Ray Posey, Ph.D.

Professor of Education

Having served as a classroom teacher and school principal, Dr. Ray Posey chose to leave K-12 education to earn a doctorate at Vanderbilt University in Nashville to teach at the university level and work with preservice teachers prior to their entrance into the field. Helping teacher education candidate see teaching as an art, as something creative, is Posey's goal with all his students. It is his aim that every student leaves his class just a bit more creative than they were when they came into the course.


  • Ph.D., Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University 
  • M.S., School Leadership, California State University, East Bay
  • B.A., English Literature, Westmont College

Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Education and Learning Theory – EDU 600
  • Philosophy of Education – GED 672
  • Curriculum Development, Innovation and Evaluation – GED 616

Experience in Field

  • Current research: Student perspectives of the benefits of participation in an international baccalaureate program

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Served on Point Loma Nazarene's Faculty Development Committee as well as the Graduate and Extended Studies Committee
  • Served as administrator of two church "plants" in San Diego

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Masters' Thesis, California State University, East Bay, School of Education

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Dissertation: Students' perceptions of themselves academically, socially, and emotionally in an elementary school classroom
  • Presentation: Synectics: a pedagogy for inspiring creativity, Erde School District, Budapest, Hungary
  • Publication: Student-created video as pedagogy, Journal: Currents, fall 2016
  • Presentation: Building community in a graduate classroom, Lilly Conference, Washington, D.C., 2013