Education Studies Program

Bobby Ann Starnes

Professor of Education Studies

Contact Information:

Knapp Hall
Phone: (859) 985-3539
Fax: (859) 985-3164
CPO 2195

Office Hours, Spring 2015:

Posted monthly based on required fieldwork

Class Schedule:

  • EDS 249 (Tue/Thur: 7:00 pm – 8:50 pm)
  • EDS 286 BS (Tue/Thur: 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm)
  • EDS 440 (Mon/Wed/Fri: 8:30 am – 11:30 am) (Tue/Thur: 10:00 am – 11:50 am)


  • Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1990
  • Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1987
  • B.S., Wright State University, 1971

Special Interests

  • American Indian History and Culture
  • Classroom Materials Development


I was born in a little hollow in Knott County, Kentucky where my people had lived since just after the Revolutionary War. In the Fifties, my father moved our family to Dayton, Ohio when he could no longer earn a living in the mines. Growing up in the city was hard, and we always longed to go home-back to Eastern Kentucky. Most of my brothers and sisters made it back home long before I did, but we are all here now. That’s one reason I’m so happy to be at Berea.

As I was waiting to come back home, I taught school for more than twenty years. I also founded and operated an independent school for children aged 18 months through 12 years, was the executive director of a large inner-city job training and child care program near Boston, served as president of Foxfire, and taught in the teacher education programs in two universities-one in Rhode Island and one in Montana. In the last few years, I’ve taught on a reservation in Montana and founded a non-profit organization designed to support teachers’ implementation of Indian Education for All, a Montana law requiring that all Montana students be taught the history and culture of the state’s twelve tribes.

I have a son around whom my universe revolves. His name is Huckleberry. He is an artist and industrial designer living in Atlanta. I also have a cat who thinks he is the sun around which my universe revolves.


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