Randall Kenyon Bartlett, Jr., PhD, is a 2015 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Dr. Randall Bartlett,[L], at his Dissertation Defense with Committee Chair, Dr. Carolyn Kenny [R].

Dissertation Committee

  • Carolyn Kenny, Ph.D.: Committee Chair
  • Al Guskin, Ph.D. : Committee Member
  • Jon Wergin, Ph.D. : Committee Member
  • Heesoon Bai, Ph.D.: External Reader


teaching, caring, urban schools, phenomenology, classroom community, suffering, teachers, lived experience, education, K-12, school reform, phronesis, educational philosophy, elementary

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The core of teaching is the relationship of care between the student and the teacher. A community can be created in the classroom that honors and respects the inherent worth of each individual and through such mutual respect students and teachers can experience success. The suffering and the successes that teachers experience are central to the way they care for their students. There is currently a great deal of focus on education and schooling in the United States and generally this focus ignores the necessity and vitality of the relationship of care. Teachers must daily support and care for students who have great struggles and great triumphs. In my dissertation, I will explore the nature of the experience of these teachers as they work with students who experience suffering and success. I will identify the themes of their experience using a hermeneutic phenomenological methodology based on the work of Max Van Manen. This dissertation is essentially a philosophical examination of the nature of teachers’ care for students and how they manifest the experience of suffering and success of those students. Therefore it is a deeply phenomenological work, bound not by the empirical, but by the life- worlds of the participants and of the author. The electronic version of this Dissertation is at OhioLink ETD Center,


Randall Kenyon Bartlett, Jr., Ph.D.

Randall K. Bartlett Jr. has spent his professional career in education. He attended Oberlin College, receiving a BA in Religion and History. He began substitute teaching in Ohio and discovered a passion for teaching and education. Desiring to become a full time teacher he attended Antioch University New England and earned his M.Ed. and teaching certification. He taught in New Hampshire and Vermont before completing his principals license at Keene State College. He and his wife moved to Pittsburgh after their daughter was born and he became a principal in the Propel Schools system. After a number of years of building level administration, he moved to the central office, serving as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Data. Around this time he and his wife added twin sons to their family. Randall completed his Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. In addition to his work with Propel, he has also served as the President of the Board of Trustees for the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh for the past four years.