Faith L. Dunne was born in 1940 in Buffalo, New York. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1962 and received a doctorate in education from Harvard University on 1974. The focus of her research was looking into teachers as change agents in school improvement. Dunne taught at public schools in Massachusetts and New York as well as at Wesleyan University and Harvard University. In 1974, she joined the Dartmouth faculty where she was the first woman to earn tenure and was instrumental in developing the Education Department which she chaired from 1980-1989. While at Dartmouth, she conducted pioneering studies of rural school and established a reputation as an expert on rural education. In 1989, Dunne joined the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University where she was one of the designer of the National School Reform Faculty Program. She retired from Dartmouth in 1997 to put all her energy into the national reform effort. Dunne died in 2001.