Professor of Education Charlie Temple has been named the recipient of the 2016-17 John Readie & Florence B. Kinghorn Global Fellowship.
Established in 1970 and generously endowed by Dr. and Mrs. William Reckmeyer in honor of John Readie and Florence B. Kinghorn, the fellowship honors outstanding faculty at HWS who have exemplified global citizenship on a continued basis.
In recognition of his appointment, Temple will receive a stipend of $3,000 to be used in the spirit and nature of the award.
As a Kinghorn Global Fellow, Temple will deliver the Kinghorn Global Fellow Lecture during his appointment period. The lecture topic is to be determined by the Kinghorn Global Fellow, but will be connected to global citizenship and reflective of the work Temple has done to qualify for the award. The lecture will be open to the HWS and Geneva communities.
Temple, who joined the HWS faculty in 1982, is a storyteller, folk musician and children’s book author. Through support from George Soros’ Open Society Institute, he has worked to promote critical thinking in schools in Central and South America, Eastern Europe, Central and Southeast Asia, and many countries in Africa. He has presented at the National Storytelling Network’s annual conference and earlier this year was the featured storyteller and keynote guest at the Texas Summer Storytelling Conference.
For the past 20 years, Temple has served as an expert volunteer trainer for the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE), helping produce indigenous children’s literature in Liberia, Tanzania and Sierra Leone and engaging the HWS community in the process. The books are written by local storytellers, illustrated by local artists, and edited by volunteers from North America, including Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies Caroline Travalia and local author Cynthia DeFelice ’73, as well as other professionals in the publishing field from Canada and the U.S. Professor of History Susanne McNally and Professor of Biology Beth Newell provided fact-checking help, and students from an upper-level HWS education course helped prepare teachers’ guides for six of the books so far.
Temple is co-founder and co-chair of the Board of Directors for Critical Thinking International, Inc. He received his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, and his M.Ed. in curriculum studies and his Ph.D. in reading education from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining HWS, he taught at the University of Houston-Victoria.