Throughout his over three decades in education with teaching experience in eleven schools and universities and to students from middle school age to college level, Stephen Aiello has been called upon from time to time to draw conclusions on what makes one educational experience work versus one that doesn't. Now as he approaches his twentieth year anniversary at Lynn, Professor Aiello can easily respond to what has made Lynn so rewarding for him, and he believes for others as well. It is a singular but rare quality: intimacy. Among all the many wonderful programs and opportunities that Lynn offers students and faculty, it is Lynn's intimacy —its closeness between students and teachers, the camaraderie of the faculty, and the accessibility of the administration— that Professor Aiello tells prospective parents and students so clearly answers the question "Why Lynn?” A feeling such as intimacy is an allusive quality that all other educational institutions desire but few can really create. Lynn does.
Intimacy at Lynn was borne out the commitment made by its founders Dr. Donald Ross and his wife, Helen, who nurtured the young Lynn by actually living on its campus and attending to its daily needs until the university was able to stand on its own feet and grow. Intimacy continues today in the hands of Dr. Kevin Ross. From Aiello's first year to now at Lynn, he has personally seen and benefited from the primacy of intimacy at Lynn. It is woven into the very history and fabric of the university and is in his view the most cogent answer to "Why Lynn?"
Professor Aiello has worn many hats in his two decades at Lynn. He came to Lynn to teach English, specifically writing and drama, which have been his two teaching interests throughout his career in education. With his beloved late wife, Laurel, Aiello began what was at that time a small drama club. In the following years and after directing eight plays at Lynn, Aiello transformed the drama club into a drama major, which it is today. Professor Aiello has served on many committees at Lynn, most importantly as a member of Lynn’s 20/20 Strategic Plan Committee. Presently, he is the Vice Chair of the Academic Council. In his fourth year at Lynn, his peers presented him with the Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership. In 2014 the student body at Lynn voted Aiello as Teacher of the Year at the university’s commencement.
B.A., Tufts University
M.A., Skidmore College
Stephen Aiello's teaching philosophy and methodology underscore a single premise: that the best learning conflates heuristic inquiry and active discourse. Hence, the goals and structures of his teaching serve to unify those two pathways to knowledge.
The Dialogues of Learning
Areas of scholarship
Drama Criticism and Theory
Awards and honors
- Lynn University Teacher of the Year, 2014
- Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Service and
- Selected for "Who's Who In America's Teachers," 2005–2006
- Selected for "Who's Who In America's Teachers," 2004–2005
- Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership, 2001-2002
- Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to the College of Arts and Sciences "The Teaching Roundtable," 2001-2002
- Director of What the Butler Saw voted "Best Campus-wide Program" by Student Activities, 2001–2002