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Press Release: Pace University Education Professor Receives National Technology Initiative Fellowship Award


Press Release: Pace University Education Professor Receives National Technology Initiative Fellowship Award

Pace Professor Tom Lynch recognized for his innovation in embedding computer science into English classes

Pace University School of Education Associate Professor Tom Liam Lynch, Ed.D., was selected by the National Council of Teachers as the recipient of the National Technology Leadership Initiative Award.

The national honor highlights Lynch’s efforts to embed computer science in English Language Arts classrooms. “Mixed literary analyses” go beyond the average English lesson. Teachers challenge students to write literary essays that use traditional data from a text and include quotes, but also use quantitative data such as how many key words appear in a body of work. With computerization changing career trajectories of this generation, Lynch aims to equip students with a toolkit to flourish in today’s rapidly changing workplace and become the best possible innovators, creative thinkers, and problem solvers.

Pace University Provost Vanya Quiñones said Lynch exemplifies what makes Pace faculty so innovative. “We are very proud of Professor Tom Lynch,” said Quiñones. “His award demonstrates Pace faculty’s ongoing commitment to educating America’s next generation of ambitious doers and strivers. Professor Lynch and his colleagues are preparing Pace students for success by challenging the norms.”

Lynch says merging computer science and English will level the playing field. “If we are serious about computer science being taught to all children, not just in those schools who can afford to do so, we have to find ways to embed computer science into core content-areas,” said Lynch. “Computer science can deepen and expand subjects like English. When we do that, we ensure computer science is made equitably and sustainably available to all.”

The assignments were piloted in the spring at Pace High School as part of Lynch’s work as co-director of Babble Lab: A Center for Digital Humanities Pedagogy and Research. Assistant Professor Kelley Kreitz, Ph.D., of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace, is co-director. The lab is funded by the Pace Fund.

Prior to Pace, Lynch was an English teacher and school district official for the New York City Department of Education. Lynch led the implementation of a $50 million online/blended learning program in over 100 schools called iLearnNYC. He also designed and guided the initial implementation of WeTeachNYC, a digital resource repository and learning environment for the city’s 80,000 teachers. Tom’s research sits at the intersection of software theory and English education. His book, “The Hidden Role of Software in Educational Research: Policy to Practice,” was released by Routledge in 2015. Lynch received his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, his master’s and doctorate of Education from Columbia University in New York.

The award was issued by the tech division of the National Technology Literary Initiative, English Language Arts Teachers Educators (ELATE). Lynch will accept the award and present his work to his peers at an annual education conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in March of 2019.

About the National Council of Teachers of English

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. They promote the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English.

About the School of Education

For more than fifty years, Pace University’s School of Education has prepared students to not only meet the requirements for teaching certification, but to also be agents of change committed to student success and lifelong learning. Through small classes and early fieldwork experiences, School of Education graduates are ready to start making a difference in the world before they even graduate. School of Education students receive the tools they need to be successful educators from faculty who are nationally and internationally renowned for active engagement in progressive research activities. Our students begin observations the first semester of sophomore year, which is one year earlier than most schools, and we strive to provide courses in a variety of new specialty areas to improve engagement, especially for students with diverse learning styles and learning differences.

About Pace University
Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project finds that Pace graduates are out-earning their parents and peers, bucking a nationwide trend for