Professors Brockenbrough and Choppin Awarded Tenure

Two Warner School of Education professors in teaching and curriculum have recently been granted tenure. The University of Rochester’s Board of Trustees voted to award tenure to Edward Brockenbrough and Jeffrey Choppin, effective July 1.
These promotions follow a thorough review of their individual scholarly contributions to the field, teaching, and service to the Warner School and University.
“On behalf of the Warner School, I offer my congratulations and gratitude to these talented scholars and educators,” said Dean of the Warner School Raffaella Borasi. “Faculty are essential to who we are as a graduate school of education and to the school’s mission of social justice, and Ed and Jeff are no exception to those high standards.”
Edward BrockenbroughBrockenbrough, an urban education advocate and expert, directs the Urban Teaching and Leadership Program at the Warner School. He joined Warner in 2009, focusing his research on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in urban educational spaces, with particular attention to the educational experiences of LGBTQ youth of color. Most recently, he conducted an ethnographic study of how a support services agency in the northeastern United States addresses the educational needs of Black and Latino queer youth. Brockenbrough is also currently involved in an HIV-prevention study that looks at how Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men (YBMSM) engage YouTube, Tumbler, Grindr, text messaging, and other networked technological platforms to learn about sex, connect with partners, and negotiate the risks of HIV infection.
In addition to his academic role at Warner, Brockenbrough was the president of the board of directors of the MOCHA Center. He previously served as a board member of the Educational Justice Coalition, a Philadelphia-based not-for-profit that advocates for and creates educational opportunities for LGBTQ youth, and the Black Gay Research Group. Prior to earning his PhD in foundations and practices of education from the University of Pennsylvania, he taught middle and high school history.
Jeffrey ChoppinChoppin, a mathematics educator, directs the mathematics teacher preparation program at Warner. He joined the Warner faculty in 2003 after earning his PhD in mathematics education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  While teaching secondary mathematics for more than a decade in Washington, D.C. public schools, Choppin was named a Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 1995.
Choppin currently focuses his research on teachers’ perceptions and use of innovative curriculum materials and how various policy reforms, such as high-stakes tests and teacher evaluations, associated with the new Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) have impacted teachers’ classroom practices. He is particularly interested in how learning opportunities are distributed within and across classrooms, mostly with respect to discourse practices in mathematics.  A second strand of research investigates teaching candidates experiences with and perceptions of edTPA and its impact on their teacher preparation programs.  His work has appeared in publications such as Curriculum Inquiry, Mathematical Thinking and Learning, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, Mathematics Education Research Journal, and Mathematics Teacher. He also co-edited the book Equity in Discourse for Mathematics Education: Theories, Practices, and Policies (Springer, 2012).
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