James Dean Brown ("JD") is currently Professor of Second Language Studies on the graduate faculty of the Department of SLS at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
His areas of specialization include language testing, curriculum design, program evaluation, and research methods.
He was educated at California State University Los Angeles (BA French), University of California Santa Barbara (BA English Literature), and University of California Los Angeles (MA TESL and PhD in Applied Linguistics)
For two years, he was senior scholar in
the UCLA/China Exchange Program at Zhongshan University in the People's Republic of China. For three years, he was an assistant professor at Florida State
University and Academic Coordinator for the FSU/ARAMCO MA Program that was delivered on site in Saudi Arabia. In 1992, he was a Fulbright
scholar at Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro. He has been invited to conduct workshops and teach courses in places as divers as Brazil, Cuba, Cyrpus, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Fiji, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Oman, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Venezuela, and the former Yugoslavia. He has served on the editorial boards of the TESOL Quarterly, Language Testing, Language Learning and Technology, RELC Journal, and JALT Journal, as well as on the TOEFL Research Committee, the TESOL Advisory Committee on Research, and the Executive Board of TESOL. In addition to over 200 book chapters and articles in publications like TESOL Quarterly, TESOL Newsletter, Language Learning, Language Testing, Modern Language Journal, System, JALT Journal, The Language Teacher, and RELC Journal, he has published a number of books: Understanding Research in Second Language Learning: A teacher's guide to statistics and research design (Cambridge, 1988); The Elements of Language Curriculum: A systematic approach to program development (Heinle & Heinle, 1995); Language Testing in Japan (with Yamashita,
JALT, 1995); Testing in Language Programs (Prentice-Hall, 1996); New Ways of Classroom Assessment (TESOL, 1998); and Using Surveys in Language Programs (Cambridge, 2001); as well as a Chinese editions of his Cambridge 1988 book (The People’s Education Press, 2001) and his Heinle & Heinle 1995 book (Foreign Langauge Teaching and Research Press, 2001); a Japanese translation of his 1996 testing book (translated by Wada, Taishukan Shoten Publishers, 1999); a second much revised edition of his 1996 testing book (McGraw-Hill, 2005); two books with Hudson and Detmer on testing pragmatics (NFLRC, 1992, 1995); two with Norris and Hudson on performance testing (NFLRC, 1998, 2002); two others edited with Hudson on developing language tests (NFLRC, 2001), one other edited collection on developing rubrics (NFLRC, 2012), and Kondo-Brown on teaching connected speech (University of Hawaii Press, 2006); and two co-authored books, one with Rodgers entitled Doing Second Language Research (Oxford, 2002), and the other with Hudson entitled Criterion-Referenced Language Testing(Cambridge, 2002).