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Ellen Lynch

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 2150W EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center
Tel: 513-556-1621
Email: lynchem@ucmail.uc.edu

Dr. Ellen Lynch is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Faculty Director of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) at the University of Cincinnati. She received her doctorate in special education, with a focus in early childhood special education, from the University of Cincinnati. As Director of PBL she facilitates activities of the UC Problem-Based Learning Steering Committee which is comprised of faculty and administrators representing diverse disciplines, departments and colleges. Under her leadership, the PBL initiative has gained an international reputation as evidenced by requests for presentations and consultation from throughout the world. She was an integral part of the development of the UC Early Childhood Learning Community—the first associate degree in early childhood education offered in the United States to include both video and online components. She has been heavily involved in mentoring faculty new to the online environment and has conducted numerous workshops at state and local conferences related to the application of social constructivism to the virtual classroom. Dr. Lynch's current scholarly interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) as well as the exploration of the nexus of social constructivism, technology and problem-based learning (PBL) in higher education. She is an editor for both Teaching and Learning Inquiry and  the Problem-Based Learning Clearinghouse and is a member of the review board for The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning.

Research Information

Research Support

  • (PI), Lynch, Ellen, Revolutionizing Problem-Based Learning, Ohio Board of Regents. (738586/Ltr), $20,000.00. 07-01-2004 to 12-31-2005. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Lynch, Ellen, Teacher Preparation Grant, Ohio Department of Education. (062927-IPHS-00/01), $200,000.00. 02-24-2000 to 06-30-2001. Status: Closed.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Lynch, E.; Polich, S. (2009). No offense, but they're not experts: Preparing students to collaborate in groups withanticipatory case studies. Journal of Faculty Development, 23 (3), 43-49. New Forums Press..

Published Books

  • Sciarra, J., Dorsey, A., Lynch, E., & Adams, S. (2013). Developing and Administering a Child Care and Education Program . Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.

Book Chapters

  • Lynch, E. (2007). Linking curriculum to child and family outcomes. Authentic assessment in the inclusive classroom: Using portfolios to document change and modify curriculum (pp.55-70). Missoula, MT: Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Lynch, E., & Cheatham, M. (2013). (In Progress). ). The Teacher Scholar Inquiry Group: Building a teaching commons among two-year and four-year faculty. Scheduling Scholarship: Faculty Learning Communities at Two-Year Colleges Stylus.
  • Lynch, E., Hale, R., & Hall, W. (Under Review). “I am the fulcrum”: Classroom reform through the scholarship of teaching and learning. . Action research for institutional and community change: The University of Cincinnati model. Sage.

Electronic Journal Articles

  • Lynch, E. & Polich, S. (2008). I came to college to be taught!..
  • Lynch, E. M. (2011). Lynch, E. M. (2011). The dog ate my homework: A PBL problem for pre-service teacher education students...

Additional Publications

Non-Fiction

  • Sciarra, J., Dorsey, A., Lynch, E., & Adams, S. (2013). Clifton Park, NY: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Lynch, E. (07-2006). Cognitive cartography: Concept mapping as a tool to support problem solving and meaningful learning Presented at the International PBL Conference 2006: Connecting Learning to the Real World, Lima, Peru.
  • Lynch, E., Cheatham, M., & Herrmann, T. (05-2006). Creating and implementing PBL problems Presented at the Teaching Professor Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Lynch, E., Cheatham, M., & Herrmann, T. (03-2006). Ohio Digital Commons in Education Conference, Columbus, OH.
  • Lynch, E., Cheatham, M., & Herrmann, T. (11-2005). Creating and implementing PBL problems: A sampler of problem based learning experiences Presented at the 25th Annual Lilly Conference on College Teaching, Oxford, OH.
  • Lynch, E. M. (10-2005). Top-down and bottom-up: Using problem-based learning as a bridge to scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching Presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vancouver, BC.

Paper Presentations

  • Lynch, E. (2008). On the Journey to SoTL: Moving from passive-learning to scholarly teaching with student groups and how to know if you've arrived! , Edmonton, AL, CA.
  • Cheatham M, Herrmann T, and Lynch E. (2008). Charting a New Course: Concept Mapping the Way to Meaningful Learning , Cincinnati, OH.
  • Lynch, E. (10-2009). The teaching commons on campus: Supporting scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning through a Teacher Scholar Inquiry Group, Bloomington, IN.
  • Lynch, E. (11-2009). Planting seeds: Supporting scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning through a grassroots multi-disciplinary effort, Oxford, OH.
  • Lynch, E., Cheatham, M. & Herrmann, T., Wohlfarth, J. (2010). The Teacher Scholar Inquiry Group: Developing a Teaching Commons through Multidisciplinary Collaboration, Miami University.
  • Lynch, E., Cheatham, M., Herrmann, T. (2011). Seeking Patterns and Uncovering Connections: Using Concept Mapping to Support Learning in the College Classroom, Miami University.
  • Lynch, E.M. (2012). Bringing Disability to Life for Preservice and Inservice Teachers: Connecting Theory, Research and Best Practices Using Film and Social Media, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Lynch, E.M. (10-2012). Where Do We Begin to Change the Institutional Culture?: The Teacher Scholar Inquiry Group, Hamilton, ON, Canada.
  • Cheatham, M., Herrmann, T., & Lynch, E. (11-2012). Concept Mapping: An Evidence-based Strategy for Developing Skills to Support Personal, Academic, and Professional Success, Miami University.
  • Ellen Lynch (11-17-2011). Seeking Patterns and Uncovering Connections: Using Concept Mapping to Support Learning in the College Classroom, Miami University; Oxford, OH.
  • Ellen Lynch (06-10-2012). Bringing Disability to Life for Preservice and Inservice Teachers: Connecting Theory, Research and Best Practices Using Film and Social Media, Indianapolis, IN.

Experience & Service

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 2007 to To Present ,Editor – Education, International PBL Clearinghouse, University of Delaware. This is a well respected repository of refereed PBL problems and articles that has been in existence for nearly 10 years.
  • 2012, Editorial Board, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Journal

Courses Taught



  • Level: Graduate