Dr. Marvin Lynn, Dean of the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) is a nationally recognized educational equity scholar, public university administrator, and artist. Dean Lynn is one of the most highly cited researchers in the nation around educational equity. He is particularly well-regarded for his scholarship on Critical Race Theory in education. His research focuses on race, education, the work and lives of Black male educators, and best practices for advancing teacher diversity in the United States. Dr. Lynn is quoted regularly in local, national, and international news stories. He is the lead editor of The Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education published with Routledge Press. His research has been recognized by the American Educational Research Association, the Critical Race Studies in Education Association, and the University of the Free State in South Africa. Currently, he serves on the board of the Carnegie Project for the Education Doctorate and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Before his arrival at CU Denver in June of 2022, he served as professor of education at Portland State University as well as Dean and associate dean at public universities in the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest. He holds a PhD in Race and Ethnic Studies in Education from University of California, Los Angeles, as well as teaching degrees from DePaul University in Chicago and Teachers College-Columbia University. Dr. Lynn is also an accomplished singer. He performs in a variety of genres—including classical and gospel—with symphonies, opera companies and churches. He is the founder of the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago where he has performed regularly.
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