Leslie A. Sassone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Foundations of Education


Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations (LEPF)

Research Interests:

I am interested in philosophy as education. My philosophy of education practice emanates from my study of Friedrich Nietzsche, Paulo Freire and educational reformers such as Neil Postman and Ivan Illich. I remain concerned with what kind of individual is supported by various pedagogical practices.

My recent interests include spending time in a local elementary school juggling with 6th graders and exploring the philosophical  connections between learning to juggle and social emotional learning. Read more at Juggling in the Classroom.


Ph.D. Purdue Universty, West Lafayette, Educational Studies

M.S. Ed. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Communication and Speech Education

B.S. Westfield State College, Media Systems and Management

Selected Publications

  • Sassone, Leslie A. (2007). “Meaning Beyond Words.” Thresholds in Education, 32 (2 +3), 52-54.
  • Sassone, Leslie A. (2002) The Process of Becoming: A democratic Nietzschean Philosophical Pedagogy for Individualization. Discovery Association Publishing House, Chicago, IL. ISBN: 1-931967-03-2.



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