Doug  Lynch

Doug Lynch

Senior Fellow

Ph.D. Economics & Education, Columbia University M.Phil. Economics & Education, Columbia University M.B.A. International Finance, New York University B.A. Economics, Arizona State University Elementary & High School in Argentina, Italy, & Germany


Higher Education


Corporate Learning Online Learning Education Entrepreneurship

Doug Lynch

Doug Lynch has spent his entire career focused on the intersection of innovation in learning in order to increase access and efficacy. Before joining the Rossier faculty, Doug was the vice dean at the graduate school of education at the University of Pennsylvania and while there also served for a time as an academic director of Wharton Executive Education and a senior advisor to the Fels Institute of Government. Prior to Penn, Doug was an assistant dean at New York University and before joining NYU, Doug worked at the College Board and Arizona State University.

Work in Education Innovation

During his time at ASU, Doug helped launch the Genesis Academy as a charter school; one of the first in the United States. At NYU, he became active in adult & continuing education with a specific focus on online education.  He was invited to present testimony to the U.S. Congress. In 2002, his work at NYU in exporting education was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce though an “e” award in exporting; the first time a college was recognized for innovation in exporting.

At Penn, he has launched a handful of new endeavors including the first joint doctoral program in work-based learning (with the Wharton School) and the executive masters for Teach for America corps members serving Philadelphia, a masters in medical education and one for teachers at boarding schools. He also launched an education business plan competition and an educational film production company.

Doug frequently consults to education start-ups and firms investing in education innovation.

Work in Corporate Learning

At NYU, Doug created Corporate Learning Services, to serve employers learning needs. Working with Richard Breeden, Doug designed and delivered all the training for WorldCom to help it emerge from sanctions and bankruptcy. He also was brought in after 9/11 to help FDNY design programs. He was the chair of the American Society for Training & Development’ Public Policy Committee, and also chaired the US delegation to the International Standards Organization in an effort to establish global standards for all non-formal learning. He also served for a time on the Board of Visitors to the Central Intelligence Agency’s Corporate University.

Doug also frequently works with companies on their learning and development needs.


Honors and Awards:

2003 APX Award For Program

2002 U.S. Department Of Commerce Presidential “E-Award” For Innovation 

2001 Hr Executive Top 10 Award 


Gates Foundation, 2015. College Employer Collaborative

National Institute Of Health, 2011. Global health initiative in 4 African countries

Hewlett Foundation, 2010-2012. Supporting open education courseware

USAID, 2011-2012.
Support development of Egyptian faculty

Milken Family Foundation, 2008-2010. Education Entrepreneurship

Fife Foundation, 2006-2009.
Civic education with Facing History And Ourselves curriculum

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 2003-2005.
Application of online education on workforce development 

Selected Publications

  • Lynch, D (2020) Are 4 year Degrees Dead? It’s a Theory.  Training Magazine. September 18.

  • Lynch, D (2020) Effective Ways to Deliver Diversity & Inclusion Programs.  Training Magazine. August 7.

  • Lynch, D (2020) We Are Learning Engineers.  Training Magazine. May 6.

  • Lynch, D (2020) Now’s the Time for L&D to Lead the Way.  Training Magazine. March 30.

  • Lynch, D.,  Christensen U., Howe, N.  (2019). Interpretation of Live Data and Decision-making in Streamed Lessons and Real-time User Tracking. In D. Burgos (Eds.), Radical Solutions & Learning

  • Lynch, D. et al (2018) Use of Dramatic Arts Pedagogy in Online Flipped Classrooms. Education in the Knowledge Economy (EKS).

  • Lynch, D. (2015)  Lies About Learning Research. In Israelite, L., (Ed) More Lies About Learning: Leading Executives Separate Truth From Fiction. Alexandria, VA: ATD Press.

  • Lynch, D., City, E., Elmore, R. (2012). The Future Of Learning Is Not The Future Of Schooling. In Metha, J (Ed) The Futures Of School Reform, Harvard Education Press. Cambridge, Ma. 

  • Lynch, D. (2012) Busted Learning Myths. CLO Magazine, February 14.

  • Lynch, D., Gottfried, M.A., Green, W. Thomas, C., Varga, M. (2012). Rethinking The Measurement Of Training And Development In The Professions: A Conceptual Model. In Wang, V (Ed) Vocational Education Technologies And Advances In Adult Learning: New Concepts. Igi Global, Hershey, Pa. 

  • Lynch, D., Cody, S., Green, W. (2012). The Emperor Has No Clothes: Corporate Training Myths. In Bensoter, G. (Ed) Encyclopedia Of Human Resource Management, Critical And Emerging Issues In Human Resources (Volume 3). Hoboken, NJ. 

  • Lynch, D. (2012) It's Time For New Ventures In Teacher Training. Ed Week, February 8.  

  • Lynch,D. (2011) Will Big Employers Be Game Changers? Ed Week, May 19.

  • Lynch D. (Producer). A Safe Place To Play (Broadcast Dec. 2010). Philadelphia, Pa: WHYY-TV 

  • Lynch D. (Producer). Freedom School (Broadcast Feb. 17, 2010). Philadelphia, Pa: WHYY-TV 

  • Lynch D., Green, W., Thomas, C. (2010) Online Learning: An Examination Of Contexts In Corporate, Higher Education, And K-12 Environments. In Wang, V (Ed) Encyclopedia Of Information Communication Technologies And Adult Education. Igi Global, Hershey, Pa. 

  • Lynch, D., & Worden, J. (2010) It’s All About The People. Phi Delta Kappan, November 

  • Lynch D., Gottfried, M. (2010) The Role Of Educational Tools In Reform. In Hess, F (Ed) The Demand Side Of Education Reform. Harvard Education Press, Cambridge, Ma. 

  • Lynch D., Mccorckle, K., Gottfried, M., Lasky, D. (2009) So What Do We Mean By A School Of The Future? In Hess, F (Ed) Microsoft’s School Of The Future. Harvard Education Press, Cambridge, Ma. 

  • Lynch D., Green, W., Gottfried, M., Thomas, C. (2009) Do We Need A Non-Traditional Education Production Function For Non-Traditional Students? In Perna, L (Ed) Understanding The Meaning Of “Work” For Today’s Undergraduate. Sage Publications, New York, NY. 

  • Lynch D., & O’Connor B. (2009) Partnerships Between Workplaces And Institutions. In Mallach M Et Al (Ed) The International Handbook Of Workplace Learning. Sage Publications, New York, NY. 

  • Lynch, D. (2009) Standards Of Quality Assurance In International Non-Formal Education. In Strohschen G., (Ed) Handbook Of Blended Shore Education. Springer Publishing, Chicago, IL. 

  • Lynch, D., Gottfried, M.A., Green, W. Thomas, C., Varga, M. (2009) The Training And Development Industry: How Can We Quantify Its Size? International Journal Of Adult Vocational Education And Technology 

  • Koerner, M., Lynch, D., & Martin, S. (2008) “Why We Partner With Teach For America: Changing The Conversation.” Phi Delta Kappan, V89. N10 

  • Lynch D. (2007) An Editorial: Where Is Talent Management In Higher Education? Inside Higher Education Views. 

  • Lynch D., Sugrue, B., Rivera, R., & Betof, A. (2007) Learning Executive Profile. Alexandria, VA: American Society For Training & Development. 

  • Lynch D. (2007). An Editorial: Invest In Workers To Improve The Bottom Line. Measurement, Evaluation & ROI News. Alexandria, Va. American Society For Training And Development. 

  • Lynch, D., & Barger, M. (2006). Corporate-Higher Education Learning Initiatives: When Values Align. Continuing Higher Education Review. Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press. 

  • Lynch, D., & Sugrue, B. (2006). Profiling A New Breed Of Learning Executive. Training & Development Magazine (T+D). Alexandria, VA: American Society For Training & Development. 

  • Lynch, D. (2005). Initiating Higher Education Partnerships For Corporate Training. Hr Alert, Volume Viii. New York: Human Resources IQ. 

  • Lynch, D. (2005). Success Versus Value: What Do We Mean By The Business Of Online Education? In J.C. Moore (Eds.) Elements Of Quality Online Education: Engaging Communities. New York: Alfred C. Sloan Foundation. 

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