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Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools; Director, Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction, Boston College Lynch School of Education

PhD, University of Pennsylvania; MEd, Cleveland State University; BA, College of Wooster

Author/editor of: Inquiry as Stance: Practitioner Research for the Next Generation (2009); Policy and Politics in Teacher Education (Ed., 2009); Handbook of Research on Teacher Education (Ed., 2008); Policy, Practice, and Politics in Teacher Education (2006); Studying Teacher Education (Ed., 2005); Walking the Road: Race, Diversity, and Social Justice in Teacher Education (2005); Inside/Outside: Teacher Research and Knowledge (1992)

Dr. Marilyn Cochran-Smith is the John E. Cawthorne Endowed Chair in Teacher Education for Urban Schools at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, where she also directs the doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction. Before going to Boston College in 1996, Cochran-Smith began her career in higher education at the University of Pennsylvania in the Graduate School of Education.

As a scholar and practitioner for more than 30 years, she is widely recognized for her work related to teaching, teacher education, and social justice. Her long-term research agenda relates to implementing in practice the notion of inquiry as a lifelong stance on educational practice.

Cochran-Smith advocates strongly for education programs that prepare teachers for the complexities and challenges of teaching in the highest-needs schools, and for recruiting the best teacher candidates in those schools and placing them in classrooms with strong mentors. She has written numerous articles and books on issues of diversity in teaching and teacher education, teacher research, teacher learning, and the growth and development of knowledge for teaching.

Invited to the KDP Laureate Chapter in 2003, Cochran-Smith has served often in international and national academic activities as visiting professor, keynote speaker, invited scholar, or panelist. She was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2009, and she served numerous roles with the American Educational Research Association, including as President from 2004–2005. She was an editorial board member of various educational journals as well as Editor of the Journal of Teacher Education from 2000–2006.

Among her many honors, Cochran-Smith was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association in 2014. In 2005, she was the recipient of the First Annual Impact Award from the New York State Association of Teacher Educators/New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. In 2004, she won the American Association of College Teacher Educators’ Pomeroy Award for outstanding contributions to the field of teacher education. Also in 2004, Cochran-Smith received the National Association for Multicultural Education’s Carl Grant Research Award for outstanding research on multicultural education.

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