Professor of Education Emeritus

Robert J. Nash has been a professor in UVM's College of Education and Social Services for over 48 years. He specializes in philosophy of education, applied ethics, higher education administration, scholarly personal narrative witing, and religion, spirituality, and education.

Dr. Nash has graduate degrees in English, Religious Studies, Applied Ethics and Liberal Studies, and Educational Philosophy. He is the founder Interdisciplinary Studies in Education graduate program, and co-founder of the Higher Education and Student Affairs Program (HESA).


Selected Books & Book Chapters

Nash, R.J., Jang, J.J., & Nguyen, P.C. (2016). Crossover pedagogy: A rationale for a new teaching partnership between faculty and student affairs leaders on college campuses. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Nash, R.J. & Jang, J.J. (2016). Teaching college students how to solve real-life moral dilemmas. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Nash, R.J. & Jang, J.J. (2015). Preparing students for life beyond college: A meaning-centered vision for holistic teaching and learning. New York: Routledge.

Nash, R.J. (2016). Teaching about religion outside of religious studies. The Oxford University Handbook of Religion and American Education. Michael D. Waggoner and Nathan C. Walker, Eds.

Murray, M.C. and Nash, R.J. (2016). Helping students prepare for lives of purpose. Handbook of Student Affairs Administration, 4th Edition. George S. McClellan and Jeremy Stringer, Eds.

Nash, R.J. (2016). What I have learned from my students after half a century of teaching about meaning. Tikkun, Duke University Press.

Nash, R.J. (2015). Scholarly personal narrative writing as a way to connect the academy to the world. Reclaiming the Public Dialogue in Education: Putting the ‘Public’ in Public Intellectual. Cindy Gerstl-Pepin and Cynthia Reyes, Eds. Peter Lang Publishing.

Awards and Recognition

Gordon Fielding Lewis Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research, Pi Gamma Mu (2010)

Joseph Anthony Abruscato Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, UVM (2009)

Official University Scholar in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, UVM (2003)


Robert Nash

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Scholarly personal narrative


  • Ed.D. in Philosophy of Education from Boston University