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Lynch School of Education

Higher Education Faculty

higher education program


Karen Arnold, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Hans de Wit, Ph.D.
Director, Boston College Center for International Higher Education

Ana M. Martinez-Aleman, Ed.D.
Professor & Department Chair, Educational Leadership and Higher Education

Diana Pullin, J.D., Ph.D.

Heather Rowan-Kenyon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ted Youn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ph.D. Advising Structure
Upon acceptance into the Higher Education Program, each student is assigned a faculty advisor. New students should contact their faculty advisor before or during the first week of classes to plan their course of study. The faculty advisor's role is to assist you in designing an individualized educational experience and in negotiating your way through the program. However, each student is responsible for reading and abiding by the rules and requirements set forth in the Boston College Graduate Catalog, the Lynch School of Education's Doctoral Policies and Procedures and other university publications.

Master's students should meet with their faculty advisor to design their individualized course of study, to discuss career plans, and to clarify general program requirements. Students should meet with or contact by phone their faculty advisor before enrolling in the program and at the beginning of each semester in the program. Students will need to consult with their advisor about taking the comprehensive exams and about graduation in the beginning of their last semester of coursework.

Doctoral students should meet with their faculty advisor to develop their program of study, to discuss dissertation ideas, and to clarify program procedures. The faculty advisor is not necessarily the dissertation advisor. The role of the faculty advisor is to guide the student through the general program requirements and help design the course of study. Once a dissertation topic has been selected, a student should find a faculty member in that area of study to serve as the dissertation advisor. The dissertation advisor helps guide the student through the process of completing the dissertation and should be a specialist in that particular field.