Alumni and friends,
The Lynch School of Education’s fall calendar was packed with exciting events, awards, and scholarly achievements. In early October, Cawthorne Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Professor Dennis Shirley, and I cohosted the inaugural Boston College Sesquicentennial Symposium, “Education and Its Role in Democratic Societies,” and welcomed as keynote speaker Pedro Noguera, the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. On November 8 and 9, the Lynch School’s Boisi Professor of Education and Public Policy Henry Braun cohosted a two-day symposium, “Religion and the Liberal Aims of Higher Education,” which brought 15 distinguished scholars, writers, and leaders in higher education—including six current or former college presidents—to campus to discuss what sets religious colleges and universities apart from their secular peers.
Later that month, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education named Associate Professor Mike Barnett the Massachusetts Professor of the Year, recognizing his teaching and mentorship in the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. And on December 11, our International Study Center simultaneously released the results of the 2011 TIMSS and PIRLS assessments—rich and extensive sources of data that describe students, teachers, schools, academic curricula, and educational policies around the globe.
These achievements, highlighted in this issue of eColloquia, illustrate the Lynch School’s commitment to teaching, research, and outreach at the local, national, and international levels. As a community, we aspire to narrow the gap between the ideals and reality of social justice. We seek to accomplish this by participating in national policy conversations, creating programs that improve the life chances of students and families, and producing research that informs policy and practice locally and worldwide.
The work of Lynch School faculty, students, and alumni in education and applied psychology wields considerable influence in areas that range from urban education to international assessment to the future of Catholic education.
The holiday season is a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the year past. I do so with pride and excitement as I look to the year ahead, knowing that the achievements and talents of Lynch School faculty, students, and alumni inform solutions to the critical educational and human development challenges of our times.
I wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy new year.
Interim Dean and Professor