Ronald David Glass, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy of Education at UC Santa Cruz and Director of the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California. He currently investigates the ethical issues raised by justice-oriented collaborative research methodologies, and his forthcoming book with Natalie JK Baloy and Sheeva Sabati, provides a framework for re-conceptualizing research ethics and supporting academic professional development: The Ethics of Research: A Praxis for Engaged Scholars (SAGE Publishing).
Professor Glass 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 in low-income, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse communities.
Professor Glass has published his essays in leading journals, contributed chapters to a number of edited books, and presented papers and talks at many regional, national and international conferences, including as the keynote speaker. He has consulted on program development and evaluation, and institutional reform and strategic planning for community organizations, schools, districts, and universities.
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 organizations and aggrieved communities struggling for justice and democracy. Prior to serving on university faculties, he directed the San Francisco-based Adult Education Development Project, and collaborated with Paulo Freire and Myles Horton, the world-renowned educators for democracy. An interview with Professor Glass is included in the 50th Anniversary edition of Freire's global path-setting Pedagogy of the Oppressed (London: Bloomsbury Academic).
Professor Glass has been recognized with numerous honors, including the Arizona State University Excellence in Diversity Award and the Dondrell Swanson Advocate for Social Justice Award, and, the City of Phoenix Human Relations Commission Martin Luther King, Jr., Living the Dream Award. He was also recognized with the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teaching Award.
Professor Glass received a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education and M.A. in Philosophy from Stanford University, a C.Phil. in Philosophy of Education from the University of California, Berkeley, and an Ed.M. and A.B. with honors in History and Science from Harvard University.
Radio Interviews with Professor Glass:
Reflections on Revolutionary Education and Paulo Freire's Life and Ideas. Against the Grain, Pacifica Radio Network.