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Professor Lyn Mikel Brown

Lyn Mikel Brown, professor of education at Colby, was named national College Professor of the Year and awarded the Bammy! Award in the college professors category by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International in Washington, D.C. An awards gala was held Sept. 27, when winners in 26 categories were feted.

The Bammy! Award is “a cross-discipline honor that identifies and acknowledges extraordinary work being done across the entire education field. The Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International exists solely to recognize what is right in education by identifying, honoring, and celebrating the collective contributions of professionals, paraprofessionals and support staff across the entire education community,” according to the organization’s website. The organization was founded to counter negative public perceptions of American education and to highlight what is right in American education.

Brown, who earned her doctorate in education at Harvard, joined Colby’s faculty in 1991 and was promoted to full professor in 2005. Her areas of expertise include girls’ development; activism and youth organizing; and popular culture, media, and marketing to girls. She is a cofounder of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, a Maine-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of girls and women, and cofounder with Deborah Tolman of SPARK Movement, a girl-fueled activist movement demanding an end to the sexualization of women and girls in media.