Richard Hersh

Richard Hersh

Lecturer and Senior Advisor to Education Studies

Richard Hersh is a lecturer in Yale College and Senior Advisor to the Education Studies program. Dick received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Political Science and History from Syracuse University and an ED.D. from Boston University.  He taught high school Social Studies in suburban Boston and in the Boston public schools and began his higher education career as an education professor at the University of Toledo. His work on moral education became his primary scholarly focus as he headed for the Center for Moral Development at Harvard University followed by a decade of work in teacher education and Dean of the Graduate School and Vice President for Research at the University of Oregon. He served as Provost at the University of New Hampshire and Drake University before becoming president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and then Trinity College (Hartford). He served as a congressional Fellow and is the author of several books on moral education, effectiveness of American schooling, and the changing nature of American colleges and universities including, We’re Losing Our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education (2012) with co-author Richard Keeling.