Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools; Director, doctoral program in curriculum and instruction
Marilyn Cochran-Smith has focused the majority of her research on a topic she closely identifies with: teachers. Her specific interests include practice, policy, and teacher education, both domestic and international. Among her areas of expertise are topics relating to equity, diversity, and social justice in teaching and higher education.
Cochran-Smith began teaching at the Lynch School in 1996. She also serves as an adjunct professor of education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and has participated for four years in Project RITE (Rethinking Initial Teacher Education for Equity). Project RITE is a collaborative effort between Boston College and the University of Auckland to develop a theory of teacher learning in the context of initial teacher education.
Recently, Cochran-Smith was elected to the National Academy of Education Board of Directors, and the Norway Ministry of Education appointed her as Chair of the International Advisory Panel for the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education. In the past 30 years, she has written more than 200 books, chapters, and articles about teacher research, including those during her six-year term as editor of the Journal of Teacher Education.
2014, Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award of the Literacy Research Association 2014, Bjorn Christiansen Memorial Lecturer. University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway 2012, Doctor of Letters. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland 2012, Doctor Honoris Causa. (Honorary Doctoral Degree) University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain