Alumni and Friends,
We at the Lynch School are beginning the 2013–14 academic year with energy and enthusiasm, welcoming new students and faculty, and looking forward to the events and initiatives that lie ahead.
We have many achievements to celebrate. Our doctoral program in counseling psychology recently received the American Psychological Association’s Suinn Minority Achievement Award in recognition of its outstanding commitment to diversity. Congratulations are due to that program, and to our master’s licensure program in educational leadership, which recently received the Massachusetts Department of Education’s full approval under new state standards.
I am pleased to greet our new faculty, as well as those who are taking on new roles at the Lynch School and elsewhere in the University. We continue our record of hiring outstanding junior faculty, and welcome two new tenure-track assistant professors: Kristen Bottema-Beutel in Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction; and David Miele in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology. Annie Homza begins a new role as assistant professor of the practice, and Gilda Morelli joins the Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology faculty as associate professor following her sabbatical and the conclusion of her term as vice provost for graduate studies. Michael James, who recently concluded his term as a research fellow at the Roche Center for Catholic Education, is expanding his involvement in the Lynch School Program in Higher Education as a lecturer. Meanwhile, Martin Scanlan, associate professor at Marquette University, has joined the Roche Center as a half-time visiting associate professor for 2013–14.
This year’s October 17 Lynch School Symposium on School Reform and the Future of Education in Massachusetts features a keynote address by Massachusetts Secretary of Education Matthew H. Malone, M.Ed ’95, Ph.D. ’02. I hope to see you there!
As the ninth dean of the school of education at Boston College, I will continue to advance the strategic priorities identified by our faculty, staff, and administration during the past academic year. As we move ahead, we continue our foci: preparing reflective professionals in education, applied psychology, and research who are leaders and agents of social change in their fields; and producing innovative and collaborative research grounded in social justice that informs education and social policy and practice. (The Roche Center for Catholic Education’s TWIN-CS study profiled in this issue is one vivid example of the kind of innovative and important research in which we are engaged.)
I am proud to lead the Lynch School as we continue to expand our influence and impact on educational and psychological practice, research, and policy—throughout Boston and around the globe.
Best wishes for a successful new academic year,
Maureen E. Kenny
Dean and Professor