Professor Adam Howard (education) was promoted from associate professor to full professor April 15 by the Colby College Board of Trustees. Howard’s scholarship focuses on issues of social class in education, more specifically the role of privilege in shaping educational access, opportunity, and students’ sense of self. He first taught at Colby in 2003 and 2004, and he returned in a continuing position as an associate professor in 2008.

Following an undergraduate degree from Berea College in Kentucky, Howard earned his Ed.M. from Harvard and his Ed.D. from the University of Cincinnati. His publications are in the areas of the sociology of education, in particular multicultural education, but also service learning and teacher education. He was named a Fulbright Scholar in 2013 and spent part of the summer in Australia studying and lecturing in his areas of interest and expertise.

Howard has coedited three volumes and written two books. With his students Aimee Polimeno ’14 and Brianne Wheeler ’14 as coauthors, he published Negotiating Privilege and Identity in Educational Contexts (Routledge 2014) with 23 Colby students listed as contributors. He also wrote Learning Privilege: Lessons of Power and Identity in Affluent Schooling (Routledge 2008). In addition he’s written 32 articles, 11 book chapters, and numerous other publications, including book reviews, editorials, and reports.

He is a mentor for Colby’s Posse 12, and he helped design and launch the popular Jan Plan course Multicultural Literacy. Howard’s promotion is effective this fall.