About Me

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James Noonan is an assistant professor in the Department of Secondary and Higher Education at Salem State University (SSU), where he teaches courses in adaptive leadership, school-community partnerships, and culturally responsive teaching. He is also a research partner at the Beyond Test Scores Project at UMass Lowell. His research interests include the intersection of teacher identity and teacher learning, as well as the relationship between school quality and equity.

Prior to joining the faculty at SSU, Dr. Noonan was the inaugural Director for School Quality Measures for the MA Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA). In addition, he held multiple positions at Peace Games (now Peace First), a non-profit partnering with schools to empower young people as peacemakers. He also coordinated civic education at an literacy program for recent immigrants and managed shelter-based programming for homeless children and families. Across these diverse roles, he has taught students of all ages. 

Dr. Noonan's research has been published in Professional Development in EducationAERA Open, the Journal of Teacher Education, and other peer-reviewed journals. He holds an Ed.D. and Ed.M., both from Harvard University, and a B.A. in English and B.S. in English Education, both from Boston University.  

He lives in Roxbury, MA with his wife, a long-time elementary school teacher and math coach. They have two daughters enrolled in the Boston Public Schools.

Follow him on Twitter at @_jmnoonan.


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