Professor of Education

Chair, Department of Education

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 a 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.  He is currently writing a book on boredom and education. K-12 educators (and often parents) face bored students every day. Drawing on multiple disciplines Dr. Gary makes a case for teachers guiding students to engage with boredom constructively, steering clear of restless boredom avoidance on the one hand, or passive submission to boredom on the other.  Dr. Gary 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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