Marilyn Cochran-Smith is the Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instruction at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College. A teacher education scholar and practitioner for more than 40 years, Professor Cochran-Smith is a frequent presenter nationally and internationally and is widely known for her work about teacher education research, practice and policy and for her sustained commitment to teacher education for social justice with inquiry as the centerpiece.
During the spring 2016 semester, Dr. Cochran-Smith lived in Auckland, New Zealand where she was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Auckland and worked with the Project RITE research team. In 2014, she received the Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association (formerly the National Reading Conference), and she was named the 2014 Bjorn Christiansen Memorial Lecturer at the University of Bergen in Bergen, Norway. Dr. Cochran-Smith gave a keynote address at the 2014 annual meeting of the European Education Research Association (EERA) in Porto, Portugal, and the keynote address at the 2014 annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators in St. Louis, Missouri. She has also lectured recently in New Zealand, Sweden, England, Ireland, Israel, and Singapore as well as at many universities and professional associations inside the U.S. Dr. Cochran-Smith was President of AERA in 2004-2005 and Vice President of AERA for Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) from 1998-2000. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Education, the Laureate chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honorary society, and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. From 2011-2015, she served as the first Chair of the National Academy of Education’s Professional Development Committee, which oversees the NAEd/Spencer Foundation dissertation and post-doctoral fellowship programs and is now an elected member of NAEd Board of Directors.
Dr. Cochran-Smith has written nine books, five of which have won national awards and recognitions, and more than 200 articles, chapters, handbook chapters, and editorials on teacher education research, practice and policy, social justice, and practitioner research. From 2000-2006, she was the editor of the Journal of Teacher Education. She and Susan Lytle are the founding co-editors of the Teachers College Press book series on Practitioner Inquiry, which now includes 50 books by practitioners or about practitioner research. Cochran-Smith began her educational career as a primary school teacher where she worked for 6 years as a third, fifth and sixth grade teacher. In 1975, she won her first professional award-- the Outstanding Young Educator Award for her school district.