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Joseph Michael O'Keefe

S.J.

Father Joseph O'Keefe

Joseph Michael O'Keefe, S.J., became Scholar in Residence at the Fordham University Graduate School of Education in 2017. Father O'Keefe is also a Fellow at Fordham's Center for Catholic School Leadership and Faith-Based Education and served as a Visiting Scholar in the center during the 2016-2017 academic year. While at Fordham, he has taught Administrative and Supervision Seminar (doctoral); Ethical Leaders (master's online); Ethical Leaders (hybrid in person/online); Seminar in Ethics and Social Justice (doctoral); and Strategic Planning and Change (master's online).

Administrative Appointments

Administration in the Society of Jesus

  • Religious Superior, Fordham Jesuit Community, 2019 - present
  • Rector, Ciszek Hall Formation Community, Fordham University, 2016 - present

Administration at Boston College

  • Director, Center for Ignatian Spirituality, 2014
  • Interim Director, Center for Ignatian Spirituality, 2013
  • Dean of the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education, 2005 - 2011
  • Interim Director, Roche Center for Catholic Education, 2008 - 2010
  • Interim Dean of Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education, 2003 - 2005
  • Associate Dean of the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education, 2001 - 2003

Awards

  • The 2018 Seton Presidential Award, National Catholic Educational Association, “in recognition of an outstanding lifetime of service to Catholic education that has touched the lives of many through teaching, writing and example as a consummate Catholic educator.”
  • The 2004 F. Sadlier Dinger Award, “recognizing a person who has made a significant contribution to Catholic education.”
  • EdPress Award for Most Learned Article: “Creative Resourcing for Catholic Schools: The Critical Issue of Hiring and Retaining High-quality Teachers," Momentum 30(4) 54-58.
  • Award for the Best Research Paper of 1993, presented by the New England Educational Research Organization and the American Educational Research Organization, New England Regional Special Interest Group.

Education

  • Ed.D. Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 1991 (Administration, Planning & Policy)
  • S.T.L. Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (Weston School of Theology), 1989
  • M.Div. Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (Weston School of Theology), 1989
  • M.Ed. Harvard University, 1987 (Administration, Planning & Policy)
  • M.A. Fordham University, 1980 (French)
  • B.A. College of the Holy Cross, 1976 (Philosophy)

Non-Degree Studies

  • Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies (Jerusalem, Israel), 2012
  • Institute of Education (London, UK), Cultural Studies in Education, 1988
  • St. Joseph's Medical Center (Tacoma, WA), Clinical-Pastoral Education, 1984
  • Boston University School of Education, curriculum studies, 1983
  • Colegio de España (Salamanca, Spain), language study, 1979
  • University of Paris, Cours de civilisation pour professeurs étrangers, 1979

Boards and Committees

Boards

Regis High School, New York NY, 2016-present

  • Executive Committee, 2016 - present
  • Chair, Academic and Technology Committee for Strategic Planning, 2017

Jesuit Collaborative, Boston MA, 2013-present

National Assessment Governing Board, United States Department of Education, 2012 - present

  • Executive Committee, 2015 - present

Marquette University, Milwaukee WI, 2007-present

  • Executive Committee Member, 2014 - 2016

Cheverus High School, Portland ME, 1984 - 1990; 2012 - 2016

  • Executive Committee Member, 2012 - 2016

Franciscan Hospital for Children, Brighton MA, 2015 - 2016

Loyola University, New Orleans LA, 2008 - 2014

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA, 1999 - 2007

  • Chair, Academic Affairs Committee

LeMoyne College, Syracuse NY, 2001 - 2005

  • Chair, Academic Affairs Committee

John Carroll University, Cleveland OH, 2003 - 2006

St. John's Preparatory School, Danvers MA, 1997 - 2006

  • Chair, Headmaster Search Committee

Boston College High School, Dorchester MA, 1995 - 2001

Nativity Preparatory School, Boston MA, 1997 - 1999

Cathedral Grammar School, Boston MA, 1994 - 1999

University Committees at Boston College

  • Member, Academic Vice President's Advisory Council
  • Member, ad hoc Human Subjects Working Group
  • Member, Advisory Board, Jesuit Institute
  • Member, Council of Deans
  • Member, Educational Policy Committee, Lynch School of Education
  • Member, Jesuit and Catholic Identity Task Force
  • Member, Provost’s Advisory Council
  • Member, University Academic Planning Council
  • Member, University Research Council
  • Member, Search Committee for the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Member, Search Committee for the Dean of the Law School
  • Member, Search Committee for the University Librarian
  • Member, Search Committee for University Provost
  • Member, Search Committee for the Vice President for Facilities
  • Member, Search Committee for the Vice President for Information Technology

Search Committees

  • Search Committee for Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of Boston - 2013, 2018
  • Search Committee for Principal, Regis High School, New York NY, 2018
    • Chair
  • Search Committee for President, Marquette University, 2013
  • Search Committee for Director, St. Ignatius Day Care Center, New York NY
    • Chair

Publications and Articles

Books

  • Curtin, D., Haney, R., & O’Keefe, J.M. (Eds.) (2011). Design for success II: configuring governance models. Washington DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • Haney, R. & O’Keefe, J.M. (Eds.) (2009). Design for success: New configurations for Catholic schools.  Washington DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • Grace, G. & O’Keefe, J.M. (Eds.) (2007). International handbook of Catholic education: Challenges for school systems in the 21st century. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Haney, R. & O’Keefe, J.M. (Eds.) (2007). Endangered species: Urban and rural Catholic schools. Washington DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • O'Keefe, J.M., Connors, M., Goldschmidt, E., Green, J., Henderson, S., & Schervish, K. (2004). Sustaining the legacy: Urban Catholic elementary schools in the United States. Washington D.C.: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • Cimino, C., Dwyer, T., Haney, R., & O’Keefe, J.M. (Eds.). (2005). Early childhood education: Conversations in excellence 2004. Washington DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • Cimino, C., Dwyer, T., Haney, R., & O'Keefe, J.M. (Eds.). (2003). Educating young adolescents: Conversations in excellence. Washington DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • Cimino, C., Haney, R & O’Keefe, J.M. (Eds.). (2002). Catholic teacher recruitment and formation: Conversations in excellence. Washington DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • Cimino, C., Haney, R & O’Keefe, J.M. (Eds.). (2001). Integrating the social teachings of the church into Catholic schools: Conversations in excellence. Washington DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • Cimino, C., Haney, R., O’Keefe, J.M. & Zuchowski, A. (Eds.). (2000). Forming innovative learning environments through technology: Conversations in excellence. Washington DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • Haney, R. & O'Keefe, J.M. (Eds). (1999). Creatively financing and resourcing Catholic schools: Conversations in excellence. Washington DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • Haney, R. & O'Keefe, J.M. (Eds). (1998). Conversations in excellence: Providing for the diverse needs of youth and their families. Washington DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • O'Keefe, J. M. (Ed). (1997). Catholic education at the turn of the new century. New York: Garland.
  • Haney, R. & O'Keefe, J.M. (Eds). (1997). Conversations in excellence: Integrating mission. Washington DC:  National Catholic Educational Association.
  • McLaughlin, T., O’Keefe, J.M. & O’Keeffe, B. (Eds). (1996). The contemporary Catholic school: Context, identity and diversity. London, Washington: Falmer

Book Chapters

  • O’Keefe, J.M. & O’Connor, M. (2014). Religiously affiliated schools in the USA: The current reality. In Chapman, C., Waghid, Y., and Reiss, M. (Eds.) (pp. 115-138). International handbook on learning and leadership in faith based Schools. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Bauch, P., Cooper, B., & O’Keefe, J.M., (2014). Summary and Conclusion: The Innovative Road Ahead. In Bauch, P. (Ed.) (pp. 341-359). Catholic schools in the public interest: Past, present, and future. Charlotte NC: Information Age Publishers.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. & Goldschmidt, E. (2014). Courageous, comprehensive, and collaborative: The Renewal of Catholic education in the 21st century. In Bauch, P. (Ed.) Catholic Schools in the Public Interest: Past, Present, and Future. (pp. 221-244). Charlotte NC: Information Age Publishers.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2012). Catholic school leader as agent of change: Opportunities and challenges. In Robey, P. (Ed.). Scholarly Essays on Catholic School Leadership: Meeting the Mission of Catholic Schools. (pp. 103-111).  Washington DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. & Schoepner, A. (2009). Catholic schools: A tradition of responsiveness. In T. O’Connor (Ed.) Two centuries of faith: Essays commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Boston 1808-2008.  New York: Crossroad.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2008). Panel presentation: Practical realities on the ground. In U.S. Department of Education (Ed.) Preserving a critical national asset: America’s disadvantaged students and the crisis in faith-based schools. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Education.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2008). The Empirical wisdom of the social scientist, the contextual wisdom of the theologian, and the practical wisdom of the practitioner. In Staud, J. (Ed). The Carnegie conversation on Catholic education. (pp. 47-49). South Bend IN: ACE Press.
  • Grace, G. & O’Keefe, J.M. (2007).  Catholic schools facing the challenges of the 21st century: An overview. In G. Grace J., O’Keefe, J.M. (Eds.). International handbook of Catholic education: Challenges for school systems in the 21st century (pp. 1-11)Dordrecht: Springer.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. & Schopener, A. (2007).  No margin, no mission: Challenges for Catholic urban schools in the USA.  In G. Grace, J., O’Keefe, J.M. (Eds.). International handbook of Catholic education: Challenges for school systems in the 21st century (pp. 15-36)Dordrecht: Springer.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. & Evans, M.P. (2004). Catholic education: A call to serve the poor. In Catholic schools for children and youth in poverty: Conversations in Excellence 2003 (pp. 1-15). Washington DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2003). Catholic schools as communities of service: The U.S. experience. In N. Prendergast, & L. Monahan (Eds.), Reimagining the Catholic school. Dublin, Ireland: Veritas Publications.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2003). Catholic schools and vouchers: How the empirical reality should shape the debate. In A. Wolfe (Ed.). School choice: The moral debate. (pp. 195-208). Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2002). Research on teacher recruitment and retention. In Cimino, C., Haney, R. & O'Keefe, J.M. (Eds.). Catholic teacher recruitment and formation: Conversations in excellence. (pp. 113-121). Washington DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. & Murphy, J. (2001). The History of enrollment trends in U.S. Catholic schools. In Hunt, T.C., Ellis, E.A., & Nuzzi, R.J. (Ed.). Handbook of Research on Catholic Education. (pp. 101-182). New York & Westport: Greenwood Press.
  • O'Keefe, J.M., Murphy, J. (2000). Ethnically diverse Catholic schools: An overview of students, staffing and finances. In Youniss, J. & Convey, J. (Eds.). Catholic schools at the crossroads. (pp. 117-136). New York: Teachers College Press.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1999). Leadership in urban Catholic elementary schools: The reality and the challenges. In Hunt, T. & Oldenski, T. (Eds). Catholic school leadership: An Invitation to Lead (pp. 225-243). London, Washington:  Falmer.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1998). Leadership for solidarity: How Catholic human service providers can work together. In Haney, R. & O'Keefe, J.M. (Eds.). Conversations in excellence:  Providing for the diverse needs of children and families (pp. 149-160). Washington: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1997). The call to collaboration. In Haney, R. & O'Keefe, J. M. (Eds.) Conversations in excellence: Integrating mission (pp. 7-16). Washington, DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1997).  Preparing ethical leaders for equitable schools. In Beck, L. & Murphy, J. (Eds.). Ethics in educational leadership:  Emerging models (pp. 161-187). University Park, PA: University Council for Educational Administration.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (1996). No margin, no mission. In McLaughlin, T. H., O’Keefe, J.M. & O’Keeffe, B. (Eds.). The contemporary Catholic school: Context, identity and diversity (pp. 177-197). London, Washington: Falmer.
  • McLaughlin, T., O’Keefe, J.M. & O’Keeffe, B. (1996). Setting the scene: Current realities and historical perspectives. In McLaughlin, T. H., O’Keefe, J. M. & O’Keeffe, B. (Eds.). The contemporary Catholic school: Context, identity and diversity (pp. 1-21). London, Washington: Falmer.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. & O’Keeffe, B. (1996). Directions for research in Catholic education in the US and the UK. In McLaughlin, T. H., O’Keefe, J.M. & O’Keeffe, B. (Eds.). The contemporary Catholic school: Context, identity and diversity (pp. 298-310). London, Washington: Falmer.

Selected Articles (refereed*)

  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2011). Global partnerships in Jesuit higher education. Catholic education: A Journal of inquiry and practice 14(3), 334-337.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2009). System update required. U.S. Catholic 74 (1), 18-21
  • O’Keefe, J.M. & Schoepner, A. (2009). Bridging the gap: Urban Catholic schools addressing educational achievement and opportunity gaps in the United States. International Studies in Catholic Education 1(1), 17-31*
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2008, December). Guest Editorial: Responding to the changing times of the 21st century.  Momentum 29(4): 4-5
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2005). How to save Catholic schools: Don’t write their obituary yet. Commonweal 25(6), 15-18
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2005, September 2). Maybe not the schools for the most in need. The Pilot, p.20.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2003). Teacher satisfaction in religiously affiliated schools: Insights from the U.S. Catholic experience. International Journal of Education and Religion 4(1)1-16*
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2002). Global perspectives on educational achievement: An overview of four major studies. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice 6(1), 111-125*
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2002). Research related to teacher recruitment and retention. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice 5(3), 401-406*
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2001). How research can inform efforts to recruit and retain high-quality teachers. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice 5(1), 117-124*
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2001). What research tells about the contributions of sectarian schools. University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, 78(3), 425-441*
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1998) Pedagogy of persuasion: The culture of the university of Pont-à-Mousson. Paedagogica historica 34(2), 1-22*
  • O'Keefe. J.M. (1997). Children and community service learning: Character education in action. Journal of Education 179(2), 47-62*

Reports and Newsletter Columns

  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2006). Recently released federal study. NCEA Notes 39(3), 15.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2005). Teacher retention. NCEA Notes 39(1), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2004). Teacher mobility and attrition. NCEA Notes 38(2), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2004). Research on Catholic school principals. NCEA Notes 37(3), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2003). Research on Catholic secondary schools: CHS 2000. NCEA Notes 36(4), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2003). Learning from the experience of others: Research across denominational and national boundaries. NCEA Notes 36(5), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2003). Readiness to learn - The fourth R. NCEA Notes 37(1), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2003). Data on your desktop. NCEA Notes 36(3), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2002). Global perspectives on student learning. NCEA Notes 35(5), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2002). One take on research about Catholic schools. NCEA Notes 35(3), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2002). Twenty years and counting . . . Update on the National Center for Research in Catholic Education. NCEA Notes 36(1), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2002). Catholic schools and other types of schools compared. NCEA Notes 36(2), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2001). Research and school choice at Boston College, NCEA Notes 33(5), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2001). Making comparisons. NCEA Notes 33(4), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2001). Counting can be fun: Research possibilities are fingertips away. NCEA Notes 34(2), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2001). Private school contributions to the common good. Proceedings of Pierce, Plaralism and Partnership conference: A Conference to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Pierce Decision. Washington DC, July 10-12, 2000. Washington: United States Department of Education, Office of Non-Public Education.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2001). Call for Proposals: The CACE Research Board. NCEA Notes 34(1), 15.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2000) Learning from the past, assessing the present, looking to the future: The Catholic School Research Summit. NCEA Notes 32(5), 15.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2000). The importance of survey research. NCEA Notes 32(4), 15.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2000). Catholic school research in the 21st century. NCEA Notes 32(3), 15.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2000). The CACE Research Board: Looking to the future. NCEA Notes 33(1), 15.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2000). Teachers' tools for the 21st century. NCEA Notes 32(4), 19.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (1999).  “American Legacy at the Crossroads: The future of Catholic schools,” NCEA Notes 32(2),  15.

Selected Media Citations

  • (2013, March 14) At Boston College, Jesuits Applaud Choice. Boston Globe
  • (2103, March 14) BC Jesuit Priest on Pope Francis’ Election. WBUR - (NPR): http://www.wbur.org/2013/03/14/jesuit-pope-okeefe
  • (2012, January 31) Boston Left with One All-girls’ Catholic High School. Boston Globe
  • (2010, June 20) He speaks with money, not words. Boston Herald
  • (2010, June 20) $20m gift to fund program for educators. WBZ Newsradio
  • (2010, June 20) Urban schools focus of BC gift. The Boston Globe
  • (2010, September 11) For Quincy Catholic Academy, a new year means a new identity. Patriot Ledger
  • (2010, April 10) Catholic Schools Reinvent Themselves. National Catholic Reporter
  • (2010, March 16) Grocer gives $20m for Catholic Education. Boston Globe
  • (2009, January 26) Keeping the faith. Sun (Lowell MA)
  • (2008, April 17) The Future of Faith. WBUR (NPR affiliate)
  • (2008, April 5) Teachers at 10 Catholic schools strike over health plan. New York Times
  • (2006, March 22) BC to help ailing elementary school; Pact boosts future of St. Columbkille. Boston Globe
  • (2005, October 23) Church turns to critic to aid Catholic schools. Boston Sunday Globe
  • (2005, August 23) 2nd Parish school closes unexpectedly; archdiocese cites drop in enrollment. Boston Globe
  • (2005, August 15) Inner-city Catholic schools at crossroads after recent closings. Catholic News Service
  • (2005, May 22) Fading Treasure. Baltimore Sun
  • (2005, March 25) Catholic education: Setbacks and hope. National Catholic Reporter
  • (2005, March 24) Can Catholic elementary schools survive? Rising costs, changing demographics challenge a U.S. institution. MSNBC
  • (2004, October 10) Reading, writing, and shrinking. Mobile Register
  • (2004, November 18) Sacred Heart Catholic School; First lay principal in school history. Patriot Ledger
  • (2004, August 27). Catholic schools look at ways to prevent closure. Catholic Sentinel (Portland OR)
  • (2004, June 21) Fundraising: business of survival. Newsweek
  • (2004, April 9) Needed: The vision thing; Rethinking the mission of Catholic primary schools. Commonweal
  • (2004, March 27) Catholic schools rethink traditional financial models. Associated Press
  • (2003, October 16) Eight Catholic high schools to become independent. Boston Globe
  • (2003, June 23) Catholic educators bemoan 149 urban school closings. Boston Globe
  • (2003, June 13) Interview on closing of Catholic schools. BBC "The World," WGBH Radio
  • (2003, May 5) Echoes of a scandal. U.S. News & World Report
  • (2003, March 9) Catholic schools struggle in the city. Boston Globe
  • (2003, March 2) Academy welcomes believers, nonbelievers. Boston Globe
  • (2003, February 26) Scandal's fallout: The new struggle of Catholic schools. Christian Science Monitor
  • (2003, February 9) Catholic school closings. Newscast, CBS 4 News, Boston
  • (2003, January 22) Catholic school enrollments fall, but finances, not fear, are blamed. New York Times
  • (2002) Participants trace their own roads during Emmaus conference. NC Catholic (Raleigh NC)
  • (2002, January 31) Catholic schools in money struggle. Journal News (Westchester, NY)
  • Berg, S. (1997, April 1) How do Catholic schools do it: Urban vs. suburban. Star Tribune (Minneapolis MN)
  • Nguyen, T. (1995, August 14) Catholic educators planning program to boost innovation. Boston Globe

Presentations

  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2018). Passing on the Faith to Millennial Teachers and Parents. Entrepreneurial Leadership Series, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University - December 12, 2018.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2018). Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. Entrepreneurial Leadership Series, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University - October 3, 2018.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2017). Apologetics and the New Evangelization. Presentation to principals of the Diocese of Rockville Center NY, November 15, 2017.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2017). The National Assessment of Educational Progress: Why Private Schools Should Participate. U.S. Department of Education Office of Non-public Education, September 27, 2017.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2017). Trinitarian Theology of Community: A Model for Catholic School Communities. Presentation to new principals in the Archdiocese of New York, July 31 and August 2, 2017.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2017). Spirituality at a Time of School Crisis. Entrepreneurial Leadership Series, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University - March 31, 2017.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2015). The Purpose of Catholic Schools. Address to the Faculty and Staff of Matignon High School, Cambridge MA, September 8, 2015.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2015). School Charism and Spiritual Leadership. Keynote address, Emmaus Series for Catholic Educators, Roche Center for Catholic Education, Boston College - July 26, 2015.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2015). Catholic Schools Facing the Future: Challenges and Opportunities. Address to the Board of Trustees, Marianapolis Preparatory School, Thompson CT, June 26, 2015.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2015). The Nation’s Report Card: How Do Catholic Schools Measure Up? Invited presentation, National Catholic Educational Association Annual Convention, Orlando FL - April 7, 2015.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2015). The Gospel of Joy.  Keynote address, Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Educator Faith Conference 2015, Bristol CT - March 22 and March 23, 2015.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2015). Today’s Religious Context: Challenges and Opportunities for Jesuit Schools. Address to the Board of Trustees, Boston College High School - January 9, 2015.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2014). Challenges and Opportunities for Holy Child Schools in the Twenty-teens: Charism and the Current Reality. Keynote address, Annual Conference of Heads and Board Members of Schools in the Holy Child Network.  Rosemont College, Philadelphia, PA, November 8, 2014.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2014). Challenges for Catholic High Schools. Keynote address, Annual Meeting of the Secondary Department of the National Catholic Educational Association, New England Region. Boston College, October 30, 2014.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2014). Leadership by Example. Presentation to the Principled Leadership Forum, Jesuit Collaborative, Boston MA - October 22, 2014.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2014). Board Responsibility for Strategic Planning. Retreat for Board of Trustees of Elizabeth Seton Academy, Boston MA - October 17, 2014.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2014). Ignatian Spirituality and Pedagogy. Keynote address, Faculty Retreat Day, St. Columbkille Partnership School, Brighton MA - October 10, 2014.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2014). The Political and Religious Contexts of our Educational Ministries. Keynote address, Education Law Symposium co-sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association and Saint Catherine College, KY - July 10, 2014.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. & O’Connor, M.P. (2014). Student Spirituality in Catholic High Schools: Jesuit High Schools and the National Study of Youth and Religion Project. Invited presentation at the Annual Convention of the National Catholic Educational Association, Pittsburg, PA - April 23, 2014.
  • O’Connor, M.P., Small, J., O’Keefe, J.M., Weitzel-O’Neill, P.A., Cummings, M. (2014). Jesuit High Schools and the National Study of Youth and Religion Project. Invited presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA - April 5, 2014.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2014). Trends in Private Catholic Education: To 2020 and Beyond. Keynote address, Holy Cross Institute, St. Edward’s University, Austin TX - March 31, 2014
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2014). Lenten Reflection for Catholic School Administrators. Archdiocese of Hartford, March 3, 2014.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2014). Religious Education and Spiritual Development. Invited Panelist, Seminar: Jewish Mysticism, Personal Spirituality, and Communal Leadership. The Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, Newton Centre MA - January 28, 2014.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2013). Advent Reflection for Catholic School Administrators. Archdiocese of Hartford, December 3, 2013.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2013). Lessons from Catholic Higher Education for Presidents of Catholic Schools. National Catholic Educational Association Presidents’ Symposium, Tempe AZ - November 16, 2013.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2013). Catholic School Leaders Facing the Future: Challenges and Opportunities. Keynote address, National Catholic Educational Association Principals’ Forum, Tempe AZ - November 14, 2013.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2013). Jesuit and Catholic by Choice: Faculty Charting the Future of Georgetown Prep. Keynote address, Faculty Day of Reflection, Georgetown Preparatory School, Bethesda MD - October 21, 2013.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2013). The Context of Jesuit High Schools in the Twenty-teens. Keynote address, St. Louis University High School, October 11-12, 2013.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2013). Reawakening our Faith. Three-part keynote, Convocation of Presidents and Principals of the Archdiocese of Hartford, New Haven CT - August 12-13, 2013.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2013). School Charism and Spiritual Leadership. Keynote address, Emmaus Conference for New Principals, Roche Center for Catholic Education, Dover MA - July 10, 2013.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2013). Opening the Parameters: What We Can Learn from Interfaith and International Perspectives. Invited address: The Impact of Catholic Education in America: Past, Present, and Future, University of Portland OR. - June 20-22, 2013.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2013). Strategic Thinking: Where Have We Been, Where are We Going? Keynote address at gathering of presidents, principals and board chairs from Jesuit high schools and middle schools on the east coast - April 28, 2013.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2012). Best Practices in Leadership and Governance. Keynote address at the Archdiocese of Hartford Educational Forum, October 3, 2012.   
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2012). Jesuit schools facing the future: Challenges and opportunities. Keynote address for the Jesuit Secondary Education Association, Marquette University - June 28, 2012.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2012). Invited participant and presenter. Encounter on Educational Issues and Perspectives in Preparation of the Centenary of the Congregation for Catholic Education.  Vatican City, Rome. June 22-23, 2012.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2011). Advent Day of Recollection for School Principles. Diocese of Santa Rosa, CA - December 2, 2012.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2011). Getting to tomorrow: Charting new courses for Catholic Schools. Keynote address at Loyola University Chicago - November 9, 2011.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2010). Depth, universality, and learned ministry. Keynote address to secondary and middle-school teachers of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus - September 24, 2010.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2010). Catholic education as priestly work. Keynote address, Catholic School Executive Leadership Dinner, Fordham University - May 18, 2010.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2010). Catholic schools as communities of welcome. Keynote address at Marymount International Schools in Paris (January 2, 2010), London (January 3, 2010), Rome (January 4, 2010).
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2009). Catholic Education in the 21st Century. Mary Dooley Lecture, Elms College, Springfield MA -  September 28, 2009.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2007). The Future of Catholic Education. Keynote address at the Summit on the Future of Catholic Schools, Mid-Atlantic Consortium, Baltimore MD - September 19, 2007.
  • O’Keefe, J.M.  (2006). Catholic education: A future for everybody? Rogus Lecture, University of Dayton - March 29, 2006.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2004). Bridging educational cultures. Invited presentationFordham University Summer Session for Catholic Educators, Vienna Austria - July 27, 2004.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. with Erik Goldschmidt and Mary Walsh (2004). Addressing the non-academic barriers to learning in Catholic schools: Resources and best practices. Invited presentation at the Annual Convention of the National Catholic Educational Association, Boston, MA - April 13, 2004.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. with Albert Shannon (2004). The Board's relationship with the principal, head of school, pastor, religious congregation and diocese. Invited presentation at the Annual Convention of the National Catholic Educational Association, Boston, MA - April 15, 2004.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2003). Recruiting, retaining and developing teachers in religiously affiliated schools. Keynote address at the Conference of the Ethos and Education Network, Catholic University of Nijmegen, Netherlands -  January 10, 2003.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2002). Catholic schools as communities of service: The U.S. experience. Keynote address at Conference 2002: The Catholic School, Imagining the Future. Marino Institute of Education, Dublin Ireland - March 5, 2002.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. with Jessica Greene. (2001). Teachers for Catholic schools: Recruitment, retention, rewarding and renewing. Keynote presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Chief Administrators of Catholic Education of the National Catholic Educational Association, Savannah GA - November 7, 2001.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2001). The Spirituality of the Teacher. Keynote address at the Teacher Conference of the Diocese of Raleigh NC, New Berne NC - September 29, 2001.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2001). Jesus as the Model for Leadership: Implications for Principals. Keynote address at the Orientation for New Catholic-school Principals of New England, Holyoke MA - August 6, 2001.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2001). The Quality of Catholic Schools: What Research Tells Us. Invited presentation at St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham, England - July 9, 2001.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (2001). What can boards do to attract and keep good faculty. Invited presentation at the Annual Convention of the National Catholic Educational Association, Milwaukee WI - April 18, 2001.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2001). A Catholic Perspective on School Choice. Invited presentation at the Conference on Normative and Philosophical Issues in School Choice, Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College - March 11, 2001.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2000). Private Schools for the Public Good. Keynote address at a conference sponsored by the University of Detroit Mercy Law School to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 1925 Supreme Court decision, Pierce v. Society of Sisters - October 6, 2000.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2000). Models of Ignatian Pedagogy. Keynote address at Regis College, University of Toronto -  August 31, 2000.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2000). Contributions of Private Schools to Society: What Research Tells Us. Invited panelist at a National Conference sponsored by the United States Department of Education, Washington, DC, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 1925 Supreme Court decision, Pierce v. Society of Sisters - July 11, 2000.
  • O’Keefe, J. M. (2000). Characteristics of Different Types of Boards.  Invited presentation at the Annual Convention of the National Catholic Educational Association, Baltimore MD - April 25, 2000.
  • Connolly, R., Helm, C., O’Keefe, J.M. & Relleke, J. (2000). New Designs in Spiritual Formation: Selected Programs by Arch/Diocesan Leaders. Invited presentation at the Annual Convention of the National Catholic Educational Association, Baltimore MD - April 27, 2000.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (2000). The Ministry of Catholic Educational Leadership. Keynote address at Consortium for Catholic School Leadership, Diocese of Orlando FL - March 30-31, 2000.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (1999 – April). The Institute for Spiritual Growth: How It Influences the Lives of Professional Educators. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montréal, P.Q., Canada.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (1999 – January 30). Particularism and Pluralism: Diverse Religious Dimensions of Catholic Schools. Keynote address at the Second International Conference of the Ethos and Education Network, Catholic University of Nijmegen, Netherlands.
  • O’Keefe, J.M. (1998, August 2). Special Issues for Catholic Leaders. Keynote address presented at the International Working Seminar on Catholic Leadership, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1998, April). The status of African-American Catholic elementary schools: Findings from a descriptive survey. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego CA.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1998, February). Visionary leadership for Catholic schools. Invited presentation at St. Aloysius College, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1997, June). Toward a rationale for religiously diverse Catholic schools. Keynote address at the conference "Catholic Schools at the Crossroad," Seton Hall University Law School, Newark, NJ.
  • O'Keefe, J.M., Jones, A., & Murphy, J. (1997, March). The urban Catholic schools study: Overview and implications. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • O'Keefe, J.M., Jones, A., & Murphy, J. (1997, March). Religious identity in urban Catholic elementary and secondary schools. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Murphy, J., O'Keefe, J.M. & Jones, A. (1997, March). The urban Catholic schools study: Secondary school findings. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago IL.
  • Murphy, J., O'Keefe, J.M. & Jones, A. (1997, March). The urban Catholic school: An investigation of effectiveness and environment. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago IL.
  • O'Keefe, J.M., Jones, A. & Murphy, J. (1997, February). The urban Catholic school study: Five-year trends.  Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Hilton Head S.C.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1996, July). The Religious character of inner-city Catholic elementary schools: Some preliminary findings. Invited presentation at the International Symposium on Church School Studies, University of Durham, UK.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1996, April). How research on the self-described role and responsibility of school administrators compels interprofessional education and integrated service delivery for children. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York NY.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1996, April). The contemporary Catholic high school: Research perspectives from the US and the UK. Invited presentation at the Annual Convention of the National Catholic Educational Association, Philadelphia PA.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1995, August). Pedagogy of persuasion: The culture of the université de Pont-à- Mousson. Invited presentation at the Eighteenth International Congress of Historical Sciences, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1995, April). Beyond noblesse oblige: A study of community service learning. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco CA.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1995, April). British and U.S. Catholic schools: A comparative study. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco CA.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1995, February). School choice: A Jesuit perspective. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Washington DC.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1994, October). New leadership for new schools. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the University Council of Educational Administration, Philadelphia PA.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1994, August). Diversity, justice and the Jesuit high school. Keynote Address at the Faculty Convocation, Saint Ignatius High School, Chicago IL.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1994, August). Leadership theory and practice: Students' views. Invited presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, Palm Springs CA.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1994, April). Crossing boundaries of race: Interpretations of the experience of low-income students of color. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans LA.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1994, April). No strangers here? A study of the experiences of low-income students of color in high school. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans LA.
  • O'Keefe, J.M. (1993, February). Working toward an inclusive school culture: A university-secondary school collaborative model. Invited presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Association of School Administrators.

Editorial/Scholarly Activities

  • Co-editor. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice (2005-2011)
  • Reviewer of book proposals, Springer Publishers
  • Reviewer of articles: History of Education, Catholic Education, Ethos & Education, Journal of Moral Education, Momentum
  • Director, National Center for Research on Catholic Education, Chief Administrators Department of the National Catholic Educational Association
  • Member, Editorial Board. International Journal of Religion and Education
  • Member, Editorial Board. Courtyard: A Journal of Research and Thought on Jewish Education
  • Reviewer, Spencer Foundation, Major Grants
  • Reviewer for papers presented at Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, Special Interest Group (SIG): Associates for Research in Private Education
  • Guest Editor, Momentum XXVIII (3). August/September 1997
  • Guest Editor, Private School Monitor (14) 1&2

Educational Consulting

  • Archdiocese of Boston
  • Catholic University of America (faculty promotion)
  • Fordham University (faculty promotion)    
  • International Commission on the Apostolate of Jesuit Education
  • Loyola Marymount University (faculty promotion)
  • Loyola Marymount University Doctoral Dissertation Quality Review
  • Loyola Marymount University, Examen Jesuit Identity Review 2018
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Education
  • Loyola University Maryland School of Education
  • Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Visiting Committee
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Program Review
  • Regis University Denver CO, Examen Jesuit Identity Review 2017
  • University of St. Thomas Murray Institute
  • Villanova University Department of Education
  • Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools

Grants

  • Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (CACE) of the National Catholic Educational Association; $36,000 grant to direct the National Center for Research on Catholic Education, 2000-2003.
  • Boston College Research Expense Grant  [$1,500] to expand survey of inner-city Catholic high schools to include urban, suburban and rural schools,1997.
  • Catholic University grant [$9,538.10], (Subcontract #1554-IND-SUB02) as part of a Lilly-Foundation project entitled "American Legacy at the Crossroads: Research Synthesis and Policy Analysis of Catholic Schools." The grant covered expenses to expand a national survey of inner-city Catholic elementary schools and to conduct a survey of inner-city Catholic high schools, 1996.
  • Jesuit Conference grant [$10,000] to conduct a national survey of inner-city Catholic elementary schools,1995.
  • Boston College research expense grant [$1,000] to study the changing role of the principal in schools that offer a full range of social services for children, 1995.
  • Public Welfare Foundation grant [$25,000] to coordinate the Wider Horizons Program, a summer urban practicum program for a cross-denominational, cross-border group of Irish student teachers [with Walter Haney of Boston College, 1992-1993].
  • International Fund for Ireland grant [$12,000] to coordinate the Wider Horizons Program, a summer urban practicum program for a cross-denominational, cross-border group of Irish student teachers, 1992-1993.
  • Bradley Foundation Fellowship [$19,000] to support dissertation research at Harvard University, 1990-1991.

Previous Faculty Appointments

Faculty Appointments at the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education at Boston College

  • Professor (with tenure), 2005-2016
  • Associate Professor (with tenure), 1997-2005
  • Assistant Professor, 1991-1997

Faculty/Teaching Appointments at Other Educational Institutions

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of San Francisco, 2001
  • Visiting Associate Professor and Jesuit Chair in Education, Georgetown University, 1999-2000
  • Visiting Scholar, Catholic University of America, 1998-1999
  • Visiting Scholar, Australian Catholic University, 1998
  • Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, 1989-1991
  • University Supervisor of Student Teachers, Harvard University, 1989-1991
  • Teacher of Foreign Languages, Cheverus High School, Portland ME, 1980-1983
  • Teaching Fellow, Fordham University, 1979-1980
  • Teacher of French, Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River MA, 1978
  • Teacher of French, Boston College High School, 1977-1980