EPPL Higher Education student, Angelo Letizia

When the Truth is False: Nontraditional Students Not What they Seem

Angelo LetiziaAngelo Letizia, pictured with his poster presentation at the higher education program celebration, When the Truth is False:  Nontraditional Students Not What they Seem, is an EPPL Higher Education doctoral student. 

Mr. Letizia's article, "What comes after profit? A critical look at the vast potential for public higher education in the 21st century" will appear in the forthcoming edition of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education.

Angelo reflected on the article, "Over the last 40 years, many have sought to transform higher education from a social good into a private individual good. The aim of my study is to rejuvenate the notion of public education as a social, non-monetary good using a critical theory lens." 

Angelo is currently an adjunct faculty in history at Old Dominion University and Rappahannock Community College, in addition to his position as a secondary history teacher at Gloucester High School.

Angelo has invited publications to his credit as well.  The World Democracy Encyclopedia 2012 will feature his entry "Education in the 21st Century," which according to him "chronicles the development of the secondary and post-secondary education systems worldwide in regards to the emergence of republican/democratic states." Another invited publication is an editorial in the journal Figure/Ground Communication 2012 titled, "Impasse: Education and Capitalism."  Angelo reflected that in this editorial he "argues that higher education is at an impasse, and administrators and policymakers must see higher education as something more than a market good."  Angelo further added, "I believe higher education has the potential to achieve positive social transformation. The current preoccupation with making higher education a market good has hindered this potential. I am working to help policymakers, administrators, students and the general public realize this potential."

In addition to these publications, Angelo also presented on his research recently.  In September, Angelo presented a poster titled, When the Truth is False: Nontraditional Students Not What they Seem at the first higher education program celebration at the School of Education (see photo).  In October, Angelo presented a paper at the Annual International Society for Educational Planning Conference in Kansas City, MO.  In his paper, Strategic Blunder: Strategic Planning for Changing Demographics in Higher Education, Angelo explained that he has "argued for a new type of strategic planning called dialectal planning. Dialectal planning borrows from critical theory and seeks to turn strategic planning into an empowering endeavor." 

Angelo is currently an adjunct faculty in history at Old Dominion University and Rappahannock Community College, in addition to his position as a secondary history teacher at Gloucester High School.  He and his wife reside in Gloucester with their two children.