Associate Professor of Education and Department Chair

MEH 147
219.464.6154
kevin.gary@valpo.edu

Education

Ph.D. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies – Loyola University Chicago 2005
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Loyola University Chicago 2000
M.A. in Systematic Theology – University of Notre Dame 1997
B.A. in Political Science – University of Notre Dame 1992

Contributions

Kevin Gary is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department. He has a Ph.D. in cultural and educational policy studies from Loyola University Chicago with a focus in the philosophy of education and an M.A. in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame. His teaching experience includes 10 years of teaching theology at Loyola Academy High School in Wilmette, Ill.; seven years as professor of education and philosophy at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind.; and one year as faculty director of Goshen College’s international studies program in Lima, Perú.

Kevin Gary’s research is primarily in philosophy of education, focusing especially on the meaning and purpose of a liberal arts education. He makes a case for liberal education, especially within the Christian tradition, as an education for commitment and virtue that challenges the status quo, providing a constructive alternative. He has published in Educational Theory, Philosophy of Education, and Studies in Philosophy and Education.

Kevin is passionate about P–12 teacher preparation, especially within the context of a Christian liberal arts university. Working in schools is demanding and extraordinary work. It requires practical wisdom, compassion, and a Renaissance spirit — the very qualities a liberal arts education is uniquely equipped to impart.

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