Roche Center Research Fellows

The Roche Center offers semester-long and year-long fellowships to conduct research, advance the practice in Catholic education, and support the leadership programming of the Center. As appropriate, fellows collaborate with staff and faculty from professional schools and centers across Boston College, including the Roche Center, the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, the Carroll School of Management, and the School of Theology and Ministry. During their time with the Roche Center, fellows conduct research and publish scholarship on Catholic schools.

The year-long fellowship includes a stipend, and additional support for research-related travel may be available. Fellows are expected to engage with the wider academic community by attending events and meetings with the University's faculty members and other fellows. The fellowships are not academic appointments and have no teaching responsibilities. This is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students interested in advancing their contributions to service to Catholic schools and scholarship.




Meet the Fellows

Jeremy Alexander


Jeremy Alexander

Jeremy is in his final year of coursework for his doctorate in curriculum and instruction at Boston College's Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Jeremy has lived in the Boston area for the last 18 years and has been a teacher and department head at a Christian prep school just north of the city. Having studied theology and philosophy (with a master's degree in philosophy from Boston College), Jeremy is researching the ways in which schools, as institutions, shape the lives and identities of students, particularly around issues of democracy and equality. Along with this, he is also interested in the ways actions within school life, particularly religious school life, can be viewed through the lens of ritual or as a kind of practice.


Carly-Anne Gannon

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Carly-Anne has a bachelor's degree in religions and theology and a master's degree in ecumenics, both from Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin. She earned a master's degree in education from the University of Notre Dame with the Alliance for Catholic Education. She taught middle school religion and high school theology in Corpus Christi, Tex. She then moved to full-time ministry in higher education as the Catholic chaplain at Stony Brook University. Wishing to return to studies, she earned a master's degree in religious education at Fordham University, while serving as the director of religious education at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York City. Carly-Anne is currently a doctoral studies student of theology and education at Boston College.

Kevin Holbrook


Kevin R. Holbrook

Kevin is an educator and researcher specializing in educator preparation policy, as well as the assessment and supervision of teacher candidates. A doctoral candidate in the department of Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA) at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Kevin is currently writing his dissertation on the application of Rasch-Guttman scenario scales to examine teacher candidate perspectives on their student teaching supervision experience. During his time in the MESA doctoral program, Kevin has worked in the Office of Field Placement & Partnership Outreach, providing guidance in the areas of assessment and statistical analysis, and playing a major role in the Lynch School’s state and national accreditation. Outside of Boston College, Kevin worked for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) at the Center for Instructional Support and Educator Preparation team, providing psychometric support for survey analyses and authoring a report on the current state of diversity of Massachusetts’ educator workforce. Kevin has presented at numerous state and national conferences on the topic of teacher education, with a focus on accreditation. He holds bachelor's degrees in secondary education and history from Boston College.

John Reyes, Ed.D.


John Reyes, Ed.D.

John most recently served as the assistant superintendent for academic excellence and budget supervision for the 32 Catholic schools in the state of South Carolina. In this role, he led initiatives focused on research-based practices in curriculum/instruction/assessment, professional learning communities, operational vitality, and leadership formation. John also serves as part-time faculty for the Catholic School Leadership Academy at Loyola Marymount University. Prior to this, John was the director of educational technology for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and also developed the curriculum for Loyola Marymount’s Technology Integration Specialist Certificate program, focusing on transformational leadership, school culture, comprehensive school-wide technology integration, and professional learning. John received a doctorate in organizational change and leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, a master's degree in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University, and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from California State Polytechnic University – Pomona.


Apply to the Fellows


Interested candidates can apply by clicking the link below. In addition to a completed application, please email the following materials to Dr. Melodie Wyttenbach at (please include in the subject line: “Roche Center Fellowship”):

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Purpose of 1,000-2,000 words. This statement should describe the research project the applicant hopes to advance, its relevance to the Catholic sector, and any potential Boston College faculty s/he wishes to work with. 
  • Official transcript (for applicants enrolled in school)


If necessary, application materials may be mailed to:

Boston College
Roche Center for Catholic Education
Attn: Roche Center Fellows
25 Lawrence Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467