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Audrey Friedman

Associate Professor, Teaching, Curriculum, and Society


TCS Teaching, Curriculum, and Society


Audrey Friedman has dedicated her research to developing and nurturing reflective judgment in adolescents and adults in addition to alternative assessment in reading, writing, mathematics, and science in grades K–12. Her expertise spans educational leadership and policy; language learning and literacy; STEM teaching and learning; and teacher education.

Friedman has taught at the Lynch School since 1997. During her tenure as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Students, she explored variables that impact reflective judgment and critical reasoning of college freshmen. This work led to her current study of how students conceptualize a life of meaning and purpose and how faculty and staff can facilitate the development of purpose in Boston College students.

Friedman was most recently recognized as Boston College’s Teacher of the Year by the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, and received the LRSA 2018 Award from Boston College for her tireless dedication to students over the years. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and her doctoral degree from Boston College. She has co-authored three books and many articles, book chapters, and book reviews.

Friedman’s work is held in high outside of the academy as well. She serves on the Board of Trustees and Academic Committee of St. Columbkille’s Loyola Academy.


  • Friedman , A.A & Schoen, L.(2009). Reflective practice interventions: Raising levels of reflective judgment. Action in Teacher Education,(31) 2.
  • Friedman, A.A., Galligan , H.T., Albano, C.M., & O’Connor, K. (2009) Teacher subcultures of democratic practice despite the oppression of educational reform, Journal of Educational Change, 10 (4) (2009), 249 http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/s10833-008-9090-x.
  • Barnatt, J., Cochran-Smith, M., Friedman, A.A., Pine, G., & Baroz, R. Inquiry on Inquiry: Practitioner Research and Pupils’ Learning, (2009) Action research In Education, 31 (2)
  • Friedman, A. A. (in press). Perceived changes in student learning and teacher practice using science portfolios. International Journal of Science Education.
  • Friedman, A. A., & Kowaleski-Wallce. (2006). Crossing borders: Developing an innovative collaboration to improve the preparation of high school English teachers. Equity and Excellence in Education, 39(1)
  • Friedman, A. A. (2004) The relationship between personality traits and reflective judgment among female students. Journal of Adult Development, 11(4), 297-304 
  • Friedman, A. A. (2004).  Beyond mediocrity:  Transformational leadership within a transactional framework.  International Journal of Leadership in Education:  Theory and Practice, 7(3), 203-224.
  • Friedman, A. A., Zibit, M., & Coote, M. (2004).  Telementoring as a collaborative agent for change.  Journal of Technology, Assessment, and Learning, 3(1).  Available at http://www.jtla.org.
  • Friedman, A.A. (2003). Assessment, Evaluation, and Instruction. Keynote Address. Professional Development Conference. March 14. Diocese of Fall River, MA.
  • Friedman, A. A., & Kowaleski-Wallace, E. (2002) Preparing the Best Secondary English Teacher. Paper and Special Session presented at Modern Language Association (December 27-30). New York, NY.
  • Friedman, A. A., & Cataldo, C. (2002). Characters at crossroads: Reflective decision makers in contemporary Newbery books. The Reading Teacher 56(2), 102-125.
  • Friedman, A. A. (2000). Writing and evaluating assessments in the content area. English Journal 90(1), 107-116.
  • Friedman, A. A. (2000). Using literature-based inquiry to nurture reflective judgment. English Journal 89(6), 96-104.


2016 Teacher of the Year, Boston College: Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society

2009 Professor of the Year: State of Massachusetts: Council  For Advancement and school of Education