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Lynch School Prof. Marilyn Cochran-Smith
Honored by University of Glasgow

Chestnut Hill, Mass. (January 2013) — Marilyn Cochran-Smith, the John E. Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools at Boston College's Lynch School of Education and an internationally recognized scholar of teacher education research, practice and policy, has received an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Marilyn Cochran-Smith

In the oration, Cochran-Smith is described as “one of a small group of elite scholars who have changed the face of teacher education, not only in her homeland of the United States, but across the world. Her influence has been felt in universities and school systems from Aberdeen to Auckland as she traverses the globe in an effort to improve the quality of scholarly reflection and day-to-day practice in teacher education.” Read full oration.

As a leading figure both at Boston College and on a national level for Teachers for a New Era, a Carnegie Corporation project, Cochran-Smith has had a specific impact on the University of Glasgow. Teachers for a New Era played an important role in the "Teaching Scotland’s Future" project, which has directly influenced teacher education at the University of Glasgow.

Cochran-Smith was presented with the honorary doctorate of letters at the university’s commencement ceremony in November 2012. This was her second such international honor; earlier that year, she received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Alicante in Spain.

Cochran-Smith joined Boston College in 1996. She directs the Lynch School’s Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instruction, working closely with students and fellow faculty on issues related to recruitment, admissions, curriculum, assessment, and mentoring. She has published nine books, including the award-winning Inquiry as Stance, Studying Teacher Education and Policy, Practice, and Politics in Teacher Education.

An elected member of the National Academy of Education and a past president of the American Educational Research Association, she has held visiting positions at institutions in Auckland, Dublin, Tel Aviv, Vancouver, and Singapore, among others.

She has been honored several times by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, most notably with its 2011 David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education, its 2004 Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education and its 1999 Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education.

--Kathleen Sullivan, Office of News & Public Affairs,