Dean's Office

Donald Easton-Brooks

Donald Easton-Brooks, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean of the School of Education

Easton-Brooks is an internationally recognized scholar on teacher quality and diversifying teacher education. He is known for examining the impact of social systems, policies and economics on the academic outcomes of students of color using advanced statistical techniques and has published several articles, books and book chapters on these topics. His work has been cited on policies initiatives addressed to state legislators, U.S. senators and the U.S. Secretary of Education. He has also been cited on educational initiatives in Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Based on his research, he has been interviewed nationally and internationally by television stations, radio talk shows, newspapers and parenting magazines. Easton-Brooks has had various roles on policies communities in Oregon and Minnesota.

Easton-Brooks chairs the Oregon Educator Equity Advisory Group, which assists the state, universities and school districts in creating a culturally-responsive educator work force. He directed the Oregon Teacher Pathway program and co-directs the Center for Culturally Responsive Practice at Eastern Oregon University. In Minnesota, he has served on boards, which includes key personnel from Target Headquarters, 3M and Wells Fargo. On the national level, Easton-Brooks serves on the Meeting and Professional Development Committee for American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and is on the editorial board of Urban Education. Prior to the University of South Dakota, Easton-Brooks was the dean of the Colleges of Business and Education at Eastern Oregon University and served as the associate dean in the School of Education at Hamline University in Minnesota. He has held other leadership roles at the University of North Texas, University of Connecticut and Seattle Central Community College.

Easton-Brooks earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and innovation from the University of Colorado at Denver. He also earned his master's degree in early childhood special education with an emphasis on multicultural family studies from the University of Colorado at Denver. Easton-Brooks and his wife, Lori, are the parents of three energetic yet amazing boys.

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Name Department & Office Contact
Amy Schweinle
  • Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Delzell Education Center 108B
Robin Wiebers
  • Assistant Dean
Delzell Education Center 113C
Karen Kindle
  • Division Chair, Curriculum & Instruction
Delzell Education Center 115C
Karen Card
  • Division Chair, Educational Leadership
Delzell Education Center 214D
Robin Ammon
  • Division Chair, Kinesiology and Sport Management