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Seamus Mulryan

Dr. Mulryan studied physics at a small liberal arts college much like Ursinus before serving for two years in AmeriCorps as a physics teacher with Teach for America. Over the years, he initiated a successful AP-Physics program in one of the poorest counties the country, developed the physics curriculum for a new public school, and led an after-school program in an urban school. During this time, his attention slowly turned from the big questions about the physical universe to the big questions about education, and these led him to earn his Ph.D. in educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

Dr. Mulryan approaches the study of education as the study of how and why we form ourselves and others, understanding education as both a project one undertakes oneself as well as an endeavor undertaken by a community or society. Mulryan’s scholarship is situated at the nexus of ethics, politics, and hermeneutics; and his work has been published in Educational Theory, Philosophy of Education Yearbook, Journal of Aesthetic Education, and Policy Futures in Education.


Assistant Professor (NTT)




B.S., Beloit College

M.A., Columbia University

Ph.D., University of Illinois


Critical Issues in Education

Educational Theory and Philosophy

Ethics and Moral Education

Educational Psychology

Professional Applications

Student Teacher Supervision

Seminar in Educational Studies

Common Intellectual Experience (CIE)

Research Interests

Exploring the ethical and political dimensions of the aims and practices of education.

Recent Work

Selected Works:

Mulryan, Seamus. “Towards Deep Liberation: A Gadamerian Correction to Critical Pedagogy.” In Philosophy of Education 2016, edited by Natasha Levinson, pp. 197-207. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 2018.

Mulryan, Seamus. “A review of Maxine McClintock, Letters of Recommendation, and Samuel D. Rocha, A Primer for Philosophy and Education.” Educational Theory 66, no. 5 (2016): 657–665. 

Mulryan, Seamus and Stephanie Mackler. “The Existential Significance of Cinema in Educational Administration.” Journal of Aesthetic Education 49, no. 2 (Summer 2015): 1-19.

Mulryan, Seamus. “Review of The Case for Character Education: A Developmental Approach by Alan L. Lockwood,” Education Review 15 (2012), 

Mackler, Stephanie and Seamus Mulryan. “Educational Administration as a Hermeneutics of Trust.” In Trust and Betrayal in Educational Administration and Leadership, edited by Eugenie Samier and Michèle Schmidt, pp. 77-90. New York, NY: Routledge Press, 2010

Mulryan, Seamus. “The Courage of Dialogue.” In Philosophy of Education 2009, edited by Deborah Kerdeman, pp. 141-148. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 2010

Mulryan, Seamus. “Hegel’s Hold on Conceptions of Human Development.” Policy Futures in Education 6, no. 3 (2008): 312 – 322,