Who is Dr. Pavlo Lushyn?
Dr. Pavlo Lushyn is an Educational Psychologist and Chair of the Psychology Department at the University of Educational Management, Academy for Educational Studies in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is the author of over 200 research articles, book chapters, reports, and books on applied and educational psychology as well as philosophy for education. Dr. Lushyn is the recipient of honors and medals from the Ukrainian government’s Ministry of Education and from professional societies, such as the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
Renowned Faculty to Ukrainian Refugee
In the early morning of February 24, 2022, Dr. Lushyn and the other residents of Kyiv awoke to the sounds of massive explosions from missiles and rockets fired by Russian forces. The war in Ukraine had reached the capital. Along with friends and neighbors, Dr. Lushyn and his wife, with nothing more than blankets and a change of clothing, spent the next days and nights huddled in the cramped basement of a building that served as their air-raid shelter. As news spread that Russian shelling was targeting not only airfields and factories, but also residential homes, Dr. Lushyn and his wife made the heartbreaking decision to leave their entire lives behind—their home, possessions, and country of birth—and flee for their lives.
They traveled from Kyiv past the city of Poltava, where Dr. Lushyn’s parents were born and buried, through Kropyvnytskyi, the city of his youth, through Moldvova and Romania, and finally to Hausham, a small town outside of Munich, Germany. Ten days and around 2000 kilometers after the first bombs hit Kyiv, Dr. Lushyn and his wife began their new life as war refugees living in the basement of his German host where Dr. Lushyn is doing his best to help fellow refugees who had suffered psychological trauma.
Together, We Can Help!
With the support of many amazing and caring individuals at Montclair State University, Dr. Lushyn has recently been offered a temporary faculty position at the Educational Foundations Department of the College of Education and Human Services. He and his wife will arrive this summer. The generosity of the Montclair State community would greatly benefit their transition to Montclair. Your thoughtful consideration to participate is greatly appreciated.
Dr. Pablo P. L. Tinio
Chair, Educational Foundations Department