University President William P. Leahy, S.J., named Maureen E. Kenny the ninth dean of the Lynch School of Education. Kenny has served as the school’s interim dean since 2011.
Faculty from the Lynch School of Education and Boston College’s Mathematics Department were awarded a $1.6 million National Science Foundation grant to train and support math teachers for high-need school districts in Massachusetts. Associate Professor Lillie Albert is the principal investigator on the project, titled “Exemplary Mathematics Educators for High-Need Schools.”
Philip Altbach, research professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education, commented in The Chronicle of Higher Education on the use and relevance of massive open online courses in countries such as Rwanda.
Professor David Blustein received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Vocational Psychology, a section of the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association.
Janet E. Helms, the Lynch School’s Augustus Long Professor, was the commencement speaker for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also received an honorary degree.
Professor Larry Ludlow, chair of the Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation Department, was appointed to the Research Committee for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Professor Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., spoke at the ninth annual Private School Leadership Conference about the importance of participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Associate Professor Patrick Proctor established a partnership with the National Center on the Use of Emerging Technologies to Improve Literacy Achievement for Students with Disabilities in Middle School through one of its lead partners, the Center for Applied Special Technologies. Proctor and a team of Boston College doctoral students will provide expertise around the intersections of literacy and technology, particularly as these relate to ability, disability, and emergent bilingualism.
Professor Dennis Shirley was named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Educational Change (Springer).