Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, Ph.D., previously served as director of graduate teacher education for Stonehill’s Education Studies Department. She has held faculty appointments in higher education for 20 years and served as a public school teacher prior to her work in teacher preparation. Her work as a teacher educator has included the development of several teacher preparation programs and certificates. Stringer Keefe’s research agenda, Research Innovations in Teacher Education (RITE), includes several current projects aimed at advancing the field of teacher education/preparation, particularly identifying innovations and new understandings about teacher preparation for diverse student groups and educational contexts.  She is Principal Investigator of the Inclusive Catholic Education Research (ICER) Project, and co-Principal Investigator on a multi-year research study of new Graduate Schools of Education (nGSEs). Her research has also focused on teacher education policy initiatives and reforms, including Project TEER, a group of teacher education scholars and practitioners who collectively research issues related to teacher education, education reform, policy, and politics.  

Stringer Keefe was a key architect of the Massachusetts Autism Endorsement and serves as president of the Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children. She is the co-author of the award-winning Reclaiming Accountability in Teacher Education, which received the American Educational Association Exemplary Research on Teaching and Teacher Education Award, the American Educational Association Critics' Choice Award and the Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. She is also co-author of Remixing the Curriculum: The Teacher’s Guide to Technology in the Classroom, a collaboration with a K-12 practitioner colleague. In 2013, she founded 3 artists, an art exhibition showcasing the work of professional and emerging autistic artists, including award winning artists Temple Grandin, Jessy Park and John M. Williams.


  • Ph.D., Boston College
  • M.Ed., Lesley College
  • B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst