Dr. Parker J. Palmer-The Courage to Teach
"The Heart of a Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching"
A Conversation with Dr. Parker J. Palmer
Friday, April 21, 2006
21200 Campus Drive
Sterling, Virginia 20164
Waddell Conference Room, Rm LW113
Please join us for the CTE campus spring colloquy cosponsored by the Humanities Division, Tea and Pedagogy Program. This colloquy for originally designed for Loudoun campus new faculty and we have now decided to extend an invitation to any interested faculty who wish to attend.
At this colloquy, we will be discussing key concepts about the heart of a teacher from Palmer's book, The Courage to Teach, and some of his other works.
We will spend an hour in dialogue and then Dr. Palmer will join us via teleconference to share his viewpoints and update us on his thinking about teaching. He will then entertain questions from the group.
At the conclusion of the teleconference, we will then regroup and conclude with a reflective summary discussion of lessons and tips learned.
Parker Palmer Articles Online:
(formerly the Center for Teacher Formation-click on the link that takes you to Palmer's articles.
Articles to be included in the discussion are listed below)
[Click on Related Resources from the homepage for the articles below.]
ABOUT PARKER J. PALMER
Parker J. Palmer is a highly respected writer, teacher and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. His work speaks deeply to people in many walks of life, including public schools, college and universities, religious institutions, corporations, foundations, and grass-roots organizations.
Dr. Palmer served for fifteen years as Senior Associate of the American Association of Higher Education, and now serves as Senior Advisor to the Fetzer Institute. He founded the Center for Courage & Renewal, which oversees the “Courage to Teach” program for K-12 educators across the country and parallel programs for people in other professions, including medicine, law, ministry and philanthropy. (See www.CourageRenewal.org
He has published a dozen poems, more than one hundred essays and seven books, including several best-selling and award-winning titles: A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, The Active Life, To Know as We Are Known, The Company of Strangers, and The Promise of Paradox.
Dr. Palmer's work has been recognized with eight honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press, and major grants from the Danforth Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, and the Fetzer Institute.
• In 1993, Dr. Palmer won the national award of the Council of Independent Colleges for Outstanding Contributions to
• In 1998, The Leadership Project, a national survey of 10,000 administrators and faculty, named Dr. Palmer as one of the
thirty “most influential senior leaders” in higher education and one of the ten key “agenda-setters” of the past decade:
“He has inspired a generation of teachers and reformers with evocative visions of community, knowing, and spiritual
• In 2001, Carleton College gave Dr. Palmer the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.
• In 2002, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education created the “Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award”,
given annually to the directors of ten medical residency programs that exemplify patient-centered professionalism
in medical education.
• In 2003, the American College Personnel Association named Dr. Palmer a “Diamond Honoree” for outstanding
contributions to the field of student affairs.
• In 2005, Jossey-Bass published Living the Questions: Essays Inspired by the Work and Life of Parker J. Palmer,
written by notable practitioners in a variety of fields including medicine, law, philanthropy, politics, economic development,
K-12 and higher education.
Parker J. Palmer received the Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. A member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), he lives with his wife, Sharon Palmer, in Madison, Wisconsin.