Pope Names Boston University Scholar to Pontifical Academy

in Humanities/Social Science, News Releases, School of Education
November 19th, 2003

Contact: Ann Deveney, 617/353-2240 | devenea@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) — Pope John Paul II has named Kevin Ryan to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Ryan is the founder and director emeritus of the Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character at Boston University’s School of Education.

The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences was established by Pope John Paul II in 1994 to honor scholars in the field of social sciences, law, politics, and economics, and to form a body of experts that could advise the church on issues in those fields. Members are selected on the basis of their accomplishments, without regard to religious affiliation.

Ryan began his research in the field of education in the 1960s, focusing on moral education and the formation of character. He has written and edited 20 books, including Moral Education: It Comes with the Territory; Reclaiming Our Schools: A Handbook for Teaching Character, Academics, and Discipline (with Ed Wynne); and Building Character in Schools: Practical Ways to Bring Moral Instruction to Life (with former BU Professor Karen Bohlin).

A former high school English teacher, Ryan has taught on the faculties of Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and Ohio State University. He came to Boston University in 1982 and retired in 1999. He is the recipient of many awards, including a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship [Portugal’s University of Lisbon], the University of Pennsylvania National Educator of the Year Award, the Paideia Society’s Award for Educational Excellence, and the Character Education Partnership’s Sanford N. McDonnell Lifetime Achievement Award.

On December 5, 2000, the trustees of Boston University dedicated the Kevin Ryan Library for Ethics and Education in honor of Ryan’s work at the Center. The Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character (CAEC) at Boston University’s School of Education fosters research initiatives and publications on moral and character education by Boston University’s faculty and students, as well as scholars and researchers from around the world.

Boston University, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges, is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. It’s School of Education has prepared classroom teachers and other education professionals since 1918, and its alumni are leaders in schools, community and government agencies, and corporations in the United States and around the globe.

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