John M. Lynch (PhD, University College Dublin, 1993) has been at Arizona State University since 1994 and specializes in scientific, theological and cultural responses to evolutionary ideas. He is a Principal Lecturer and Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, the Honors College at ASU and is also affiliated with ASU’s Center for Biology & Society, the History and Philosophy of Science Program, the graduate program in Human & Social Dimensions of Science & Technology, and the Center for Jewish Studies.
Within Barrett, he teaches sections of the signature “Human Event” course (HON 171 & HON 272) along with an annual course on Ancient Greek Drama. He has also offered courses on the intersections between science, philosophy and religion. He occasionally brings students to Greece as part of Barrett’s Summer Study Abroad program; the photo above is taken from the summit of Acrocorinth.
Dr. Lynch has received a number of awards for his teaching and service: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award (2000). Barrett Faculty Award for Outstanding Academic Service (2006), Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award for Service (2006), CASE / Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Professor of the Year for Arizona (2007), ASU Last Lecturer (2009), and Barrett Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching (2011).
Since 1998 he has been involved in the fight to maintain strong evolutionary principles in K-12 science standards and this has resulted in him presenting on anti-evolutionism and creationism at many public, legal, educational and scientific gatherings countrywide. He served as chair of the Educational Committee for the International Society for the History, Philosophy & Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB, 2005 – 2011) and was also a member of the Committee for Education of the History of Science Society (2007 – 2011, chair 2011). Between 2007 and 2014 he served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Zoology (Lond.). Within Barrett he currently serves as chair of the Promotion Committee and has in the past chaired the Curriculum Committee.
Since joining Barrett in 2000, Dr. Lynch has served on over 50 honors thesis committees. One of his students – Jessica Joganic – received the Barrett Award for Best Research Thesis for her research into positional plagiocephaly in newborns, work that was subsequently published in the journal Pediatrics [joganic2009].
Dr. Lynch has authored numerous scientific papers in the field of evolutionary biology, most recently on temporal bone morphology in extant and fossil hominins. Current historical research concentrates on various aspects of Victorian science.