College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Child Development Lab Administration

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Jawan Burwell, Ed.D.

Jawan Burwell, director

Jawan Burwell, Ed.D. is the director of the Child Development Laboratory (CDL), part of the child development and family relations program in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. He has 14 years of experience working with young children and their families. Burwell has a bachelor's degree in Child Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Family Relations from N.C. A&T, and a master’s degree in Family Life and Youth Development, with a concentration in Administration and Leadership of Youth and Families, from N.C. State., and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) from Walden University. His certifications include the N.C. Early Care and Education Professional Certification-Level 13, the N.C. Administration Credential-Level 3, and the Family Life Education certification. Burwell says that children learn best in a nurturing and loving environment that provides hands-on experiences. Providing the highest quality learning and engagement to CDL children and their families is Burwell’s goal; his satisfaction is in having an impact on children’s growth and development.

Research Interests

Parent and family engagement with a specification on fathers, child and family nutrition, culturally responsive practices and assessments, parent and family life education, and mental health awareness.


  • Burwell, J. Preschool Teachers’ Perspectives on Father Engagement in their Child’s Education. Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies. 11164.  
  • McMillan, V., Beasley, J., Williams-Wheeler, M., & Burwell, J. (2021). Embedding Diverse Field Experiences in a Child Development and Family Studies Program. 1-6.
  • Williams-Wheeler, M., Burwell, J, Gravely, G., & Summers-Dawkins, R. (2021). Experiential Learning in a Family Systems Course: Integrating the FCSfit KIDS Curriculum. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences. 1-7.