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  Ronald David Glass

Ronald David Glass

Professor of Philosophy of Education


831-459-4618 (Fax)


Social Sciences Division

Education Department

Professor of Philosophy of Education


Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California

Regular Faculty

Critical Theory
Community-based Research
Discrimination and Inequality
School Reform and School Policy

McHenry Library

By Appointment

Education Department

Ph.D. Stanford University; Philosophy of Education
M.A. Stanford University; Philosophy
C.Phil. University of California, Berkeley; Philosophy of Education
Ed.M. Harvard University
B.A. Harvard University; cum laude, History and Science

Professor Glass is a Professor of Philosophy of Education. He currently investigates the ethical issues raised by justice-oriented collaborative research methodologies, and has long focused his philosophic work on education as a practice of freedom, ideological (trans)formation, and the role of education and public learning processes in creating a just, pluralistic democracy. He has also investigated school reform and collaborated with professional development schools in low-income, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse communities. Professor Glass’s philosophy of praxis is rooted in his Civil Rights and anti-Viet Nam war movement experiences and his many years of working with aggrieved communities struggling for justice. Prior to serving on university faculties, Professor Glass directed the San Francisco-based Adult Education Development Project, and collaborated with Paulo Freire and Myles Horton, the world-renowned educators for democracy.

Education as a 'practice of freedom'

Philosophy of education (ontology; ethics; epistemology; politics)

Critical theories and education

Ideology and education

Race racism and education

Equity-oriented, collaborative community-based research

Community-driven justice reforms in low-income, racially, culturally and linguistically diverse schools and communities

Public learning processes and democratic policy making


Selected Awards:

Phoenix, AZ, Human Relations Commission Martin Luther King, Jr., Living the Dream Award

University of California Santa Cruz Social Sciences Division Golden Apple Teaching Award

Stanford University School of Education Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching

Arizona State University Dondrell Swanson "Advocates of Social Justice' Award

Selected Grants: PI: $1.54M, Multicampus Research Program Initiative, University of California Office of the President; $600K, Spencer Foundation; Co-PI: $350K, National Science Foundation

  • Pia Lindquist Wong & Ronald David Glass. (2011). Professional development schools and student learning and achievement. In J. Neapolitan (Ed.), Taking Stock of Professional Development Schools: What’s Needed Now. New York, NY: Teachers College Press and the National Society for the Study of Education. Volume 110: No. 2., 403-431.
  • Ronald David Glass. (2004). Moral and political clarity and education as a practice of freedom. In Democratic Dialogue and Education: Troubling Speech, Disturbing Silence, M. Boler (Ed), New York: Peter Lang. 15-32.

Radio Interview: Reflections on Revolutionary Education and Paulo Freire's Life and IdeasAgainst the Grain, Pacifica Radio Network. (

Radio Interview: Ron Glass, Profiles in Philosophy of Education (Episode 16) PiPELine. (


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EDUC 102, Education Media and Society
EDUC 104, Ethical Issues and Teaching
EDUC 110, Popular Education, Democracy, and Social Movements
EDUC 173, Critical Pedagogy
EDUC 207, Social Foundations of Education
EDUC 235 Introduction to Educational Research
EDUC 263, Foundations of Educational Reform
Educ 268, Schools Communities and Families
EDUC 295, Critical Theories and Education

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