Ralph McKay, EdD

Ralph McKay

Lecturer, Teacher Education

Dr. McKay is a lecturer and supervisor of secondary student teachers and has served as a teacher and administrator in many diverse school settings. He began his teaching career as an English teacher at Mountain View High School in the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District. Following the completion of his doctorate at the University of the Pacific, he joined the Franklin-McKinley School District in San Jose as an administrator. There he held numerous administrative positions: Vice Principal, Principal, Director of Human Resources, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent. As a principal, he opened a new school and selected his teachers. Working with them, they designed the school’s curriculum and instructional program. Dr. McKay has taught at the University of the Pacific as a Supervisor of Intern-Teachers and as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at San Jose State University. He also teaches English and history part-time in local high schools.


  • Ed.D., English Curriculum & Instruction, University of the Pacific
  • M.A., Social Science, 20th Century European History & International Relations, San Jose State University
  • B.A., Social Science & English, San Jose State University

Recent Publications

  • McKay, R. (2021). Are Your History Slides Effective? World Journal of Education and Humanities, 3 (3), 38-44.

  • McKay, R (2020). In Praise of Substitute Teachers. International Journal of Arts, Humanities & Social Science, 2 (2), 51-55.

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • English Teacher Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Study in the Arts and Humanities, National Endowment for Humanities
  • Graduate Fellowship, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
  • Community Service Award, Parent Teachers Association, Franklin-McKinley School District
  • Leadership Award, Franklin-McKinley Association of District Administrators
  • Executive Management Training, Center for Educational Leadership,
    U.S. Office of Education
  • Collective Bargaining for Labor Relations Practitioners, Institute for Industrial Relations, University of California, Los Angeles