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Felicia Black

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood/Childhood Urban Education

B.S. Cleveland State UniversityMS.Ed. Kent State UniversityPh.D. Kent State University


Dr. Felicia Black began her career as an early childhood educator in 1997.  She has taught kindergarten in two urban public school districts and spent seven years as a lead/mentor preschool teacher at the Kent State University Child Development Center, A Reggio Emilia inspired laboratory school. Prior to joining the LIU Brooklyn faculty, Dr. Black has taught developmental reading and writing in the early years, integrated expressive arts and social studies, integrated preschool curriculum, and preschool education courses. Her professional activities include participation in the Ohio Department of Education Statewide Reggio Study Group Delegation in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and service as a peer reviewer for Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education and Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research.  Dr. Black’s dissertation research on preschool practitioners’ professional development research earned an honorable mention from the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program.

Dr. Black’s research interests include preschool education, teacher professionalism and professional development, practitioner research and applications of feminist post-structural theory in early childhood education.


Arhar, J., Niesz, T., Brossmann, J., Koebley, S., O’Brien, K., Loe, D., & Black, F. (2013). Creating a ‘third space’ in the context of a university-school partnership: Supporting teacher action research and the research preparation of doctoral students. Education Action Research. 21(2), 218-236.

Cutler, K., Bersani, C., Hutchins, P., Bowne, M., Lash, M., Kroeger, J., Brokmeier, S., Venhuizen, L. & Black, F. (2012). Laboratory schools as places of inquiry: A collaborative journey for two laboratory schools. Early Education & Development, 23(2), 242-258.

•    Member, American Association of University Women (AAUW)
•    Member, National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
•    Member, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
•    Member, Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association (PLT)
•    Member, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (KDP)