Kelly Brown, Ed.D.

Kelly BrownKelly Brown, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
(409) 880-7982 p.
Education 209C 

Dr. Kelly Brown serves as an associate professor of educational leadership in the Center for Doctoral Studies at Lamar University. Having previously served as an educator and administrator in K-12 schools, her research interests include examining policies and practices that have cultural implications for issues of equity in education. Dr. Brown's research explores how educational leaders can understand the implications of equity and access to education. 

Dr. Brown will contribute to the discourse of how educational leaders can use cultural knowledge to effectively lead schools to more equitable academic outcomes. Specifically, her research has practical implications regarding how utilizing policy, professional development and leadership growth models will support the breakdown and restructuring of systems that do not support the learning of underserved populations. 


EDUD 6303: Global Cultural Awareness 

EDUD 6302: Global Education Ethics and Values

EDUD 6302: Global Leadership Issues 

EDUD 6312: Communication in a Global Society

EDUD 6322: Trends/Issues in Multicultural Education

EDUD 6352: Qualitative Research I 

EDUD 6354: Qualitative Research II

EDUD 6301: Adult Learning Theories

EDUD 6314: Academic Research Writing I

EDUD 6353: Synthesis  

Awards and Honors

Recognized as one of the Trailblazing Women of LU - 2021 

TCPEA Advocate of the Year - 2020 

Lamar University Inspirational Woman of the Year Award - 2019 

CFISD Superintendent’s Parent Leadership Committee 

Texas Southern University College of Education Advisory Council - 2020 

HCDE Educator Preparation Advisory Board, 2016-2019 

International Council for Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL) 

  • Elected to the Board for a three-year term: 2019-2022 

Texas Council for Professors of Educational Administration 

  • Elected to Board 2021 

Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership (JCEL) 

  • Appointed Editorial Board position - 2021-2024


Principal Certification Grades (EC-12)

Teacher Certification in Elementary English Grades (1-8)

Teacher Certification in Elementary Self-Contained Grades (1-8)

Teacher Certification in English as a Second Language Supplemental

Research and Publications

Brown, K. and Washington, K. (2023). Equity during the pandemic: Exploring rural women superintendents’ perceptions of equity leadership. Tapestry: Journal of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Education, 1(1) Article 7. 

Washington, K., Brown, K., Taylor, J. L. & Ross, S. (2022). During critical times: The perceptions of women in educational leadership and work satisfaction. Journal of Texas Women School Executive, 8(1), 19-35. 

Brown, K. (2022). Lessons from the field: Understanding equity through the pandemic from a leader’s perspective. Educational Leadership and Administration: Teaching and Program Development, 34, 43-54. 

Brown, K. (2022). Community-engaged audit for reform: One district’s approach to address equity issues. Diversity, Social Justice, and the Educational Leader, 5(1) Article 2.

Washington, K., Brown, K., Taylor, J. L. & Ross, S. (2022). Women superintendent’s perspectives: Leading during challenging times. Journal of Texas Women School Executives, 7(1), 16-29.

Brown, K., Washington, K., & Ross, S. (2021). The balance: Self-Care in a time of crisis. Journal of Texas Women School Executives (JTWSE), 6(1), 18-24.

Washington, K., Brown, K., & Ross, S. (2020). Leading through crisis: The relationship and trust factors. Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) Instructional Leader, 33(4), 6-11.

Brown, K. & Williams, D. (May 2019). Creating Campus Teams that Perform After the Storm. Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) Instructional Leader, 32(2), 1-5.

Brown, K. & Williams, D. (Feb. 2019). Equity Audits: A Powerful Tool to Transform Leading and Learning. Instructional LeaderTexas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) Instructional Leader, 32(2), 1-5.

Williams, D., & Brown, K. (Jan. 2019). Equity: Buzzword or Bold Commitment to School Transformation. Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) Instructional Leader, 32(1), 1-3.

Brown, K. & Fowler, D. (2017). Data Driven Decisions: Using Equity Theory to Highlight Implications for Underserved Students. AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice (The School Superintendents Association), 14(4), 17-27. 

Davis, S. & Brown, K. (2017). Automatically Discounted: Using Black Feminist Theory to Critically Analyze the Experiences of Black Female Faculty. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation (IJELP), 12(1), 98-106.

Brown, K., Williams, D., Williams, K., Smith, Stella, and Corbie-Archey, D. (2019). Revisiting the Promise of Education for the African American Child: 65 Years Post Brown vs. Board of Education. Houston, TX: Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE).

Published with students:

Wilson, K., Washington, K., Brown, K., Ballard, Q., & Thibodeaux, T. (2022). Parent perspectives of digital learning: A phenomenological study. School Leadership Review, 17(1), Article 6.  


Professional Affiliations:

American Education Research Association (AERA) 

  • Leadership for Social Justice (LSJ) SIG 
  • Leadership for School Improvement (LSI) SIG 
  • Research on Women in Education (RWE) SIG 

International Council for Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL) 

  • Mentoring Mosaic 
  • Committee for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) 

Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration (TCPEA) 

Texas Council of Women School Executives (TCWSE) 

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Developers (ASCD) 

  • AIRRE Community Leader 

Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) 

Texas Education Policy Institute (TEPI) Fellow 2017 

Leadership Houston – Class XXXI