Sally Z. Hare is a teacher and a learner.
A native of Charleston, SC, and a product of South Carolina public schools from first grade through Ph.D., Sally is still learning. She likes to say she is a South Carolinian by birth and by choice. With a doctorate in education from the University of South Carolina, she continues her learning in places as diverse as the Harvard Institute on School Leadership, the Noetic Sciences Healing Arts of Bali, the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society’s Contemplative Curriculum Institute at Smith College, and Poetic Medicine with John Fox.
She has been working with the Courage to Teach, based on the philosophy of Parker J. Palmer, with teachers all over the country for the past twelve years. Sally is a senior facilitator of the national Center for Courage and Renewal. A Kellogg National Fellowship from 1990 to 1993, Sally says, "changed my life. My learning plan allowed me to look at the concept of community across cultures. I visited Bali, Greece, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and much of the United States. I met so many important teachers in my life, from Mary Robinson, then president of Ireland, to a healer in Ubud (Bali); from Parker Palmer to Beni, a very wise three-year-old in Benin (Africa)."
Sally served as Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education at Coastal Carolina University for 12 years, then was named the Singleton Endowed Professor of Teacher Education and created the Center for Education and Community. She retired in December, 2005, as distinguished professor emerita.
She was named Phenomenal Woman of South Carolina in 2003, received the 2002 Woman of Achievement Award from the South Carolina Governor’s Commission on Women, and was honored as Coastal Carolina University’s Outstanding Teacher Scholar Lecturer in 2001. Other honors include the Ambassador Award for Education from the Louis Gregory Baha'i Institute; the Creative Programming Award from the National Continuing Education Association; Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Community Leadership Association; the Martha Kime Piper Outstanding Leadership Award from SC Women in Higher Education Administration; and Outstanding Continuing Educator in South Carolina.
She has received various grants, including two totaling more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to encourage women and girls in math and science and a grant from the Rainwater Foundation through the Center for Courage & Renewal to work with educational leaders.