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Robyn Brookshire

Clinical Assistant Professor


Robyn Brookshire is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies. Her work focuses on the preparation of early childhood teachers as well as ongoing professional growth and learning of currently practicing teachers. She provides pedagogical leadership and support to educators at the Early Learning Center, with influences from Italian early care and education and the emerging nature-based pedagogical movement in education. 


  • Collaborative Action Research in Early Childhood Education
  • Cross-cultural Study of Early Childhood Pedagogies
  • Outdoor and Nature-based Learning in Early Childhood Settings


  • Ph.D., Family Studies-Early Childhood, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2014
  • M.S., Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 2006

Curriculum Vitae

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2013 - W.K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs
  • 2014 – National Society of Leadership and Success, Excellence in Service to Students Award
  • 2016 – Jaquelyn Orlando DeJonge Faculty Award for superlative research, teaching, and service


Selected Recent Publications

Moran, M. J.,  Bove, C., Brookshire, R., Braga, P., & Mantovani, S. (accepted for publication). Learning from each other: The design and implementation of a cross-cultural research and professional development model in Italian and U.S. Toddler Classrooms. Teaching and Teacher Education.

Fouts, H. N. & Brookshire, R. A. (2009) Who feeds children? A child’s eye view of caregiver feeding patterns among the Aka foragers in Congo. Social Science and Medicine, 69, 285-292.

Contact Information

  • Jessie Harris Building, Room 102D-2, Office Hours: By Appointment via Email
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