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The Lynch School is home to faculty members who are leaders in various fields of education and psychology. They are often recognized for their accomplishments through the news media and awards. Below is a sampling of some recent faculty highlights.

Endowed Chairs’ Colloquium

The 2nd Annual Endowed Chairs Colloquium Series comprised four panel discussions with the endowed chairs. The final presentation for the academic year was held on March 25, 2009. “Five Minutes With the New President” brought together all seven of the endowed chairs. Each spoke for five minutes about an aspect of the major social, educational, health, and human services challenges facing the nation under the new Obama administration. Following their presentations, the chairs engaged in discussion with members of the panel and the audience. For more information, email

Invisibility Syndrome

Anderson Franklin, the Hon. David S. Nelson Professional Chair and professor of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, spoke at the Boisi Center Colloquium in October 2008 about the “invisibility syndrome” among African Americans, about which he has written extensively. He provided insight into the struggles African American students often face when discovering and expressing their identities within the university community. He argues that it is the role of university administrators to help students cultivate networks with other students facing similar challenges in order to obtain the support students need to thrive.

Three New Faculty

The Lynch School welcomed three new faculty members in the 2008-2009 academic year. Spyros Konstantopoulos joined the Lynch School in the fall of 2008 as assistant professor in the Department of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation. He comes to Boston College from Northwestern University, where he served as a tenure-track assistant professor in the School of Education and Social Policy from 2003-2008. With a Ph.D. in research methods from the University of Chicago, Konstantopoulos is interested in the extension and application of statistical methods to issues in education, social science, and policy studies.

Elida Laski joined the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology as assistant professor in January 2009. She joins the Lynch School after completing her Ph.D. in developmental psychology within the IES-funded Program in Interdisciplinary Educational Research at Carnegie Mellon University. Laski’s research focuses on the development of numerical knowledge in young children. Most recently, she is investigating how subtle differences in the design and procedures of board games influence kindergartners’ acquisition of numerical knowledge.

Paul Poteat joined the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology in the fall of 2008 as assistant professor of counseling psychology. Poteat comes to the Lynch School from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he completed his Ph.D. in counseling psychology and taught courses on social intergroup and intragroup identities and dialogues. His work examines how peer group social networks account for and influence the prejudiced attitudes and behaviors of individuals from adolescence to young adulthood. Read more »

APA Awards

More than 30 Lynch School Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology faculty and graduate students presented at the 116th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) held in August 2008 in Boston, Mass. A number of Lynch School faculty members and a graduate student were honored with awards for their work and research in the field. The APA is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 148,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. Read more »

AERA Fellows

Five Boston College Lynch School of Education faculty and researchers were selected for the inaugural American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellows Program. The fellows are being honored for their outstanding national and international contributions to research in education. They will be inducted at AERA's annual meeting in April 2009. The Lynch School inductees are David Blustein, Henry Braun, Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Joan Lucariello, and George Madaus. Diana Pullin has also been named a fellow. Read more »

AERA Conference Presentations

A number of faculty and students from the Lynch School have been selected to give presentations at the 2009 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting April 13-17 in San Diego. Ten faculty from the Teacher Education, Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction Department; seven from the Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation Department; and, four from the Educational Administration and Higher Education Department have been selected to speak. Because of the support of our faculty, 37 Lynch School graduate students will also be presenting at the conference.

Philip Altbach Recognized With Bowen Distinguished Career Award

Philip G. Altbach, Monan University Professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education, was awarded the Howard Bowen Distinguished Career Award by the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) at their annual conference in Jacksonville, Fla. on November 5, 2008. The Bowen Award honors an individual whose professional life has been devoted in substantial part to the study of higher education and whose career has significantly advanced the field through extraordinary scholarship, leadership, and service. ASHE is the main scholarly organization focusing on higher education research in the United States.

Diana Pullin Named Spencer Foundation Resident Fellow

Diana Pullin is one of nine resident fellows named by the Spencer Foundation in 2008 to promote collaboration among researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners. Pullin is a professor of education law and public policy at the Lynch School and coordinates the joint degree program in law and education between the Lynch School and the Law School. While at Spencer, Pullin is working on an interdisciplinary project using legal, public policy, and social science analysis to address the role of social science in education law and learning opportunities. Learn more about the Spencer Foundation Resident Fellows.

David Blustein Named NCDA Fellow

David Blustein, professor in the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department at the Lynch School, has been selected by the National Career Development Association (NCDA) as one of only two distinguished Fellows for 2009. Blustein, who has been teaching career development courses at the graduate level since 1985, serves as a career development practitioner in private practice with nearly 20 years in the field. He is a leading contributor to scholarly literature on career development, and a prominent international figure in the field. With more than 70 publications, Blustein is renowned for his work highlighting the importance of socioeconomic issues, race, gender, and, culture in career development—integrating important concepts from vocational psychology, sociology, and public policy to advance career theory and practice. Learn more about Blustein’s honor and NCDA.

Social Networking

Professor and chair of the Educational Administration and Higher Education Department Ana Martínez Alemán and higher education doctoral student Katherine Lynk Wartman have published a new book entitled Online Social Networking on Campus. The book provides insight into the ways students use social networking sites such as Facebook, Live Journal, and Web Shots as avenues for socializing. The authors offer guidance in averting ethical conflicts that can arise when students share personal information over the Internet. In the spirit of the book, Martínez Alemán held an online discussion about social networking on January 28, 2009.  Read more »

It's Not All About Class Size

Spyros Konstantopoulos, assistant professor of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, coauthored a commentary about class size and its role in the domestic achievement gap, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Responding to Changing Times

Dean Joseph M. O'Keefe, S.J., wrote about Catholic education reform in the 21st Century in the National Catholic Educational Association's journal Momentum.

Vocabulary Development Study

Patrick Proctor, assistant professor in the Teacher Education, Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction Department, received a three-year grant from the Institute of Education Sciences. The funds will be used to conduct a longitudinal study of vocabulary development and its relationship with instruction among native English and native Spanish speaking students in grades 2-5 in Waltham, Mass. and Prince George's County, Md. It is a collaborative grant with Rebecca Silverman and Jeff Harring from the University of Maryland at College Park. The total grant award is $1.4 million, with $560,000 over the three years designated to Boston College.

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