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Lynch, Kathleen

Senior Instructor
University of Pennsylvania
Doctoral program
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Education

Courses Taught
  • Advanced Technologies in Education
  • Assessment and Appraisal Process – ASD
  • Social & Psychological Perspectives of Children with Autism
  • Qualitative Research
  • White Paper for Educational Reform
  • Contemporary Topics and Issues in Educational Administration
  • Advanced Systems Theory
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Foundations of Social Science Research
  • Advanced Graduate Research Seminar
  • Practicum Seminar
  • Applied Action Research Project

Post-Doctoral Study - Boston University, - School Finance, and Personnel and Labor Relations
Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania - Educational Leadership.                            
C.A.G.S. - Boston University - Special Education Administration
M.Ed. - Lesley University - Learning Disabilities
B.A. - Notre Dame College - Elementary Education

Post-Doctoral Certificates
Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - Laureate International Universities
Certificate in Online- Hybrid- Blended Education Course Design and Teaching - Laureate International Universities
National Institutes of Health Protecting Human Research Participants Certificate - Recertified in 2015

Professional Certifications
Certified as an educator and administrator in Massachusetts

Professional Experience
  • Walden University, Contributing Faculty, Richard W. Riley College of Education, and University Research Reviewer for Qualitative Research  
  • Adjunct faculty: Merrimack College, Rivier College, University of New Hampshire, Chestnut Hill University, Notre Dame College
  • Dissertation committees and advising
  • College and university curriculum development: courses and videos
  • Research and development
  • K-12 teaching and school administration
Research & Publications

Research  Interests
•    How school leaders balancing competing demands of their roles
•    School finance and economics of education
•    Inclusion of special needs students in regular education settings
•    Practitioners as researchers and reflective practice
•    Qualitative research

Dissertation Research
School finance policy formulation in Pennsylvania: A case study. University of Pennsylvania, 1986. This research was completed as part of a National Institute of Education study of education policy formulation in six states. I served as research assistant to one of the principal investigators, Catherine Marshall. The research resulted in a book, Culture and Education Policy in the American States, Marshall, Mitchell, and Wirt, (1989) Routledge

Scholarly Journal Review
Reviewer, 2011- present.  Quality Approaches in Higher Education.  American Society for Quality.
Reviewer, 2013- present. Journal of Educational Research and Practice. Walden University,

Selected Publications
D’Antonio, M and Lynch, K. (2005) To teach, to lead, to transform: Teacher leadership and the future of school reform. Invited article.

Goldberg, S. and Lynch, K. Regulatory compliance and the culture of the schools: The case of special education.(1995)  in Readings in Equal Education, Vol. 13 Civil Rights in Schools, Steven S. Goldberg and Kathleen Kelley Lynch, eds. New York: AMS Press.

Goldberg, S. and Lynch, K. (1992)Reconsidering legalization of school reform: A case for managing change through mediation. Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. Vol. 7, No. 2.

Lynch, K.(1991)External environment drives many restructuring initiatives and challenges leaders,  in The Regional Lab reports on leading the restructuring. Andover, MA: The Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast and the Islands.

Selected Presentations

Walden University, Spring, 2013. Reflexivity in qualitative research. Online professional development course, synchronous and asynchronous, April 8th- May 10th.

National Center for Education Statistics 26th Annual Management Information Systems Conference, February, 2013. Drilling down the data: Analyzing enrollment patterns of females in advance placement STEM courses in North Carolina. With Angela Hinson-Quick and June St.Claire Atkinson

Worcester State University, April, 2012 Navigating the Gap: Crises in Urban Education Conference   Public Education: Pipeline to Prison with Fernando Padro, Ph.D.

National Association of Peace Educators, Atlanta, GA, April 2006. Developing schools as peaceable communities: The critical role of teacher leadership.

American Educational Research Association,  San Francisco, CA, April, 2006. Social Change Symposium on Schools as agents of positive social/democratic change.  Dantonio,M., Lynch, K.,  Bright,M.,  Costner, K., Gatlin, L., , McClure, R, and  Mitchel,J.

Social Change Conference, Baltimore, MD. October, 2005. Social Change Symposium on Schools as agents of positive social change. Dantonio,M., Lynch, K.,  Bright,M.,  Costner, K., Gatlin, L., , McClure, R, and  Mitchel,J.

Professional Memberships & Affiliations
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • American Society for Quality
  • Online Learning Consortium (Formerly Sloan Consortium)