When the opportunity to join the faculty at Cabrini College was presented to Amy Gratch Hoyle, Ph.D., she jumped at the chance.
“The mission and core values of Cabrini College are consistent with my personal philosophy, values and goals,” says the assistant dean and assistant professor of Graduate Education, who came to Cabrini in 2012.
Throughout her 20-plus years as an educator, Hoyle has practiced critical pedagogy and worked to challenge inequities in the public schools and in broader society.
Hoyle has taught at the elementary and college levels, most recently as adjunct professor in West Chester University’s College of Education. Her beliefs about the purpose of education, the role of schools and teachers, and best teaching practices have evolved throughout her career in education.
These beliefs are grounded in Hoyle’s broader philosophy of education as the vehicle through which learners can become who they were created to be.
“Education is essential to individual happiness and democratic community,” she says. “I believe in education that shows us the creative power of hope and teaches us the peace that comes from justice.”
Hoyle believes that schools and educators are responsible for producing graduates who actively participate in society as responsible citizens.
“In order for schools to create lifelong learners committed to social justice, classrooms must be places where communities of learners engage in meaningful learning experiences,” she explains.
Hoyle’s areas of special interest include: the sociology of education; beginning teacher socialization, which is the process by which individuals selectively acquire values, norms, knowledge, skills and behaviors during teacher preparation and early teaching experiences; and teachers as transformative intellectuals, who have a sense of moral and political responsibility that they pass on to their students.
Since joining the faculty at Cabrini College, Hoyle has focused her research on the adjunct faculty experience at the College and how adjunct faculty members carry the social justice mission into their courses.
Hoyle has published in many scholarly journals, including “Teachers doing qualitative research: School context and educational change” in the Journal of Educational Studies, and “Beginning teacher and mentor relationships” in the Journal of Teacher Education.
She has presented on topics such as: “Are your students treated equally?: Helping preservice teachers examine issues of equality during field experiences” at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association; “The entrepreneurial educator: A curriculum reform initiative in teacher education” at the 32nd Annual PAC-TE Teacher Education Assembly; and “Education and entrepreneurship: An unlikely pair” at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Higher Education.
Recently, Hoyle presented a paper, based on her research at Cabrini, at the American Educational Studies Association meeting titled, “Teaching for social justice: Adjunct faculty teaching in a graduate program for practicing teachers.”
Hoyle has worked on program and course development, and teaches Foundations of American Education and Education and Social Policy to graduate-level students in the education program.
She is Chair of the Educational Policy and Leadership Department.
Hoyle earned a doctorate in social foundations of education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s in elementary education from Eastern Michigan University, and a bachelor’s in economics from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Mich., Hoyle lives in West Chester, Pa., with her two young children. She teaches Sunday school at Westminster Presbyterian Church and helps lead scouting activities.
Contact information: Amy Gratch Hoyle, Ph.D. Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor, Graduate Education Grace Hall, Room 277 610-902-8343 firstname.lastname@example.org