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Brent Chowen

Brent Chowen


Teaching Professor

Contact Information

Office: 2004B JKB

Phone: 801-422-2177


I graduated from BYU with a degree in History, adding state licensure in History and French Language Teaching. I began teaching History and French in public schools while earning an M.A. in History from the University of Utah and a doctorate in Curriculum in Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin. I spent nine years at BYU-Hawaii, serving as department chair and leading the BYUH teacher preparation program to national accreditation status. In 2016, I joined the faculty in the McKay School at BYU, serving as a teaching professor and overseeing teacher candidates in field placements. Currently I serve as Director of the Educator Preparation Program, overseeing successful national accreditation for the teacher preparation programs.

I love traveling, reading, all things social studies, and spending time with my family.

My teaching interests include history education, particularly the use of primary sources in classrooms, and teachers' reflective practice. I approach teaching through a collaborative process, helping students to construct knowledge through cooperative learning and engagement.

My research interests center on the used of critical thinking skills and primary source documents in social studies education; reflection as a part of teacher improvement; and the role of mentoring in teacher development.