Dr. Mauhs-Pugh is in his 19th year at Green Mountain College having risen through the faculty, including serving the elected position of chair of the faculty. He directed the general education program, served as dean of the faculty for more than a decade, and is pleased to now contribute to the College as provost and vice-president of academic affairs. He is committed to the proposition that GMC is here to provide the best education possible to each of our students. Dr. Mauhs-Pugh specializes in the history and philosophy of education.
Trained in the cultural foundations of education at Syracuse University, he draws from a broad mix of social and political theory, philosophy, and American history. His research emphasizes the history of educational policy within the context of an evolving, liberal, democratic society. Of particular interest is the central position education holds in developing and maintaining a civil society and the tension between the administrative requirements of managing an educational system and the goals of that system.
“Education at all levels needs to engage people where they are, expand the possibilities of who they might be, and challenge them to reflect and act on what they come to know.”
Ph.D. History and Philosophy of Education, Syracuse University. 1994. Degree awarded with distinction.
M.A.T. English, Brown University. 1984
B.A. English, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 1983
Education: History of Education, Philosophy of Education, Foundations of Education, Nature and Aims of Education, Democratic Education, Policy and Politics of American Education, Curriculum: Politics and History, Teacher As Decision Maker.
Environmental Liberal Arts: Images of Nature, Environmental Ethics, Simplicity and Sustainability, A Delicate Balance, American Views of the Environment, Voices of Community: A Writing Seminar.
- Developing a defense of the civic role of schooling in light of its mission to support a secular, democratic society.
- Strengthening the role of historical research and philosophical analysis in educational practice and policy debates.
“Seeking ‘Productive, Caring, and Fulfilling Lives’ Through the Environmental Liberal Arts at Green Mountain College” in The college curriculum: a reader, Joseph L. DeVitis, Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2013. Chapter 27
“12,000 Little Republics, Civil Apprenticeship and the Cult of Efficiency.” New York History, Summer 2005, Vol. 86, no. 3, pp. 251-287.
“Rural Education,” in The Encyclopedia of New York State. Peter Eisenstadt, ed. Syracuse University Press, 2005.
“Compulsory Education,” in The Encyclopedia of New York State. Peter Eisenstadt, ed. Syracuse University Press, 2005.
“Andrew Sloan Draper,” in The Encyclopedia of New York State. Peter Eisenstadt, ed. Syracuse University Press, 2005.
“Developing the Good Person: The Role of Local Publics,” chapter 3 in Educating Tomorrow’s Valuable Citizens. Joan M. Burstyn, ed. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1996.
“Placing Sustainability at the Center of General Education,” Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2006
“Civic Education and K-12 School Choice”, at the International Conference on Civic Education, New Orleans, 2003
“The Northern Forest: Public Policy and the Education of Citizens” at the Tenth International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology in Montreal, Canada, May 1999.
Activities and Awards
- Title III Grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Programs, 2013–2018, “Strategies for Student Success: Increasing Retention and Graduation at Green Mountain College.” $2,000,000
- Davis Educational Foundation Grant, 2013–2015, “Sustainability and Student Success: Maximizing Progress Toward A Degree and Reducing Debt.” $293,500
- Davis Educational Foundation Grant, 2008-2011, “Assessing the Environmental Liberal Arts Program.” $248,000
- Exemplary Teaching Award, Green Mountain College, 2003.
- Editorial Board member and reviewer for Educational Policy Analysis Archives, 1993 – present.
- Davis Educational Foundation grant, 1998, “Education for Citizenship: Bringing Northern New England Into the Classroom and the Classroom Into Northern New England.”
- Larry J. Hackman Research Residency at the New York State Archives, 1996.
- Syracuse University Graduate School Doctoral Prize, 1995.
- Syracuse University Fellow, 1989-1992.