2012 Ernest A. Lynton Citation for Distinguished Engaged Scholarship Recipient

NERCHE is pleased to present the 2012 Ernest A. Lynton Citation for Distinguished Engaged Scholarship for Early Career Faculty to Dr. Eric DeMeulenaere, Assistant Professor of Urban Schooling at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Eric DeMeulenaerePrior to joining Clark University’s faculty, Dr. DeMeulenaere taught middle and high school social studies and English and coached soccer in Oakland and San Francisco, CA.  In 2004, he co-founded and directed an innovative small public school in East Oakland that focused on social justice and increased academic outcomes for youth of color.  Before opening the school, Dr. DeMeulenaere earned his Ph.D. in the Social and Cultural Studies Program at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education.  He has consulted with urban school leaders and teachers nationally and internationally to transform their pedagogical practices and organizational school cultures. His research employs participatory action research and narrative inquiry methods and draws extensively from critical theory to examine how to create more effective and liberatory learning spaces for urban youth.  As he writes, “All of my work, whether teaching, scholarship or community activism is defined by my commitment to be a servant in my community, particularly to urban youth.  Broadly speaking, I am committed to transforming the inequities related to race, class, gender and nation as they play out in urban communities. More specifically, I am committed to fostering spaces in urban schools where anti-oppressive and critical pedagogies can engage youth and their families in transforming the material, social and ideological conditions that affect their quality of life.”

Dr. DeMeulenaere's forthcoming book, Reflections from the Field: How Coaching Made Us Better Teachers, co-authored with Colette Cann, will be available this winter.  He is currently working on the manuscript for his second book, The Academic Activist.