Keynote Speaker

Mary Poplin, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University

Texas native Mary Poplin earned her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Texas, and began her career teaching elementary school and special education. She later became a professor at California’s Claremont Graduate University, where she was director of the Teacher Education program (1985–95) and dean of the School of Educational Studies (2000–04). Between those positions Poplin worked with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India.

She once hosted a summit on accountability and social justice that sought to define the major principles inherent in accountability systems in the U.S. that have been found to be effective in closing the achievement gap between rich and poor and between racial and ethnic groups. More recently, Poplin has worked on the application of the intellectual, social, and psychological principles of the Judeo-Christian worldview as they apply to higher education, particularly among culturally and linguistically diverse peoples and the poor.

She is the co-author of Voices From The Inside: A Report on Schooling from Inside the Classroom (Institute for Education in Transformation, Claremont Graduate School, 1992), and has published two books with The Veritas Forum through InterVarsity Press: Is Reality Secular? Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews (2013), and Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service (2008).