Erin Burke Brown, Ph.D

Erin Burke-Brown



Erin Burke Brown joined VCU’s Division of Community Engagement in 2008 as the coordinator of the AmeriCorps and America Reads Programs. In that role she recruited, trained, and supervised up to 80 members who served as tutors and mentors to elementary students reading below grade. In 2011, she became the assistant director of service-learning and then promoted to associate director of service-learning, supporting service-learning faculty, students and community partners in the development of quality courses that integrate meaningful service experiences into the academic curriculum. In 2015, Brown was named director of VCU ASPiRE, providing leadership and oversight for all operations of the program, its staff and curriculum.

In addition to her work with service-learning, Brown is a faculty fellow with the ASPiRE program and is an instructor with Richmond’s Nonprofit Learning Point, where she teaches workshops in volunteer management.

Brown has more than 10 years of experience working in community engagement. Prior to her current role, she worked at a local nonprofit with children of incarcerated parents. She also participated in the Teach for America program where she served as a 5th grade teacher in Baton Rouge, La. Brown’s research and teaching interests include service-learning, inclusion and diversity, community partnerships and university student development.

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  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Master of Public Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and African American Studies, University of Virginia