Associate Professor and Director, Center for Youth and Communities
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Social Policy and Management, emphasis on leadership and management innovations with mission driven organizations and businesses.
Professor Curnan's management scholarship and practice is grounded in the promotion of social justice and well-being for children, youth and families, especially those who face greater odds as a result of economic insecurity, family conflict , discrimination or disconnection.
Yale University, M.F.S.
State University of New York at New Paltz, M.S.
SUNY at Stony Brook, B.A.
Awards and Honors
2016 Task Force, Co-Chair, Detroit, Results oriented leadership for community change (2010)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation National Leadership Team for Post Secondary Success Initiative (2010)
Center for Law and Social Policy, CLASP, Postsecondary and Economic Success Advisory Committee, Washington DC (2010)
Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Thought Leader Advisory Panel for New England Education Systems Change (2010)
Northeast Institute for Quality Community Action Advisory Board (2010)
Honored for 25 years of dedicated service to Brandeis University. Celebrated with President, Provost, Dean and colleagues. (2008)
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Youth Council. Three year commitment. (2008)
Appointed, National Research & Evaluation Advisory Board. The Skillman Foundation. Up to 10-year term (2007)
Appointed, National Scientific Research Council, America's Promise: The Alliance for Youth, Washington, D.C. (2005)
Appointed Fellow of Berkeley College, Yale University in recognition of leadership and shared interest in environmental matters (on-going) (2003)
Awarded sabbatical from Brandeis University. Traveled around the world, worked on manuscript for book about growing up at Val-Kill Cottage in the 1950's and 60's. (2003)
Board on Children, Youth and Families of the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. Frequent workshop discussant. (2003)
National Governors' Association's Youth Development Faculty Member, Washington, D.C. (on-going) (2003)
Selected Disney Corporation "Thought Leader" for Community Relations Department to help shape their brand and platform for "Helping Kids Shine" (2003)
The Hitachi Foundation, Yoshiyama Fellowship Award Committee, San Diego, CA (on-going) (2003)
Co-Founder and Chair, Institute for Just Communities (2001)
Co-Founder and Editor of the Community Youth Development Journal and CYD Anthology (2000)
VIP at Presidential Summit on National Community Service, Philadelphia, Spring (1997)
Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Women, Who's Who in American Education (1995 - 1996)
Presented with the Key to the City of New Orleans and Certificate of Honorary Citizenship by Mayor and City Council in recognition of work on behalf of at-risk youth (1993)
|HS||256f||Community Building for Managers|
|HS||317b||Children, Youth and Families: Problems, Policies and Programs|
|HS||320f||The American Gay Rights Movement: Social Justice and Social Policy|
|HS||335f||Perspectives on Youth Policy, Program Management, and System Design|
|HS||511b||Contemporary Issues in the Management of Child, Youth, and Family Services|