Lynn Larsen, Ph.D.

Lynn Larsen, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Associate Professor, School of Education


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Lynn Larsen

Dr. Larsen earned her doctorate at the University of Maryland after teaching elementary, middle, and high school special education for six years. Since joining Brandman University in 2004, Dr. Larsen has served as full-time faculty for the Riverside campus, served as the university’s Faculty Personnel Committee vice-chair, and was promoted to Associate Dean in 2010 and Associate Professor in 2011. As Associate Dean, she oversees programs in special education, school psychology and counseling, CLAD/CTEL, and the Master of Arts in Education. She was awarded Brandman University’s Outstanding Faculty of the year for service to the university and was the first education adjunct faculty to be awarded the Non-Senate Faculty Researcher/Lecturer Collaborator of the Year, at the University of California, Riverside. She has been involved in numerous scholarly presentations and publications in the areas of pre-service teacher assessment, program assessment, program development, online pedagogy/andragogy, and faculty evaluation. She was also involved in the development of the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT). She teaches and develops courses for the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership as well as for the special education masters and credential programs. She is trained as a Board of Institutional Review member for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

In addition to her work for the university, Dr. Larsen is committed to outreach in the community. She serves as a voting member of the Riverside Chambers of Commerce Business Education Partnership Committee, and serves on the steering committee for the Riverside College and Career Fair. She has run numerous Christian education programs, and founded a performing arts program for school-aged children. In addition, she served for nine years as coach and district coordinator for Odyssey of the Mind, an international creativity program. The teams coached with her husband Paul won numerous regional and state titles, with four teams advancing to the World Finals. She now serves as the volunteer state director for Odyssey of the Mind in California, overseeing 10 regions with over 750 competing teams.

  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership
  • Master’s and Credentials in Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Education
Scholarly Activities
  • Presentations at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching-West, Western Association of Schools and College (WSCUC-ARC), Council for Exceptional Children (Teacher Education Division), and Online Learning Consortium (Sloan-C)  conferences on the topics of electronic portfolios, faculty and student evaluation, program assessment, online pedagogy/andragogy, as well as online and blended course development.
  • Funded grants for educational programs in local districts.
  • Co-author for The Copernicus Project, an $11.5 million dollar grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education for UC Riverside.
  • Author for Brandman University’s submission for the CEEDAR collaborative grant through the University of Florida