Steven Brint’s overall research focuses on topics in the sociology of higher education, the sociology of professions, and middle-class politics. He is the author of three books: The Diverted Dream (with Jerome Karabel) (Oxford University Press, 1989), In an Age of Experts (Princeton University Press, 1994), Schools and Societies (Pine Forge/Sage, 1998, second ed. Stanford University Press 2006). He is the editor of The Future of the City of Intellect (Stanford University Press, 2002).
He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University.
On Undergraduate Research
As the vice provost for Undergraduate Education, bring has helped to build an outstanding faculty mentored undergraduate research program at UC Riverside, believed to be the first of its kind in the UC system. Topics that he can address include:
- Benefits from attending a research university;
- Benefits of conducting faculty-mentored undergraduate research;
- Best practices for presenting undergraduate research;
- Undergraduate research grants.
On Undergraduate Education
Brint can speak on the evolution of the University of California, Riverside mission to unite academic excellence, broad access for motivated students, and community engagement. This includes:
- Undergraduate education pedagogy;
- Improvement of graduation rates;
- Interactive engagement and discovery-based learning;
- adoption of adaptive learning technologies in the classroom;
- academically-enriched internship opportunities;
- senior capstone courses.
On No Child Left Behind
Brint has conducted extensive research into the No Child Left Behind program and can discuss the program and how teachers responded to it.
Using survey responses from 300 randomly selected teachers from five school districts and in-depth follow-up interviews with 30 of those respondents, Brint’s survey of NCLB demonstrated that 80 percent of respondents had an unfavorable view and 40 percent held very unfavorable views.
He can also talk about other school reform programs, including “Race to the Top.”