“Many students call and write to us long after they’ve left Transylvania, so we never quite stop being their mentors.”
One of Angela Hurley's fondest memories is when a Transylvania elementary education graduate called to say that she was on her way to pick up her cap and gown for graduation from Harvard University.
It's not that unusual an occurrence. "One reason we can do such a good job of preparing our students is that we know each of them very well," says Hurley. "We tailor our program to meet their needs. Our students and faculty become a little community."
In the classroom, Hurley helps students learn how to reason well about important ideas and urgent questions, while also engaging their hearts and spirits.
"Our education program is deeply theoretical, yet practice-oriented," she points out. "It allows our students to worry with and understand the big existential questions involved in teaching and learningâ€”and of being in the world. Whether they intend to teach or not, our students leave our courses with a greater appreciation of what it means to be a human being in positive relations with diverse 'others.' "
Transylvania's liberal arts curriculum is vital to that understanding, according to Hurley. "It's invigorating when students make connections between the diverse disciplinary conceptual information. But the way our education program is structured and the courses we teach are also liberal arts in design, focus, and delivery. We consider the discipline of education to be a part of the liberal arts."
- Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society
- Philosophy of Education Society
- Kentucky Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
- Amnesty International
- American Guild of Organists, Lexington Chapter
Areas of research
- Post Doctoral Work, Oxford University, 2001
- Ed.D., University of Kentucky, 1987
- M.A., Eastern Kentucky University, 1980
- B.S., Eastern Kentucky University 1966
- Schooling in American Culture
- Enculturation in Non-Western Societies
- Philosophy of Education
- Readings in Peace Education
- Senior Seminar
- "A Yearning for Wholeness: Spirituality in Education." Philosophic Studies in Education, Volume 42, 2011/12 (in press)
- "Retrieving the Grounding for Teacher Education Programs," AILACTE Journal, Vol. VIII, Fall 2011, p.53-65
- "Humane Intellectuals: Being Present to Humanity and the World," Philosophic Studies in Education, Volume 40, 2009
- "The Vocation of Peacemaking in the Victorian Era," In Justice and Mercy Will Kiss. Marquette University Press, 2008
- "We Are the Bridge," Response to the OVPES Presidential Address, Philosophic Studies in Education, Volume 38, 2007
- A Perfect Host for Accountability," Philosophic Studies in Education, Volume 35, 2004.
- Bingham Award for Excellence in Teaching
- Certificate of Recognition, Division of Higher Education, Disciples of Christ, for Faculty Excellence
- Selected to participate in the Oxford Round Table on "The Psychology of the Child", 2007 and on "Public Schools, Democracy and Religious Fundamentalism", March 2012
Areas of research
- Educational Philosophy
- Peace Studies, specifically pacifism
- British Pacifists during the Twentieth Century, especially WWI