Brown, James Wilson  (1913-1987)

Brown, James Wilson (1913-1987)

Date Updated



Instructional Technology/Administration

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of Chicago, 1946 Ph.D.

University of Chicago, 1940 MA

Central Washington University, 1935 BS

University of Washington, 1931, 1936

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1953-1976

(Dean of Graduate Studies and Research)

Syracuse University (Asst. Prof. of Educ.), 1947

Morgan Junior High, 1937-1939

Wapato Junior High, 1935-1937

Administrative and Professional Experience

Lt. Commander in U.S. Navy, 1942‑1945.

Supervisor of Teaching Materials, Virginia State Department of Education, 1946.

Supervisor of the University Film Center, University of Washington, 1948, 1950.

Information Specialist, U.S. Department of State, Paris, France, 1949.

Community Advisory Board, KTEH TV, San Jose, CA.

President of DAVI (Department of AV Instruction) from 1951‑1953.

ECT Foundation Board of Directors.

Evaluator for the Educational Media Institute from 1965‑1968.

Director of ERIC (Educational Resource Info Center), Stanford University.

Selected Publications

New Media in Public Libraries

AV Instruction: Technology, Media and Methods (6 eds.)

Administering Educational Media New Media in College Teaching

College Teaching

Educational Media Yearbook (10 eds.)

Before You Go To Great Britain: A Research and Planning Guide

Personal Commentary

"In addition to his accomplishments as an educator and an editor, Jim Brown's out­going, warm personality made him universally loved. As a leader and motivator, he was a wonderful example for his students, colleagues, and friends. His inquisitive nature made him equally at home with strangers as well as friends of long standing. His enthusiasm was contagious."

Source: Hardy Pelham's Productive Educator

Date Completed: 10/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Brown, James Wilson  (1913-1987)