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Marilyn Cochran-Smith

Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools



Marilyn Cochran-Smith is the Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. She has written 10 books, seven of which have won national awards, and more than 200 articles, chapters, and editorials. She is a widely known national and International speaker, recently giving presentations for the University of Hong Kong, the Norwegian University of Technology and Science, KU Leuven in Belgium, and Danish School of Education at Aarhus University. She was the director of the PhD program in Curriculum & Instruction for 22 years and continues to serve on the doctoral advisory committee.

Cochran-Smith is an elected member of the National Academy of Education; she recently finished a term on its Board of Directors. In addition, she is a former president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), an AERA Fellow, and a Laureate member of the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society.

  • Chair, International Advisory Panel on Teacher Education, Ministry of Education and Research, Norway
  • Recent international keynote addresses: 
    • Standing Committee on Teacher Education in North and South Ireland (SCOTENS, Ballyconnell, Ireland) 
    • British Educational Research Association (Manchester, England)
    • Advisory Panel Conference on Teacher Education (Oslo, Norway)
    • MOFET International Conference on Teachedr Education (Tel Aviv, Israel)
    • University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work (Auckland, New Zeland)
    • Australia Association of Education Research (AAER, Sydney, Australia)
    • Oxford University Education Lecture Series (Oxford, England)

Select Appointments & Awards

  • 2020: Spencer Foundation Mentoring Award
  • 2020: AACTE Best Book Award
  • 2020: Adjunct Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • 2019: AERA Division K Exemplary Research Award 
  • 2018: AERA Division K Legacy Award
  • 2014: Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award 
  • 2012: Honorary Doctorate, University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2012: Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Alicante, Spain
  • 2011: Adjunct Professor, University of Auckland, New Zealand (2011-2019)
  • 2006: Inaugural C.J. Koh Endowed Distinguished Professorship, NIE, Singapore

Select Grants

  • 2017-2021: Strategic Opportunity Grant, Spencer Foundation - nGSE Study 
  • 2020-2021: Small Spencer, Spencer Foundation - nGSE Study 
  • 2008-2011: Ford Foundation - Teacher development and retention 
  • 1999-2000: Small Spencer, Spencer Foundation - Teacher tests

Select Professional Activities

  • National Academy of Education, Board of Directors, 2015-2019
  • National Academy of Education Professional Development Committee Chair, 2011-2015
  • American Educational Research Association, 2004-2005
  • American Educational Research Association, Publications Committee Chair, 2001-2003
  • American Educational Research Association, Vice President for Division K, 1998-2000