Scott Ferrin has spent 24 years at the McKay School of Education teaching as an EdLF professor and as an adjunct professor of law for the J. Reuban Clark Law School. He will be retiring this summer and moving on to new opportunities.
Ferrin graduated from the J. Reuban Clark Law School in 1984 and then received his master’s and doctorate degrees in education from Harvard University. He worked in a variety of roles before coming to BYU, including at Bryant College acting as executive assistant to the president on administrative and policy matters, a trustee liaison officer, a secretary to the College Board, as well as teaching fellow for the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During his time at BYU, Ferrin has helped grow the BYU Education & Law Journal into the success that it is today. The peer-reviewed journal is run by law students and faculty members.
Throughout Ferrin’s career as a professor, he has enjoyed “the freedom to study” what he thinks is “important and would make a difference.” Teaching a language policy and education class allowed him the opportunity to see how bilingual students’ educational performance changed when they were given the language support they needed. Ferrin has focused his career on seeking ways to support students in need.
Although his time at BYU is coming to an end in the summer, Ferrin won’t be taking a break. He has been training for the police academy and plans to work as a sheriff’s deputy. Additionally, he has future aspirations to practice special education law. He has dedicated his weekends for the last couple years to volunteering with the sheriff’s department to prepare for his future. Ferrin sees this prospective career as a continuation of his work in education: “The whole idea of using the criminal justice system to try to help make a difference before it turns into incarceration is part of the whole education continuum to me.” He wants to use his background in education law in a tangible way to help make a positive difference in the world.
Carrying good throughout the world is one of Ferrin’s main goals and the primary reason he is drawn to law enforcement. He cites EdLF as a factor that contributed to this new direction in his life: “I think a big part of what helped me is the belief . . . to care about the individual. To not think any child is unredeemable.” Ferrin will carry the lessons he has learned at BYU to his future positions and continue to be a positive influence on the world around him.
Writer: Camille Ladd