Joseph M. O'Keefe, S.J.

Dean of the Lynch School of Education at Boston College

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 "Our work on behalf of children and families is crucial. It's the common good, it's civic engagement, it's all those things that a Jesuit university should be." -Joseph M. O'Keefe

I became Dean of the Lynch School of Education in March of 2005 after two years as Associate Dean, and two years as the Interim Dean. For those interested in issues relating to the administration of the Lynch School, please email me. I also coordinate Lynch School outreach efforts to Catholic schools locally, nationally and internationally, as well as the dual degree programs associated with Catholic school education located in the Lynch School.

I continue to engage in research, teaching and service (for detailed information about my scholarly work, you may click here to consult my curriculum vitae). I joined the faculty of Boston College in 1991. Except for one year when I held the Jesuit Chair at Georgetown University and one year when I was on sabbatical at the Life Cycle Institute at Catholic University, I have been teaching and working at the Lynch School of Education. Most of my teaching has been in the Educational Administration Program, but I have also taught undergraduate and graduate courses for prospective teachers. Along with teaching, I have devoted most of my energy to the study of Catholic schools, especially those that serve low-income children in urban centers. I am currently in the midst of a national study of inner-city Catholic elementary schools, with a focus on student demographics, staffing and structure.