Dr. Sabrina A. Brinson
Childhood Ed and Family Studies
Dr. Sabrina Brinson is professor of childhood education and family studies. Her primary lines of research include diversity, multiculturalism and social justice, with an emphasis in African American studies; culturally responsive literature; and social, emotional and moral development.
Brinson publishes results in international and national journals, such as Contemporary Education, Multicultural Perspectives and The Dragon Lode-Journal of the International Literacy Association. Likewise, she presents papers at international and national conferences, such as the Conference for the International Literacy Association, the Hawaii International Conference on Education, the Conference for the National Association for Multicultural Education and the Conference on Academic Research in Education. Her crowning principle is, "Diversity, equity and inclusion should never be an afterthought, a fleeting thought or a superficial thought."
Currently, she serves as coordinator of the university-based Mentoring, Support and Partnership Program; creator and advisor of the student-led Diversity Task Force; creator and coordinator of the We Heart Our Veterans initiative; creator and coordinator of the Real Men consortium; chair of the Student Day Planning Committee for the 2016 Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference; co-chair of the Diversity Coordination Task Force; and member and former chair of the African American Studies Committee.
Brinson is the founder and national director of two award-winning national, community-based, literacy programs: Boys Booked on Barbershops (B-BOB) and Girls Booked on Beautyshops (G-BOB). The programs are designed for youth (ages 1-18) to increase their reading interests, reading practices and literacy development. Reading nooks with literacy tips for parents and a variety of high interest, culturally responsive books are set up in barbershops and beautyshops (and other community sites) across the United States. The programs are in partnership with 22 organizations to date. Picture it, boys and girls reading and/or being read to while waiting for their turn in the barber’s or beautician's chair.
She is also a member of several professional organizations including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Literacy Association.
- PhD, Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Education and Reading Emphasis, 1998, University of South Florida
- MA, Special Education: Behavior Disorders Emphasis, 1992, University of South Florida
- BA, Psychology, 1985, University of South Florida
- BA, English Literature, 1985, University of South Florida
- AA, General Studies, University of South Florida
- CFD 150 Introduction to Child and Family Development
- CFD 155 Principles of Human Development
- CFD 305 Multicultural Studies in Child and Family Development
- CFD 560 Family Engagement
- CFD 563 Administration of Programs for Children and Families
- CFD 580 Introduction to Research in Child and Family Development
- ECE 711 Proposal Development
- ECE 575 Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Families in Early Childhood
- ECE 762 Seminar in Early Childhood and Family Development
- EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity
- National Association for Multicultural Education
- National Black Child Development Institute
- National Council of Teachers of English
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children
- Ozarks Association for the Education of Young Children
- International Literacy Association
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- Women in the NAACP Standing Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- Education Standing Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Research and professional interests
- Diversity, multiculturalism and social justice with an emphasis in African American studies
- Culturally responsive literature, pedagogy and practices
- Social, emotional and moral development
Awards and honors
- Higher Education Policy Analyst for Missouri, Policy Analysis Initiative, 2017
- Drum Major Award, NAACP Springfield, 2015
Area of expertiseEducation and literacy Diversity
Questions about Diversity, Inclusion Dominate Springfield School Board Forum
Childhood education expert Dr. Sabrina Brinson moderates forum.