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Lynnette Mawhinney

Lynnette MawhinneyAssociate Professor
Urban Education Coordinator
Ph.D. Temple University
M.Ed. Temple University
B.S. Penn State University


Undergraduate Courses:

  • Introduction to Urban Education
  • Urban Schools Seminar
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Inquiry to Learning (Capstone Course)
  • Conflict Resolution in Education
  • Research Topics in Elementary Education
  • Student Teaching Supervision

Graduate Courses:

  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Explorations in Classroom Inquiry
  • Modes of Inquiry and Research
  • Inquiry in Practice
  • Advanced Trends in Secondary Education
  • Advanced Trends in Elementary Education
  • Social Problems and Education
  • Content Literacy
  • Advanced Child and Adolescent Growth and Development
  • Seminar in Elementary Education
  • Internship II

Research Interests

  • Professional lives of urban teachers
  • Educational life histories of African-American pre-service teachers
  • Formally incarcerated adults and early school leavers
  • Conflict resolution education and social/emotional learning
  • Autoethonography and qualitative methodology

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate: Secondary Education, English
  • Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate: Secondary Education, Communications
  • Master Trainer in Conflict Resolution Education
  • Basic Mediation Training (Good Shepherd Mediation Program)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)
  • National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

Contact Information

TitleAssociate Professor

Personal Note

Dr. Lynnette Mawhinney is Associate Professor of Urban Education.  She received her Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Urban Education at Temple University, and her B.S. in Secondary Education English and Communications with a Minor in Movement Science at Penn State University. Previous to joining the TCNJ faculty in 2010, Dr. Mawhinney was faculty at Lincoln University. In 2013-2014, Dr. Mawhinney received a Fulbright Scholar award to teach at the University of Bahrain, Bahrain Teachers College.

The focus of Dr. Mawhinney’s research is on urban education through those who participate and play a role within it. Particularly, her work generates around two threads: the educational experiences of urban teachers and students and how these experiences are applied within an urban school context. The knowledge generated from this research goes further to explore how the participants use their experiences in their classrooms, pedagogical practices, or former urban students guiding current urban students. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and multiple books: We Got Next: Urban Education and the Next Generation of Black Teachers (Peter Lang, 2014), Teacher Education across Minority-Serving Institutions: Programs, Policies, and Social Justice (Rutgers University Press, 2017), and her upcoming book There Has to be a Better Way: Lessons from Former Urban Teachers (Rutgers University Press). She is also the co-editor of the book series, Contemporary Perspectives on the Lives of Teachers, with Information Age Press.

Prior to teaching in higher education, Dr. Mawhinney was a high school English teacher (9th and 10th grades) in New Jersey and Philadelphia. She loves her calling to the teaching profession, and her passion for teaching has taken her all over the globe.