Ian Parker Renga, Ph.D.

Ian Parker Renga, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Education
B.A., B.S., Indiana University, M.Ed., Harvard University, Ph.D., University of Colorado
(970) 943-2244
Office Location: 
Crawford Hall 106
Education Department
Graduate Programs at Western
Academic Program: 
Master of Arts in Education

Dr. Ian Renga is a committed educator with over fifteen years of experience in K-12 and higher education classrooms. He began his career as an instructional assistant serving students with severe special needs before going on to teach secondary science, math, and fine art. Dr. Renga views teaching as a calling, and shares Dewey’s belief that formal education is vital for cultivating the kinds of people—informed, inspired, and civil—required for a thriving democracy. His primary goal is to help realize a just and sustainable society by educating students to live thoughtfully with compassion and a commitment to service. To this end, Dr. Renga seeks to balance the necessity of training (How to teach? How to learn? How to improve?) with the imperatives of liberal education (Why teach? Why learn? To what ends?). His areas of specialization include teacher practice and identity, eros in education, curricular traditions, sociocultural learning theory, and representations of teachers in media and culture. He has published in a range of venues, and recently edited a collection titled Sports and K-12 Education: Insights for Teachers, Coaches, and School Leaders (Rowman & Littlefield). When not in the classroom or office, Dr. Renga is an avid naturalist who enjoys spending time outside with his family.​

Selected Publications:

Renga, I.P. (in press). Beautiful quarterback passes, golf swings, and… teaching moves? In I.P. Renga and C. Benedetti (Eds.) Sports and K-12 education: Insights for teachers, coaches, and school leaders. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Renga, I.P., & Lewis, M. (in press). Wisdom, mystery, and dangerous knowledge: Exploring depictions of the archetypal sage in young adult literature. Study and Scrutiny: Research on Young Adult Literature.

Renga, I.P. (2017). Unpacking a liturgical framing of desire for the purposes of educational research. Educational Studies 53(3), 263-284. DOI: 10.1080/00131946.2017.1303495

Renga, I.P. (2015). Exploring the heroic teacher narrative with help from the trickster. In D.P. Liston & I.P. Renga (Eds.) Teaching, learning, and schooling in film: Reel education (pp. 41-55). New York, NY: Routledge.

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