Professor Emerita, Educational Leadership & Higher Education
Diana Pullin is esteemed as both a lawyer and scholar, and the range of her expertise reflects her experience: She has published extensively on public policy and testing, educational leadership and teaching, and the impact of social science on legal decisions in education.
Pullin has taught at the Lynch School since 1994. She is a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. In the courtroom, she participated in litigation challenging the use of minimum competency tests to determine the award of high school diplomas.
She is co-author of many books, chapters, and journal articles, including the 1999 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, published by the American Educational Research Association. She received her bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, and her master’s, doctoral, and legal degrees from the University of Iowa.
Pullin is a Fellow of American Educational Research Association, an associate member of National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Education. From 2015 to 2016, she was Chair of a committee to review the application of a new college for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
Research partnership with the Learning Sciences Institute of Australian Catholic University and a consortium of higher education institutions on the implementation and legal issues concerning a performance assessment for graduation and licensure in teacher education