Donald Easton-Brooks, Ph.D.

Donald Easton-Brooks


Easton-Brooks is internationally recognized as a critical quantitative culturally responsive researcher. His research has helped shape policies both in the United States and in places such as Africa, New Zealand, Germany and Australia. Based on his research, he has been interviewed nationally and internationally by television stations, radio talk shows, newspapers and parenting magazines. Easton-Brooks has held various roles in policy committees on both the state and national levels.

Easton-Brooks' research is centered on equity in education and he is instrumental in introducing the concept of "ethnic matching" to the field of education, which has promoted developing a more diverse educator workforce. His world-renowned work includes a book, "Ethnic Matching: Academic Success of Students of Color," (Rowman & Littlefield). In addition, he has served as a section editor on "The Handbook of Teachers of Color" through the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He also serves on the editorial board for Urban Education.

Through his leadership and research, Easton-Brooks chaired the Oregon Educator Equity Advisory Group, which assists the state, universities and school districts in creating a culturally-responsive educator workforce. He directed the Oregon Teacher Pathway program and co-directs the Center for Culturally Responsive Practice at Eastern Oregon University. He was elected to the board for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). He is also a member dean of the Learning and Education Academic Research Network (LEARN), a group of deans from top research universities who meet with national legislators to promote the continued support of educational research. On the international level, his leadership has been recognized twice at the International Urban Education Conference. He has also served as a mentor for the Committee on Scholars of Color in Education (CSCE) through the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Prior to joining the University of Nevada, Reno, Easton-Brooks was the dean of the College of Education at the University of South Dakota, 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.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership, University of Colorado at Denver
  • M.A., Early Childhood Special Education, University of Colorado at Denver
  • B.A., Sociology, Greenville University, IL