Current Doctoral Students
Dr. Chung received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Boston College. His research focuses on self-initiated school change, specifically initiating, sustaining and extending self-initiated school change over time. In addition to this, Chung is also studying school improvement and educational welfare policies in disadvantaged areas in S. Korea, and the sustainability of self-initiated teacher & school networks for educational reforms over time. He is a former elementary school teacher and taught in the public schools in Seoul in S. Korea for six years. Currently, Dr. Chung is a research fellow in Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI).
Maureen Hughes is a fourth year doctoral student at Boston College. Her research focuses on the relationship between leaders and diverse students’ achievement. Specifically, she uses mixed methods to investigate the leadership characteristics under which marginalized populations exceed expectations in both Westernized and non-Westernized countries. Hughes currently serves as the project manager for Essential for Some, Good for All, a large, complex, systemic project in Ontario, Canada co-led by Andy Hargreaves and Henry Braun. ESGA aims to develop inclusive educational strategies based on locally-adapted strategies. Hughes is also an educational consultant for UNICEF’s Central-Eastern European region where she monitors educational changes with a particular focus on Roma children, a marginalized population within this part of the world. Prior to coming to Boston College, Hughes completed an M.A. and Ed.M at Teachers College, Colombia University and was a dual-language teacher in New York and Spain.
Michelle Reich is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership program at Boston College. Her research interests include educational access and opportunities for Latin American students. Her dissertation specifically considers eighth grade Brazilian students and their preparation for post-secondary education with a specific focus on students’ and parents’ perspectives and experiences. She has lived in Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish. Reich served as a researcher on the Performing Beyond Expectations project co-directed by Dr. Andy Hargreaves and Dr. Alma Harris. She was a former managing editor of the Journal of Educational Change. Prior to coming to Boston College, Reich was a middle school guidance counselor. She holds a M.Ed. in school counseling.
Kathryn Sallis is a doctoral candidate in her fourth year in the Curriculum and Instruction program. Her areas of interests include educational change, international education, and teacher education. Her dissertation is focusing on teacher induction programs and how teachers can be better supported in their first five years. She is examining a school district in Alberta Canada that has successfully retained novice teachers. Sallis has been part of the research team for Essential for Some, Good for All, a large, complex systemic project in Ontario Canada led by Andy Hargreaves and Henry Braun. Sallis is also project coordinator for a Race to the Top district change initiative in Massachusetts. She has supervised student teachers and taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at several universities in the Boston area. Before coming to Boston College, Kathryn spent 8 years supervising student teachers and teaching masters level education courses in the Chicago area. She began her career as a classroom teacher.
Adam Steiner is a second year doctoral student at Boston College. His research interests include assistive technology, student engagement, and educational change. Specifically, he is interested in the ways that assistive technology can strengthen the school/home relationship for special education students. Adam was part of the research team for Essential for Some, Good for All, a large, complex systemic project in Ontario, Canada led by Andy Hargreaves and Henry Braun. Adam is currently the Director of Technology for the Norfolk Public Schools, a school system in suburban Massachusetts. In this role, his primary focus is on using technology to improve student achievement. This includes providing administrators and teachers with tools to make their jobs easier and allow them to see technology as a resource rather than a barrier. Prior to coming to Boston College, Adam earned a MAT from Tufts University and a Masters of Instructional Technology from Framingham State University.
Matt Welch is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Teacher Education, Special Education, and Curriculum & Instruction. His areas of interest include urban schools, the change process, and reform movements. His dissertation is exploring cases of implemented projects in four districts across two countries, Canada and the USA. Welch has been part of the research team for Essential for Some, Good for All, a large, complex systemic project in Ontario Canada led by Andy Hargreaves and Henry Braun. Before enrolling in the doctoral program at the Lynch School, he spent six years as a teacher in Chicago and the Dorchester section of Boston, including two years as a member of the Inner-City Teaching Corps. This experience teaching and coaching helped to earn him one of ten inaugural Urban Scholars Fellowships to complete his Masters at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition to HGSE, he also holds a BA in English and creative writing from Boston College. Matt currently works with City Connects, an intensive, evidence-based intervention that is currently being implemented in more than 30 urban schools. A native of the New Orleans area, he lives in Boston with his wife and son.