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Barry L Bull

Professor, Philosophy of Education and Education Policy Studies
W.W. Wright Education Building Room 4240
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Department:  Education Leadership and Policy Studies
Affiliations:  Education Policy Studies, History, Philosophy & Comparative Education
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I teach courses in the philosophy of education and education policy studies. My research focuses on the moral status and justification of the education enterprise generally and of particular education policies, such as those related to school finance, standards-based school reform, access to higher education, and the teaching profession.


Ph.D., Philosophy of Education, 1979, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

M.A.T., English Teaching, 1972, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.

M.A., English, 1970, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

B.A., English, 1969, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Continuing Elementary and Secondary Teaching Certificate, Washington.

Secondary Teaching Certificate; English, Social Studies, Chemistry; Massachusetts.

Standard Secondary Teaching Certificate, English, Idaho.


  • Bull, B. (2009).  Policy implications of social justice in education. Ethics and Education 4 (2) 141-152.
  • Bull, B. (2008). A politically liberal conception of civic education. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 27(6), 449-460.
  • Bull, B. (2008). Social Justice in Education: An Introduction. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bull, B. (2008). Policy implications of social justice in education. In P. Enslin & N. Hedge (Eds.), Education and multicultural understanding (pp. 90-98). Kyoto, Japan: Kyoto University.
  • Bull, B. (2007). A political theory of social justice in American schools. In G. M. Rodriguez & R. A. Rolle (Eds.), To what ends and by what means?: The social justice implications of contemporary school finance theory and policy (pp. 9-34). New York: Routledge.
  • Bull, B. (2006). Is standards-based school reform consistent with schooling for personal liberty? Studies in Philosophy and Education, 25: 1 & 2, 61-78.
  • Bull, B. (2006). Can civic and moral education be distinguished?” In D. Warren and J. Patrick, (Eds.), Moral and civic learning in the United States (pp. 21-31). New York: Palgrave/Macmillan.
  • Bull, B. (2004). Standards-based school reform and liberty: A normative assessment. In G. Jover & P. Villemor (Eds.), Voices of philosophy of education (pp. 90-99). Madrid, Spain: Universidad Complutense.
  • Bull, B., & Buechler, M. (1997). Planning together: Professional development for teachers of all students. Bloomington, IN: Indiana Education Policy Center.
  • Bull, B., Fruehling, R., & Chattergy, V. (1992). The ethics of multicultural and bilingual education. New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Bull, B., & Buechler, M. (1996). Learning together: Professional development for better schools. Bloomington, IN: Indiana Education Policy Center. (Distributed by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, Virginia.)
  • Bull, B. et al. (1994). Education in Indiana: An overview. Bloomington, IN: Indiana Education Policy Center.

  • Respondent and coordinator, Group on International Ethics and Global Citizenship, Toward a Research-based Approach to International Teacher Education Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. - Gave intial presentation, moderated group discussion, and developed final group report.
  • Member, Writing Committee for Standard 5 of the NCATE Report, School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. - Reviewed drafts of the section of the NCATE report.
  • Participant and faculty advisor, Reading Group on the Philosophy of Education - Suggested readings and attended weekly meetings
  • Member, Search and Screen Committee for the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. - Attended meetings, made nominations, interviewed applicants, attended campus interviews and presentations.
  • Member, Indiana University School of Education delegation to China on higher education policy, Beijing and Shanghai, China. - Presented papers and attended meetings.
  • Fellowship award coordinator, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. - Reviewed applications, prepared nominations, and notified applicants of awards.
  • Elected chair, Policy Council, School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana - Chaired meetings.
  • Program Coordinator, Education Policy Studies. - Coordinated program admissions and program revisions, convened meetings
  • Program coordinator, Philosophy of Education. - Coordinated admissions to the doctoral and master's program
  • Elected member, Policy Council, School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana - Attended meetings.
  • Adjunct Professor, Philosophy Department, Indiana University - Attended events
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