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About the Lynch School

a community of scholars

Maureen Kenny


I am delighted to be leading the Lynch School of Education at a time when the school is so strong and vibrant! On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students, I invite you to join our community of scholar-practitioners.

As a community, we strive to advance the mission and strategic goals of the Lynch School by preparing students to be leaders in their professions, by conducting and disseminating research with social impact, by engaging in collaborations with school and community partners that link inquiry and action and promote social justice, and by shaping social and educational policy and expanding our international influence. The Lynch School continues to move in new and innovative directions that transform theory and practice in education and applied psychology.

Every day members of the Lynch School community benefit from our proximity to the city of Boston, a leading hub for K-12 and higher education, health care, and educational and social research. Lynch School students are exposed to a wide range of educational opportunities and immerse themselves in a variety of academic experiences without traveling far from the Boston College campus. Our students are taught to keep social justice at the heart of their practice and learn to follow their natural inclination to answer curiosity.

Our research and community outreach affects families throughout the region and the nation. Programs such as City Connects, College Bound, and the Urban Catholic Teachers Corps, to name a few, are connecting people with the resources they need to live healthy and satisfying lives. Faculty research funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, and the William T. Grant Foundation strives to create ground-breaking solutions that address today’s great challenges in psychology and education and better the lives of students, parents, and families locally, nationally, and globally.

Through rigorous courses, discussion in and out of the classroom, and participation in community outreach activities, Lynch School students seek to understand social problems such as poverty, violence, and social inequity and the role that cultural and social change plays in transforming social structures.

Our alumni are central to the work that we conduct not only by leading the way for future graduates, but by supporting current students through philanthropic giving, professional development opportunities, and personal mentoring that inspires the path that our students will take. When considering the Lynch School I encourage you to engage with our many illustrious graduates who demonstrate a commitment to social justice in their professional lives as teachers, counselors, psychologists, school and university administrators, and educational evaluators, policy makers, and researchers.

It is a complex time and the challenges we face are immense. If you strive to enhance the human condition, to expand the human imagination, and to make the world more just through a life of work in the field of education, applied psychology, or research, I invite you to join us.

With warm regards,

Dean Kenny Signature

Maureen Kenny, Ph.D.
Dean, Lynch School of Education
Professor, Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology