Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP)

Flynn Ross Ed.D.

Associate Professor
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Office Location

502 Bailey Hall


(207) 780-5768

Academic Degrees

  • Ed.D., Teachers College Columbia University
  • Ed. M., Teachers College Columbia University
  • B.A. Tufts University


Courses Taught
Dr. Ross is the Department Chair for Teacher Education and program coordinator for the Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP).  She has taught seminars and internships in instructional planning, classroom management, assessment, educational philosophy, and school organization along with EDU 546/547 Planning and Assessment as and ETEP cohort coordinator since 1999.  She has also taught the graduate capstone action research course EDU 643 Inquiry in Education along with EDU 624 Schools and Society; EDU 651 Instructional Strategies; EDU 652 Curriculum Design and undergraduate courses in education.


As a teacher and teacher educator, I have worked in schools in New York City, Los Angeles, rural Arkansas, Houston, Portland, Westbrook, and currently Biddeford and SAD 6. I am fascinated by the possibilities of various educational settings having attended as a student Montessori pre-school and a public magnet high school now recognized as an Expeditionary Learning School. As an educator, I have taught high school special education, been a school director, taught with Hurricane Island Outward Bound, The Boston Children’s Museum, and was director of a ropes course at summer camps.

Teaching Perspective

My passion is helping ensure teachers are well prepared for the possibilities and challenges of public school teaching. I am professionally fascinated by the demographic and technological changes in our society and the opportunities these create for schools. My teaching goal is to help interns build a foundation for professional lives that are rich in learning, inquiry, and the joy of watching children learn.

Personal Side

Personally, I am the proud mama of two young adult daughters. I enjoy sharing my love of the outdoors and my daily commitment to making a better world for them to be part of.

Areas of Expertise

  • Teacher Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • Minority Teacher Preparation

Research Interests


Current Research and Publications

Dr. Ross is the founder and faculty coordinator of Equity and Excellence in Maine Schools, a Maine based clearinghouse of resources and supports for ensuring access to high quality education for all students. She frequently consults with school districts conducting equity audits to help districts examine ways to align their policies and practices with their values and beliefs. She is an active member of the Scholars Strategy Network providing research to improve policy and enhance democracy. Her research is focused on high quality teacher preparation and ensuring access for underrepresented teaching candidates. 

Areas of Scholarship

Intellectual Pursuits

Dr. Ross is engaged with policy design and grant applications to develop a teacher residency model for Maine to enable greater access to high quality teacher preparation through paid internships.

Recent Publications

Maine Department of Education (pending) Teach Maine: Policy recommendations for recruitment, preparation, and retention of Maine teachers.

Ross, F. (May 6, 2021). Teachers required for Maine’s future. Scholars Strategy Network. https://scholars.org/contribution/teachers-required-maines-future

Ross, F. (Feb. 11, 2021). Securing Maine’s K-12 teacher workforce; Ensuring a healthy Maine economy. Scholars Strategy Network. https://scholars.org/contribution/securing-maines-k-12-teacher-workforce

Ross, F. (Sept 8, 2020). Schools are part of our common good. Bangor Daily News. https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/08/opinion/contributors/schools-are-part-of-our-common-good/

Ross, F. (Nov 20, 2018). Improve the economy through improved education. Bangor Daily News. https://bangordailynews.com/2018/11/20/opinion/contributors/improve-the-economy-through-improved-education/

Ross, F. & Ahmed, A. (2016). Fostering globalism: Community partnerships to grow your own teachers. In Diversifying the Teaching Force in Transnational Contexts, edited by Clea Schmidt and Jens Schneider.  Sense Publishing. 

Ross, F., Gendron, M., Nogar, D, and Queen, M. (2018).  Helping students rise and shine.    Educational Leadership, 75(6), 81-84. 

Kohli, H., Ross, F., Kohli, A., and Peng, C. (2016). Universal-diverse orientation of business, education, and social work students in a north-eastern comprehensive university. International Journal of Management in Education, 10 (2), 111-130.