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COE Dean Dr. Marvin Lynn
COE Dean Dr. Marvin Lynn

Professor Marvin Lynn is the dean of the College of Education (COE) at Portland State University. Dr. Lynn possesses decades of leadership and community service experience on prestigious national, state and local committees. His leadership experience in other schools of education includes his role as program coordinator at the University of Maryland and later at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Lynn also was the associate dean at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and dean of the School of Education at Indiana University South Bend.

Dr. Lynn’s national board and council leadership includes: ETS’s Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Advisory Council, the edTPA Policy Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for Partners in School Innovation, the Board of Directors for the Carnegie Project for the Education Doctorate, and the nominating committee for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).

He has served on several other national committees, as well, including the Accreditation Council for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. He was also the chair of the Global Diversity Committee for the AACTE; affirmative action officer for Division K, Teaching and Teacher Education; and committee co-chair for Division G, The Social Context of Education for the American Educational Research Association.

At the state level, Dr. Lynn serves on the Oregon Governor’s Educator Advancement Council and participates as a member of the Educator Equity Advisory Committee. Locally, he is a member of the Multnomah County Education Collaborative and recently joined the Oregon Community Ministry Board for Providence Hospital.

Dr. Lynn sits on the steering committee for Project Pipeline Repair: Restoring Minority Male Participation and Persistence in Educator Preparation Programs, a W.K. Kellogg funded collaboration with state higher education policy leaders and educator preparation faculty. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Partners in School Innovation, a nonprofit that supports underserved public schools based in San Francisco.

Dean Lynn is recognized internationally for his scholarship on race, education, and the experience of Black male teachers in the United States. He has published dozens of research articles and book chapters on these topics with his most recent co-authored article appearing in the Journal of Teacher Education in 2018. Dr. Lynn is the lead editor on the Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education, with a second edition coming out in 2020.

Dr. Lynn, a member of Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, earned a PhD in Social Sciences and Education with an emphasis on Race and Ethnic Studies from UCLA. He earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College of Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from DePaul University.

Marvin Lynn, PhD
Portland State University
College of Education
PO Box 751
1900 SW 4th Ave.
Room: FAB 210H
Portland, Oregon  97207-0751
Phone: 503-725-4697