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.
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
2014 PI: NSF: NOYCE Grant (2014-2019): Science Educators for Urban Schools 2 ($800,000 over five years). Grant awarded 8/2014.
2012 PI: Teaching and Mentoring Grant: $7000.00
2009 Co-PI with Alec Peck Can You Hear Me Now? Impact of Technology on Student Formation. ($5,000.00) Grant awarded Fall, 2009.
2008-2013 PI: Robert NOYCE Grant : Science Educators for Urban Schools (S.E.U.S.) National Science Foundation