Message from Interim Dean Maureen Kenny
Dear Alumni and Friends:
“Welcome back!” It’s a phrase I hear echoed through the halls of Campion every September. The great irony of this statement is that many of our students, faculty, and staff never left the Heights this summer. With a host of innovative programs, summer classes, research projects, athletics, and service opportunities, this seasonal break at the Lynch School has diverged from the traditional norm of summer vacation and taken on a “business as usual” pace.
While the Lynch School had a full agenda throughout the summer months, autumn does mark the beginning of a new academic year. It is a pleasure to welcome a new class of students and five new world-class faculty members, whom you will learn more about in this issue of e-Colloquia.
In the year ahead, Provost Bert Garza and a search committee of Lynch School faculty and Boston College administrators will work to identify a new dean to lead our community, as we continue to put to work our mission of enhancing the lives of children and families through education and applied psychology as a nationally ranked top school of education.
We have much to be proud of as a community. A new $1 million grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will augment the existing fellowships at the Lynch School that support graduate students who aspire to be agents of change in urban schools. With the collaboration of newly appointed Assistant Dean Audrey Friedman and Associate Director of Undergraduate Student Services Maureen Raymond, the LSOE Office of Undergraduate Student Services has undergone changes designed to expand advising services, deepen ties between students and faculty, and build stronger connections with first-year students. And a variety of projects led by Lynch School faculty, students, and alumni are providing support, resources, and knowledge to improve the quality of education and the human condition throughout the city, region, and nation.
As we begin this new academic year I challenge you—the students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the Lynch School of Education—to heed the call for innovative leadership, to participate in dialogue and action that inform local and national policy, and to hold the Boston College values of service and social justice at the heart of your studies, your practice, and all that you do.
Best wishes for a successful new academic year,
Maureen Kenny, Ph.D.
Interim Dean and Professor