Remembering April Brayfield

January 25, 2012 5:43 AM

New Wave staff

Tulane University will hold a memorial service for April Brayfield, associate professor of sociology, who died on Dec. 13, 2011, after a battle with cancer. Brayfield began teaching at Tulane in 1992, and taught her classes until the final week of her life.

The School of Liberal Arts and the sociology department will sponsor the remembrance in Rogers Memorial Chapel at 3 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 27). All those who remember Brayfield are invited to share their stories and reminiscences.


April Brayfield, who died on Dec. 13, will be remembered at a memorial service on campus on Friday (Jan. 27). (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

In 2004, Tulane University recognized Brayfield with its top teaching award — the President’s Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. 

She received many undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising awards including the John Stibbs Award for Outstanding Faculty Member in 2009 and the 2010 School of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award.

Recognizing that graduate students needed better preparation to become teachers, she developed a class in pedagogy for sociology doctoral students. 

She led the sociology department in reforming the undergraduate curriculum and chaired the department’s re-accreditation committee.

A longstanding board member of the Tulane University Women’s Association, Brayfield was founder of Crafty Ladies, a women’s service organization.

Brayfield’s published research made internationally recognized contributions in the areas of gender roles, childhood and childcare policy. For the past few years, she was particularly interested in working on cross-cultural comparisons of child-rearing in Hungary and the United States.

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