Jason Raley, a lecturer with security of employment in the Department of Education and the Teacher Education Program at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, has been named as a recipient of a 2010 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award. The Academic Senate honored Raley’s achievement at the Faculty Legislature meeting on Thursday, April 22.
The award notes Raley’s commitment to inspiring students’ curiosity and supporting their inquiries. The presentation in specific mentioned that One of his former students writes of Raley: “His classroom delivery is pure magic; he spends an extraordinary amount of time planning lectures and curriculum; he is staggeringly smart, yet still approachable and affable; it is obvious that he truly cares about his students; all of his students cherish his classes; etc. However, there is one reason – above all others – that makes Dr. Raley unique in his excellence. Dr. Raley teaches the art of being curious!... Dr. Raley was the catalyst for my metamorphosis into a researcher with questions of my own.”
Raley’s teaching spans a broad array of concerns, including philosophies of education; problems of equity and democracy; the history of schooling in the U.S.; teacher inquiry; and research methods. Raley’s current research explores the substance, conduct, and consequence of social relations in educational encounters, with a special focus on matters of trust and authority. While celebrating the ingenuity of children and adults improvising their way through everyday activities, Raley’s analysis of ordinary interaction aims to identify moments where social relations can be productively re-shaped and re-arranged. Additional projects include studies of teacher learning, “natural history” methods in educational research, and dramatic performance.
[Jason Raley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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