Faculty Profile

Kevin Gary

Chair & Associate Professor of Education

Meier Hall, 114

Curriculum Vitae


Kevin Gary is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Education at Valparaiso University. He has a Ph.D. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago 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, IL; 7 years as professor of education and philosophy at Goshen College in Goshen, IN; and 1 year as faculty director of Goshen College’s international studies program in Lima, Perú.

Dr. 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 is passionate about P-12 teacher preparation, especially within the context of a Christian liberal arts university like Valpo. 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.


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


Indiana and Illinois 9-12 Enlgish and Social Studies Licensure

Illinois Type 75 Administrative Certificate

Areas of Specialization

Philosophy of Education

Curriculum and Instruction

Spiritual and Religious Education

Liberal Education

Courses Taught

Educational Foundations

Curriculum & Instruction


  • The Wisdom of Clichés: Liberal Learning and the Burden of Originality, Philosophy of Education (2014),  
  • Boredom, Contemplation, and Liberation, Philosophy of Education (2013) ,  
  • Liberal Education and Reading for Meaning, Philosophy of Education (2010),  
  • Kierkegaard and Liberal Education as a Way of Life, Philosophy of Education (2007),  
  • Leisure, Freedom, and Liberal Education, Educational Theory (2006),  
  • Spirituality, Critical Thinking, and the Desire for What Is Infinite, Critical review of Hanan Alexander’s Reclaiming Goodness: Education and the Spiritual Quest, in Studies in Philosophy and Education (2006),  

Professional Affiliations

  • Philosophy of Education Society
  • Ohio Valley Philosphy of Education Society