Welcome from the Dean
In this edition of Colloquia, I would like to focus on the dedicated and accomplished Lynch School of Education faculty, who make us one of the top schools of education and psychology today. We have a dynamic team of senior faculty, renowned for their research as well as their classroom techniques, joined by junior faculty who have demonstrated their abilities in their own right.
The accomplishments of our 54 full-time faculty, 50 part-time faculty, and 60 research associates and assistants are too great in number to mention here, so I will highlight just a few. Forty-three of our tenure-track faculty are actively engaged in externally funded projects. In fact, the Lynch School enjoys 30 percent of the University’s externally funded projects. Moreover, there were 178 faculty publications from September 2007-September 2008 alone.
In addition to their research, our faculty are known for their excellence in teaching and were honored with numerous awards. Five faculty and researchers were named as American Educational Research Association inaugural fellows last year and one additional faculty member was named as a fellow this year. Also, three faculty received various awards from the American Psychological Association for their contributions to the field.
Our professors develop strong academic relationships with students beyond classroom learning. The undergraduate research program and other such initiatives provide students with the opportunity to be involved in and contribute towards groundbreaking research. Indeed, much of this collaborative research between professors and students is presented at conferences across the country.
Seven of our most senior faculty, the Endowed Chairs, participated in the 2nd Annual Colloquium Series this year, with a total of four lectures offered from October through March. Marilyn-Cochran Smith, Henry Braun, Mary Walsh, Janet Helms, Anderson Franklin, Philip Altbach, and Andy Hargreaves discussed a range of topics regarding accountability systems in teacher education, student achievement, and international education. The final lecture in this series was held on March 25 featuring all seven chairs in a discussion on education under the new Obama administration.
Our faculty are engaged in service trips across the globe, from Brinton Lykes’ work in Guatemala to Philip Altbach’s work with universities worldwide. Locally, Boston Connects—under the direction of Mary Walsh—continues to make an impact in urban schools. The program was recently featured in Boston College Magazine. The Lynch School’s commitment to create an environment where faculty can engage in the community and serve as scholar practitioners is evident in the numerous local, national, and international community partnerships that enhance the human condition. I invite you to learn more about these partnerships in our Partnerships in the Community booklet.
I am delighted that we are able to broaden our base through the recruitment of five new faculty beginning in the 2009/2010 academic year. In the midst of this challenging economic environment, we are able to maintain our commitment to providing optimal learning opportunities to future educators and counselors, and our commitment to continue to expand our faculty is evidence of that. We are finalizing the selection process and look forward to sharing more about these new recruits with you early next fall.
With warmest regards,
Joseph M. O'Keefe, S.J.