Ron Byrnes

Associate Professor of Education

Ron Byrnes
Hauge Administration Building
  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Associate Dean of Education


  • Ph.D., University of Denver, 1993
  • M.Ed., University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1984

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • High School Education Reform
  • Cultural Globalization
  • Social Studies Curriculum Development


IHON 328: Economic Anxiety, Consumer Culture, and the Limits of Materialism, J-term 2018


Ron was a high school social studies teacher in Los Angeles and Ethiopia before completing his Ph.D. in Curriculum Leadership at the University of Denver. He has been teaching at PLU since 1998. He teaches sociology of education and multicultural education. His academic interests include international education, cultural globalization, and education reform. He writes curriculum activities for secondary social studies teachers, as well as reviews, essays, and commentaries about social studies education, international education, and education reform. In addition to his teacher education work, he enjoys teaching first year writing seminars and a course titled “Cultural Globalization” in the International Core.

Ron coordinates PLU’s Masters Teaching Credential Program. His recent publications include “Stop Linking School Improvement, Economic Growth, and National Greatness” and “Teaching As We Always Have, Even Though The ‘Always On’ Generation Isn’t Listening” – both in Teachers College Record.