Chair & Associate Professor of Education
Meier Hall, 114
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
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
Curriculum & Instruction