Education Deans Gather To Examine Integrated Services

The School of Education hosted 15 representatives from the Association of Jesuit and Catholic Universities at a conference on Oct. 10 and 11 which examined the role of outreach, collaboration and service in professional education and scholarship.

During the conference, Brennan Professor of Education Richard Lerner presented a lecture and faculty from SOE, the Graduate School of Social Work, Carroll School of Management, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Nursing and Law schools gave panel presentations describing Boston College's efforts in those areas under the Integrated Services initiative.

The conference participants, who are education deans at Jesuit and Catholic universities, are writing a document to provide ideas and suggestions on outreach scholarship for schools of education and other professional schools.

"It is very exciting," said SOE Dean Mary Brabeck, "to hear deans from places like Fordham, Marquette and John Carroll universities speaking about the types of collaborative work that we are committed to at Boston College. We are all trying to find ways to support and reward faculty who engage in scholarship that improves the lives of school-aged children and their families."

"I found it heartening to see how these administrators placed such great importance on, and showed a strong and enthusiastic commitment to these kinds of initiatives," said Lerner, director of the Center for Child, Family and Community Partnerships. "They also clearly looked upon Boston College as providing leadership in taking that vision of outreach scholarship and making it work."


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