Rebecca Brent, Ed.D.

Dr. Rebecca Brent is President of Education Designs, Inc., a consulting firm in Cary, North Carolina. Her areas of expertise are faculty development in engineering and the sciences, evaluation of educational programs at both precollege and college levels, and classroom uses of instructional technology.

Dr. Brent received her B.A. in Music Education from Millsaps College in 1978, her M.Ed. from Mississippi State University in 1981, and her Ed.D. from Auburn University in 1988, and she holds a Certificate in Evaluation Practice from the Evaluatorsí Institute at George Washington University. She taught for seven years in the Mobile, Alabama and Jackson, Mississippi public school systems prior to undertaking her doctoral program, and after receiving the doctorate, taught undergraduate and graduate courses in classroom organization and management, instructional planning, and language arts methods at Florida Southern College and East Carolina University, winning an Outstanding Teacher Award at the latter institution. She left ECU in 1996 as a tenured associate professor to go into private consulting. From 1997 to 2003, she directed the NSF-sponsored SUCCEED Coalition faculty development program, and from 1994 though 2015 she co-directed the National Effective Teaching Institute, a teaching workshop presented annually under the auspices of the American Society for Engineering Education. She was designated a Fellow of the ASEE in 2014.

Dr. Brent has published a book, book chapters, and articles on effective teaching and faculty development in higher education, mentoring and supporting new faculty members, classroom applications of technology in K-12 and college, peer review of teaching, and a variety of topics in teacher education, and she has been a program evaluator for numerous large-scale education-related projects.

Together with her husband, Dr. Richard Felder, she coauthored Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2016), presented over 400 teaching and faculty development workshops on campuses and at conferences throughout the United States and abroad, and regularly contributes to their blog. She has seven spectacular grandchildren and an equally spectacular great niece.

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