Erin Brown

Erin Burke Brown, Ph.D.

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Job title: Director, ASPiRE
Telephone: (804) 827-3915
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Erin Burke Brown, Ph.D., 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.

Brown has more than 10 years of experience working in community engagement. Prior to her work at VCU, 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 fifth-grade teacher in Baton Rouge, La. Brown’s research and teaching interests include service learning, inclusion and diversity, community partnerships and university student development.

    •    Ph.D. in public policy and administration, Virginia Commonwealth University
    •    M.P.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
    •    B.A. in English literature and African American studies, University of Virginia