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Rich Osguthorpe


Richard Osguthorpe, College of Education, portrait

Richard Osguthorpe, Dean

Phone: (208) 426-1611
Office: Education Building, 704
Email: richardosguthorpe@boisestate.edu

Welcome to the College of Education at Boise State University! It is an exciting time in education, and the expectations for continuous quality improvement have never been higher. In the College of Education, we fully embrace those expectations as we pursue our vision for excellence in teacher education, graduate programs, doctoral study, research and external funding, and community and partnership relations. The heart of this vision is marked by quality teaching and learning, at all levels, and we uphold the moral imperative to provide such experiences for every learner.

In our quest to be among the best at what we do, I am inspired by the amazing accomplishments of faculty, staff, and students throughout the College. These accomplishments include creative innovations in teacher education and graduate studies, new records in research funding, and continued success of doctoral graduates—all of which have brought national renown to our programs. Of course, more important than this renown is the lasting impact that our programs have on the students who complete them and the lives they touch in their chosen professions. As a College, we are proud of what we do, but we are driven and motivated by what our students do and what we do with our partners in education to improve the human condition and provide worthwhile educational opportunities for all.

My personal engagement in this exciting endeavor is rooted in a deep, longstanding commitment to the moral work of teaching. In my doctoral study at the University of Michigan, I developed an understanding and appreciation for the inherent ways in which moral value infuses every aspect of classroom life, and I have continued to research the moral domain in education, particularly its intersections with teacher education. My scholarship has examined the teacher’s role as moral exemplar, teacher beliefs about the moral work of teaching, and the importance of moral dispositions in teacher education, among other issues. Because my scholarship focuses on preparing practitioners for their future moral work, I hope that my practice, as both a teacher and leader, represents my dedication to that moral work. And I trust that striving to fulfill that moral duty will result in meaningful, positive, and quality outcomes for the College of Education.