Dr. James W. Brown designated one of the Top 40 Innovators in Education

12.09.13

Dr. James W. Brown, who teaches online for Kean University, has been designated one of the Top 40 Innovators in Education by the Center for Digital Education. Dr. Brown is a pioneer in developing online courses in science, health care and public health.

While Dean of Science, Engineering, Health Sciences and Human performance at Ocean County College, he became the principal investigator on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to establish the One Day per Week Nursing Program at the College. Through this program, nursing students were able to enroll in their required courses completely online and complete their clinical experience in one face-to-face day per week. He then collaborated with faculty and staff to develop all of the prerequisite science courses for this new program.

Brown also formerly served as an assistant dean at New Jersey City University; assistant commissioner of health for the state of New Jersey; director of microbiology at Roche Biomedical Laboratories; and a vice president for Celsis Laboratory Group, a biotechnology company.

Dr. Brown now teaches completely online for a number of colleges and universities across the United States, including Kean University. He has taken online courses a step further by delivering them through “The Cloud.” His online Introduction to Public Health course originally developed for Kean University is now available free of charge to all 19 community colleges in New Jersey.

Dr. Brown was recently featured in NJBIZ magazine, in an article titled "Kean Professor Adapts Public Health Course for State." This introduction to public health course also earned Brown an honorable mention in the national SoftChalk 2012 Lesson Challenge and the President’s Award from the New Jersey Public Health Association. He is designated as an Innovator in Online Learning by SoftChalk, which features “people doing great things” in their online courses.