity and Excellence in Education, and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. His research has been praised through awards and honors including the Tracy L. Davis Outstanding Emerging Research Award from ACPA’s Coalition on Men and Masculinities, and the NASPA Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation Award.