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Marvin Lynn named associate dean in College of Education and Human Sciences

RELEASED: May 16, 2011

Marvin Lynn
Marvin Lynn

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Marvin Lynn has been named associate dean for teacher education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He will begin his new post in the College of Education and Human Sciences July 1.

Lynn will provide leadership for all aspects of teacher education at UW-Eau Claire. Among his responsibilities will be advocating on behalf of teacher education on campus and at state, regional, national and international levels; fostering a collaborative and supportive climate for students, faculty and staff; providing leadership for teacher education equity, diversity and inclusivity initiatives; creating new and nurturing existing partnerships with area schools, agencies and community organizations; serving as the resource person for the university on Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction program requirements and mandates and serving as UW-Eau Claire's liaison to the DPI; and collaborating with other education leaders in the state and in national teacher education organizations.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the administrative team in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire," Lynn said. "I look forward to partnering with faculty, administration and local and national organizations to continue the university's rich tradition of academic excellence and commitment to community service."

Lynn comes to UW-Eau Claire from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where since 2007 he has been an associate professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education, teaching courses on elementary social studies methods, curriculum studies, theory and practice of multicultural education and African American education. From 2007 to 2009, he was the university's director of graduate and undergraduate elementary teacher education programs. In this role, he collaborated with faculty, administration and community leaders to significantly enhance teacher education programs. He currently serves as the chair of the Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's Global Diversity Committee.

"We are very excited about Dr. Lynn joining the College of Education and Human Sciences," said Dr. Gail Scukanec, the college's dean. "He comes to UW-Eau Claire with some very rich experiences as an educator. We are very much looking forward to the energy and expertise Dr. Lynn will bring to our teacher preparation programs so that we can continue our tradition of excellence and, at the same time, look toward the future needs of public education."

Lynn has conducted research on the work, lives and experiences of African American male urban schoolteachers and the role of urban teacher education programs in developing culturally competent teachers. He is a recognized expert on race and education who co-founded and organized the first Critical Race Studies in Education Conference in the United States and was a keynote speaker at the first critical race theory seminar in the United Kingdom.

Lynn has published articles in several academic journals, including Teachers College Record, Qualitative Studies in Education and Review of Research in Education. He also serves on the editorial boards of several education journals.

Lynn has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from DePaul University, Chicago; a master's degree in curriculum and instruction (with an emphasis in urban education) from Teachers College at Columbia University, New York City; and a doctorate in social sciences and education (with an emphasis in race and ethnic studies in education) from UCLA.

Lynn previously was associate professor and founder/director of the minority and urban education program at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also taught in public and private elementary schools in New York City (Harlem) and Chicago. In his spare time, Lynn studies as an operatic tenor.

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